Showing posts with label rituals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rituals. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Samhain - The Wiccan Halloween

What is Samhain? aka Halloween:

Samhain is mostly known by the world as Halloween, but for Wiccans and Pagans it's considered a Sabbat holiday to honor the ancestors before our time. It's a spiritual time of the year to communicate with the spirit world through a seance because it's the one time where the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest and easiest to reach.


Samhain was not named after some ancient Celtic god of death, or anything negative or black magic related. Religious scholars agree that the word Samhain (pronounced "sow-en") comes from the Gaelic “Samhuin,” but they argue with each other on whether it means the end or beginning of summer. After all, when summer is ending here on earth, it’s different in the Underworld. Samhain (Halloween) actually refers to the daylight portion of the holiday, on November 1st.

All Hallow Mass:

During the 18th century the Catholic Church declared November 1st All Saints Day. Since many Pagans and Wiccans believe in many of the concepts of Christianity this worked out well since they were already celebrating this day so it made sense to use it as a church holiday. This festival and celebration was used to honor saints that did not have a declared holiday. Allhallowmas is the mass of all tho were hollowed. The eve of this holiday turned into what we would commonly call Halloween.

Witch's New Year:

The sunset on Halloween is the beginning of the Celtic New Year. All of the leaves have fallen from the trees, the herds have been been brought in from the fields and the previous year has passed. The earth slowly begins to renew around us all bringing new life.

This is the time of the year to reflect upon our actions for the previous year and learn from mistakes. Preparing for a new year by setting fourth new goals is common. Have you left anything unresolved? If so, now is the time to close those chapters of your life. Once you have cleared all of that away it's time to look towards a new beginning.

Honoring the Deceased and Ancestors:

For Wiccans and Pagans alike, Samhain is a time when we honor our ancestors who came before us. If you know someone who has passed onto the next world this is a time to celebrate their life and memories. Some of them return on this day from the other world to communicate with us to offer guidance, protection, knowledge and forgiveness.

Holding a ritual and feast each night for friends and loved ones is a common practice over the course of three nights to celebrate the holiday. This is a time for Wiccans and Pagans to come together on a positive note and enjoy each other's company. Make sure that the trick-or-treater's are not forgotten!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween, October, The Full Moon and Cleansings

Let's face it, October is the month of the year that you want to have a spell cast over the other 11 months. Why is that? In October the energy is higher causing spells to work more effectively. It is always a good idea to have a spell cast during a full moon phase because the energy is higher as well.

What if you want a spell cast and it is not October or a full moon? There is an easy a ritual to increase the strength of your spell during high energy moon phases. This can be just as effective.

Are you in the mood to try a cleansing yourself? Here is a good ritual that you can try yourself. Be careful though because if you have had a spell cast prior to doing this ritual you can erase the spell.

Cleansing Ritual

Take a large bag of sea salt and sprinkle a pinch or two over the exterior doorways and windowsills of your home. Make certain that you get each and every one and do not miss anything.

Choose the room that has the strongest negative feel to it. Light a white candle. In a large fire proof bowl combine the following:

1 tablespoon peppermint, 1 tablespoon powdered garlic, 1 tablespoon ground clove, 1 tablespoon dried/powdered thistle, handful or two of sweet grass, sage or dried oak leaves

Carefully light the mixture so that it smolders, giving off an aromatic smoke. Leaving the candle lit, carry the bowl in to each room and repeat the following:

In the name of the Eternal Lady and Lord I bid thee part.
I consecrate and clear this space.
Negative energy be vanished and never come back.
Let nothing but joy linger here.

When you have done each room, return to the first, set the bowl beside the candle and wait for the remaining mixture to burn out. Take the ash outside and sprinkle it over the grass/flowerbed/etc, thereby returning it to Mother Nature.

It is always important to do this ritual with caution and do not leave anything unattended that is burning. Cleansings get rid of negative energy that can be built up around you causing bad luck and depression. Make this Halloween the time of the year that you decide to turn your life around and start a new year off on the right foot.

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