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Time: October 31, 2014 all day
Location: Where you want of choose
Event Type: holiday, festival, time
Organized By: Practitioners World wide
Latest Activity: Nov 15, 2013

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Samhain -- different ways to celebrate. It's a great time of year to honor your ancestors and host a feast!

Some people celebrate it as Halloween, but for Practitioners, October 31 is typically known as Samhain. It's the old Celtic new year - sometimes called the Witch's New Year - and it's a time for honoring those who have crossed over into the spirit world.
This Sabbat has roots that go back thousands of years.

The evening of October 31 is known as Samhain. It's a time to mark the endless, ongoing cycle of life and death

Samhain falls on October 31, and is known as the Witch's New Year. You can celebrate it as the end of the harvest, and honor the return of the King of Winter.

Man's relationship with animals has evolved over thousands of years. Where once they were only a source of food, now they are our companions or food. Take a moment to honor the animal spirits in a ritual for Samhain.

For many Practitioners, the honoring of the ancestors is a key part of their spirituality.

In some Practitioner traditions, people choose to honor the God and Goddess, rather than focusing on the harvest aspect of the holiday. If this is something you'd like to do, this ritual welcomes the Goddess in her persona as Crone, and the Horned God of the autumn hunt.

Samhain is known as the witch's new year. It is a time to think about the endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

It's Samhain, and that means for many Practitioners it's time to commune with the ancestors.

Samhain is traditionally a time for divination. In many agricultural societies, divination was used to reveal the name of a suitor or potential mate, and were practiced in rural areas for centuries.

The Dumb Supper - A Feast With the Dead
In many Practitioner traditions, Samhain is celebrated with a Dumb Supper, or a Feast with the Dead. This is a solemn and sober occasion, and includes place settings for relatives and friends who have crossed over in the past year, as well as a chance to tell them what you never got to say.
Gods and Goddesses of Death and the Underworld
In many cultures, gods of the underworld and death are celebrated during the harvest time.
Mexico's Day of the Dead
Blended from Aztec tradition and Catholic ideals, the Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday in which families remember their dead, place altars in their homes and decorate tombs in cemeteries. Although not common Practitioner paracticed, it's worth reading about because of the focus on man's own mortality and the idea of ancestor worship.

Samhain night is a great time to sit around a fire telling spooky stories.

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 15, 2013 at 10:01pm

Traditionl Halloween Rhyme of the Guisers


The nicht is Hallowe'en and morn's Hallowday,

Gin ye want a true love; it's time ye were away!

Tally on hte window-brod,

The nicht's Hallowe'en.


Traditional Halloween Rhyme


Last Hallow Eve

I sought a walnut tree,

In hopes my true love's face

I might see.

Three times I called,

Three times I walked apace,

Then in the tree

I saw my true love's face.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 15, 2013 at 10:00pm

Traditional Scottish Song


This is Hallaeven,

The morn is Halladay;

Nine free nichts till Martinmas,

As soon they'll wear away.


Halloween Folk-Song (England)


Hey, ho for Halloween!

Then the witches shall be seen,

Some in black, and some in green,

Hey, ho, for Halloween!

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 15, 2013 at 7:03pm

...A bit of candle workings to be used on Samhain...
.........Apple and Pumpkin Lights spells..............)O(

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Apple Light

1 fresh apple (as large and as glossy as you can find)
An apple corer
1 white taper candle
At 15 minutes before midnight on All Hallows Eve ~ hold the apple in your hands and ask the Spirits to bless the fruit. Hum to yourself thinking of bringing prosperity...love...good health and laughter into your life.(and whatever else you wish to have)
Continue to hum until the apple gets warm in your hands.
Insert the apple corer into the stem of the apple and take out the core. *Make sure not to make the hole bigger that the circumference of the candle.
Hold the candle in your hands and hum again...thinking of bringing prosperity...love...good health and laughter into your life.(and whatever else you wish to have) toward you until : like the apple~the candle gets warm in your hands.
Put the candle in the apple and say:

"Spirits of both my Ancestors and the divine
Bring prosperity...love...good health and laughter(and whatever else you wish to have) to this heart and world of mine."

Allow the candle to burn until it goes out.

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Pumpkin Abundance Lights

6 miniature pumpkins
6 tea light candles
Knife or pumpkin carving tools
Cut off the tops of the little pumpkins and clean them out (save those seeds!)
Cut faces into the pumpkins.
Insert tealights.

Hold your hands over the pumpkins and chant 7 times:
"Happiness...good health...food...laughter~and a gold and silver coin or two,
I ask of the Spirits to bring through my door."

Keep your hands over the pumpkins just until your palms tingle or grow warm.

Let candles burn themselves out.

(*If you wish~Make/give some to your friends 'with a smile' and give them written in your handwriting :a copy of the spell.*Tell friend(s) to light the candle in the pumpkin 'at midnight' on Samhain to activate the spell.*)

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 15, 2013 at 5:49pm
10 Things You Didn't Know About Samhain


Autumn has arrived, and with it comes the advent of Samhain, a Gaelic holiday celebrated by Pagans and Wiccans, which is the year's third and final harvest festival. Brush up on your Samhain knowledge with our 10 facts 
Comment by Mystickal One on October 30, 2013 at 1:12pm

Comment by Mystickal One on October 30, 2013 at 1:12pm

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on November 1, 2012 at 2:49pm

Samhain Oracle Spell

What You need
- basil
- rosemary
- Saint John's Wort
- cauldron
- water

Make sure your cauldron is cleansed and consecrated before use.

Add fresh basil, rosemary and Saint John's Wort to the bottom of the cauldron. If you are unable to get fresh herbs you can use dried.

Add a proportionate amount of water to your herbs. You want to add enough to allow the herbs to create steam.

As the liquid starts to bubble stare into it looking for messages for you.

You may also interpret patterns in the steam.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on October 31, 2012 at 2:23pm

by Robin Wester

Dancing 'round the flame of Summer's end-
sparks of golden yellow celebrate Samhain.

Twirling around tossing leaves in the air-
laughing and giggling while catching them in our hair.

The last harvest is in as turns the new year
while the chill of Yule draws ever so near.

The dead will join our festive feasts,
giving glimpses of our past, present and future feats.

Come young maidens, mothers and crones-
Let the whispers of spirits rattle your bones.

Embrace the silence of the coming dark
and join the Sabbat's circle with open mind and open heart.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on October 31, 2012 at 2:22pm


Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on October 31, 2012 at 1:55pm

Halloween in the Middle Ages

Medieval HalloweenThe modern notion that Halloween should be banned because of 'evil and satanic' influences - is, at best, a misconception.

Let's check the historical facts:

Although the holiday's roots can be traced back to pagan practices, the name 'Halloween' is purely a Christian tradition that began in the early Middle Ages.

In fact, permitting pagan traditions to survive was a stroke of genius by the early christian Church.

Pope Gregory the Great, in fact, sent his missionaries abroad with the advice that if a pagan community worshiped a sacred tree, for example, Christians were to attribute its mystical power to Christ - and allow the tree to stand.

The papal directive also lent itself to flip-flopping the spring festival of Eastre - honoring a Saxon mother goddess - into a holiday now known as Easter. The winter solstice celebration centering around pagan sun gods now celebrates the Son of God's birth at Christmas.

The festival of Samahain marked the Celtic New Year when dead souls were believed to walk the earth...

Halloween is a descendent of the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sah-een) or 'summer's end' in the original Scots Gaelic.

The celebration held on November 1 marked the Celtic New Year when dead souls were believed to walk the earth. 'Soul cakes' were left out for good spirits and lanterns were customarily lit - the modern version of the Halloween pumpkin* - to ward off stray evil spirits that also happened to pierce the thin veil of the underworld during this time of year. So deeply imbedded was the Samhain tradition in the human psyche that it survived for centuries.

In the eighth century, the church finally named November 1 All Hallows Day (or the day of the holy ones) in honor of the saints. However, two centuries later, the Church followed the Samhain festival more closely by naming November 2 All Souls Day in honor of the dead.

Owing to the medieval custom of beginning observances the night before, the collective holiday began on All Hallows Evening, or Halloween.

*The native American pumpkin was unknown in medieval Europe. The original European version of the jack-o'-lantern was a turnip.

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