Energy, Spellwork and Ritual Themes
MEANING: Summer's End ~ Gaelic
WHEN: October 31st
OTHER NAMES: Halloween, All Hallow's Eve, Witch's New Year
- Celebrating the Harvest's End
- Honor Our Ancestors and Lost Loved Ones
- Preparing for Winter and the Dark Half of the Year
- Spirit Communication ~ Veil to the Otherworld is Thin
- Celebrate the Witches New Year
Samhain is end of one cycle and the beginning of another and is often referred to as the witch's new year for this reason. It is the time of year when the harvest is complete and the plants and trees are shedding their fruits and leaves. They are shed, fall to the ground and become fertilizer for that which will be reborn in the Spring.
Because of this physical dying away of the earth around you, energetically it is a great time to take inventory of the previous year's actions and outcomes and to let go of the attitudes, beliefs, relationships and habits that no longer serve you. Just like the tree sheds its leaves, you too can shed outdated beliefs and habits in order to make space for new ones to be born in their place.
Samhain is also a time of year where the veil between the physical plane and the otherworld is thinned. It is a great time of year for honoring the dead and communicating with spirits of loved ones who have crossed over. I often include items on my Samhain altar that honor my mom and my grandparents who have passed.
On My Altar...
- Statues or Plaques of Crone Goddesses or any other goddesses associated with Samhain rituals. This altar contains both a plaque of Cerridwen and a statue of The Morrigan.
- Pictures or keepsakes that honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed on. This altar contains a candle of St. Anthony (my mother's patron saint), my mother's charm bracelet and a small music box that plays Silver Bells, my mother's favorite Christmas song.
- Altar cloth in one or more colors associated with Samhain or Samhain/Halloween themed fabric. This altar has a base altar cloth that is black velvet and a second tiered altar cloth that has pictures of gravestones and ghosts.
- Gemstones associated with Samhain. This altar has a black tourmaline pentacle grid and a gorgeous piece of onyx that is held during meditation.
- All Crone Goddesses
- The Morrighan
- Gods of Death and the Underworld
- Black and various shades of Gray to represent the transition into winter and the dark time of the year.
- Orange and dark gold colors to represent the last grains of the harvest and the pumpkins and gourds so abundant at this time of year.
- Purple to represent the mystical elements of Samhain and the witch's new year.
- Red to honor the blood and sacrifices of our ancestors
- White to represent the ghosts and spirit that are said to be able to cross over into the realm of the living on Samhain.