October 11, 2018 11 Comments
Samhain. All Hallows Eve. Halloween. The night when the veil is at its thinnest and we witches can see through to the other side. It is a witch’s holy night in which our ancestors find their way home and break bread with us. But how do we get ready for such a sacred night? How do witches prepare for Samhain? Each of us has our own witchy traditions, but here are a few to inspire you.
Ever heard of Spring Cleaning? Many witches partake in Fall Cleaning – the physical cleaning and decluttering of one’s home and sacred space. AND a spiritual cleansing and blessing of the home. Use white sage smudge bundles to rid your space of negative vibes. Then anoint your windows and thresholds with a protective oil. This is how witches prepare space for their ancestors on Samhain.
Your neighbors are decorating for Halloween and so can you! Just because witches celebrate Samhain doesn’t mean we can’t partake in the Halloween festivities. After all, Halloween is based on the ancient Celtic festival Samhain (Summer’s end). Whether you like to decorate with scary graveyards and ghosts in your front yard or a simple Fall display with scarecrows and hay bails, there are so many choices. But don’t exclude the interior of your home. Cleanse, consecrate, and re-decorate your altar and sacred space with Autumn décor such as acorns, pinecones, corn husks, candles, crystals and more!
What is one thing you remember about Halloween (other than candy)? Costumes, of course! Witches have a particular advantage on Samhain night – we can dress up like ourselves! Witches prepare for Samhain by planning out their costumes. Whether you plan to dress like your witchy self or to wear a costume as a spell is up to you. If you decide to dress as yourself (a witch), break out the witchy black boots, stockings, and pointed hat. If you want to dress in a costume that will bring abundance in the coming year, plan to wear a Mother Earth costume or a Lady Luck costume. Your Samhain costume doubles as a powerful spell!
Witches also prepare for Samhain by planning a seasonal, sacred supper. Some witches like to hold something called a “dumb supper”, which is essentially a dinner where the ancestors are invited and the living stay silent in honor of the ancestors’ presence. If you don’t want to take part in this tradition, plan a meal your ancestors might have enjoyed and set a place at the table for them.
No matter your traditions on Halloween and Samhain, make sure you plan to have a little fun with your family and friends. Samhain was once celebrated by our ancestors in the presence of their loved ones. Being with the ones you love and honoring the ones we loved who have passed on to the other side is what Samhain is all about!
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September 18, 2021
It’s yet again the transformative, emotional, and highly energetic time of the year, where we welcome in the notorious Mercury retrograde. Despite the fact that Mercury retrograde is an occurrence that happens multiple times each year, it never seems to fail to stir up the same old feelings of needing to bunker down and lie low for a few weeks. This is because, unlike planetary retrogrades, Mercury’s reversed influence can make our lives do a complete 180-degree turn, which can cause some difficulties in our communication, career development, and relationships.
However, while Mercury retrograde tends to get a bad rep for its ability to completely change our lives, it can also be an excellent time to complete tasks, work on creative projects, as well as do some inner workings. With that said, today, we’re going to talk all about Mercury retrograde, what it is, and what you should and should not do during it.
September 09, 2021
As we transition out of the warm nights of August, we steadily begin making our way through the abundant month of September, welcoming with it the many transitional properties of the autumn season. However, September isn’t just a welcoming period for the autumn itself, but for the second of the three harvest festivals of the Wheel of the Year, known as Mabon. Mabon, also known as the autumn equinox, is the sabbat that marks the time of which day and night are equal, when we gather our crops once more and enjoy the last bit of warmth before the cooler months take over. On a deeper level, Mabon also has many powerful energetic transitions taking place, which can push us to seek change, deeper spiritual connections, and inner wisdom as we approach one of the most symbolic days of the year.
With so much going on energetically, it can be hard to know the best ways to celebrate the energy of the season and fully welcome it into your space. So to help you out, in this article, we're going to go over everything having to do with the divine autumnal sabbat of Mabon. From its history to its correspondences, traditions, and a few ways you can celebrate it today, let’s dive into everything you need to know about this powerful sabbat.
August 31, 2021
As we welcome in the cooling harvest month of September, we make way for a transformative period of energetic change as we work to create better balance in our lives. We kick off this autumn month in the sign of the practical and goal-oriented Virgo, shifting our focus towards progression on our goals. This will provide the signs with some initial direction and clarity, which will help us to start the month feeling positive and rejuvenated. However, Mercury, the planet of communication and knowledge, will also be lurking in the background this month as it prepares to go retrograde for the third and final time this year, pushing us to do some inner reflection as we begin to work through stirred emotions. This could also bring about mental fog, miscommunication, and misunderstandings with partners, coworkers, and loved ones, so be prepared for some potential rough patches throughout the month.
Towards the end of September, on the 23rd, we will then shift into the partnership-focused Zodiac sign of the Libra, which will turn our attention towards family, friends, and community as we continue to grow and strengthen relationships as well as our own independence. We will also reach the Autumn Equinox the day before this, on September 22nd, which is considered to be a truly divine time of balance, inner reflection, growth, and gratitude as we prepare for yet another change of season into a calmer, more stagnant time of the year. This is also the time of which the veil between our world and the spirit world is growing increasingly thin, upping our intuitive abilities and connection to the other side. For this reason, be prepared for some deeper spiritual movements to occur this day, as it is an incredibly significant time of year for magical workings.