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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As we shift out of the month of May and into the abundant month of June, we get ready to welcome in the energy of the warm, passionate, and high-spirited sabbat of Litha. Litha (also known as the Midsummer Festival) is an event that occurs every summer solstice and celebrates the peak of summer. This is a time of honoring the sun and the abundant fertility of the earth as nature is thriving, the flowers are in full bloom, and the light within us is beaming. However, this is also the time that marks our transition into shorter days in the second half of the year. Therefore, this sabbat is full of many unique traditions with a variety of different energy associations.
In this article, we're going to go over all things having to do with Litha. We’re going to cover its history, correspondences, traditions, and a few ways you can celebrate it in our modern world. So if you’re ready to welcome in the joyous energies of the season, let’s dive in and get started.
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