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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Welcome to our collective favourite season, witchy folk! Perhaps that’s a generalization, but the Autumnal vibes are an absolute mood in the spiritual community, and for so many reasons. This season we have two Sabbats to celebrate; the first of those is Mabon, otherwise known as the Autumn Equinox, and the hemispherical counterpart to Ostara, in which we celebrate the Spring Equinox.
Not only is Autumn the season of flavoured lattes and pumpkins, it is the season of the colours of the Earth – oranges and reds and browns, greens and glorious yellows. We have beautiful harvest vegetables and burgeoning berries; a veritable feast of offerings from our beautiful Mother Earth to celebrate.
For Mabon, we focus on the beginning of the end of the harvest season and the descent into wintery darkness. Spiritually, we are reaching the closing-down portion of the year – as the days get shorter and the evenings are longer, we assess the outcomes of our labour (physical, financial, emotional, spiritual) across the past twelve months. Summer is celebration, and Autumn is when we reap what we’ve sown. So, as we draw towards the end of this summertime haze and commence the darkening and hibernation periods, we’re beginning to wind down business and take stock of what we’ve achieved.
Seasonal altars are a great way to focus our attentions and intentions towards that for which we are grateful, and the things that we want to manifest in our lives. Not only does the season dictate our physical activities, it also directs our spiritual lives, and the altar is the witch’s way of centring that energy.
With so much to love and celebrate about Autumn, let’s take a look at some traditional (and not-so-traditional) items to feature on our altars during this time.