Samhain - Halloween - Third Harvest - The Witches New Year
is one of the Greater Wiccan Saabats is celebrated October 31 to November 7 for Northern Hemisphere; May 1 to May 9 for Southern Hemisphere.
Samhain (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne) is also known as Martinmas, Old Hallowmas, Halloween, Hallowmas, All Hallows Eve, Day of the Dead, Feast of the Spirits, Celtic New Year and Third Harvest. This is the third and final harvest of the year ending Summer, celebrating Autumn as we draw closer to Winter. Many celebrate ancestors and honor the dead at this time by setting a place for them at meals or setting up a table or small area to honor them. The "veil between the worlds" is said to be thinnest at this time allowing communication with the other side. For divination, meditation and spirit communication, we have crystal balls, spirit boards and more. http://www.13moons.com/shop-by-category/divination
Decorations and representations for Samhain are pumpkins, cats, dogs, bats, owls, gourds, bonfires, wheel of the year, ravens, leaves, owls, acorns, spider webs, skulls, besoms, dried herbs, crystal balls, cauldrons, squash, corn and corn stalks, waning moon as well as food and drinks from your or local harvests as well as photos of your family and friends who have passed from this world. An ancestor table or area is simple to set up and will allow you not only to celebrate their life and their passing with honor but also allows you to reflect on changes, endings to something you may have started and new beginnings.
Gods and Goddesses to celebrate this time of the year: Hecate, Hel, Inanna, Mari, Psyche, Ishtar, Lilith, Morrigan, Rhiannon, and Cerridwen, Crones, Green Men & Women, Forest Gods, Cernunnos, The Stag also known as the God of the Hunt, Belenos.
Orange and black are the most common colors for Samhain celebrations, however red, brown, yellow, white, silver and gold are also appropriate with altar candles being black, orange, silver, white and gold.
Gemstones used during the Witches New Year: any dark browns, blacks and yellow-oranges. Black obsidian, black onyx, carnelian, aventurines and jaspers are most frequently used.
Plants/herbs and foods used during this time are mugwort, allspice, sage, gourds, catnip, pumpkins, corn, apples, cider, wine, beets, turnips, squash and nuts.
Rituals and Spellwork as the Wheel of the Year turns one full turn to the Witches New Year: End spell work you began last month as well as rid negatives. If you have a bonfire or small fire in cauldron, you can write down things you want to be rid of in this New Year and burn the paper in the fire. Begin your spell work for newness, awareness and growth. As well as beginnings and endings, this is time for protection. We have many items you can use or decorate with for pProtection from negatives, evil and harm: http://www.13moons.com/charms-enchantments/protection
Many Blessings to you during Samhain ~