Samhain - Halloween - Third Harvest - The Witches New Year is one of the Greater Wiccan Sabbats and is celebrated October 31 to November 7 for Northern Hemisphere; May 1 to May 9 for Southern Hemisphere. - Researched and Compiled by by StormWing, ©1996 - 2016
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 Spiritual Supplies, we have crystal balls, spirit boards and more.
Decorations and Representations for Samhain are Pumpkins, Cats, Dogs, Ravens, Bats, Owls, Bonfires, Wheel of the Year, Harvest Green Men & Women, Acorns, Spiders & Webs! - Spider Clay Bottle and Spider Athame and Spider Oil!, Skull Candles, Skull Statuary, Witch & Wizard Brooms, Herbs, Crystal Balls, Cauldrons, Squash, Corn and Corn Stalks, Waning Moon as well as food and drinks from your or your 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 and 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. Most commonly we use color in rituals and celebrations with various Candles, Altar Cloths, and Gemstones.
Gemstones used during the Witches New Year: any dark browns, blacks and yellow-oranges such as Black Obsidian, Black Onyx, Carnelian and Jaspers are most frequently used.
Plants/herbs and foods used during this time are: Mugwort, Allspice, Sage, Catnip, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Pumpkins, Corn, Apples, Gourds, Cider, Wine, Beets, Turnips, Squash and Nuts.
Rituals and Spell work 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 for Protection from Negatives, Evil and Harm. Spiritual Tools for your Celebrations, Festivities and Rituals during Samhain range from Herbs & Oils to Talking Boards.
We know your time is valuable and may be limited during this busy season on gathering the tools and deco for your Samhain Ceremonies. 13 Moons has taken the Hurt out of the Hunt for You with The Following Kits & Sets:
The Samhain Magick Crate is filled with Herbs, Candles, Cards, Incense, Oils & More for your Celebrations.
You will treasure The Complete Samhain Altar Set which gives you an attractive display which you can actually use during your Rituals of this Season! The Complete Kit features a Bell, Censer, Samhain Candle as well as God & Goddess Candles, Gemstones, Oil and more!
Ready to Work With Magical Herbs of the Holiday? We have the Samhain Herb Set. Just for You! From Allspice to Wormwood, you will be prepared to work Your Magick!
Are you looking to work with candles and stones? We have that ready for you too! The Samhain Candle and Stone Set has two handcrafted and blessed candles which are nicely scented paired with two gemstones - all known specific for Samhain Rituals, Spells and Ceremonies.
We wish You Many Blessings to you during Samhain ~