Samhain, pronounced 'SOW-in' in Ireland, 'SOW-ween' in Wales, and 'SAV-en' in Scotland, is one of the Greater Wiccan Sabbats and is generally celebrated on October 31st, although some Traditions prefer the date of November 1st. The various names for this Sabbat are Samhain (Celtic), Shadowfest (Strega), Martinmas or Old Hallowmas (Scottish/Celtic), as well as Halloween, Hallowmas, All Hallows Eve, Halloween, Day of the Dead, Feast of Spirits, Third Harvest, Samonios, All Saints Eve, Celtic New Year, Samhuinn, Celtic Winter, Samana, Festival of Pamona, Vigil of Saman, Vigil of Todos, and Santos. Though this Holiday is celebrated on October 31st, All Hallows Eve falls on November 7th, and Martinmas on November 11th.
The symbolism of this Sabbat is that of The Third (and final) Harvest, it marks the end of Summer, the beginning of Winter. It is a time marked by death when the Dead are honored - a time to celebrate and "study" the Dark Mysteries. "Samhain" means "End of Summer". Its historical origin is The Feast of the Dead in Celtic lands. It is believed that on this night, the veil Between the Worlds is at its thinnest point, making this an excellent time to communicate with the Other Side.
The 13 Moons Samhain Candle and Stone Set includes:
1 Black Cat Scented Votive
1 Pumpkin Spice Scented Votive
1 Black Obsidian gemstone**
1 Carnelian gemstone**
Organza Bag, color appropriate, for your ritual and spell work during Samhain
**Stones are usually Black Obsidian and Carnelian, though subject to change according to availability.
WARNING: Keep out of the reach of children and animals. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Please Note: Place in flameproof holder and trim wick to .25 inch to enable better burning quality and time. Remove any packaging before burning your candle.