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Samhain - October 31, 2023

Pumpkin for Samhain

Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “sow-win”) has been called the most mystical and sacred of all the Celtic festivals. It is a time when the veil between this world and the Otherworld is at its thinnest, and when the spirits of those who have passed on can return to visit the living.

For many Pagans, Samhain is a time to honor their ancestors and to reflect on the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. It is also a time to remember loved ones who have died, and to celebrate the lives they lived.

At Samhain, we give thanks for the lives of our ancestors and loved ones, and we honor their memories. We honor the deceased with rituals and ceremonies. We also offer prayers and blessings for those who have passed on. We believe that they are still with us, in spirit, and that they continue to watch over us and guide us from the Otherworld.

Samhain is also a time of transformation. It is a time to reflect on the past year and to set our intentions for the year to come. It is also a time to release what no longer serves us, and to embrace change.

Recognize the presence of shadows and work with them, realizing that the greatest illumination can be experienced within the darkness.

Symbols of Samhain:

  • Cauldron

  • Bonfire

  • Pumpkin

  • Cat

  • Owl

  • Raven

  • Crow

  • Bat

  • Wolf

  • Toad

  • Fox

  • Broom

  • Spider webs

  • Apples

  • Squash

  • Nuts

  • Root Vegetables

  • Mead

  • Cider

  • Orange

  • Red

  • Gold

  • Black

  • Brown

Incorporating these crystals provide protection, grounding, clarity, insight, transformation, and a link to the spirit realm.

  • Obsidian

  • Smoky Quartz

  • Black Tourmaline

  • Bloodstone Garnet

  • Labradorite

Reflection Questions:

What will your focus be for Samhain?

What can I let go of during Samhain?

What past intention has been completed and is ready for harvesting?

What intention has come to completion and I have not been thankful for it? Give thanks now.

How can I honor my ancestors during Samhain?

How will you celebrate Samhain this year? Feel free to comment - maybe you'll inspire others!

Happy Samhain!

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