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Celebrating Samhain 2020: Fighting Covid-19

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Samhain is one of the most important celebrations of the pagan community, and this year is celebrated on the eve of October 31st, 2020. This page is a highlight of Samhain Sabbat events in 2020, as well as photos and videos of you guys celebrating. We welcome photos, stories, videos or anything else you might have to share with us that can give us a glimpse of what you did on Samhain 2020 (we’d also love to see your altar setup)!

This year’s Samhain will be a bit different and for many of us it can be very lonely to celebrate Samhain in 2020. Covid-19 stormed into our lives, it brought a lot of sorrow, sickness, lockdowns, separated us from our relatives and friends. Still, just like everything else it will pass eventually and it’s a great idea to use Samhain rituals to fight with Covid-19, bring our lives back and defeat this grim illness that almost brought humanity to its knees.

Even if this year you are limited with your options to celebrate Samhain with your friends, coven members or anyone else you shared your faith with – celebrating is still possible, both home and outside. You just have to be careful and keep your social distance or if you chose to celebrate at home you can check out the relevant rituals which could be performed without going out and alone.

If you are still thinking about going out for a celebration, try to be as careful as possible, keep your distance and stay with your mask always on. Masks during Covid-19 pandemics are somewhat controversial but no matter what your own opinion on the matter – you can always use your mask as a ritual item or make it part of your costume (in case you are dressing up for the celebration).

These are almost mandatory for Samhain this year:

Samhain Meal

Since it is the last harvest festival before winter’s cold – use it to cherish and honor the harvest and food on your table with a meal full of fresh produce, and don’t forget the pumpkins.

Release last’s year energy

Visualize yourself releasing last’s year energy. It’s time to get rid of any ties to the old and embrace the new.

Breathe in season’s air

During Samhain the air gets cooler and you can use this amazing opportunity to feel the difference.
Get out and feel the fresh cold air feeling your lungs, feel the energy in it, Autumn smell, Samhain smell.

Light candles

Samhain is the borderline you cross going from warm to cold, weather is changing, air is getting colder.
Light some candles to warm your soul, home and bring more light to the hearts of those you love and cherish.

Honor Ancestors

Sometimes the distance from our world to the other side seems very close.
Honoring the ancestors who might visit during those times when the distance is getting shorter sounds like a great idea.
Arrange an additional plate on your dinner table, make it inviting for the spirits. They will be grateful.

Try our Samhain social group and join in the fun to discuss, upload pictures and show off your videos. Anything could help our brothers and sisters to survive during this period, send in your videos and images of the celebration. It could help a lot. Blessed be!

Things to do on Samhain 2020

As the veil becomes thin enough to blur both worlds, there are things that you could do during Samhain, here are some ideas. Don’t forget that Samhain is a perfect time for a ritual to communicate with the dead – have a look at this ritual, and if you happen to be a member in a coven, take a look at this ritual. Samhain 2020 is a magical period where divination is at its strongest point, so if you happen to perform tarot card spreads – here’s one for you to try out.

And we can’t forget the foods, what can be better during the current closeups forced upon us! Pumpkin is one of Samhain’s prominent symbols, and there’s a lot of tasty stuff that you can cook with it. Why not try pumpkin muffins or maybe bake pumpkin bread.

For a full list of PaganGate articles about Samhain, click here.

Color Symbolism in Voodoo Dolls

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The choice of clothing for Voodoo dolls is not made out of decorative or aesthetic reasons. Each color has a meaning and symbolizes certain things, and it gives certain power to your doll when dressed. If the material of the doll clothing doesn’t have any special meaning, you should at least pay careful attention to the color of the clothing.

Voodoo Dolls

Colors and their meanings

? Yellow: success, understanding, attractiveness, confidence.
? White: peace, security, cleanliness, health, honesty, sincerity, protection from rumors.
? Red: power, energy, love, health, passion.
? Purple: spirituality, physical and spiritual healing, strength, wisdom, contact with spirits, psychic sense, resistance to black magic.
? Green: money, wealth, abundance, prosperity, fertility, luck, health, generosity, rebirth.
? Blue: love, the color of Marie Laveau.
? Indigo: sacred color, removing evil.
? Pink: love, affection, honor, dedication, unity, kindness, happiness, luck, friendship, morality.
? Black: transfiguration, removal of bad habits, grief, strife, poverty, confusion, bad luck. Fully black colored dolls are used in black magic.
? Brown: doubt, indecision, uncertainty.
? Gray: termination, a stalemate situation.
? Orange: success, support, rapid adaptation.

Voodoo Doll Materials

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It’s time to stop following and listening to the charlatans online. They will mostly tell you the exact materials you should use to make your voodoo doll the most effective. Sometimes they even suggest buying the materials directly from their websites – Don’t!

The simple truth is :  you can use anything you like to create Voodoo dolls!

There are no real accepted rules on how to create a “real” Voodoo doll. You can make any doll you want, and however you want, by keeping in mind that the doll will have direct materialistic and spiritual connection to the person. People have made Voodoo dolls from any materials they could get their hands on in various places and periods, such as clay, wood, wax, corn leaves, human bones, various fabrics, feathers, plant roots, etc.

You can use any materials at your disposal to make voodoo doll. Let’s have a look at some in more detail.

Clay

New Orleans Voodoo dolls were mostly made out of blue clay, which was dug out of burrows of crayfish. You can use any clay you want to create your dolls. When finishing working on a doll, a hollow void is kept inside, where materials can be put into that hold symbolism or belong to the person such as herbs for example. After that the doll is brought into a proper form, painted and applied with magical symbols.

Spanish Moss

A classic material for New Orleans Voodoo dolls. This plant resembles a human beard hanging from the branches of trees, and is an excellent material for stuffing pillows, furniture, etc. This is why Spanish Moss is common in southern United States, and has been used successfully by Louisiana sorcerers. A “traditional” Voodoo doll without legs is made out of this plant.

Wax

A material which is perfect in almost all aspects. It is flexible and capable to last in its original shape for a long time. Wax is especially preferred for its ease of human portrayal, ease of carving magic symbols and the possibility to attach human hair to the doll.

Cloth

Rag dolls were used in New Orleans Voodoo and were made from two strips of material. These two strips are then embroidered into two identical forms on the left and right side of the doll, leaving a hole to fill the doll with magic herbs, objects or ordinary moss.

Wood

The most primitive doll can be made out of wood, but such dolls will only depict a human form in a very generalized way (without the small details). Sometimes a single doll is carved from a single piece of wood, which requires a certain skill and accuracy. One of the simplest versions of dolls which were popular in early stages of Voodoo in Louisiana was a thick tree branch or stump covered in moss, trimmed with a cloth and a face which made the doll look somewhat realistic.

Plant Roots

The roots of a mandrake, which often look very similar to a human figure, can be used for Voodoo magic without any additional work. With sufficient skill, you can carve a figure of a human from potatoes, celery or the like.

Paper

Those who are familiar with the papier-mache technique don’t need explanation how a Voodoo doll can be made out of paper. The two basic ways to do so is to either turn the paper into pulp, soak it and mix it with an adhesive composition (then it can be used as clay or wax), or apply layer by layer, gluing the paper to the same composition. It is easy to turn paper into a substitute for other materials.

Bones

Voodoo dolls out of bones are mainly used for black magic.

Modern Materials

Dolls can be made out of plastic, polyethylene, foam, or even from 3d printers using the latest technology.

To sum it all up, use any voodoo doll materials available to you at the moment, materials is not something that should stand in your way.

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