- Other names for Samhain: Halloween, Third Harvest, Feast of the Dead, All Hallow’s Eve, Witch’s New Year, Samuin.
- Symbolism: Third harvest, dark mysteries, rebirth through death.
- Symbols: Pumpkins, apples, black cats, scarecrow, broom.
- Food: Turnips, apples, pumpkins, nuts, wine and meat.
- Smells: Mint, nutmeg, heliotrope.
- Colors: Black, orange, white, silver, gold.
- Stones: All black stones, preferably hematite and obsidian.
- Animals: jackal, cat, bat, scorpion, crows, deer, jack, sparrow, heron.
- Incense & oils: Cedar, copal, willow, eucalyptus, frankincense, heather, mugwort, myrrh, patchouli, peppermint, sage, sandalwood.
- Mythical creatures: Goblins, harpies.
- Decorations: Autumn leaves, autumn flowers, pomegranates, apples, pumpkins, corn ears, grain sprouts, corn dolls, nuts, seeds, pumpkin gourds.
Goddess in SamhainSamhain shows the Goddess as an old lady. The old lady teaches us wisdom the helps us to release of the old, and change and grow instead. Getting older means losing something, but it also means gaining something. The old lady teaches us that letting go of old is a natural part of life. When we let go of old things, we prepare a place for something new. If someone is dying, he frees up place for a birth of a new person. When we let go of a year passed by, we welcome the birth of a new year to come. The time between Samhain and Yule Sabbat (Winter Solstice) is a time of waiting, as waiting for the formation of a baby inside of a woman’s womb. We still don’t know what the new year will bring, but we can dream and plan. It is a time to get closer to the Goddess by visiting the elders such as your grandparents or neighbors.
God in SamhainThe God in Samhain is the Horned God, the deer whose horns are fully grown. In ancient times, people’s lives depended on hunting, and the Horned God was the God of hunt, represented by an animal that sacrificed its live to feed us. The Horned God reminds us that our lives are a gift given to us by other creatures. Food is a gift of life and is sacred. We treat food with respect.
Communication With the DeadMost Pagans believe that communication with the dead is risky. People do this only when absolutely necessary. Some spirits come into our world as guardians and mentors, while others may be aggressive-minded. Spirits need to move freely and the best we can do for them is leave them alone. Death is a transition, which means moving from one reality to another. Samhain is one of the few exceptions to this rule, but even at this time it is not recommended to communicate with the souls who do not wish to be disturbed. At this time, we invite those whom we remember to join our celebration, should they choose so, but we never force them to do so.
How to Celebrate SamhainThere are many different Wiccan ways to celebrate Samhain, some like to work with witchcraft by performing rituals and casting spells, some like to open tarot spreads for themselves, while others like to cook festive dishes. We have a whole section for Samhain related articles here. Here are some more ideas for your Samhain celebrations:
|Ideas for Samhain||Origins of Samhain Celebrations||Communicating with the Dead|
|Samhain Celebration Ritual||Samhain Ritual for Covens||Samhain Spirit Renewal Ritual|
|Parting With the Passing Year||Ritual for Family Happiness||Samhain Offering Ritual|
|Pumpkin Bread for Samhain||Pumpkin Placinte for Samhain||Sun God Sausage and Eggs|
|Scottish Cake for Samhain||Pumpkin Muffins for Samhain|
Divination & Spells
|Samhain Tarot Card Spread||Pentacle Tarot Card Spread||Anticipation Tarot Card Spread|
|Get Rid of Past Year?s Troubles Spell|