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  • Kiara
    Oct 25, 2011
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      SAMHAIN
      October 31


      Samhain is the third and final harvest, the harvest of meat. The Old King is
      dead, and the Crone Goddess mourns him greatly during the next six weeks.
      The sun is at its lowest point on the horizon as measured by the ancient
      standing stones of Britain and Ireland, the reason the Celts chose this
      sabbat rather than Yule as their new year. To the ancient Celts, this
      holiday divided the year into two seasons, Winter and Summer. Samhain is the
      day on which the Celtic New Year and winter begin together, so it is a time
      for both beginnings and endings.
      It is also the day we honor our dead. Now, while the veil between the worlds
      is thinnest, those who have died in the past year and those who are to be
      reincarnated pass through. The doors of the sidhe-mounds are open, and
      neither human nor faery need any magickal passwords to come and go. Our
      ancestors, the blessed dead, are more accessible, more approachable during
      the time of the dying of the land. Samhain is a day to commune with the dead
      and a celebration of the eternal cycle of reincarnation.


      ALTAR
      Altar candles should be orange (represents magick of fire and remainder of
      fire in autumn leaves), black (collects and absorbs light and keeps you
      warm), white (sends out energy), silver, and gold (represents Moon and Sun).
      Incense may be myrrh or patchouli
      Decorate with autumn flowers, small pumpkins, Indian corn, and gourds
      Cauldron with black votive candle for petition magick (for writing
      resolutions on a strip of paper and burning in the candle flame)
      Divination or scrying devises -- tarot, obsidian ball, pendulum, runes,
      oghams, Ouija boards, black cauldron or bowl filled with black ink or water,
      or magick mirror, to name a few
      An animal horn, feather or talon as a power symbol (Samhain is tradtionally
      the meat harvest)

      HERBS
      Rosemary (for remembrance of our ancestors), Mullein seeds (a projection for
      abundance), mugwort (to aid in divination), rue, calendula, sunflower petals
      and seeds, pumpkin seeds, turnip seeds, apple leaf, sage, mushrooms, wild
      ginseng, wormwood, tarragon, bay leaf, almond, hazelnut, passionflower, pine
      needles, nettle, garlic, hemlock cones, mandrake root
      At Samhain, witches once gave one another acorns as gifts. During the
      Burning Times, giving someone an acorn was a secret means of telling that
      person you were a witch. Acorns are fruits of the oak, one of the most
      sacred trees to the ancient Celts. They are symbols of protection, fertility
      growth, values, and friendship.

      STONES
      Black obsidian, smoky quartz, jet, amber, pyrite, garnet, granite, clear
      quartz, marble, sandstone, gold, diamond, iron, steel, ruby, hematite, brass

      SPELLS
      At Samhain, witches cast spells to keep anything negative from the past --
      evil, harm, corruption, greed -- out of the future. Cast spells to
      psychically contact our deceased forebears and retrieve ancient knowledge,
      thus preserving the great Web that stretches through many generations of
      human families. -- Laurie Cabot, Celebrate the Earth


      ACTIVITIES
      Make resolutions, write them on a small piece of parchment, and burn in a
      candle flame, preferably a black votive candle within a cauldron on the
      altar.
      Wear costumes that reflect what we hope or wish for in the upcoming year.
      Carve a jack-o-lantern. Place a spirit candle in it.
      Enjoy the trick or treating of the season.
      Drink apple cider spiced with cinnamon to honor the dead. Bury an apple or
      pomegranate in the garden as food for spirits passing by on their way to
      being reborn.
      Do divinations for the next year using tarot, a crystal ball, flame,
      pendulum, magick mirror, black bowl, runes, Ouija boards, or a black
      cauldron filled with black ink or water.
      Set out a mute supper.
      Make a mask of your shadow self.
      Make a besom, or witches broom.
      Make a witches ladder for protection or as an expression of what you hope to
      manifest in the year ahead.
      Find a magick wand of oak, holly, ash, rowan, birch, hazel, elm, hawthorne
      or willow.
      Let this be the traditional time that you make candles for the coming year,
      infusing them with color, power, herbs, and scent depending on the magickal
      purpose.


      FOOD
      Meat dishes (especially pork), rosemary (for meat seasoning), pumpkin bread,
      pumpkin pie, roasted pumpkin seeds, mulled cider with spices, candy apples
      or other apple dishes, potatoes, roasted pumpkin seeds, nuts (representing
      resurrection and rebirth), especially hazel nuts and acorns.
      Mulled cider with spices
      Pumpkin Bread
      Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
      Spiced Hot Chocolate

      MULLED CIDER WITH SPICES
      4-5 cups apple cider
      3-4 cloves
      2 sticks cinnamon
      In a large saucepan, heat cider, but do not boil. Serve in a large cauldron.

       
      PUMPKIN BREAD
      2 cups pumpkin, canned or cooked
      1 cup melted butter or margarine, lightly salted
      3/4 cup water
      4 eggs
      3 2/3 cups flour
      2 1/4 cups sugar
      1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
      2 tsp. cinnamon
      2 tsp. baking soda
      1 cup raisins
      1 cup walnuts, chopped
      Blend pumpkin, butter, water, and eggs until mixed. Add flour, sugar, salt,
      nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking soda. Then add raisins and nuts. Form loaf in
      greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until top
      is golden brown.
      Ý

      ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS
      Seeds of one pumpkin, washed
      1 1/2 Tbl. vegetable oil
      Salt, to taste
      Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread clean, dry pumpkin seeds on a lightly
      greased cookie sheet. Drizzle with vegetable oil and add salt to taste. Bake
      25 minutes, stirring occasionally until lightly browned.
      Ý
      SPICED HOT CHOCOLATE
      3 ounces semi-sweet dark chocolate, grated
      2 cups milk
      1/2 tsp each cinnamon and cloves
      Dash vanilla extract
      Slowly heat chocolate and milk in saucepan until chocolate has melted and
      blended in. Add cinnamon and cloves and stir. Remove from heat, stir in
      vanilla, and serve. Makes two servings.



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