Flashback – Samhain 2001

“Samhain/Halloween

In many traditions, Samhain marks the spiritual New Year, a time when we want to focus on our connection to the past and to the future. To ancient peoples, stones represented the link between ourselves and those who walked our Earth before us and would do so after us. This is still seen today in the New Year’s rituals of South Pacific islanders and in Jewish cemeteries the world over. To honor those who came before, gather some interesting stones–large, but small enough to carry comfortably–and take them to any place that makes you feel connected to your ancestors. Graveyards, a home, or a piece of land are all appropriate. Speak out loud your desire to connect with those who once walked in this place and invite them to link more closely to you. Place the stones firmly into the ground, knowing that they will be there always, connecting you to the entirety of your family tree from oldest root to newest bud.

Copyright 2001 Edian McCoy Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2001 Page 119

Samhain – Day 17

Samhain Magic, Divination and Spirit Work [Part 6]

6.  Spirit Guide Warning Signs

Many people believe they have spirit guides. But what are some of the warning signs you should look for when dealing with otherworldly beings? Here are somespirit guide warning signs to watch out for.More »

By Patti Wigington

Beltane – Day 17

Beltane Magic [Part 6]

6.  Dandelion Magic

Although many suburban homeowners see dandelions as the bane of their existence, and spend significant amounts of money trying to eradicate them from sight, the fact is that dandelions have a long and rich folkloric history, both from a magical and medicinal perspective. Let’s look at some of the ways people have utilized dandelions throughout the ages.More »

By Patti Wigington