Samhain – Flashback 2003

Samhain

“Samhain is the night when the veil between worls is thinnest. It is a good time to communicate with those who have passed away, using a mirror. You will need a large mirror for this. It ought to be big enough, to show your whole face at once, and preferably part of your upper body.

At least three days before Samhain cover the mirror. If possible fast all day on October 31. If you smoke refrain from smoking after sunset.

At midnight, sit or stand before the mirror. Have a small bowl or cup of salt water close to hand. Uncover the mirror, and, several times, softlycall the name of the person you wish to contact. Concentrate. After a while you may feel contact with that person, and can speak to him or her and ask questions. You can also invoke your younger or older self with this method. When you are done, thank the person, or yourself, say farwell, then dip you fingers in the salt water and draw a pentagram on the nirror to seal the veil. If at any time the communication becaomes troublesome you can break contact in this manner also.”

Copyright Magenta Griffith Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2003 Page 119

 

Samhain – Day 19

Samhain Magic, Divination and Spirit Work [Part 8]

8.  Ghosts, Poltergeists and Hauntings

Although belief in ghosts, poltergeists, and other entities is not something that is unique to the Pagan religious traditions. Many people – Pagan and otherwise – accept the existence of some sort of spiritual plane, a place where a variety of entities exist beyond the veil. Let’s talk about ghosts, poltergeists and other hauntings. More »

By Patti Wigington

Flashback – Beltane 2003

“In ancient times, people extinguished all their fires on BEltane and then lit a single new fire. They relit all the extinguished fries from this “need fire.”

To create your own need fire ritual, you’ll need to gather the nine sacred woods: birch, rowan, ash, adler, willow, hawthron, oak, holly, and hazel. If you are unable to find all the different types, try to make sure you have at least three: oak, ash and hawthron.

If you don’t have any open fires to put out, use candles to symbolize your fires. Take either three or nine tapers and set them in a row. Light the candles and all them to burn for a little while, then put them out, thinking of those things you wish to put out of your life. Now prepare the need fire of nine woods in a fireplace, an outdoor fire ring or even in a grill on a balcony or patio. Make a wood bow (as described in the Boy Scout Handbook, for example) or get a magnifying glass to set fire to the tinder. THe fire should be allowed to spread to the oak wood first, then to the others. While you light the fire, and as you watch it burn, think of those things you wish to “catch fire” in your life.

Copyright 2003 Magenta Griffith Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2003 Page 67

Beltane – Day 19

Beltane Magic [Part 8]

8.  The Magic of Butterflies

The butterfly is one of nature’s most perfect examples of change, transformation, and growth. Because of this, it has long been the subject of magical folklore and legend in a variety of societies and cultures. Let’s look at some of the magical meanings behind butterflies. [Click on “The Magic of Butterflies” in blue on this post]

By Patti Wigington