Samhain – Day 21

Things to do and Altar Ideas

Samhain comes when the leaves of the trees are turning a rainbow of colors. Pick some up from the ground that catch your eye and use them to decorate your altar.

Now is the time to put your gardens to bed for the year. Pull all the old flowers and plants up and lay them on the garden to be absorbed throughout the cold month to give nourishment back to the bed. If possible, cover your garden beds with a layer of leaves, this helps to nourish the beds also and to keep a little warmth in the ground for the spring flowers to bloom.

I like using an orange or brown cloth for my altar on Samhain to bring some of the earth on to my altar.

I use pine cones I have found on the ground to represent the God and fall flowers for the Goddess.

This is also a night for children to get goodies by going door to door and for me to be able to wear my full ritual clothing as a “costume.” I also use it as a way to let my neighbors know that having a Witch living close by is know different then having say a plumber or minister.

It is a night that all Witches can come out of the broom closet if they choose and enjoy the celebration of the end of summer.

My husband and I light a fire after I have done my ancestor ritual and all the trick or treaters have come and gone. We sit and talk over the things that have happened in the past year, both the good and the bad. We then toast the New Year to come.

I try to set realistic goals for myself for the coming year.

I do my ancestor altar one of two ways. One I light individual birthday candles for each ancestors I invite in for the evening. The spell I use includes them leaving when their candle has burned out. Or the other way is to light a three-inch pillar candle for each branch of my family tree and any ancestors who want to visit are welcome to. Again when the candle burns out it is time for them to leave.

This year I will also be hosting an online coven gathering at 6:00 PM CT in the Coven Life chatroom. Anyone is welcome to join us. Information on how to get into the chatroom is posted on the Home page. The ritual we will be doing will be posted within a couple of days, this will also be on the Home page.

What plans do you have for Samhain?

Samhain – Flasback 2005

“Samhain means “summer’s end” in Gaelic, and for many Witches it is also New Year. Traditionally, tonight is the time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. This means that one can move more easily from other planes – from ghost to gods, It also means that divination is very effective on this night.

If you have no other plans, take out a tarot deck and ask the question, “What will my life be like in the coming year?” Or, you and a friend could try the Ouija board. Sit facing each other in straight-back chairs. Balance the board on both your knees. Each of you puts one hand on the planchette. After a while, it will begin to move of its own accord. Note the letters it moves to, and see what it spells out. You may need to keep at it for a while; its usually nonsense at first. If you don’t have a Ouija board, you can improvise on by writing the letters of the alphabet and the numbers 1 through 0 out on separate pieces of paper (3×5 cards cut in half work well). Arrange these in a circle on a table. Turn a small glass upside down and use it as you would the plancheete.”

Copyright Magenta Griffith Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2005 Page 115

Beltane – Day 21

Things to do and Altar Ideas

When Beltane comes so do wildlowers and other early spring blooming flowers. These are great to use to decorte your altar and/or make a wreath to wear on your head or hang on your front door.

Use a brightly colored cloth for your altar.

This is also a great time to use a bird’s nest if you have one to represent Mother Earth. You can also use a bird’s egg shell. I look on the ground close to trees I have seen bird’s nesting in and can usually find at least one partial egg shell. I take it home and very carefully paint a light coat of clear drying glue on one side let it dry throughly and the do the other side. This makes the shell a little less fragile.

On Beltane I use sea shells for Water, feathers for Air, fresh dirt from one of my gardens for Earth and a bright yellow candle for Fire. If it is warm enough I have all my windows open to air out the house from winter while I do my Beltane ritual.

I also do an energy cleansing of my home. To do this Ask FIre to burn off all the negativie energy in the home. THe ask Air to blow all the ashes out the windowns. I then ask Earth to bring in grounding and nurturing and Water to bring in love, peace and harmony.

This is the day for blessing your gardens to ask Mother Earth, Ra (a Sun God) and all the elements to help bless your garden so it has a bountiful harvest during the summer and early fall.  (To find the garden blessing I use type in the word “Garden” into the search box on this sites Home Page)

When evening comes I prepare a special dinner for my husband and I by candle light (red candles help fire up passion). He bring me my favorite type of cake for my birthday. We then spend the rest of the evening with each other, cell phones and computers turned off, watching a good movie and then….

What do you do for Beltane?

Beltane – Flasback 2005

“Beltane is experienced differently by different people, depending on whether they are single or not. If you do have a mate or partner, this is a good time to celebrate the relationship. Each of you should make a list of seven qualities you most appreiciate and cherish in the other. These should be inherent traits, like sense of humor, or being goos with animals. Do this separately a few days before Beltane.

On May Eve, draw a circle, if you wish, in whatever fashion you usually do. Then sit facing each other, holding hands. You might want to do this sitting on your bed. One of you starts by saying “I love you because…” naming one of the qualities previously listed. (You can flip a coin to decide who goes first.) The the other one does the same thing, alternating down through the list. When you are finished, say together, “I love you because you are you!” Finish with a kiss. If you are alone on Beltane you can make a list of qualities you like about yourself. Do this ritual in front of a nirror, saying what you love about yourself, to yourself.”

Copyright Magenta Griffith Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2005 Page 63

Beltane Altar in a Cup

Beltane Altar in a cup 2015

Beltane Altar in a cup with Forget Me Not, Fern, Rose, Sweet Woodruff and Salt. Forget Me Not gives comfort through dreams by opening up contact with beings in another dimension and comforts because we realize the spiritual nature of these contacts. Fern is for mental clarity, cleansing, purification, and dispelling negativity and is a powerful auric protection. Rose includes attracting love, beauty, clairvoyance, domestic peace, happiness, and promoting the joy of giving. Sweet Woodruff is associated with healing, victory, protection, and money. The main metaphysical properties of salt are: Abundance, manifestation, and anchoring spiritual energies. Connecting to the ocean, the Moon and its cycles, and grounding spiritual energies into the material plane. Devotion, spiritual development, and an alchemical return to wholeness. Hospitality, house warming, and domestic harmony. Purification, spiritual protection, and releasing unwanted influences. Insights on life, death, and spiritual rebirth. Intuition, balancing the emotions and altered states like dreaming. Traditionally used for physical well-being, vitality, and longevity.

© 2015 Wolf Woman Ways