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?