Samhain – Day 22

Samhain Magic, Divination and Spirit Work [Part 9]

9.  Pagans, Death and the Afterlife

For many modern Pagans, there is a somewhat different philosophy on death and dying than what is seen in the non-Pagan community. While our non-Pagans see death as an ending, some Pagans view it as a beginning of the next phase of our existence. Let’s look at some Pagan perspectives on death and dying, as well as the afterlife. More »

By  Patti Wigington

 

 

 

 

Beltane – Day 22

Beltane Customs and Folklore [Part 1]

Beltane is a time of year rich in tradition and customs. The May Day season has been marked for hundreds of years, and has been a season that agricultural communities often saw as a time of celebration. Learn about the traditions and folklore associated with this mid-spring holiday.

1.  Beltane History

Beltane kicks off the merry month of May, and has a long history. This fire festival is celebrated on May 1 (in the northern hemisphere) with bonfires, Maypoles, dancing, and lots of good old fashioned sexual energy. The Celts honored the fertility of the gods with gifts and offerings, sometimes including animal or human sacrifice. More »

By Patti Wigington

Samahin – Flashback 2006

“The black cat is a classic Samhain/Halloween symbol. The cat has been linked to witchcraft, magic, and the Goddess for centuries. For example, the Egyptian cat goddes Bast was typically portaryed as a black cat. Later, the Romans identified Bast with Diana, who was called the “Queen of the Witches” during the Middle Ages. Hostorically, little distinction has been made between Witches, faeries, goddesses, and the feline, for during differnt time periods in history the cat was believed to represent them all in physical form.

This Samhain why not work a little cat magic for protection and good luck in the Celtic New Year with your feline friend? Hold your cat in your lap, light a white candle, and repeat the charm three times.

This Samhain night I call Diana, goddess of the Moon,

I cast for protection and good luck with this Witchy tune.

My feline friend and I do work this spell as one,

As we will so mote it be, an‘ let it harm none.”

Copyright Ellen Dugan Llewllyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2006 Page 117

0Beltane – Flashback 2006

“Got the urge to grow your very own Witch’s garden? Beltane is a great time of the year to start your herbal magic off with a real kick. Gather your plants, seeds, and gardening supplies, and bless the plants for luxuriant growth, gorgeous blooms, and healthy foliage.

This charm will work for any size or style of garden. Sit or stand within the garden, or next to the new flowers and plants. Then hold your hands out, palms turned up, and repeat the charm. Call on the Lord and the LAdy to assit you. At this time of year their passionate energy will flow into all living things.

If you plant your herbs and flowers at the start of May,

Then whisper this Graden Witch’s charm on Beltane Day,

“I enachant these green plants for power, and magic true,

Lord and LAdy bless my herb craft, and all that I do.”

After the charm is complete, turn your hands over and visualize all that magic flowing from your hands and into the garden plants. Happy magical gardening!”

Copyright Ellen Dugan Llewellyn’s Witches” Datebook 2006 Page 65