Samhain Altar in a Cup
Rosemary (for remembrance of our ancestors), Mullein (abundance), mugwort (to aid in divination), calendula (to encourage emotional warmth and tolerance, compassion and the ability to truly listen to what others are saying) and a dash of Florida Water to banish negativity. I was going to include some acorns but couldn’t find my stash of them!
At Samhain, witches once gave one another acorns as gifts. During the Burning Times, giving someone an acorn was a secret means of telling that person you were a witch. Acorns are fruits of the oak, one of the most sacred trees to the ancient Celts. They are symbols of protection, fertility, growth, values, and friendship.
© 2015 Wolf Woman Ways
“The lusty celebration of Beltane is upon us! Gardens bloom and wild places are leafy and green. Weather is mild and thoughts turn to passion. In garden folklore, any blue flower – violets, periwinkles, soft bluish-purple tulips, and early hydrangeas – is sacred to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. This Beltane, work with her to send a little passion and romance your way. Remember, Aphrodite does not bring lasting love into your life…she brings attraction, romance, passion, and physical love. This is great for established partners to spice things up or singles looking for a new someone for romance, To work with Aphrodite’s energy, gather a few blue flowers from the garden and tie them with a satin ribbon. Slip the flowers in a water-filled vessel and offer them to Aphrodite along with a spell verse for Beltane.
On the feast of Beltane, I’ll try a little something new,
I request Aphrodite’s blessings with flowers of blue.
Passion and fun, you will surely bring to my life,’May I be Blessed with magick and romance on this night.“
CopyrightEllen Dugan Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2013 Page 63
“Halloween decorations are rife with symbols of the Crone goddess, and these trendy dark and gothic trappings are great for working transformation magick with her. Consider those ebony and amethyst candleholders, sparkling black tapers, candles shaped like skulls, silk but real looking ravens and crows. This Samhain, why not go all out with a Crone altar dedicate to the Greek goddess Hecate? Hecate is a Triple Goddess and also patron of Witches, sorcerers, and magicians, Tonight the veil between worlds is at it’s thinnest. Spirits walk, the Old Ones are out among us, and magick is ripe. Call upon Hecate for the wisdom to work with these types of energies.
Samhain has come, the veil between the worlds is thin,
Chilly winds now blow, and fallen leaves do spin.
With this Crone altar, I celelbrate your special time,
This Samhain spell is now cast with the sound of rhyme.
Hecate, light my path on this magickal night,
Grant me your courage and grace, wisdom and insight.”
COpyright Ellen Dugan Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2013 Page115