Samhain is a day of reflection of the past year while celebrating the new. It is a day that whatever has not been harvested from gardens, fields, bushes, and trees get left for the wildlife and Fea Folk. It is also a day to communicate with those who have crossed the veil into the Summerlands. Many pagans and witches say it is the day and/or night to honor only those that have crossed in the last year but I do not go along with this way of thinking. While those who have passed since November 1, 2019 up to today do need more comforting and remembering them then those that have crossed over in other years past. The farther back in time you go to those who have crossed before the last year the more chance there is that they will be forgotten totally.
Hypothetically, if crossed the veil say 30 years ago or longer and each generation after you talk about you less and less as each year passes soon you will be forgotten completely. That one reason I have my Book of Shadows and Family Grimoire as one book that I hope keeps growing after I am gone. I have also placed pictures of ancestors at different ages as well as pictures of myself alone and with family members both ancestors and descents. In the section for ancestors I have included a picture of their headstone and where it can be found if available.
So this Samhain when you are setting the extra place at the table, lighting a candle for each ancestors name, or however you choose to honor your ancestors (remember an ancestor does not have to be blood related they can be anyone in your life that help to mold you into the person you are today.) Set one more place, light one more candle, or whatever your tradition to remember your ancestors is for those who names have been forgotten since the first Homosapien of any branch of the human gene pool lived.
I implore you all to remember that we all can trace our lineage back to this mish mash of a gene pool and that the energy that runs through us connects us to every other living things and not just on Mother Earth. So the next time you have a negative thought about someone for any reason at all remember you are also having that negative thought about yourself.
I picked this song to be included in this post because for me it helps me to remember those, female or male or other, who otherwise might be forgotten
I wish all my family, which means everyone reading this post, a happy and blessed Samhain.
Around this time of year superstitions seems to come at us from all over the place. With this in mind I pulled out my book Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions by David Pickering Copyright 1995.
I will be posting a few today and tomorrow in among the articles, spells, potions, etc for Samhain and Beltane. If there is a superstition that has been passed down in your family or that you believe in and would like some more information about them please write a description of the superstition in the comment area.
Many times during my youth my mother, who is now in the Summerlands, told me they story of her grandmother picking up and throwing the first pair of shoes she ever bought for herself across the room a breaking the heel off one of them. The reason being her grandmother believed that putting shoes on the table was bad luck. My family has many other superstitions that I will share as we get closer to our holidays.
REMEMBER WE WANT TO HER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY’S SUPERSTITIONS. JUST WRITE THEM IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING it will help me think my family isn’t a wacky about superstitions as I think they are 😂😉
Dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating are popular Halloween activities, but few probably associate these lighthearted fall traditions with their origins in Samhain, a three-day ancient Celtic pagan festival.
For the Celts, who lived during the Iron Age in what is now Ireland, Scotland, the U.K. and other parts of Northern Europe, Samhain (meaning literally, in modern Irish, “summer’s end”) marked the end of summer and kicked off the Celtic new year. Ushering in a new year signaled a time of both death and rebirth, something that was doubly symbolic because it coincided with the end of a bountiful harvest season and the beginning of a cold and dark winter season that would present plenty of challenges.
According to historian Nicholas Rogers, author of Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, Samhain was a “time of stock-taking and perhaps sacrifice” — including probably animal sacrifice — during which “pastoral communities [prepared] to survive the winter.”
Rogers also notes that little is firmly known about the particulars of the holiday, since the limited sources available are either folkloric literature like the Celtic sagas and Roman authors who would have likely “trashed” the traditions of a culture with which they were often in conflict.
To understand what we do know about Samhain, it’s important to recognize how the structure of the year’s calendar affected the Celts’ religious practices. According to The Guardian,…
On the cusp between spring and summer, Beltane On the cusp between spring and summer, Beltane is a fire festival that celebrates the fertility of the coming year.is a fire festival that celebrates the fertility of the coming year.
Beltane is a Celtic word which means ‘fires of Bel’ (Bel was a Celtic deity). It is a fire festival that celebrates of the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year.
Celtic festivals often tied in with the needs of the community. In spring time, at the beginning of the farming calendar, everybody would be hoping for a fruitful year for their families and fields.
Beltane rituals would often include courting: for example, young men and women collecting blossoms in the woods and lighting fires in the evening. These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately in the coming summer or autumn.
Other festivities involved fire which was thought to cleanse, purify and increase fertility. Cattle were often passed between two fires and the properties of the flame and the smoke were seen to ensure the fertility of the herd.
Today Pagans believe that at Beltane the God (to whom the Goddess gave birth at the Winter Solstice) achieves the strength and maturity to court and become lover to the Goddess. So although what happens in the fields has lost its significance for most Pagans today, the creation of fertility is still an important issue.
Emma Restall Orr, a modern day Druid, speaks of the ‘fertility of our personal creativity’. (Spirits of the Sacred Grove, pub. Thorsons, 1998, pg.110). She is referring to the need for active and creative lives. We need fertile minds for our work, our families and our interests.
Fire is still the most important element of most Beltane celebrations and there are many traditions associated with it. It is seen to have purifying qualities which cleanse and revitalise. People leap over the Beltane fire to bring good fortune, fertility (of mind, body and spirit) and happiness through the coming year.
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A blue Moon is BLUE FULL MOON CELEBRATION
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
A 6 inch/15.24cm circle of blue paper or a white paper colored blue – shade of blue should be light to medium blue (Have circle of blue cut out a head of time
A blue colored pen or colored pencil or pen
A 6 inch/15.24 cm long piece of white thread or string
Decide on 3 different things you want to complete in either your regular or spiritual life by May 1st
SMALL GLASS OF APPLE JUICE
PIECE OF BREAD
CLOSING THE CIRCLE and CALLING THE ELEMENTS TO THE WATCHTOWERS
LADY BELTANE: I call the element of Air into the Watchtower of the East to help bring us clarity of mind as we work in our sacred circle.
I call the element of Fire into the Watchtower of the South to bring us extra energy to work our magick we work in this sacred circle circle
I call upon the element of Water to help guide our emotions as we work in this sacred circle.
I call upon the element of Earth to help us stay grounded as we work our magick in this sacred circle
I walk this circle with Hecate and Dagon to keep those in the sacred circle from any harm that might try to enter and to clear out any negativity that is in it. I take us to a place that is outside of regular time and space.
FULL BLUE MOON CELEBRATION
EVERYONE: P lease tell us your first or Pagan name and what country or state you live in. No last names or towns/villages/cities.
LADY BELTANE: A full Moon on Samhain is rare but a blue Moon is rare still. The power of the magick we work to night will be stronger than usual thanks to the Mother’s Moon Bluish tint. We will take 1 minute to thank the Mother Moon and to center ourselves before beginning our celebrations. Lady Beltane will say “So Mote It Be” when the minute is up.
EVERYONE: Place your blue circle which works as a reminder of the extra power at work when you wrote you three things. What you write on the paper should have your own positive intention behind them. You will have three minutes to WRITE DOWN YOUR 3 THINGS. Please say or type in done when finished.
Next you will fold first one side in and then the other side so you have the ends over lapping in the middle.
Next take you string slide it under the folded paper make sure you have an even amount of string on each side of the paper.
Now as you tie a bow over the center of the paper you will say’ “Hecate goddess and guardian of all witches everywhere please help me to accomplish the things I have written here So Mote It Be or however you end your spells.
END OF BLUE MOON CELEBRATION PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THE CIRCLE
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Left over Apple Juice
Pictures of 2 Ancestors
2 Birthday Candles or Flashlights
Heat Proof Dish with ½ inch/1,5 cm of sand or dirt (the candles will be placed in here and should be allowed to complete burn down.
Trivet/hotplate/potholder to place heat proof dish on.
I invite the Spirits I call upon to come to me one by one. (Light 1 candle each time you say
a name and place it in the sand)
Visit and return from whence you came when your candle is done.
So mote it be
After doing the spell spend 2 minutes just sitting quietly and thinking of the people you have summoned. They may just want to spend some time with you also and/or have a message for you or someone in your life. Ancestors are not just blood relatives that have crossed over they include anyone in your life that has had some type of impact on it.
Leave candles burning as we move on to the Beltane celebration. If you want to light more candles for people after the circle has been opened please feel free to use this spell and enjoy time with those who have crossed the veil.
END OF SAMHAIN RITUAL
Southern Hemisphere Beltane Ritual- using the 4 elements to create our very own Beltane Wand
Select a piece of wood that you have been called to. Ensure that no tree is hurt in the process, in other words do not take the wood for your wand by snapping it off a tree branch.
Wood for wand making is everywhere, in the form of driftwood, branches that have naturally fallen, a piece of wood that you have collected over time.
The secret to finding the perfect wand wood is that the wood actually calls out to you. In order for you to be accepted by the wand it is respectful to do a mediation and ask the wood, ask the tree, ask the ocean if it is a piece of driftwood. It is then that the wand becomes an extension of you and your power within the Natural World. Gratitude is the key.
Over time I have collected so many pieces of wood, rocks, shells, all these things that call out to me when out in nature while walking, doing rituals or even working. Some items are over 15- 20 years old waiting for the right time to be used.
DECORATE YOUR ALTAR
Beltane brings the beginning of life, decorate with beautiful bunches of flowers from your garden, make wreaths to wear in your hair, make your own candles to burn on the altar, use fertility Goddess and God symbols, fill baskets with seasonal fruits.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
A piece of wood to create your wand
Representing Fire– An altar candle
Representing Water– I prefer to use consecrated moon water that I sometimes place in a spray bottle with a couple of drops of my favourite essential oil
Representing Earth– Consecrated salt-I prefer to use black salt or Himalayan salt
Representing Air– Your Athame, a feather or even incense
A BLESSING TO THE EARTH GODDESS-
EVERYONE – Please say……
“Great Earth mother!
We ask for your blessing on this day
May our lands see the seeds of life in abundance
Our grass grow green and lush
Our rivers flow and be filled with life
and the great Sun God shine upon our lands
We sit in gratitude in the blessings you have given
and the gift of life with each turn of the wheel. “
DURING THE BELTANE RITUAL
Take the wood that will become your wand and……
Pass it over the Fire
With this Fire I ignite the spirit within me
Sprinkle it with Salt
With this Earth I create my body
Spray or Anoint it with Water
With this Water I bless my blood that runs through my veins
Pass the Athame, Feather or Incense over it
With this Athame (or whatever you choose to represent your air) I give it life from my breath.
Now take 3 deep breaths and blow your breath 3 times, emptying your lungs each time.
You now have concentrated your wand and have given it life creating an extension of you.
A One Minute Meditation
Hold the wand in your hands and allow the power of the wand to guide you how you need to create its power. Connect to the wand as this will become an extension of your power. Imagine a flow of light from your heart going into the wood and giving it life, bringing the light back into your heart and connecting it to your being as an expression of the Divine.
CONCLUDING THE BELTANE RITUAL
Dearest Lady, we honour you Queen of Spring
May our lands be fruitful ready to make offerings in your name
AFTER THE RITUAL
Now to finish your wand……
- Anything that you would like to decorate your wand- (you can add these later after the ritual allowing time for you to be as creative as you like)
o Now some like elaborate colourful decorations expressing their creativity, others like simple with just a polish and a couple of Sigils sacred to just them. The choice is purely yours, remember it is an extension of you therefore it will reflect your power.
- I attach anything from crystals to feathers, sometimes I simply use sandpaper to bring out the colours and patterns of the sacred wood.
- If you have the tools wood burning is a wonderful option.
END OF BELTANE RITUAL
OPENING THE CIRCLE and DISMISSING THE ELEMENTS FROM THE WATCHTOWERS
LADY BELTANE: I dismiss the element of Air from the Watchtower of the East with our thanks to you for helping to bring us clarity of mind as we work in our sacred circle.
I dismiss the element of Fire from the Watchtower of the South with our thanks to you for helping to bring us extra energy to work our magick we work in this sacred circle circle
I dismiss the element of Water with our thanks to you for helping to guide our emotions as we work in this sacred circle.
I dismiss the element of Earth with our thanks to you for helping to us to stay grounded as we work our magick in this sacred circle
I thank Hecate and Dagon for helping us with our rituals this night or morning. Please return from whence you came.
I walk this circle to bring us back into our regular place of existence and to the time the binds us in this plane.
The circle is open but never broken go with peace, trust, and love in your hearts.