All About Samhain – Celebrating the Witches’ New Year in the Southern Hemisphere Part 1

The fields are bare, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the skies are going gray and cold. It is the time of year when the earth has died and gone dormant. Every year on October 31 (or May 1, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) the Sabbat we call Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth. For many Pagan traditions, Samhain is a time to reconnect with our ancestors, and honor those who have died.

This is the time when the veil between our world and the spirit realm is thin, so it’s the perfect time of year to make contact with the dead.


Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Samhain, but typically the focus is on either honoring our ancestors, or the cycle of death and rebirth. This is the time of year when the gardens and fields are brown and dead. The nights are getting longer, there’s a chill in the air, and winter is looming. We may choose to honor our ancestors, celebrating those who have died, and even try to communicate with them. Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying for Samhain — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

By Patti Wigington

Natural Yule Altar

I found this blog post this morning and thought their Yule Altar was beautiful in it’s simplicity.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the season and forget to slow down and take time for ourselves.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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How to Create a Sacred Water Altar

I felt I needed to do more.  I had signed petitions.  Lit candles. Offered prayers. And yet it still felt like it wasn’t enough.  The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following blog post on how to create a sacred water altar.  THIS.  It was exactly what my soul seemed to call out to do.  It incorporates the four elements within the altar in a way I had not considered.  Now where did I put the beautiful glass lotus bowl my friend Daisy gave me…….

May the Cosmic Cookie Trail held guide you on your spiritual journey of discovery.

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Lughnasadh Correspondences

Lughnasadh plate

The plate I painted for Lughnasadh.

Lughnasadh Altar 8-8-15

This is the altar I set up last year outside when I did a solitary ritual for Lughnasadh that I had written.

Lughnasadh Altar 2016

Here is a photo of my altar for Lughnasadh this year.

Lughnasadh Altar in a cup

Lughnasadh Altar in a Cup

Echinacea-Earth/ Inner strength

Juniper Berries-Air/ Get rid of negative or unwanted energies

Peppermint-Fire/ Abundance and opens up the breath and heart chakra and revives the mind

Raspberry Leaf-Water/ Protection

Here is a link with a lot of information for Lughnasadh:

Here is a link for a solo ritual for Lughnasadh:

Golden Lion Anointing Oil for Lughnasadh

2 drops Frankincense-Base

6 drops Geranium-Middle

2 drop Pettigrain-Top

3 drop Lime-Top

2 drop Sweet Orange-Top

Place 3 Tiger eye crystals in the bottle and then mix the oils with 1 t of Almond Oil.   Good to use at Lammas or in August, since it combines Leo and Sun energies.  Put on Flower of Life grid on top of Holly and place a Scapolite stone on top of the bottle.  Place Sunstone and Honey Calcite in the Merkaba shape and activate the grid.

Lughnasadh Oils

Lughnassadh Oil
2 parts lime oil
2 parts cinnamon oil
2 parts sandalwood oil
1 part clove oil
1 part frankincense oil

Mix well and bottle. Use in Lughnasadh/Lammas rituals.

Golden Lion Oil


3 parts Frankincense

3 parts Petitgrain

2 parts Lime

1 parts Sweet Orange

Mix the above into 1/8 cup carrier oil such as jojoba, apricot, grapeseed, almond, etc. Good to use at Lammas or in August, since it combines Leo and Sun energies.

Lammas Oil #2


1/4 dram thyme oil

1/2 dram cinnamon oil

1/4 dram rose oil

1/2 dram gardenia oil

2 – 3 drops allspice oil

Mix well and bottle. Use in Lughnasadh/Lammas rituals.

Lammas Oil #3


2 tsp. wheat germ oil

6 drops frankincense oil

2 drops clary sage oil

1 drop rose oil

sunflower oil to make 2 TB.

Mix well and bottle. Use in Lughnasadh/Lammas rituals.

Leo Oil #1

To 2 ounces of base oil add 2 tablespoons of any of the following herbs: red sandalwood, frankincense, camphor, cassia, clove, goldenrod, greater celandine, eyebright, goats rue, chamomile, sunflower. Steep one moon cycle or for 12 – 24 hrs. on low in a slow cooker. If stronger scent is desired, remove herbs and repeat. Crack in 2 vitamin E capsules if preservative is desired. This is a good oil to use in rituals done during the zodiac sign of Leo.

Leo Oil #2


3 drops Petitgrain

1 drop Orange

1 drop Lime

This is a good oil to use in rituals done during the zodiac sign of Leo or wear as a personal oil to increase your own powers.

Leo Zodiac Oil Blend
color – orange yellow


frankincense (main)

sandalwood (minor)

orange (minor)

musk (minor)

patchouli (minor)

cinnamon (trace)

Add tiger’s eye or ruby to bottle. (Herbs and roots can be used to color the oil, if an all-natural product is desired. This list is from Jeanne Rose’s “Herbs and Things”: Orange Dye: annatto, gamboge or marigold.)

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