Samhain – Day 23

Samhain Magic, Divination and Spirit Work [Part 10]

10.  The Samhain Needfire

In some of the Celtic countries, it became tradition to light a “Needfire” at the time of Samhain. Find out what this fire was for, and what was so special about lighting the Needfire. More »

By Patti Wigington

Samhain – FLashback 2007

“At the beginning of the Witches’ New Year, the nights grow long, the wind chills, and the cold winter begins. To celebrate this final harvest, meat is put up; root crops, nuts, and apples are stored; and the years activities draw to a close. Debts are paid, old things are cleaned, mended, or discarded. The house is swept clean and old brooms are thrown out and replaced by new brooms to make sure no bad luck follows the household into the new year.

The aire crackles with energy and excitement as the veil between the worlds is thin, spirits are near, and power is in the air. This is a night to celebrate the Witch and practice a few ancestral customs. Coven and solitaries celebrate this sabbat with reverence, joy , and magical workings.

Spirits are easily contacted, and debts to those who have passed over are paid in the form of food offerings left at crossroads. The different realms are more easily accessed now, including the feary realm. Care must be taken not to offened or disreespect the dead, the Fey, or other beings beyoun our own plane of existence.”

COpyright Abby Willowroot Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2007 Page 115

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





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

Samhain – Flashback 2003


“Samhain is the night when the veil between worls is thinnest. It is a good time to communicate with those who have passed away, using a mirror. You will need a large mirror for this. It ought to be big enough, to show your whole face at once, and preferably part of your upper body.

At least three days before Samhain cover the mirror. If possible fast all day on October 31. If you smoke refrain from smoking after sunset.

At midnight, sit or stand before the mirror. Have a small bowl or cup of salt water close to hand. Uncover the mirror, and, several times, softlycall the name of the person you wish to contact. Concentrate. After a while you may feel contact with that person, and can speak to him or her and ask questions. You can also invoke your younger or older self with this method. When you are done, thank the person, or yourself, say farwell, then dip you fingers in the salt water and draw a pentagram on the nirror to seal the veil. If at any time the communication becaomes troublesome you can break contact in this manner also.”

Copyright Magenta Griffith Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2003 Page 119


Samhain – Day 19

Samhain Magic, Divination and Spirit Work [Part 8]

8.  Ghosts, Poltergeists and Hauntings

Although belief in ghosts, poltergeists, and other entities is not something that is unique to the Pagan religious traditions. Many people – Pagan and otherwise – accept the existence of some sort of spiritual plane, a place where a variety of entities exist beyond the veil. Let’s talk about ghosts, poltergeists and other hauntings. More »

By Patti Wigington

Samhain – Flashback 2002


“Samhain grows in strength as a holiday, and while its meaning may beobscure to the general public, many rituals have survived intact. This is Hecate’s day, a celebration of the crone and the powers of the dark feminine princple. This is the day of the dead; you can honor your ancestors by setting a place for them at the table. Add their pictures to your altar. Indulge in wearing and decorating with black. Bring all your mojo to the altar to recharge.

When the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest, a ritual at midnight on October 31 bring last quarter Moon and very lucky Sun. Keep divination tools in your circle, and cast a spread to revel the portents of the coming new year. Enhance your powers with a loose incense to burn on charcoal. Just blend a teaspoon of each of crushed cinnamon, dittany of Crete, rosemary, and bay. Mix equal amounts dragon’s blood and frankincense and add 1 part resin to 1 part mixed herbs”

Copyright 2002 K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2002

Samhain – Day 18

Samhain Magic, Divination and Spirit Work [Part 7]

7.  Should I Use a Ouija Board?

Want to use a Ouija board for divination, or communing with the spirits? Well, that’s fine… if you know what you’re doing. Before you use one, be sure to read this information on how a Ouija board works, and what potential problems can arise.More »

By Patti Wigington

Flashback – Samhain 2001


In many traditions, Samhain marks the spiritual New Year, a time when we want to focus on our connection to the past and to the future. To ancient peoples, stones represented the link between ourselves and those who walked our Earth before us and would do so after us. This is still seen today in the New Year’s rituals of South Pacific islanders and in Jewish cemeteries the world over. To honor those who came before, gather some interesting stones–large, but small enough to carry comfortably–and take them to any place that makes you feel connected to your ancestors. Graveyards, a home, or a piece of land are all appropriate. Speak out loud your desire to connect with those who once walked in this place and invite them to link more closely to you. Place the stones firmly into the ground, knowing that they will be there always, connecting you to the entirety of your family tree from oldest root to newest bud.

Copyright 2001 Edian McCoy Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2001 Page 119

Samhain – Day 17

Samhain Magic, Divination and Spirit Work [Part 6]

6.  Spirit Guide Warning Signs

Many people believe they have spirit guides. But what are some of the warning signs you should look for when dealing with otherworldly beings? Here are somespirit guide warning signs to watch out for.More »

By Patti Wigington