WW – Samhain (Witch’s New Year) approaches

It’s almost here! Samhain, the most magical and witchy day of the Wheel of the Year arrives on October 31st. Yes, the same day as Halloween (which I’ll talk about for this Friday’s Fandom post), but for witches and many pagans, this is the end of the old year, and the beginning of the new.

Before I go much further, I want to brag mention that I had a post about Samhain published on the SheKnows network. I have a list of five simple ways you can do to celebrate the holiday – all things I’ve done with my family. I’ll wait while you go check it out.

5 Witchy ways to celebrate Halloween – How to honor life, death and rebirth this Halloween.

Wow, you’re back already? What a fast reader! Okay, now that you have those suggestions to consider, here four more that I haven’t tried yet, but plan to sometime in the future.

Make a Scrying Mirror

Dumb Supper

Ancestor Altar

Hold a Seance

Bonus – For anyone local to Salem, MA or people who want a destination vacation for the most wonderful time of the year, you should plan to attend the Witches’ Ball, and take in the sights and sounds of the Festival of the Dead. It is definitely on my bucket list. Hubby and I managed to wander around Haunted Happenings one year, when the eldest was an only child, and it was wild. I’d love to see how it has evolved while I’m still young enough to enjoy it. I figure that gives me plenty of time. *grin*

However you plan to commemorate this Sabbat, I hope you have a magical time. Bright Samhain blessings!


Samhain October 31, 2015. Samhain is the third and final harvest festival of the year. Also known as All Hallow’s Eve. It is considered by many Pagans to be the start of a new year. Also the time when the veil between worlds is the thinnest. Colors – Black, orange, and white. Symbols – Bonfires and fire in general, black cats, pumpkins and turnips, ghosts, pomegranates, and besoms (brooms). Ritual work – Divination, communing with ancestors, candle spells, visualization, banishing, manifesting, releasing the old and welcoming the new, honoring those we have lost.

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  1. Over the years, I’ve become more drawn towards holidays that celebrate those liminal spaces between death and life … I’ve always liked Day of the Dead better than All Souls Day (which I grew up with as a Catholic), and love the ways in which my pagan friends celebrate Samhain. Thanks for this post, and for the ideas for ways to mark the passing of the year!

    1. You’re very welcome, Justine. I grew up Catholic (hubby & I even married in the church, a thousand years ago back in ’89) and one of the things that drew me to the craft was how it respects and honors those we’ve lost. Thank you for stopping by!

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