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Samhain-Halloween Information-Lore

by Raven and Crone

Samhain is considered by many Pagans, Wiccans, and Witches-especially those of Celtic heritage to be the date of the Witches New Year, representing one full turn of the Wheel of the Year. This is the time of year for getting rid of weaknesses. A common Ritual practice calls for each Wiccan to write down his or her weaknesses on a piece of paper or parchment and toss it into the Cauldron fire. Other activities might include Divination, Past-Life Recall, Spirit Contact, Meditation, Astral Projection-Flying, and the drying of Winter herbs.

Samhain Herbs: Acorn, Oak, Apple, Corn, Dittany of Crete, Hazel, Nightshade, Fumitory,Mugwort, Allspice, Sage, Gourds, Catnip, Apple trees, Broom, Dittany of Crete, Fern, Flax, Heather, Mandrake, Mint, Mullein, Nutmeg, Oak, Patchouli, Pumpkins, Straw, Woody Sage, Wormwood, Angelica, Rue, Burdock, Pennyroyal, Rosemary, Sunflower, Thyme, Wild Ginseng, Tarragon, Calendula, Cosmos, Marigold.

Samhain Colors: Orange, black and brown. However, Red Golden Yellow are also appropriate colors for this Sabbat. Altar candles should be black, orange, white, silver and-or gold.

Samhain Offerings: Apples, pumpkin pie, beets, turnips, hazelnuts, corn, gingerbread, pomegranates, cider, herbal teas, pork dishes.

Symbols: Jack-O-Lanterns, Balefires, Masks, The Besom-Magickal Broom, The Cauldron, and the Waning Moon.

Altar Decorations: small jack-o-lanterns, indian corn, foods from the harvest, and photographs of your loved ones who have departed from this world.

Deities for Samhain: ALL Crone Goddesses, and the Dying God or the Dead God. Samhain Goddesses include Hecate, Hel, Inanna, Macha, Mari, Psyche, Ishtar, Lilith, The Morrigu/Morrigan, Rhiannon, and Cerridwen.

Stones:  Obsidian, Onyx, Carnelian, Amber, Beryl, Bloodstone, Clear Quartz, Diamond,
Garnet, Gold, Granite, Hematite, Jasper, Jet, Marble, Opal, Pyrite, Rose Sapphire, Ruby, Sandstone, Smoky Quartz, Steel, Tourmaline, Turquoise

Animals: bats, cats, and dogs.

Foods: beets, turnips, squash, apples, corn, nuts, gingerbread, cider, pomegranates, mulled wines and pumpkin dishes. These are all appropriate as well as meat- especially pork dishes, if you are a vegetarian use tofu, Poultry, Irish Bairin Bread which is Fruit Cake, Colcannon, Bonfire Toffee, Apple Cider, Anything with Apples, Doughnuts, Popcorn, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bread, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Mead, Late Autumn Fruits.



This article was published on Wednesday 20 January, 2010.
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