Magical Monday: Samhain

Samhain celebrations have been going on for at least three thousand years. Yes, it is older than Christianity itself.  There are quite a few misconceptions about Samhain, mainly coming from Christian "scholars," who quite frankly, don't bother with things like history or science.  There was no god named "Samhain." It's pronounced "Sow-wen," not "Sam-HAYN." It means, "Summer's end." It began with the Celts of the British Isles. This is not to say that other cultures do not celebrate this time of year with some sort of festivities of their own. Those are plentiful throughout the world. 

We honor and commune with our beloved dead, particularly our ancestors. We believe that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is thin at this time. We cherish life and honor death as a part of that cycle. We do not sacrifice black cats, nor any other living creature. 

We do not worship Satan, nor is that construct something we acknowledge as part of our culture. We don't try to lure children into Witchcraft. We don't believe in indoctrination or brain-washing. All of those belong to Christianity.

I could go on, but the slander against Witches isn't going to stop just because I post the truth. 

Today, I'm going to share some Samhain education and some fun. I hope this enhances your celebration. 

The first of these videos is from University College in Dublin, Ireland. It's fascinating.

Next up, some lovely Irish tales for your Samhain pleasure.

And, finally, some Samhain spells:

The following come from Judika Iles's Element Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells

Calendar Oracle

Allegedly any question asked during this ritual will be answered, while any wish made will be granted.

Simmer basil, rosemary, St. John's wort, and wolfsbane (wolfsbane is highly toxic- it may be better to remove this from the ingredients) in a cauldron on Samhain night.  Interpret the patterns made by the steam; scry by gazing into the gently bubbling liquid.

Love Oracle- Irish Halloween Cabbage Patch Game

This oracle benefits those wishing to have the identity of a future husband or lover revealed, as well as providing a good party game. This ritual is accomplished on Samhain night.

Participants are blindfolded and set loose in a cabbage patch. Everyone is allowed to pull up one-and only one- cabbage. The size and shape of the cabbage head and stem reveals details of your future lover's body. The quantity of earth clinging to the roots foretells his/her financial status: a rich lover's root is packed with dirt, and the taste of the cabbage heart reveals his temperament.

After eating it, if the cabbage satisfies and pleases you, put the stem over your front door to guide your lover toward you.

Samhain Daphomancy

A more private Samhain love oracle/ritual:

1. Sit before a low but steady fire in the fireplace. Gaze into the flame. 
2. Focus on your beloved or on your desires. Formulate your question.
3. Have a small supply of bay leaves at hand. Without taking your eyes off the fire and your mind from your desire, toss a small handful of bay leaves into the fire.
4. chant:
    "Laurel leaves that run in the fire, Draw me to my heart's desire."
5. Once the flames die down, repeat again for a total of three times.

If the flames shoot up, or leaves crackle and pop, you've received very auspicious signs: Your wishes will be fulfilled. However, quiet leaves and dim flames counsel patience, or a change of plans.

Samhain Apple Luck Spell

After nightfall on October 31st, each member of the household receives an apple. Apples may be distributed by hand, or you may bob for them. Everyone must eat their one for a year of good luck.

Samhain Candle Luck Spell

At midnight on October 31st, burn orange and black candles. Allow them to burn out naturally to receive a year of good luck.

Samhain Wish Spell

At midnight on Samhain, stand naked in front of a mirror with only 1 candle lit. Make your wish. Do not speak again until morning.

Samhain blessings to you and yours,

PS. No "Witchy Wednesday" as Samhain will still be going on until sundown that day.

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