Eight Samhain Sabbat Celebration Ideas

Samhain's Magic Circle Print by Poison Apple Print Shop

Samhain (also known as Halloween) is often a favorite in the pagan community with many witches using it to mark the end of the year. You may choose to celebrate Samhain on October 31st or on the New Moon on October 30th. The veil between the material and ethereal worlds thinning on a New Moon is too beautiful for many to pass up. My original intention was to celebrate Samhain on the New Moon, but ended up changing my mind at the last minute, and performed only a New Moon ritual on the 30th, and Samhain on the 31st. Regardless of when you choose to observe the Sabbat, below are eight ideas for Samhain celebrations to add to your ritual or observance, be it solitary, in pairs, in a coven, or conducted from inside the “broom closet.” Please feel free to post suggestions in the comments, and have a beautiful Samhain, friends!

1. Ancestor Work: One of the biggest aspects of Samhain’s energy is the increased ability to communicate with ancestors who have passed to the other side. Bringing photos of ancestors to the ritual or to your altar is a beautiful was to observe this connection. You can also tell stories about ancestors, research your own lineage, or send them messages. One of the best ways to send messages to the other side, in my opinion, is to write what you want to say on a piece of parchment paper (remember to address it) and burn it in your cauldron, thus sending it to the other side. In the Chinese tradition, burning Joss paper (also called Hell Money) is a way to send literal currency into the afterlife.

2. Candles: No witch is a stranger to burning candles, as they are an integral part of so many sabbats, rituals, and spells. Fitting colors and their correspondences for Samhain would be: black (banishing negative energy and acknowledging the dark half of the year, death, etc.), orange (heightened creativity and energy), purple (increased psychic awareness, can be used in conjunction with divination), and silver (you can substitute with white; representing lunar energy). For those who have issues with smoke, LED candle are just as effective.

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New Moon October 30th 2016 in Scorpio

Stellarscapes by Oriol Angrill Jorda

I’ve been wanting to add some moon magick posts to the site for a while, but, like a true Scorpio, the first post is all about me. Well, more accurately it’s all about October’s New Moon in Scorpio, which happens to be in my sign. Nothing motivates a Scorpio like themselves though, eh?

Note: The New Moon technically enters occurs at 1:38 PM on Sunday the 30th, for those of you who decide to observe the New Moon on Saturday the 29th, the moon moves into Scorpio at 10:01 PM EST. Earlier in the evening it is considered void-of-course, which starts at 6:09 AM EST (before that it’s in Libra). Just a timing-related FYI.

What is New Moon Magick?

New moons are used for setting intentions with a manifestation point at the next full moon (in about two weeks, November 14th for this new moon) and, way more importantly, a second, larger manifestation at the full moon at the six month mark (for this new moon it will happen on May 10th 2017). I always feel that it’s a good idea to dream big on the new moons, to set intentions and put into action things that really matter, and that I truly feel are beneficial to me as a person. It’s a private ritual, so it gets real, but that’s because I’m really willing to push myself to be better all the time (in a healthy, positive, loving way, of course). Also, because the guidance goes so far out, I believe it’s important to do a little divination as well. While some people are drawn to pendulums, scrying, or runes, I always go for tarot, but you can use any form of divination that you feel comfortable with.

Intention Setting

The process of intention setting varies for everyone, so adjust what you find here to suit your needs and comfort zones. An important thing about magick is that you should only do what you feel comfortable doing. I start by figuring out, within the context of the current astrological sign, what it is that I really want to work on about myself, and what corresponding thing I’d like to let go of (or stop doing), so that’s step one.

Scorpio is a very willful sign, so focus your intention setting on what you literally want; it can be finding out what that is, or having the steps toward getting it revealed. Scorpio is also a very outspoken sign (when I’m fired up you will not believe the barbed sass that comes forth) so when you’re speaking your truth during this lunar cycle – and you should do just that – be sure to avoid sarcasm or just being pointlessly mean (oh, I know it’s tempting, but you need to fight that temptation!). Further, Scorpio is an intuitive and observational sign that is able to judge other’s intentions and character well, and this is excellent energy to harness to your advantage. We all know Scorpio has the reputation of being the most, ahem, passionate sign, but jealousy is often the result of that intense ability to feel desire. Moderating what you ask for during this cycle is important because Scorpio is so intense.

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Astra Anima Rose Soy Candle

Astra Anima Rose Scented Soy Candles

Embellished Rose Soy Candles

It’s been brewing for a long time so I’m very excited to announce that Astra Anima soy candles are finally available in the shop! This new rose candle has a classic, rich red rose fragrance and I’ve decorated the candle with glitter, rose quartz tumbled stones, and red rose petals (dried and crushed in house). Made from soy wax, it comes in a 4 oz tin (approximately 3 oz of wax) and has an approximate burning time of 20 hours. For best results for this and all candles, make sure the top layer of wax is completely pooled before blowing the candle out. When re-lighting keep the wick trimmed to 1/4″ to both extend burning time and minimize smoking. That’s just a candle pro tip.

As a witch, I really want to make candles that were witch friendly, made with cleansed and charged ingredients, candles that would be perfect coven gifts and altar decorations. In fact, the roses on our first batch of candles were a Valentine’s Day gift from my partner, so they are packed full of love. There are about a billion options for candles out there, but when it comes to magickal workings, I feel that pagans bring their own set of needs to the table because we use them for different reasons than other people. That’s why I wanted to make Astra Anima candles a reality. The energy that’s being diffused – I wanted it to be special.

Astra Anima Rose Scented Soy Candles

Rose Candle, Burn in Progress

When it comes to candle making my partner and I are a team, which is why I keep saying “we” and “our” even though it sounds strange to me. I come up with the ideas, my partner does research, then he crafts the actual candle, then I do the embellishing, labeling, and photography. I’m so lucky to have such a great person to work beside because these candles would not have become a reality without him.

Eventually we’ll be adding color to our embellished candles and “naked” candles that have no dye or embellishments, but I wanted to get our first offering up because I’m just too excited about it. For me more is more, but my partner is a minimalist hippie type (luckily, we practice magick together, so at least we can agree on that!). I have big candle plans, people. I’m buzzing with excitement! Stay tuned.

Crystal Vibe Shopping Guide: Malachite

I was planning a larger article on malachite that turned into book-level research project and completely got away from me. Since I’m not researching a book (yet, potential publishers, call me) I decided to post my findings is bits and pieces. Below is the shopping guide for some truly remarkable malachite and malachite-inspired items. Who knew a Fornasetti plate with a drawing of malachite could sell for more than a plate made of actual malachite? Well, now it’s all of us. The malachite offerings shown here are presented in order from most expensive to least expensive and while some are, shall we say, “aspirational,” others are downright affordable.

Malachite Pattern Plates by Fornasetti

Malachite Pattern Plates by Fornasetti

Fornasetti has got to be the king of malachite, and these plates are made with his signature illustrations. I found this set of twelve porcelain plates on this auction site, but they are no longer available. If you want to get close you can buy the 24″ aluminum version at Barney’s for $975. Or, you know, donate the money to charity, whatever. Fornasetti’s malachite print is also available on everything from candles to tables to wallpaper.

Victorian Malachite Brooch $750

Victorian Malachite Brooch $750

For a moment I thought I wasn’t going to be able to find a proper competitor for the Fornisetti plates that was made out of real malachite, but then I found this stunning Victorian brooch on Etsy. It’s 14K gold, measures around 3″ across, and costs $750. Pick it up at Acanthus Antiques and tell them I sent you and that they owe me for referring the sale. Also, I don’t feel like modern jewelry is as simple and elegant, while also being as subtly ostentatious as this brooch, and that’s a real shame.

Malachite Pillow by Tony Duquette

Malachite Pillow by Tony Duquette $160-250

Do you have a lot of money, a penchant for artisanal throw pillows, a decor that can handle dark green, and a love of malachite? Well, have I got the pillow for you. Tony Duquette has created “Gemstone” (above), which features a malachite illustration. It ranges in price from $160 to $250 and comes in a variety of styles. I think it must be stuffed with gold flakes for that price. Needless to say he also offers a number of animal print pillows. … I actually hate myself a little, but I confess that I kind of love this pillow.

Malachite Candle by L'Objet $135

Malachite Candle by L’Objet $135

Clocking in with potentially the most pretentious brand name ever, L’Objet offers you a $135 pink champagne scented candle in a malachite-inspired, 24K gold embellished, limoges porcelain package. It’s also available in a pencil cup. I don’t know about you, but when I think of malachite the fragrance of pink champagne doesn’t exactly pop into my head. One of my big goals for Astra Anima is a line of crystal inspired candles, and malachite is high on that list. I promise you now that it will not smell like booze.

Wenge Wood and Malachite Ring $90

Wenge Wood and Malachite Inlay Ring $90

This ring is completely stunning and if my partner were not so hard on things it would be a strong candidate for his wedding ring. Knowing him, he would immediately break it, so it will have to say on the wishlist. This ring is made from wenge wood and inlaid with malachite; an absolutely stunning piece for all of $90.

Fibrous Malachite from Venusrox $39

Fibrous Malachite from Venusrox $39

Malachite comes in so many different forms it was hard to narrow down which specimens to feature. This fibrous malachite specimen from Venusrox is from the People’s Republic of the Congo and measures 2.1″ at it’s widest point. If you want to take it home it will cost you $39, and it’s a beautiful piece. If you’re looking for way more expensive specimens, they have those, too, but the small ones are stand outs to me.

Malachite Shirt by Ravynka

Malachite Shirt by Ravynka $34

Finally in the “something I can actually afford” category comes this lovely Malachite Shirt by Ravynka for $34. Since the shirt is on Soceity6 it is also available as a rug, phone case, leggings, and yes, even a throw pillow.

For more malachite goodness, including these pieces, check out my Malachite board on Pinterest. Feel free to add your own malachite suggestions in the comments and thank you for reading!