Eight Samhain Season 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 30th, 31st, or on the closest New Moon. The veil between the material and ethereal worlds thinning on a New Moon is too beautiful for many to pass up.

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.” Eight More Samhain Ideas can be found here! Please feel free to post suggestions in the comments, have a beautiful Samhain, and blessed be.

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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Handmade Rose Soy Candle

Astra Anima Rose Scented Soy Candles

My partner and I have been making candles for our magickal doings and I thought you might want to check them out. This candle is rose, made with a classic, red rose fragrance, and I’ve decorated the candle with glitter, rose quartz tumbled stones, and red rose petals (from a bouquet, dried and crushed in house). Rose candles work well for self-love spells and spells for harmony in a relationship or family.

As a witch, I really want to make candles that were witch and pagan friendly, made with cleansed and charged ingredients. We originally sold these at craft shows, but now we make them for ourselves or as coven gifts. We actually have a dedicated scent for each date on Wheel of the Year, as well as New and Full Moon candles. Our families also get Yule candles for the winter holidays, and we have a special Thanksgiving scent, too. People seem to really enjoy getting gift bags when they come over for holidays, and we love any excuse to make stuff. Everyone’s happy!

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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.

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