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Samhain Correspondences

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Planet: Moon

Moon Phase: New Moon

Colors: Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold, Red, Brown

Trees: Apple, Beech, Blackthorn, Locust, Pomegranate, Willow, Witch Hazel, Yew

Herb/Plants: Acorn, Arborvitae, Dittany of Crete, Bittersweet, Fumitory, Mullein, Angelica, Sage, Wormwood, Mugwort, Broom, Dandelion, Rue, Myrrh, Patchouli, Catnip, Reed, Heather, Yarrow, Bay, Allspice, Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake, Garlic and Straw.

Foods: Turnips, Apples, Gourds, Nuts, Mulled Wines, Cider, Pumpkin, Corn, Hazel Nuts, Herbal Teas, Beef, Pork, Poultry Apples, Hazelnuts, Corn, Gingerbread, Cranberries

Stones: Jet, Obsidian, Smoky Quartz, Hematite, Onyx, all Black Stones, Amber, Pyrite, Garnet, Clear Quartz, Marble, Sandstone, Carnelian, Diamond, Ruby

Metals: Gold, Iron, Steel, Brass

Animals/Magickal Creatures: Bat, Boar, Cat, Fairies, Cow, Dog

Symbols: Gourds, Apples, Black Cats, Jack-O-Lanterns, Besoms, Cauldron, Mask, Balefire, Waning Moon

Deities: Crone Goddesses, Badb, Banba, Belenus, Cailleach Bheur, Coyote, the Dagda, Durga, Hades, Hecate, Hel, Inanna, Ishtar, Kali, Loki, Macha, Odin, Pluto

Samhain Decorations: Harvest foods, photographs of your loved ones who have passed on, a statue or figurine of the Goddess in her Crone phase, pumpkins & Jack-o’-lanterns, balefires, besom, masks, cauldron, the Moon

Samhain spellwork: Spells for release, neutralizing harm, death, crossroads, protection spells, darkness, divination, spells that deal with the dead, visions, honoring the dead, strength spells, introspection, wisdom

* Note: Do not ingest any herb/plant without knowing how your body will react to said herb or plant!

Do not work with oils without knowing how your body will react to said oil!

Make sure to do research and consult a doctor or someone certified in herbology *

*Some of this information was taken from Llewellyn’s complete book of correspondences by Sandra Kynes*

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Samhain Activities

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With Samhain also known in many Pagan traditions as the “witches new year” I like to do a releasing ritual with my family.

Typically it would be around a bond fire but at times we have done this ritual around a candle. So either will work.

What I do is I ask everyone to write or draw something that has ended or that they may want to let go of. An example of this would be a bad habit.

Then we fold the papers up. Empower each one with oils, or herbs and energy. The kids may say a chant or something that helps them focus on letting go. I then gather them together to burn in the fire or flame.

We then sit back with some yummy spiced apple cider and talk about the things we would like to have come to us in the year to come.

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Halloween too Commercialized?

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Let’s face facts. Halloween has become a major commercialized holiday.

The things that have made this time of year special and the symbols we use have been turned into stereotypes. The images of a witch with the tall black hat, black cats, candles, spiders and broom are just that these days, images. They have little to no meaning to them anymore in the mainstream of things. People these days don’t even realize where they came from and what they mean.

Think for a moment about why we wear costumes and masks. Do you know why we wear these items to become someone other than ourselves? Did you know that in some cultures it was to hide among the spirits and walk with them for a day with out fear or harm? Not many people realize where the roots of such things come from.

So how do you find something meaningful to pull out of all the commercialism for your Sabbat? What do you do when most of the people around you don’t understand the ancient traditions they unconsciously carry on for generations?

My suggestion is to take a close look at the history behind the holiday. Pass on the facts and meaning to the generations to follow. Not rejecting the stereotype but educating yourself and family just why these practices exist in the first place. Create new traditions for your family to enjoy during this Sabbat.

 

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Samhain

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Samhain, also known as the Festival of the Dead or All Hallows’ Eve, is the time for us to release the spirits of those who have died during the previous year and for us to honor our ancestors. It is customary in some traditions to set an extra place at your supper table on Samhain in honor of the departed.

Samhain is not a scary time, like some religions or media would like people to believe. What this Sabbat is, is a time when the veil is thin and we can spend time with the spirits of those we loved. This is the time when we say good-bye to those who have left this physical plane. Though this is not a time of sadness, but a way to celebrate with the Dead.

Samhain also celebrates endings, and as such death. It honors the transition from light to dark. The growing time is over for this turn of the Wheel and the Earth begins it’s slumber.

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Mabon Activities

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Honor the birds:

Much like us, bird’s and small animals in the wilderness are harvesting and gathering food for the colder days on their way.

Why not help them out a little? Make a bird feeder, some homemade treat or a simple offering to the animals around your home or near by park/wooded area.

We will be posting some great links to some very creative ideas all day on our facebook and google+ pages. Share with us some of your favorite ways to make a feeder.

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Herbs of Mabon

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Here in the EoM office there has been a lot of yard work going on. Including the harvesting and drying of herbs, right now there is sage and thyme drying on a table in the office kitchen.

So we sat down and talked about the herbs that go along with the Sabbat of Mabon. Here is the list we made together.

*NOTE! Please study each of these herbs before working with them. Do NOT ingest, burn or blend any of these without knowing the risks involved.*

Herbs for Mabon: thistle, oak leaf, hazel, mums, hops, acorns, marigold, rose, sage, milkweed, solomon’s seal, aster, fern, honeysuckle, benzoin, myrrh, passionflower, pine, cedar, ivy, hazel, hops, asters, orris root, mugwort, calendula, and chrysanthemum.

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mabon Activities

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Make Wax Paper Leaf “Sun Catchers”

Sticking with the wax leaf theme from last week I thought I would share this fun activity.

Make crayon shavings with a knife, spoon or a crayon sharpener. I suggest that since this is for Mabon you use harvest earth tones such as red, maroon, brown, gold, scarlet, purple, and yellow.

Sprinkle the shavings between two pieces of wax paper. Next you will want to put the wax paper between two brown bags, or a brown paper bag cut in half foe easy and gentle placement and removal.

Iron the paper bag on a very low temp. This will melt the wax paper together. When you feel everything has melted together well remove the wax paper from bag.

You can now cut the wax paper in to shapes such as leaves. Hang in window and enjoy the lovely stain glass effect you have now created.

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Foods of Mabon

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With many of us in the office being Kitchen Witches, the major question we all seem to face is what sorts of foods go along with each Sabbat.

Here is a list of foods that our studies have shown go well with the Sabbat Mabon: Cornbread, products that are made out of wheat (especially whole wheat), berries, nuts, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, corn, beans, squash (traditionally baked), root foods (such as onions, carrots, potatoes,) hops, apples, bread, grains, pomegranates, pumpkins, oat cakes, roast goose or mutton, wine, ale and ciders.

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comment below.

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Mabon Activities

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Looking for a fun way to decorate your alter or home for the second harvest holiday?

In some places of the world the leaves are already changing colors. Why not go on a walk and gather some of these lovely leaves that have changed color and have begun to fall.

It’s a fun activity to do with children as well. They just love picking up leaves they think are beautiful and special.

Once home with your own little harvest. Dip the colorful leaves in melted paraffin wax.

Your kids will love to help or watch as you make their leaves special forever. You could also add a touch of glitter if you so desire to make them really shine.

Add the now wax leaves to your altar decorations. You can also use them to make into a wreath and decorate your front door with your bounty.

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Mabon

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Traditionally celebrated on September 21st

Named after the Celtic God of the same name, over the years I have found that people have a few ways to pronounce Mabon. Here are a few ways I have found people like to pronounce this Sabbats name May-bon, MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn.

Other names for Mabon are: Fall Equinox,  Harvest Home, Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, The Second Harvest Festival, and Night of the Hunter.

Mabon is one of the four Lesser Sabbats or Quarter ceremonies. The Lesser Sabbats contain the Solstices and Equinoxes representing the astronomical beginnings of the seasons. With these Sabbats the dates may vary by a day or two each year. This would be due to the fact that they depend upon the sun’s entry into the zodiacal signs of:  Aries (Spring), Cancer (Summer), Libra (Autumn) and Capricorn (Winter).

What would you like to learn about this Sabbat? The correspondences? Altar decorating? Recipes? Let us know in the comments below or email us at elementofmagick@gmail.com

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