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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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Tarot Meditation

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Tarot Meditation

Samhain is a traditional time to for performing divination.

The tarot is a popular means for divination, but many people don’t realize that it can also be used for meditation purposes.

During Samhain the perfect card to use for meditation is the Death card.

It symbolizes not someone’s death or impending doom like most people think when seeing this card. The Death card means a passing of what was and a transformation or birth of something new coming into your life.

Much like in the picture shown the dragon is shedding it’s old skin releasing the old. Being reborn as a white dragon and embracing the new to come.

Many practitioners like to meditate upon the death card in order to release the past, accept the ending of a situation such as a relationship, addiction, bad habits, weight issues, end of a job, etc. and look forward to a new cycle coming into their life.

Source of the picture is from the Celtic Dragon Tarot

What is in a name?

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The first thing I like to teach to the children, be them my own or ones I teach these course to, is the names we use for the holidays and how they all are one holiday just with different ways to look at them. Also it helps help them learn how to pronounce the many names.

Samhain or Samhuinn which the Irish people, Scottish people, Manx people, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans celebrate. Other names are Summer`s end, ShadowFest, Feast of All Saints or All saints day which the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy, Anglican Communion, Lutheranismand Methodism, among other Christian denominations celebrate. Día de Muertos or the Day of the Dead which is celebrated in Mexico, and regions with large Hispanic populations. Third Harvest, Old Hallowmas which is from the Scottish/Celtic people. Samana, Vigil of Saman, Shadowfest, Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve which is what we widely know it as and is celebrated by the western Christians and many non-Christians around the world. Last there is Martinmas which is actually celebrated on November 11th and originated in France, then spread to Germany, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe.

Now I know that paragraph above is very boring and has a lot of information in it. Putting it together the first time I was worried about how am I going to teach this to my children. Luckily I was blessed with children of my own who LOVE to know where names come from and their meanings, much like their father and I. Then there are the times I teach this course to other pagan children who may not be like my own children. Here is a few tips on how to keep them engaged.

Depending on their age will really depend on how you approach this. For younger children they LOVE to color so I make coloring pages with the names on either the area of the world it is from (mostly for ages of 6 to 9) or with a cute little image of what represents the culture (ages 3 to 5). Have fun with it is always my plan. If you make learning fun them the more engaged the children will be.

For kids that are older I use a white board to write down the name and one word phrases to talk about where it is from. For longer classes you could also write single word phrases that would detail how they celebrate or their traditions. With this approach you would want to go through each name as an individual class instead of a single class going over just the names and origins. I have done it many ways and I like focusing on just the names and then going over the details in other classes. You may find you like doing it differently.

With ALL my classes, so this part may be repetitive, I tell the children that there is no right or wrong. No one way to look at things in our world. There are just different ways to look at such subjects and ways to believe or practice. It is all up to them and what they feel is right. Teaching the many names and their origins helps them see this more clearly then anything else I have used in my years of teaching pagan children.

I will admit my main focus in these classes is Samhain, (pronounced SOW-een, SAH-win, or SAM-hayne) so a lot of the information is from this tradition but it is not the ONLY focus. That is a big point to these classes. As I said last week this is to help the children see and understand that the holidays are seen, celebrated and called by a different name but in reality there are so many things that are alike.

Samhain is considered the Celtic, and these days the Pagan, New Year. It is the third and final Harvest, taking place in the midst of Autumn. The name Samhain actually means “End of Summer”.
It is during this time The Goddess mourns the passing of the God, though she is at this time pregnant with the God who will be reborn again at Yule. I am going to say my kids love seeing how the holidays are all connected with the stories of the God and Goddess. Some times I do story boards with felt pieces I have made to give them that story time feeling.

Next Class: We will begin to talk about how Samhain is celebrated.

Blessed be
*A Pagan Mom*