Samhain is our favorite Sabbat here at Wild Witchery and we've compiled 7 Rituals you can easily incorporate into your Samhain Celebrations!
1. Recall stories and Memories of your Deceased Loved Ones
Sit down in your sacred space one night and reflect on your ancestors. Write down memories you have of them or stories you have heard about them. I usually take pages from my journal or Book of Shadow and write about each ancestor as much as I can personally remember about them, or stories I have heard from family members about them. You can keep these memories in a jar or box until Samhain. On Samhain share the stories a loud and say a few words to your loved ones. Burn the stories in your Samhain fire, or set them a light with our Samhain Candle, just be sure you have a container ready to let them burn in!
2. Build a Samhain Altar
This may seem obvious but Altars are a GREAT focal point for your spiritual practice and I like to change mine up for every Sabbat and Season. Here are some ideas for items you can place on your Altar:
3. Set Intentions for the Winter/New Year
Samhain was when the Celts began their New Year and is today known in modern Paganism as the Witches New Year. Take some time to write out your intentions for the New Year or even just the winter. Winter is a time of rest, inward journeys and self-reflection so goals of that nature are appropriate.
Dress your candle with the oil, anoint yourself, even dab your paper with some oil. Write you intention and spend some time meditating on your goals and burn the paper in the candle flame. Bury the ashes in the eastern portion of your yard or even in a potted plant in the eastern portion of your house.
4. Create Jack o’ Lantern Guardians
In old Irish Lore, Turnips were carved with terrifying faces to not only keep roaming spirits from entering the home, but also to light the way through the night for those spirits. When Irish immigrants came to America, Pumpkins were much more plentiful than turnips and took their place. Create Jack o’ lantern Guardians for this Samhain season and leave them to guard the front of your home. If you can, leave a candle or LED light lit in them all through the nights.
“May the Light of this lantern Keep away
Those spirits who would wish us ill and
Light the way for those Ancestors who would
Visit us this Samhain Season”
5. Make a Large Samhain Meal and Hold a Dumb Supper.
6. Have a Witchy Bathing Ritual
7. Hold a Bonfire
May Your Samhain be Dark & Blessed Wild Ones
Lila & Mina
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