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spellgazed · 2 days ago
Sabbats: Samhuin
Beverages: Apple Cider or Mulled Wine. Creatures: Bats, Corvids, Felines, Magpies, Moths, & Owls. Deities: Cerridwen, Cerunnos, Hel, Lillith, The Morrigan, & Odin. Flowers: Calendula, Chrysanthemum, Lavender, & Marigolds. Herbs: Broom, Cinnamon, Mugwort, Sandalwood, & Yarrow. Minerals: Carnelian, Hematite, Moonstone, & Tigers Eye. Nutrients: Apples, Berries, Poultry, Squash, & Pumpkins. Practices: Apple Bobbing, Bonfires, & Dumb Suppers. Saplings: Cedar, Hazel, Hemlock, Maple, and Yew. Shades: Blacks, Browns, Oranges, Red, Silvers, & Yellows. Symbols: Brooms, Cauldrons, Jack-o-Lanterns, & Masks. Timing: October Thirty-First.
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underthebracken · 3 days ago
Samhain magic 🍂
Samhain rings in the dark half of the year. While it marks the transition from summer to winter, Samhain itself is "without time", a liminal space not only in between the realms of living and dead but also in between the seasons. Like all Celtic feasts, Samhain begins at nightfall taking place from the evening of October 31 to nightfall on November 1. Although, this most important Celtic festival used to last three days and three nights, and failure to take part in the celebrations was believed to result in divine punishment (sickness or even death).
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During the Samhain celebrations, hearth fires were left to burn out while the last of the harvest was brought in. Druids would light huge sacred bonfires from the remnants of which the fires in the homes were re-lit to ensure protection and warmth during the winter months. Another tradition was to sacrifice animals and toss their bones in to the flames of the sacred fires leading also to them being called bonfire ("bone fire"). Offerings for the fae were left outside the village, fortunes were told, debts were repaid, business matters settled and trials held.
In the Middle Ages, the tradition of sacred bonfires changed. Now it was mostly families lighting smaller bonfires, so called Samghnagans . It was also during this time that the tradition of carving jack-o'-lanterns emerged, first using turnips and later pumpkins.
Some ideas to celebrate
🔮 On Samhain night the veil between the worlds is thin. Therefore it is the perfect time for spirit work and divination. Some say, that if you walk three times around the graves of a grave yard (sunwise) at midnight you might be able to get a glimpse of the future. If you'd rather not walk around a grave yard on Samhain night, you can use any other form of divination such as pendulums, tarot and scrying.
👻 One form of spirit work popular on Samhain are dumb suppers. During this medieval tradition, you set up an extra plate on your dinner table for (a) dead loved one(s) or ancestor(s) to invite them to join you that night. The dinner is held in silence and gives the participants to interact with the deceased guests. To guide the spirits through the night you can leave a candle burning in front of the window. (Make sure nothing can catch fire.) Burn a black candle or leave a jack-o'-lantern in front of your house to ward of negative energies and malevolent spirits.
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🎃 One of my Samhain traditions is to make pumpkin soup, so here is my recipe... I used to make pumpkin soup with Hokkaido pumpkin, potatoes and cream which tastes great, but recently I got some kabocha squash and improvised with an amazing result.
For approximately four people you will need a small kabocha squash, two to four potatoes and one or two apples, a piece of ginger, as well as water, vegetable broth, some oil (olive oil or alternatively sunflower or rapeseed), salt, nutmeg and mugwort.
Begin by peeling and chopping your ginger into tiny pieces. Peel the squash, potatoes and apple(s) (you can eat the rind/peel of all of them but the colour of the soup will be nicer if you peel them) and cut them into pieces.
Heat some oil in a pot and briefly fry the ginger, then add the squash, apple and potato. Pour enough water into the pot to cover them and add one cube of vegetable broth per 500ml of water. After a while add a few leaves of mugwort. You can also add them in the end, however, if you add them now they will be better integrated into the soup and you won't have fairly large bits of it floating in your soup.
Once the squash and potato have become soft, take the pot off the heat and blend your soup until it has become a smooth, thick liquid.
Put the pot back on the hob and let the soup boil up again seasoning it with salt and nutmeg. Serve with a sprinkle of pumpkin seed oil and/or pumpkin seeds.
I find that this soup, like most others, tastes best prepared in advance and then re-heated. Here, nutmeg and mugwort serve two purposes: their taste and their properties which I list below along with the (Samhain-relevant) properties and magical uses of the other ingredients.
apple: (love) divination, the Otherworld
pumpkin/ squash: granting wishes, protection
ginger: increases magical powers, break hexes
potato: protection, connection to the Earth
mugwort: protection, divination (psychic vision and prophetic dreams)
nutmeg: luck in legal matters and for travelling, clairvoyance, encouraging visions
salt: protection, purification
🔥 As Samhain marks the end of summer and the beginning of the cold and dark time of the year, it presents an opportunity to be thankful for what summer and the harvest have brought you and let go of what no longer serves you. You can write a list of what you are grateful for, or spend times with your loved ones. Finish any long-overdue projects, resolve any unresolved issues, write down what you want to banish and burn the paper. (Again, make sure nothing else can catch fire.)
📖 The dark half of the year is not only a time of reflection and recovery but also one of stories. So, how could it start better than with a good story in front of a fire - be it a bonfire or a simple candle? The Second Battle of Mag Tuired and The Adventures of Nera are two Celtic tales ideal for Samhain. Personally, I love to dig out my collection of Edgar Allan Poe's stories and poems to read for instance The Tell-Tale Heart, Ligeia and The Raven.
Blessed Samhain! 🍂 
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la-petitesophie · a month ago
3 loving mantras for autumn ♡
“like the beautiful leaves falling from each tree, my worries and woes disappear from my being.” 
“i am one with the Earth and its changes; i am one with my spirit and soul.”
“it is a thing of wonder to let go of what no longer serves me. i deserve to rest, rebuild, and come back to life.”
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the-illuminated-witch · 5 months ago
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No matter which version you are celebrating, I hope you all have a blessed Beltane/Bealtaine! 💛
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morgandria · 8 months ago
If you are panicking because you think you’ve missed Imbolc, it’s ok. While the 1st of February is the traditional date, the astrological date is always when the sun reaches 15° in the sign of Aquarius. This year, the astrological date is the 4th of February. So take a breath, and do what you can when you can. You haven’t missed anything.
Edited to add:
The other major Sabbats fall astrologically as such:
Beltane: Sun at 15° Taurus
Lughnasadh: Sun at 15° Leo
Samhain: Sun at 15° Scorpio
The minor Sabbats fall astrologically as such:
Winter Solstice: Sun at 0° Capricorn
Spring Equinox: Sun at 0° Aries
Summer Solstice: Sun at 0° Cancer
Autumn Equinox: Sun at 0° Libra
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blackcoffeedreams · 5 months ago
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kawaiigrimoire · 17 days ago
💀 Samhain 🎃
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Samhain is almost upon us! This sabbat is one of the most if not THE most powerful times of the year. This year I will be celebrating with my new witchy friends at college
Foods 🎂
Pumpkins 🎃 Apples 🍎 Squash 🥒
Leafy greens🥬 Nuts🌰 Meat🍖
Baked goods🥐 Bread🥖 Corn 🌽Rice
Potatoes 🥔 Turnips 💟 Soul cakes
Carrots 🥕 Garlic 🧄 Onion 🧅 Pomegranate
Herbs+spices 🍃
Cinnamon* Cardamom* Cloves* Nutmeg
Ginger* Bayleaf* Sage* Star Anise
Altar decorations 🔮
Any dark crystals
Deities that represent crone energy
Pictures of loved ones who have passed
Skulls and skeletons
Corn dolls
Pine cones
Witch’s burrs
Fallen leaves
Colors 🌈
Red❤️ Orange🧡 Yellow💛 Purple💜Black🖤 Brown🤎 Silver🪙 Gold 🏆
Smokey Quartz
Clear Quartz
Tiger Eye
Activities 🎃
🍎Apple divination
🎃Pumpkin carving
💀Honoring the dead
🪦Visiting a graveyard
🕯Placing candles in windows for spirits
🧛Wear a costume
🍽Have a feast with friends/family
🌾Harvest the last things in your garden
🎥Watch Halloween movies (My favorites are “Over the Garden Wall” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”)
📝Make a gratitude list and an intention list
🔥Have a bonfire
🧼Cleanse and banish your home
👛Create a protection spell bag
🧚Leave offerings for the fae
🧹 Refresh and renew old spells or tools
I could not be more excited for Samhain and have so many things I want to accomplish while the veil is thin. Let me know your plans for Samhain or if you try anything on this list! ♥️
Happy Samhain!👻
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swm-grimoire · 5 months ago
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Beltane blessings to you all and happy midspring! 🔥 Here I want to share a Beltane chant with you written by Doreen Valiente in 1971 🌹 Friends that in the circle stand, Heart to heart and hand to hand, Bringing Beltane to the land, Let the sleeper awake! Let the flames of Beltane burn, May the Old Ones now return, May we of their magick learn, Let the sleeper awake! Let the streams and fields be pure, Earth and sky be clean once more, Love and laughter long endure, Let the sleeper awake! Forests spreading, peace returning, Where the Pagan fires are burning, Now the inner light discerning, Let the sleeper awake! May the Lady’s touch again, Rest upon the barren plain, With the sunshine and the rain, Let the sleeper awake! Beltane magick here we sing, Chant the rune and dance the ring, Joy and blessing shall it bring, Let the sleeper awake!
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autumngracy · 4 months ago
☀️ 🍉 ☀️ 🍹 ☀️ 🍒 ☀️ 🌴 ☀️ 🍍
☀️ 🍉 ☀️ 🍹 ☀️ 🍒 ☀️ 🌴 ☀️ 🍍
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Gustave Doré, La danse du Sabbat. Illustration from History of Magic by Paul Christian, Paris, 1870
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skyewillow · 7 months ago
Ostara 💐
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🍄 Also known as the spring equinox
🍄 Takes place around March 21st, but the exact date varies each year. It is the midway point between the winter and summer solstices
🍄 Herbs: mint, jasmine
🍄 Flowers: daffodil, lily, tulip, violet, lilac
🍄 Trees: willow, pine, olive, elder
🍄 Animals: chick, hare, robin, lamb, butterfly
🍄 Foods: eggs, chocolate, dairy, sunflower seeds, warm bread
🍄 Crystals: clear quartz, agate, rose quartz, aquamarine, amazonite
🍄 Colors: yellow, purple, green, pink, blue, white
🍄 Incense: rose, jasmine, strawberry, vanilla, cedarwood
🍄 Decorations: flowers, ribbon, baskets, pot of soil with a new seed
🍄 Deities: Persephone, Aphrodite, Eostre
🍄 Activities: Bake pastries/bread, plant seeds for a garden
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bewitched-moonlight · 10 months ago
🎄 Practicing Witchcraft during Christmas time 🎄
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Here are a few ideas to keep it magical, for the witches in the broom closet or those who have to celebrate around non-practicing folks... 
🎄 Celebrate twice: the witches’ sabbat Yule is on December 21st, and Christmas on December 24th. 
🎄 Craft a witch ball to put on your Christmas tree (a clear tree ornament filled with herbs, crystals, and sparkles). 
🎄 Enchant presents and greeting cards, to add an extra touch of love and protection to your gifts. 
🎄 Bake, bake, bake! Cookies, a Yule log cake, cinnamon cakes, anything that enables you to practice kitchen magic while making your loved ones happy.
🎄 Light candles to celebrate light in the darkest time of the year, and bring magic, peace and brightness to your home. 
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cozycraftcafe · 6 months ago
How to Celebrate Beltane ღ
Ideas and crafts that will keep you and your guests celebrating all day and night.
💮 Outside 💮
Make a Maypole [x] or a mini Maypole [x] and dance around it with everyone, weaving the ribbons around the pole if your Maypole is large enough
Build a bonfire and jump over the fire or dance around it clockwise, making a wish as you do so
If you can, make two bonfires and walk between them to bless and purify yourself, or lead a line dance between them. Candles work as well.
Go on a picnic with those you invited over or eat outside
Face painting
Gather flowers and greens to exchange them with others
Make bouquets of flowers, a wreath of flowers, or wear flowers in your hair
Roll or wash your face in the morning’s dew for beauty, luck, and health
If it’s raining that day, wet your hair in the Beltane rain to bless the head
Bless ponds, rivers, and streams with wildflowers
Leave offerings for the Fae - milk, honey, oats, lavender, roses, etc.
Welcome in the dawn of May with singing and dancing
🏠 Inside 🏠
If you’re able to, have others come celebrate with you (please wear masks if not everyone is vaccinated)
Dress in your best clothes, usually whites and greens
Decorate your house with colorful ribbons and flowers
Adorn doors and other parts of your home with bells
Burn sweet, floral (rose, lavender, vanilla) incense or sexy (musk, patchouli, oakmoss) incense
Make flower crowns to wear [x] [x]
Create May baskets [x]. May Baskets were given or placed secretly on doorsteps to friends, the elderly, the sick, lovers, etc.
Play games with your guests, include icebreaker games, high-action contests, low-action contests, a dance, games that test the mind, and have some quiet interludes sprinkled between
Have music playing in the background of the party, play either energetic newer tunes or traditional Beltane music
If you have a partner or partners, make love to them on the Eve of May - either in your garden or decorate your room with flowers and plants before making love - Beltane is a holiday of love and fertility, but sex isn’t necessary to celebrate Beltane
If you’re single and looking for a partner, feel confident while you meet others, flirt, and embrace your sexuality on Beltane. Celebrate your body and your power during this day
🔮 For the witch 🔮
Decorate your altar with greenery, flowers, Hawthorns, leaves, acorns, wands, the athame, etc.
Create a faery garden for Beltane’s fae that come out
Cast spells such as fertility spells, love spells, good luck spells, protection of the home spells, protection spells, growth spells, etc. Sexual magic is also strong during this time
Practice divination - divination is easier than normal on days like Beltane and Samhain. Ask questions for yourself or others
Cast charms on small items like jewelry or key chains and give them to your friends and loved ones. Otherwise, make little sachets filled with herbs and flowers or sigils to give
Take a purifying, ritual bath using flowers and candles that match Beltane’s colors (red, pink, green, white, blue, yellow)
If you worship deities, give them offerings on this day or involve them in your spells. Some influential Greek deities during Beltane include Maia (Beltane honors Her), Apollo (for the start of summer), Demeter (traditionally worshiped on this day), Hestia (for home protection), Dionysus (for the Rising of Dionysus), and Aphrodite (for being a love and fertility Goddess)
🥧 In the kitchen 🥧
Between all the dancing, merry-making, and magic, a feast of food should be prepared for you and your guests. Making the celebration a potluck can lighten your workload
Traditional foods include fresh, in-season vegetables and fruits as well as...
Sweets, such as fruity desserts, chocolates, and honey, evoke the sweetness of love
Spicy foods correspond to the element of fire found in Beltane. Some ideas include curries, hot sauces, peppers, candied ginger, etc.
Aphrodisiacs and other romantic foods bring the sensual theme of Beltane into our food. Some items to consider serving or including in your cooking: almonds, asparagus, bananas, figs, nutmegs, oysters, pineapple, strawberries, truffles, and vanilla
Goats and cows are associated with Beltane and you can make plenty of meat-related dishes with them
Maybowl or May Wine is a flavored beverage customarily made for Beltane. Alcoholic versions use honey mead or white wine as the base; nonalcoholic versions use white grape juice, ginger ale, or other beverages. Fruits, herbs, and flowers are used in the punch
Make edible Maypoles using things like a cake, peppermint sticks, pretzel sticks, etc. and decorate them with the “ribbons” which can be licorice twists, Nerds ropes, colorful frosting, etc.
While nature has foods that look suggestive (bananas, papayas), you can also make certain foods into suggestive shapes yourself, like breads, cakes, chocolates, jello, popsicles, etc. and serve during this fertility festival
Have edible flowers to serve as small, quick snacks
Enjoy this wonderful, joyous day full of love, happiness, and growth!
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Looking for alternative celebration tips if you’re celebrating Beltane by yourself? Then click here to see my other list [x]
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