Samhain, Halloween, the Day of the Dead, oh my! This season is marked by lots of holidays dedicated to the last harvest and the honoring of the dead. For modern witches, Wiccans, and some Pagans, we embrace these days as more than just an excuse to get dressed up and eat a lot of candy (although that’s fun too). Try to take time for deliberate spiritual practices before the Wheel of the Year comes to a close.
- Movie Marathon: Practical Magic, The Craft, even a couple of early episodes of Charmed. Check out some witchy role models in popular culture. And then don’t forget to finish off the evening with It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
- Divination: The veil between the worlds is thinner at this point of the year. It is a good time to break out the black scrying mirror and tarot cards. If you have no experience in this area and have a little extra cash, consider findingr a reputable psychic and paying them a visit.
- A Wishing Tree: As this is the witches’ new year, it is a good time to think about what you want to happen in the coming months. Try to find a dozen or so candle lanterns that you can easily hang from a tree (or a bush or if need be place them around your home). Before placing the candles in the holders, carve a symbol of a wish into it. When you light it, the wish will be released.
- A Feast (and a Dead Supper): Sometime in the next week I will post some food ideas. But in the mean time, there is no harm in munching on a little Halloween candy as a snack! Make sure to leave some for your ancestors.
- Get Out in the Last Few Warm Days of the Year: Enjoy these days because in a few weeks the leaves will be gathered and the Earth will be settled for a long winter. Also, I am originally from a rural community where this time of year is all about corn mazes and pumpkin picking. If these activities exist near your home, take full advantage.
- Pumpkin Carving: If you are sick of carving faces into your Jack-O-Lantern, there are plenty of great templates online. Consider Hecate, the Green Man, pentacles, triple moons, and ancestor spirits as inspiration.
- Family Time: As this is the time of remembering the ancestors, take some time to hang out with your loved ones just to relax and have fun.
© Ariadne Woods