Hey guys, the big one is coming up: Samhain. For many of us, it’s not just a sacred sabbat, but it’s also Halloween, which is a fun spooky celebration that overlaps. I know I get into both– just check out my YouTube decoration walkthrough from last year: Samhain/Halloween Decor & Altar!
So I thought I’d throw some of my resources up in one place for you! But you gotta get ready! Hurry up, time’s a-wasting!
First off, if you’re new to Wicca and Paganism, be sure to take some time to learn exactly what Samhain is! And you might want to learn about the tangled roots of Samhain and Halloween. You might also want to learn about some associations and correspondences for this holiday might be.
Crafts are a great way to get into the season, and if you’re setting up an altar you might want to make an easy memorial candle for your loved one! Or you can do some low-key activities to observe the sabbat without getting into elaborate rituals.
If you really wanna get into the spirit, consider attending a festival, like this one I reviewed.
But if you’re doing the sabbat at home, that’s cool, too! Don’t forget to plan your menu! This beef stew recipe is one I’ve been making for my family on Samhain night for over 20 years. It just wouldn’t feel the same without a big bubbling cauldron full on the stove. It’s like turkey at Thanksgiving for us.
If you’re just looking for something simple, try my apple bread or apple pies. Remember, apples are seasonally appropriate, and are known as the food of the dead. This hot cocoa made with white chocolate and pumpkin is also the bomb.
If you’re trying to plan your spells, consider doing this Samhain spell to bring prosperity, or perhaps you would like to dissolve your links to an unpleasant past. This pumpkin spell can help you call on your ancestors to lend you their wisdom.
Samhain 2016 in particular is going to be astrologically perfect for two things: making potions, which I also demonstrate on YouTube. Another great activity for this year is scrying, and you can do that with your own easy homemade scrying mirror.
If you would like to take a little peek into my Samhains throughout the years, check out these excerpts from my Book of Shadows.
I hope that gives you a lot of great ideas for celebrating your sabbat! And if you like anything you find, please remember to share!
May you have a blessed Samhain!