Sage has been celebrating the Wheel of the Year for 25+ years, and being a holiday junkie, she just can't get enough of the sabbats!
Samhain's Coming-- Are You Ready?
OH MY GOD! Samhain is tomorrow and I’m so busy I don’t know if I’ll get to do anything!
Is this you, this year, or perhaps any other year? The end of October can be a busy time of year for many. Between Halloween celebrations, work, school and personal issues, it's hard to get a few minutes to do something for yourself with regards to celebrating sabbats. This is especially true if you are a solitary, and don’t have a group who is helping you get something organized.
It can be hard to even get a few minutes to honor your ancestors, welcome the changing seasons or tap into those powerful Samhain energies, yet you probably don’t want to completely dismiss the holiday. It’s okay-- there are some small, simple things you can do to invite the spirit of the season and it's celebrations into your life, without any big, elaborate rituals or altar set-ups.
Setting aside a few moments to do divination is a wonderful way to celebrate Samhain. At this time of year when the veil is thin, it's a prime time to get a glimpse into your future! There are many different forms of divination to choose from, and you can get creative for the season.
Divination is a great way to give you something to think about as the year turns around and helps give you insight into what is possibly coming down the pike. Reflection and preparation are both great ways spend your holiday, even if it's only for a short time carved out of your day.
For tarot users, since Samhain is the 'Witches New Year', consider doing a twelve-month spread for the coming year. If you prefer, you can keep it even simpler. You can find many different spreads on the internet as well as looking through books, but if you'd like a suggestion, here's a simple three-card spread that might work for you:
Simple Samhain Spread
Pendulum users can ask themselves the same question with their pendulum. If scrying is your preferred divination method, consider writing the questions down the focusing on them as you gaze at your scrying tool.
Autumn Cleaning and Releasing
While some people do a spring cleaning or purge, you might want to consider an autumnal version of this practice. Letting go is a part of the reason for the season (it is about ‘death’ after all, which means all endings, not just the end of a human life). Purging the things you don't need anymore, be they physical goods, emotional baggage or anything else that needs to go can be a poignant act at this time of year.
One no fuss-no muss way to do this with non-tangible things is to write the thing down on paper, then burn it, or freeze it (to put it on hold).
For tangible things, just pack them up and send them away. Throw them out, or donate them to someone who can make better use of them. Get rid of that which doesn’t serve you by giving to someone else; this opens the circuit of abundance to keep the flow going
We often carry around so much with us all the time-- emotions, hang ups, all sorts of things. Doing something small, like a little release, or even mourning ritual for the things we’ve lost through the year is healthy, even therapeutic. It helps us process, move on and start fresh as the winter rolls in so we can begin making plans to start anew in the springtime.
Stories and Remembrance
Sitting down and taking a few moments to sit and remember those who've passed is a simple but powerful way to celebrate. You can do things like light a candle, say a prayer, or simply look through pictures and think back on the times you've spent with those who've come before you.
If you do have others to celebrate with, go around the table with everyone tell a story about a lost loved one. Remember that keeping their memories alive is the most wonderful way to honor the ancestors and bring the generations closer together. Sharing these memories may not seem like a huge way to celebrate, but it’s actually the best offering you can make to any of your departed loved ones: telling their stories and speaking their names. It’s also a good way to spend time with the living and the dead and everyone gets to be supportive and caring towards one another.
Take A Walk Down Memory Lane
Bake some easy mix muffins or refrigerated rolls
It is the harvest season, so partake of some grains and give thanks
Sit around the fireplace or firepit
Take a little time to fire scry or meditate on the meaning of the season
Hold a ritual in your ‘inner sanctuary’
Do an entire full-blown ritual in your dream Samhain setting with creative visualization
Take a walk through a cemetery
Bring some flowers; brush off graves
Listen to Samhain music
Instead of turning on the TV on Samhain night, look for Pagan music on your favorite streaming service or on YouTube and use the music as a form of celebration/meditation; you can even do this in your car going to and from work.
Take a nature walk
Collect some leaves and pine cones; so some grounding under a tree
Write a poem, draw a picture, etc. and pour what the sabbat means to you into it. Let yourself be inspired.
Go to a public Samhain ritual
Let someone else handle all the details, and just show up!
Don't Stress Over Oct. 31st
Remember, Samhain is a season, not a day. Most Pagans have come to celebrate it on Halloween. A more traditional date for the celebration is when the Sun in 15 degrees Scorpio (that's on November 7th this year). There's also nothing wrong with moving the celebration to the nearest weekend to give yourself more time to prepare!
My wish is that your sabbat be filled with meaning and spiritual fulfillment. May the turning of the seasons propel you towards good things in your future.
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 31, 2017:
Nice article for younger folks. I'm just relieved that there are no children around in my family or neighborhood that I have to costume and "candy up" this year. I know that's a Halloween "Bah Humbug", but I really enjoy doing nothing now on Halloween or Samhain. Honor my ancestors? Most of them were Bible-thumpin', Hell and Brimstone Christians. I love it when genealogy turns up a train robber or moonshiner or someone as disreputable.
social thoughts from New York on October 31, 2017:
Nice article. Thank you for this. Blessed Samhain!