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Hello ever one Samhain is coming up the 31 I look foreword to it. Samhain is my favorite Sabbats. Please show us pics and art work for Samhain. We all like to see it. I give a little bit of info so read and injoy. blessed be and happy witch's new year.


Samhain, (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne) means "End of Summer", and is the third and final Harvest. The dark winter half of the year commences on this Sabbat.

It is generally celebrated on October 31st, but some traditions prefer November 1st. It is one of the two "spirit-nights" each year, the other being Beltane. It is a magical interval when the mundane laws of time and space are temporarily suspended, and the Thin Veil between the worlds is lifted. Communicating with ancestors and departed loved ones is easy at this time, for they journey through this world on their way to the Summerlands. It is a time to study the Dark Mysteries and honor the Dark Mother and the Dark Father, symbolized by the Crone and her aged Consort.

Originally the "Feast of the Dead" was celebrated in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the "wandering dead". Today a lot of practitioners still carry out that tradition. Single candles were lit and left in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home. Extra chairs were set to the table and around the hearth for the unseen guest. Apples were buried along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. Turnips were hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits, for this was a night of magic and chaos. The Wee Folke became very active, pulling pranks on unsuspecting humans. Traveling after dark was was not advised. People dressed in white (like ghosts), wore disguises made of straw, or dressed as the opposite gender in order to fool the Nature spirits.

This was the time that the cattle and other livestock were slaughtered for eating in the ensuing winter months. Any crops still in the field on Samhain were considered taboo, and left as offerings to the Nature spirits. Bonfires were built, (originally called bone-fires, for after feasting, the bones were thrown in the fire as offerings for healthy and plentiful livestock in the New Year) and stones were marked with peoples names. Then they were thrown into the fire, to be retrieved in the morning. The condition of the retrieved stone foretold of that person's fortune in the coming year. Hearth fires were also lit from the village bonfire to ensure unity, and the ashes were spread over the harvested fields to protect and bless the land.

Various other names for this Greater Sabbat are Third Harvest, Samana, Day of the Dead, Old Hallowmas (Scottish/Celtic), Vigil of Saman, Shadowfest (Strega), and Samhuinn. Also known as All Hallow's Eve, (that day actually falls on November 7th), and Martinmas (that is celebrated November 11th), Samhain is now generally considered the Witch's New Year.

Symbolism of Samhain:
Third Harvest, the Dark Mysteries, Rebirth through Death.

Symbols of Samhain:
Gourds, Apples, Black Cats, Jack-O-Lanterns, Besoms.

Herbs of Samhain:
Mugwort, Allspice, Broom, Catnip, Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake, Oak leaves, Sage and Straw.

Foods of Samhain:
Turnips, Apples, Gourds, Nuts, Mulled Wines, Beef, Pork, Poultry.

Incense of Samhain:
Heliotrope, Mint, Nutmeg.

Colors of Samhain:
Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold.

Stones of Samhain:
All Black Stones, preferably jet or obsidian.
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queenvampire22 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Interface Designer
hello my name is kraven my witch name and am looking for a goddess in wicca i been a wiccan for about 2006 and trying to find a good place to be myself and that is hard if u have an info that i can use it be great thank you so much for the help
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ryotigergirl Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome to join the group. we post spell and other thing when we have time. there is info in the journals and in Featured. if you have something you wist to ask about just ask me. If I don't know I will find it and get back to you.  Also If your looking for a Goddess you need to look with you heart follow the one the fell right to you. We as wiccan follow every god and goddess if we want to. 
goddess that I can thank of that are good to follow and I play my respect are:
Isis 
The mother goddess
luna
gaia 
Athena
sol
But it up to you
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queenvampire22 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Interface Designer
thank you for the info
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ryotigergirl Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome.
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Blackthunder3 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
What element do you identify with most?
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queenvampire22 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Interface Designer
water and fire
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Blackthunder3 Featured By Owner 5 days ago

Celtic Goddess Brighid would be a good match for you.

 

As Goddess of fire and water, she is immortalized by many wells and springs. Most important of her monuments, though, was a shrine at Kildare where there was a perpetual flame burning for Brighid. It was tended by nineteen virgins called the Daughters of the Flame, wearing deep crimson habits and bearing swords. They would not talk to men, nor could men come near the shrine. Her feast is St.Brighids Days in Ireland and is the Pagan Festival of Imbolc.

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Canis-Angst Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the request!
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ryotigergirl Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome
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