Samhain night is the perfect night for divination. Set out on an inward journey guided by tarot, runes, a pendulum or perhaps even the Ogham . Ask the Divine to guide you on your spiritual path and reflect on the past twelve months. Wrap up any loose ends and release anything, be it a physical object or a relationship, that no longer serves your happiness and start anew.
Visit a family grave and decorate it with flowers, foliage, photos and drawings or perhaps a card. Bring your loved ones that have passed over their favourite treat. My Grandmother’s treat used to be Bounty chocolate and my Grandfather absolutely loved ginger biscuits.
If you are unable to visit the cemetry, then you can always create your own ancestor altar at home and decorate it any way you wish. Even if you never knew your family you can still light a candle for your ancestral line and leave some flowers or other gifts for them in gratitude for all the hardships and challenges that they would have faced for you to be here today.
Set extra places at your dinner table for your loved ones that have passed over. As the veil is thin between the two worlds it is much easier to share and talk with them. If you are unable to set places for your loved ones then you can light a candle and a photograph for each of them instead.
Sacrifice was a common custom at this time of year, so you could perhaps give something up like sugar, junk food, cigarettes or alcohol. I do realise that alcohol and sweets might be too much to ask for at this time of year!!!
Samhain wouldn’t be Samhain without a bonfire. In ancient times these fires symbolised the God’s spirit passing to the underworld and lit the way for friendly spirits, as well as keeping the bad ones away.
Go trick or treating. This ancient custom originated from the Celts who would wear masks to confuse lost spirits who would be wandering around at Samhain.
Draw out a spiral made of salt on the ground and in the centre place some pumpkin or sunflower seeds with a lit candle and a fire proof dish. As you walk to the centre think of all the burdens that you wish to release from your life and have these wories also written on a piece of paper with you . Once in the middle of the spiral set the paper alight with the candle and let it burn carefully in the fire proof dish. Feel your worries burn away. When you are ready, pick up a seed which represents your dormant potential that is ready to sprout and take it with you as you walk your back out of the spiral. You can leave your seed on your altar so that you see it everyday, to remind you of all the incredible things that you are capable of. At the end of your ritual you can bury the ashes away from your property or if you are unable to do that you could also wrap them up in toilet paper and flush them down the toilet.
I love this time of year as it means I can watch all of my spooky films. I am not a fan of extreme horror so some of my favourites are: Coraline, Paranorman, Monster House, Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Dark Crystal, Sleepy Hollow, Beetlejuice, The Addams Family, Stardust, Warm Bodies, The Lost Boys and of course Practical Magic. What are some of your favourites? Don’t chastise me, but I have never watched The Craft. Maybe this year will be the year.
Take this opportunity to get crafty. Don’t go out and buy Halloween decorations make them yourself. Youtube and Pinterest are crammed packed with tutorials for decorations, costumes and party ideas. Check out my Samhain board on Pinterest.
Decorate your altar and sacred space with waning moon symbols, cauldrons, witches, ghosts, skeletons, bones and skulls, corn stalks, pumpkins and squashes, acorns and conkers, jack o’lanterns, besoms and faeries, to name just a few ideas.
Read some Gothic Victorian horror. I am reading Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at the moment.
I would love to hear how you will be celebrating Samhain this year.