Also Known As: Halloween, Ancestor Night, Feast of the Dead, All Hallow’s Eve, Hallowmass, Samana, Samhuinn, Samonios, The Feast of Sam-fuim, Geimhreadh, Shadowfest, Old Hallowmas, Martinmas, La Samon, Michaelmas, Nuterack Night
Date: Generally October 31, but some traditions hold it on November 7 or on the first full moon in Scorpio.
Symbols: Cauldrons, jack-o-lanterns, masks, bale fire, besom, bats, black cats, ghosts, skeletons, owls, black, orange, spiders, the moon
Symbolism of Samhain: Third Harvest, the Dark Mysteries, Rebirth through Death, Meat Harvest
Herbs/plants of Samhain: Chrysanthemum, wormwood, apples, pears, hazel, thistle, pomegranate, grains, nuts, gourds, pumpkins, corn, nightshade, bay leaf, ginger, pine needles, rosemary, rue
On the Altar: Apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, squashes, marigolds, mums, Halloween candles, photos of dead loved ones, crone or triple goddess statues or pictures, a black altar cloth, black candles, sunflowers
For the Simple Feast: beets, turnips, apples, corn, nuts, gingerbread, cider, mulled wines, pumpkin dishes, pork, poultry, ale, herb teas (especially mugwort), meat, potatoes, pumpkin seeds
Incense of Samhain: Heliotrope, mint, nutmeg, apple, sage, Night Queen, ginger, patchouli, cinnamon, wormwood, mugwort,
Stones of Samhain: Any black stones: jet, obsidian, onyx, jasper, carnelian, smoky quartz, bloodstone
Tools of Samhain: besom, cauldron, tarot, obsidian ball, pendulum, runes, oghams, ouija boards, magic mirrors, scrying bowls
Animals of Samhain: stag, cat, bat, owl, jackal, elephant, ram, scorpion, heron, crow, raven, robin
Magical Workings Appropriate for Samhain: sex magic, release of bad habits, banishing, faery magic, divination of any kind, candle magic, astral projection, past life working, dark moon mysteries, mirror spells, casting protection, inner work, clearing obstacles, uncrossing, inspiration, workings of transitions or culminations, manifesting transformation, creative visualization, contacting those who have departed this plane.
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