A Sacrifice at Samhain

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In the Autumn many of us celebrate and lament the sacrifice of the Horned God. He dies so the Wheel can turn once more, but what’s it like to walk in the steps of the Horned One during such an experience? [Read more...]

Samhain vs. Halloween

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Halloween and Samhain are more than just a day, they are practically a season for many of us. They are also two distinct holidays and offer vastly different experiences. Samhain is not the same thing as Halloween, but I need both of them just the same. [Read more...]

The Veil & The Dread Lord of Shadows

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Samhain is a time to reunite with those who have gone before, and perhaps visit with He who stands at the gates of the Summerlands, the Dread Lord of Shadows. The veil between the worlds is thin and the souls of our loved ones call out to us. [Read more...]

Kirk Cameron Doesn’t Get Halloween (But He’s Not the Only One)

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Kirk Cameron doesn’t know a whole lot about Halloween, but that’s not surprising, most people don’t (including those criticizing him). What the blogosphere and Cameron got right and wrong while discussing the history of Halloween. [Read more...]

In Search of the Mighty Dead

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My Mighty Dead are Craft and Pagan elders who have influenced and shaped my spiritual development. I don’t actively “work” with them, but I honor them, and always a hold place for them in my rites. What better time than Samhain to search for and think about our Mighty Dead? [Read more...]

Samhain Past: History, Myth, & Mystery

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Samhain was unquestionably a major holiday in some parts of the Celtic world, but how much do we really know about the holiday? Is there anything we can say with absolute certainty about it? Part of Samhain’s appeal may lie in just how mysterious the original holiday was. [Read more...]

Samhain Ritual 2014

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At Samhain we celebrate the final harvest and reunite with our beloved dead. This Samhain Ritual is designed for covens and small groups, and includes a “Drawing Down the Sun/God” and an opportunity for the living to feel the souls of those they have lost near them once more. [Read more...]

The Origins of Halloween Things

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Jack-o’-lanterns, Trick or Treat, and festive Halloween Costumes are how many of us celebrate the night of October 31, but where did all of those traditions come from? Are the things we associate with Halloween ancient, modern, or somewhere in between? A closer look at some of our most beloved Halloween traditions. [Read more...]

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

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In order to walk in the light one must understand the darkness, not only in the world and in magic, but also in ourselves. The time between Mabon and Samhain provides the perfect opportunity to do just that. [Read more...]

Samhain Season’s End

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Samhain is more than simply a “day.” In my life it’s always been a season, a time of year stretching from early autumn into the first week to ten days of November. Here’s how I spent much of that season. [Read more...]


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