Halloween As an American Holiday

Halloween began in the British Isles but many of its most hallowed traditions emerged in North America, and it’s current world-wide popularity can very much be attributed to how popular the holiday has become in the United States. It’s not an American holiday in the traditional sense but it’s one we helped to shape and popularize. [Read more…]

All Things Samhain & Halloween (Histories, Rituals, and More!)

One stop shopping for all of your Samhain and Halloween needs. We’ve got rituals, perspectives, opinions, histories, and other assorted tricks and treats! [Read more…]

4 Halloween & Samhain Myths

Is the Day of the Dead another name for Halloween? Is Halloween truly a Pagan holiday? Should I be worried about my cat or my kid’s candy? Answers to some of Halloween’s biggest myths are revealed! [Read more…]

Samhain Ritual For the Mighty Dead

A ritual to honor the Mighty Dead of the Craft at Samhain or whenever the veil between the worlds is thin. [Read more…]

The Blessings of Autumn

I don’t know if Pagandom has a “favorite season,” but most of my friends seem to love Fall the best. In the Autumn I feel the turn of the Wheel more keenly than at other times of the year, and there always just seems to be an excitement in the air this time of year that’s absent from other seasons. [Read more…]

A Sacrifice at Samhain

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

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

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)

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

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…]