Welcoming The Witches’ New Year With The Moon

Welcoming The Witches’ New Year With The Moon October 25, 2018

If we listen to the moon she has things to tell us.


Canstock photo. Welcome in The Witches’ New Year by listening to the moon.

There’s lots of talk about Samhain being the Witches’ New Year, but little is known about the origins of this association. The evidence that annual rents were paid on this day shows us that there was some acknowledgement that this was the beginning of a new year, but that is a terribly weak connection to anything witchy.

Some have connected Samhain to the May Eve Sabbat, citing Samhain as the second grand gathering of witches. There’s no solid history known about this, although I like to believe it’s true. Perhaps there is so little in the public discourse about The Witches’ New Year because we witches want it that way. “To keep silent” is one of our axiom’s, after all.

Generally, I like to keep silent about what I keep silent. However, the moon told me such a sweet tale of the Witches’ New Year that I wanted to share it with all of you. By the light of her bright hunters’ light, she shared her wishes for her witches as we turn the wheel to begin anew. With her permission, here it is.

The Moon’s Song On The Witches’ New Year

Gather near my child, under my pale light,

For the Witches’ New Year begins this night.

Take off your boots, cast down your broom,

Listen to my tale, round the fires’ great flume.

Betwixt the years and beyond all time,

The story I share is both yours and mine.

For witch you are and forever there will be

The strongest of bonds between you and me.

Listen to whispers on the wind sail,

The witches speak from far past the veil.

Sharing the spirits they knew and they spells they cast,

They give to you now, forever they last.

Know the plants and the stones,

Heed the planets and more,

Ancient knowledge to you they do now restore.

They tell me I must remind you of much,

Of the elements and worlds, and familiars and such.

To the future look forward for mysteries untold,

Back to the past, praise these witches of old.

Hail water who cleanses and fire that burns,

While the air blows us round and to the earth we return.

Forget not the worlds onto which I shine bright,

Celebrate them throughout all your life.

Land, sea and sky, o’er which Queen Hekate reigns,

From the ocean to the stars and back down again.

My phases do cherish through all the wheels’ turns,

Little sorrow and much joy, I wish you many returns.

On this night in between the old and the new,

Brightest blessings for The Witches’ New Year I give to you.


I hope you enjoyed the Moon’s Song On The Witches’ New Year. Here is my wish for each of you:

May your mind be clear, your heart strong and your spells true,

And may Great Hekate’s blessings always shine on you.

Best Wishes for the Witches’ New Year.

Yours in Witchery,


PS – If you enjoyed the way the moon spoke to me, I think you’ll like my article about Old Time Witchcraft.

Connect with Keeping Her Keys on Facebook. Join us in The Witches’ Realm where we are celebrating Samhain in grand witchy style, from rituals honoring our ancestors to our costume parade.

About Cyndi
Cyndi Brannen is a witch and spiritual teacher, a trained energetic healer, psychic and herbalist. Merging together her training in shamanism, Tarot, past life work, meditation and psychology, she teaches and writes about better living through witchcraft. Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft explores Hekate from her ancient origins to modern understanding through magic and personal development is available now for pre-order from Moon Books. True Magic: Unleashing Your Inner Witch uses the magic of the elements and the three realms to activate your true witch powers and will be available later in 2019 from Moon as well. Connect with her on Facebook or at keepingherkeys.com to learn more about her teaching and writing. Cyndi lives in rural coastal Nova Scotia with her two sons where she can often be found wandering the cliffs or wild foraging plants. She lives what she teaches: fierce love, emotional courage and true magic. You can read more about the author here.
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  • The idea that Samhain is the Celtic New Year only dates back to the start of the Twentieth Century. The idea was first put forward by Welsh scholar Sir John Rhys (1840-1915), who interpreted many of the goings on in early November as related to the idea of new beginnings. In “Celtic Folkore: Welsh & Manx” he writes that “This is the day when the tenure of land terminates, and when servantmen (sic) go to their places. In other words, it’s the beginning of a new year.” But no one really knows when the Celtic New Year actually occurred, and it could have varied from Celtic group to Celtic group.

    This idea was picked up by later writers and included in books, articles, etc., about Samhain. Since the Witch’s Wheel of the Year is based on the Celtic holidays and solstices/equinoxes it makes a kind of sense to use Samhain as the New Year. However, that’s far from universal and many Witches also celebrate at Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, and even Beltane.

  • Thanks for this!