The Witches’ New Year

The Witches’ New Year October 25, 2018

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.

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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 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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