Samhain, or All Hallows Eve, will soon be upon us. Bringing with it all it’s rituals, spell work, and celebrations. This be the time then, to prepare for the dark season, and an end to the Pagan year. For me, there is much to do…
For myself fly agaric is a magickal addition to my pine grove, a welcomed familiar, and trusted fetch. I dry it and add it to my Samhain incense, ointments, and beeswax candles, and I grind it into a powder, making it into a tea for hedge flight. As with any plant or fungus, knowing what you have, and it’s proper usage is key, don’t be stupid.
It is also a time for the rosehips to be foraged, as they are now a beautiful shade of ruby red, and ripe for the picking. I use rosehips medicinally for their high vitamin C levels, to fight off colds and flu, helping with fever, infections, and boosting the immune system. That being rosehips mundane qualities, it has some enchanting magickal qualities as well.
This year I’ve sourced some lava stone beads that are porous, and will absorb the infused oils intentions that I rub into them. Lava stone being known magickally to give strength, courage, and healing energy. To that I included some white turquoise carved skull beads, stringing them onto a hemp cord with the rosehips and lava. I’ll turn them into magickal strands for spell work, or they can be used in divinational meditations.. Rosehips are perfect for divinations in general, but especially when focusing on love matters. Rosehips offer protection, and attract spirits, while White turquoise gives flight to astral travel.
Now is also the time to prepare the stones and crystals I will use in my Samhain workings, bathing them in moon water, and smudging them with rosemary. A plant with connections to the ancestors. On the October full moon I’ll set them out upon a tree stump, letting them bask within the Crone’s glow.
Smoky quartz ~ a stone of Hekate, Saturn, and Samhain.
Smoky quartz increases intuition and creativity, is grounding, and is a stone of protection.
Carnelian ~ a stone once used to protect the dead on their path to the otherworld, is good for adapting to the change of the season, warding off rage and envy, or for removing fear of death, or the dead.
Selenite ~ a stone known for aiding psychic development, astral travel, and warding off negative entities. Selenite is useful for past life recollections, and helps with encouraging spiritual connections.
Mead is steeped deeply into Pagan traditions, being an ancient drink of libations, used in rituals and celebrations for centuries. I make seasonal meads all year long, focusing this time of year on meads of spice and warmth, and those that aid journey.
Traditionally dipped in melted fat and used as a torch in funeral processions, it has a long standing relationship with the dead. I make them from the larger mullein stalks that grow by the woods edge, using them to light the way of my wooded Samhain rituals.
There are always new spells to try, or old customs to embrace, so enjoy and celebrate this dark season… The Season of the Witch!