Thursday, October 2, 2014

Holloween Pagan Sabbats

Halloween - Pagan Sabbats

 Examiner | September 29, 2014

Samhain, also known as, All Hallows Eve or Halloween falls on October 31st. This is the third and final harvest festival. To many Pagans, Samhain is the beginning of the New Year. There are many foods, stones, tools, and other things that correspond with this Sabbat.

Samhain activities

Considering that Samhain is the beginning of the year for many Pagans, making resolutions is an activity that many do on this day. Write out resolutions on a piece of parchment and burn the list in the flame of a black candle. As with other Sabbats, cooking is a popular Halloween activity. Cook a homemade meal using poultry, beef, pork, or venison as a main dish. Bake using apples and pumpkins. Pies, breads, cobblers, and puddings made from apples or pumpkins are popular on this day. Squash, turnip, and potatoes make great Samhain side dishes. Herbal teas and, mulled cider or wine, are popular beverages for this day.

Crystals and stones

There are many crystals and stones associated with this Sabbat. These can be used for decoration, spells, and rituals. Amber, black obsidian, carnelian, fossils, garnet, jasper, jet bloodstone, onyx, ruby, sandstone, and turquoise, are all Samhain stones.

Samhain deities

Any Goddess associated with the Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess can be honored on this day. Also Goddesses associated with death and the otherworld. Arianhod, Baba Yaga, Bast, Caillech, Hel, Kali, Ishtar, Isis, and Lilith are some of the Samhain Goddesses. Gods associated with Halloween include; Anubis, Arawn, Cernunnos, Death Gods, Herne the Hunter, The Horned God, Loki, Odin, and Osiris.

Spell work and rituals

Rituals that have to do with honoring the dead are popular on this day. Scrying is a popular form of divination on Samhain. Samhain magic workings include; reflection, banishing, past life work, astral projection, and protection.

Samhain symbolism

Samhain symbolism includes; honoring the dead, the last harvest, the meat harvest, celebrating reincarnation, honoring the Crone, death of the God, and reflecting on the past year.