Samhain is the Celtic Pagan festival that marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. It is a time for reflection and introspection but also for connecting to those loved ones, friends and family members who have crossed over and for paying respect to our ancestors, as the veil between worlds is at its thinnest. So here are some ideas on how you can celebrate Samhain!
1. Take a Nature Walk
One way to celebrate Samhain and mark the festival is to take a walk in nature. Spend time breathing in the sights, sounds and scents of the season. You could even collect natural objects such as conkers, twigs, autumn flowers and leaves and make a beautiful Samhain wreath or display for your home.
2. Set Up a Samhain Altar
Here you could arrange the items you collected in nature, add photos of loved ones who have passed away and light candles to let them know that you are thinking of them, add crystals such as black obsidian or smokey quartz to release negativity or deeper emotions about your year and make offerings of harvest foods like pumpkins, apples, berries etc.
Samhain is a time where we reflect on the previous months, let go of any negativity and stop it from following us into the future. So take some time to reflect, sit by the fire or your altar and look over old photos and journal entries, planners, blogs and posts. Think about what you have accomplished, what challenges you have overcome, how you have grown and what lessons/truths you are taking away from your experiences.
As mentioned before, traditionally, Samhain is when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest. So now is a great time to get your Tarot cards out, practice channelling and try to communicate with your loved ones who have passed away or even your ancestors! Try to do a Tarot reading for yourself, use a pendulum or even just clear your mind, ask your loved ones to communicate with you and write down any impressions you get in a journal.
5. Have a Feast
Samhain is about the end of the harvest season and what better way to mark the end of the harvest, than having a big old feast on harvest foods and drinks. Think roots vegetables, rosemary, sage, wild game, berries, pumpkins, nuts, candy apples and cinnamon-spiced cider! Delicious!
Wishing Samhain blessings to you all,