Posts Tagged ‘ samhain ’

Signposts at Samhain

Nov 15th, 2018 | By

I waited beneath the Yew, its bedraggled branches still somehow providing shelter from the sudden rush of rain. The car park before me and the park behind seemed empty and not for the first time I wondered whether I was doing the right thing; whether these outdoor GATHERings were sustainable in the face of determined

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Celebrating the Ancestors

Nov 3rd, 2018 | By

  The Journey We battled our way past the hordes of zombies and demons racing down the street towards us as we started our trek to Tout Quarry for the Clan Dolmen Samhain ceremony. Fortunately for us they were only interested in what lay behind the welcoming doors along Wakeham. We were wrapped up well

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What is Remembered, Lives: Practices of Devotion

Oct 20th, 2018 | By

de·vo·tion /dəˈvōSH(ə)n 1. love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause. 2. religious worship or observance. If what is remembered, lives, then remember I must. At this Samhain time, I take inventory of how I have cared for my dead — how I have faltered and how I have been present. As there

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Pumpkin, Turnip and Corn Magic

Oct 17th, 2018 | By
rachel patterson, kitchen witch

Pumpkin, Turnip and Corn Magic A familiar sight during the month of October…the carved pumpkin heralds autumn and the festival of Samhain along with Halloween and trick or treating. Originating in Ireland (according to my research) where they carved scary faces into turnips and placed them by their doors and windows to frighten away evil

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Magical Food: Samhain and vampire’s blood…

Oct 10th, 2018 | By
rachel patterson, samhain, kitchen witch

Samhain – 31st October/1st November This has got to be I would think, quite possibly the most celebrated pagan holiday?  I love this time of the year, autumn is my favourite with the crisp fresh air first thing in the morning and the colour of the autumn trees.  It is the end of summer and

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A Samhain Song

Oct 31st, 2017 | By

A seasonal song, communing with the ancestors and the dead… Find out more about moon Books author Nimue Brown here –

A Dark Gathering in Boscastle!

Nov 23rd, 2016 | By

Elen Sentier looks back at a fantastic Samhain gathering… Wow! What a happening! Old folk traditions came together at Boscastle in North Cornwall on Saturday 29th October this year and the results were completely magical. Three Morris sides came to give us their dancing, music and songs – Beltane Border Morris from Dartmoor, Wytchwood from

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Samhain inspiration

Oct 31st, 2016 | By

Samhain inspiration from Druid author Ellen Evert Hopman. Samhain, Lá Samhna, Calan Gaeof (October 31, November 11 old style) Make offerings to a sacred fire; dry herbs, whiskey, butter, ghee. Make offerings of rosemary (memories) to the fire. Leave a dish of the feast for the ancestors. Pour red wine, honey, cider or milk in

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Preparing for Samhain

Oct 29th, 2016 | By

How will you celebrate Samhain? Laura Perry offers this Ancestral Devotional: In the buzzing of the hive I hear The voices of the Ancestors. Speak to me, I pray. May your wisdom bless My work, my life. Walk with me, I pray; Bless the path I tread With every step I take. Rachel Patterson will

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Moon Bard – October

Oct 4th, 2014 | By

By Martin Pallot   October …… the autumn is now with us …… the season of morning mist and chill winds …. Jack Frost flexes his fingers …. and at the months end …… the season of ghosts.         CHILL OUT.   Jack, breathes Upon the leaves, Draws a fingernail Across the

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