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Pronounced Sow-een

Meaning Summers End

Date: October 31st - November 1st

Colours of Samhain:
Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold. Rust, Bronze, Brown.

Flowers: Sunflowers, Chrysanthemums, Sage, Pansies

Incense: Nutmeg, Sage, Mint, Clove

Stones: Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Smoky Quartz, Bloodstone, Carnelian.

Foods: Apples, Pears, Pomegranates, All Grains, Pumpkin-pie, Seasonal Nuts, Cakes for the dead, Corn, All breads, Ale, Cider, Herbal teas (especially and Meat, Root Vegetables

This is a time when the Celts celebrated the end of the year with the last harvest.
Vegetation dies back with killing frosts, and therefore, literally, death is in the air. This contributes to the ancient notion that at Samhain, the veil is thin between the world of the living and the realm of the Dead.
Foods were stored and preserved for the coming winter months and life was celebrated along with recalling ancestors with love and respect.
Various traditions grew over the years and many still exist today.

It is time to reflect on what you have done in the past year and make new goals for the year ahead.

Recalling family stories and honouring them, writing them down for future generations is a good way to pass on the wisdom of the past.

Samhain was celebrated in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the "wandering dead".
Single candles were lit and left in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home.
Some people set extra chairs at the table and had a plate of for food the unseen guest. The uneaten meal was often placed outside for animals to eat.
Apples were buried along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. Probably why apple trees were often seen growing in the hedge rows.
Turnips were hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits, for this was a night of magic and chaos.
This is the night the Fae ( Fairies) , Wee Folk or Nature Spirits would play pranks on unsuspecting humans. In order to fool them people would dress as ghosts make disguises made of straw, or dressed as the opposite gender in order to fool them.

The Christian Church adopted this day as All Saints Day, celebrating the eve as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween.
The superstitions linked to this celebration by the early church, led people to take some unusual precautions to protect themselves. They adopted the tradition of dressing up in frightening costumes and disguises to ward of evil spirits.
Jack-O-Lanterns were displayed to help protect them from spirits they considered to be evil.

At home we would set a place at the table for the ancestors and leave out milk and honey for the Wee Folk. Family stories were told to remind us of where we came from and who our ancestors were. Not having any Grandparents as all had died long before I was born these stories were looked forward to as it was a way of learning about them.
Today I have no one to pass these stories onto so I will write them down and keep them alive that way.
Stories of love and hardships, tales of strange happenings and traditions that the family followed help to remind us of how people lived.
Recalling how foods were prepared and the traditional dishes cooked brings the tales to life again.

Today we can obtain foods all year round and we tend to forget that seasonal foods were looked forward to.
I like to make a dinner using the foods that are seasonal at Samhain it helps to bring me closer to what this season is all about.


Cook a meal suing seasonal foods

Create an altar to you ancestors. This can be as simple as adding a photograph of Family or those who were close to us. Recall the happy times you had together.

Carve a Pumpkin

Make a list of things you want to do during the following year

Add some fun to things and make some decorations for the home or altar
Lots of ideas to play with some complex some simple.

Edited by: ODONATA_DAWN at: 10/10/2019 (08:28)
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