Must be the Season of the Witch - About Samhain and the Witches New Year

Dispel the darkness, transcend between the worlds, and journey beyond the veils edge! Open your spiritual consciousness to the otherworld and behold in all of it’s magic!

Colors of Samhain are Black, Orange, Scarlet, Brown and Gold. You can also incorporate beautiful earthy colors.

Herbs, Fruits and Spices of Samhain include Mugwort, Calendula or Marigold, Apple, Pomegranate, Fern, Cypress, Allspice, Anise, Clove, Lavender, Sage, Cedar, Nine Sacred Woods.

Gemstones associated with Samhain include Black Obsidian, Carnelian, Jet, Bloodstone, Crystal Quartz, Onyx and Jet.

Samhain, directly opposite Beltane on the Wheel of the Year, is Beltane’s dark twin. Pronounced “sow-en”, Samhain marks the Witches New Year, the most magical and most important time of the year. A celebration of death and rebirth, Samhain is a time of endings, reflection of mortality, and releasing that which no longer serves in the mundane world. Its a time of new beginnings and setting our intentions to focus in a refreshed and renewed destiny.

During the season of Samhain, the veil between the world of the dead and the world of the living is at its thinnest. The veil between the worlds begins to thin around October 15th with the veil at it's very thinnest upon the eve of October 31st. The season continues and the veil will continue to be thin through November 10th or so. During this time, divination, scrying and communicating with our ancestors is at its highest point.

With the veil now at it's thinnest, we divine answers, making contact with our ancestral spirits, embracing our heritage in celebration with those who have crossed over into the spirit world. An old ancient rite tells of writing a message to our departed loved ones on a piece of paper and casting it into the cauldron's fire. As the paper burns, your message is released and will be acknowledged by the recipient. You can also write your intentions for change and renewal in this same fashion.

One of the most simplest ways to communicate with those who have crossed over to the otherworld, our family and friends, is by using a pendulum. A pendulum is simple tool used for communicating and gaining guidance from the spiritual world. The pendulum amplifies signals or energy vibrations emanating from a spiritual guide or the divine energies you've called upon. These vibrations focus their attention on the pendulum and cause it to move in specific directions, giving you answers and guidance to the questions you put to the tool.

To use as a divination tool, hold the pendulum with your strong hand, very steady so it doesn't move. Ask your question:

Yes - an up and down direction.
No - a side to side direction.
Maybe - a diagonal direction, from the lower left to upper right corners of the circle.
Don't Want To Answer - a diagonal direction , from the lower right to the upper left corners of the circle.
Probably Yes - a clockwise circle.
Probably Not - a counter-clockwise circle.

May you find peace with reflection, be successful in all of your intentions, and may the magic of the season flow in and around you and yours.