This is the witchiest month of the year. I am in my element. Halloween (what we witches call Samhain, Gaelic for “Summer’s End”) is the one month out of the year that celebrates everything that we are. Now that is not exactly intentional of course (just like Christmas picking up all the goodies from Yule) but no matter; this month is for witches and I just go bonkers!
I started thinking about Samhain and the preparations once the retail stores started getting their Halloween merchandise in. What would my theme be this year? Who would come to the festivities? Would the family be able to get together? Would we have the traditional feast or would I do something different, a little devil may care? Mead or punch? Or both? Spells? Or just the ritual?
Several Samhain’s past have been a bit somber and I determined early that this year we would truly celebrate. Now that my brother has found his true love (a wonderful witchy woman) and they have begun their life together it seems appropriate that our Witches New Year be about love.
Last year it was a small celebration but deeply moving since I was able to have a proper bonfire and be one with nature right in my own backyard. It was a bit chilly, though, so this year I have a warmer ritual dress just in case. There will be more guests too this year which makes it even more exciting. I love knowing that my neighbors will just think that I am having a Halloween party and never know the mysteries happening within!
This year, I will be conducting several Samhain-oriented spells. One will be a Wishing Spell, one a Spirit Booster Spell (good for any working cast thus far this year) and the final will be a very traditional old Samhain Love Spell. Love spells are considerably effective when cast on the 31st since the spirit realm is so close on that day.
This is one of the times that the power raised by the group will be extremely advantageous for my witch workings. I always keep everything confidential and the added power is a boon for my clients. I also start making oils ahead of time to be blessed on this day along with re-dedication of special tools and new altars.
The celebration actually begins at 11pm on the 30th. That’s when I start my spell prep. The spells are cast following the ritual which takes place just before midnight on the 31st. I usually don’t get much sleep over that 48 hours period (we have a little fest on All Souls Day, November 1st , as well) but who can sleep when there is so much electric energy abounding.?
I feel it start, right after my birthday. I so look forward to the end of September and the beginning of this harvest month. The energy transitions (September is a very transitory month) into such a pure and glorious state! I feel wrapped in it like a comforting blanket. How fortunate that I am a witch and able to feel this connection in such a deep way.
You can feel it too – you need not even be a witch! It is an awareness that you are connected to the Earth, to each other, to every sentient being on this planet. You take a walk in the woods and you will feel the Earth call to you. You go for a drive to look at the leaves change.
Here is something fascinating about that:
Leaves are nature’s food factories. Plants take water from the ground through their roots. They take a gas called carbon dioxide from the air. Plants use sunlight to turn water and carbon dioxide into glucose. Glucose is a kind of sugar. Plants use glucose as food for energy and as a building block for growing. The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into sugar is called photosynthesis. That means “putting together with light.” A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen. Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green color.
As summer ends and autumn comes, the days get shorter and shorter. This is how the trees “know” to begin getting ready for winter.
During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis. The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer. They begin to shut down their food-making factories. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves. As the bright green fades away, we begin to see yellow and orange colors. Small amounts of these colors have been in the leaves all along. We just can’t see them in the summer, because they are covered up by the green chlorophyll.
I envy those of you on the East Coast (where I grew up) for there is no finer place to be in the fall!
Over this month I will share more information as I get ready for the festivities on Halloween. I already know the theme will be the three aspects of the Goddess: Maiden, Mother and Crone.