Dionysos, also known as Bacchus (Roman), is the god of wine and festivities. The style of this head looks back to early Greek sculpture known as Archaic. Dionysos was the male deity most commonly archaized in Hellenistic and Roman times. The old-fashioned style lent an air of venerable antiquity to the image of the god and implied the long history of his cult.
When reading about Samhain traditions, you’re likely to find a number of big, in-depth rituals and practices that are less than subtle. But if you’re still in the broom-closet, a baby-witchling, or just don’t have the time and/or supplies for some of the more elaborate Sabbat practices, here are a few easy ways to celebrate.
Jack-o-lanterns - Carving pumpkins is one of the Pagan traditions that has made its way into secular practice, and won’t raise any eyebrows in most of the western world. Leaving candles lit serves to guide the spirits of loved ones home for a visit on Samhain night, and carving faces into pumpkins (the practice actually started with turnips, which look terrifying) are meant to frighten off unfriendly spirits. For a little extra protection, sprinkle some salt inside the jack-o-lantern before putting the candle inside; salt will further deter any unwelcome visitors.
Apples - Apples are largely regarded in mythology as the food of the dead. (You can also use pomegranates, as is traditional in Greco-Roman mythology, but they tend to be a little more noticeable.) Keep a bowl of them near your front door on Samhain as gifts for hungry spirits- use a cute basket and it’s easily dismissed as a simple seasonal decoration. If you can’t keep a whole bowl of them, leave an apple outside your front door, or bury it nearby if need be. They’ll still find the offering, no worries. You can also eat apple or pomegranate as part of your Samhain ritual- just be sure to leave some for any spirit guests that come around.
Incense - Burning incense is a common form of offering to spirits and deities, and can be explained away by a simple “it smells good!”. If you’re expecting a visit from loved ones who have passed on, maybe try to select an incense that you associate with them. Before lighting, say a quick prayer. If you’re honoring someone specific, let them know; if you’re honoring the spirit world at large, say so. (If you can’t burn incense, you can also use an oil warmer, or throw a skillet of water on the stove with apple slices, cinnamon, and whatever other herbs you like- it acts as an air freshener without the smoke. Just keep an eye on it- I’ve burned a few too many things by forgetting about them lol.)
Heirlooms - If you want to honor ancestral spirits this Samhain, it’s the perfect time to dust off gran’s pearls or great-granddad’s pocket watch. If your heirlooms aren’t wearable, anything that belonged to them will do- just place it on your altar or in a special spot (window ledge, bedside table, etc.). And if you don’t have anything that belonged to them, you can use something that reminds you of them; if your great aunt often wore rose perfume, put a rose on your nightstand. Spirits who are close to you will understand the gesture that you’re thinking of them.
Communication - Samhain is the time of year where the veil between worlds is thinnest. What better opportunity to chat with those who have passed on? And while communicating with the dead can often be a challenge, on Samhain, it is usually much easier. Even if you just sit and talk aloud- no big ritual or anything- the spirits will hear you.
Hello Jason. Look at your wife. Now back to me. Now back at your wife. Now back to me. Sadly, she isn't me. But if she wears this dress I made, her skin could burn off. Look down. Back up. Where are you? You're at your wedding. With the woman your wife could kill like. Look at your hand. Back at me. I have it. It's the charred remains of your wife's corpse. Look again. The corpses are now our children's! Anything is possible when your wife kills like a barbarian and not a lady. I'm on the sun chariot.
In Greco-Roman mythology, Arachne (/əˈrækniː/; from Greek: ἀράχνη, cognate with Latin araneus) is a talented mortal weaver who challenged Athena, goddess of wisdom and crafts, into a weaving contest; this hubris resulted in her being transformed into a spider.