I adore fall over any season, something just feels different inside of me and i just feel more spiritually aware, fall is also the time of my favourite Sabbat Samhain so i thought I’d share some ideas on what you can do for this Sabbat and just for the season in general.
This is gonna be kinda lengthy!
But first, what exactly is samhain?
The fields are bare, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the skies are going grey and cold. It is the time of year when the earth has died and gone dormant. Every year on October 31 (or May 1, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) the Sabbat we call Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth. For many Pagan traditions, Samhain is a time to reconnect with our ancestors, and honour those who have died.
This is the time when the veil between our world and the spirit realm is thin, so it’s the perfect time of year to make contact with the dead.
Samhain activity ideas.
Take a walk in the park with a loved one or a pet
Collect leaves to press
Enjoy some of the pumpkin spiced joy that comes around
Reflect on the year
Remember those who have passed on to the other side and set up your altar with pictures of your loved ones who have passed.
Listen to stories about you ancestors, learn some stuff you maybe didn’t know.
Prepare a Samhain dinner. Include a place setting at your table or at a nearby altar for the Dead. Add an offering of a bit of each beverage being consumed to the cup at that place setting, and to the plate, add a bit of each food served. Invite your ancestors and other deceased loved ones to come and dine with you. (you could also consider dining in silence however this isn’t necessary.)
Divination and Guidance. Using Tarot, Runes, Scrying, or some other method of divination, seek and reflect on guidance for the year to come. Write a summary of your process and messages. Select something appropriate to act upon and do it.
Divine Invocations. Honour and call upon the Divine in one or more Sacred Forms associated with Samhain, such as the Crone Goddess and Horned God of Nature. Invite Them to aid you in your remembrance of the Dead and in your understanding of the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. If you have lost loved ones in the past year, ask these Divine Ones to comfort and support you.
Transforming Expressions. If you encounter distortions, misinformation, and/or false, negative stereotypes about Paganism and Samhain in the media, contact the source, express your concerns, and share accurate information. Help eradicate derogatory stereotyping with courteous, concise, and intelligent communications.
Seasonal Imagery. Decorate your home with Samhain seasonal symbols and the colours of orange and black. Place an Autumnal wreath on your front door. Create displays with pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, acorns, and apples. Set candles in cauldrons.
Carve a pumpkin or a turnip.
Bury an apple on samhain night as a snack to offer those passing on
go shopping for seasonal home decorations, and even Halloween decorations if you’re like me and keep some of them up all year round!
Take a sibling or cousin trick-or-treating.
Sit around a fire and toast marshmallows and tell stories.
Go out and collect acorns and conkers.
Go apple picking or do some apple bobbing.
Watch a horror movie.
If there’s a corn maze near you, go have some fun getting lost with your friends and family.
Sit up late in the crisp autumn air and reflect.
Go for a hayride or for a hike.
And that’s it! That’s all i have for you this time round my loves, blessings and may the divine be with you,
the pumpkins I will need for Halloween are being planted about now, the little seeds are digging into the dirt to find the haunted energy necessary, oh sweet moonbeams, I hope they know I love them already
(I toss and turn in my coffin, unable to sleep for the rest of the day)