A Witch Shop at Samhain | Lisa Wagoner

Everyone imagines that working in a witch shop at Samhain is the ultimate in witchdom. It is, and it can be, and yet, it remains so much more. The excitement builds before October 1st, and as that day arrives, there is that unmistakable aura of deepening shadows, the veil thinning, and the feeling of going … Continue reading A Witch Shop at Samhain | Lisa Wagoner

Irish-American Witchcraft: Fairies and Samhain

As we move further into the Samhain season there is often a strong emphasis on remembering and connecting to our ancestors and dead loved ones. A secondary theme that we find is the idea of a so-called ‘thinning of the veil’ as a way to describe the increased activity by spirits and easier perception of … Continue reading Irish-American Witchcraft: Fairies and Samhain

Remembrance Potpourri

Memories of those we have loved and lost are always with us. With time, hopefully, we smile instead of cry when a particularly poignant memory is triggered. And sometimes we intentionally evoke memories with special objects that remind us of those who have passed on to the Summerland. This special remembrance potpourri is one such … Continue reading Remembrance Potpourri

Samhain: Honoring Ancestors of Craft and Tradition | Coby Michael Ward

Samhain, the season of the witch, is a time for us to honor the powers that underlie our Craft.  The hidden powers behinds the scenes, guiding our movements and our inspiration.  The Dead guide us; they are present when we weave our magic.  Those who have laid the foundations for our Great Arte, fertilizing our … Continue reading Samhain: Honoring Ancestors of Craft and Tradition | Coby Michael Ward

The Scent of Magick | Phoenix LeFae

After working a full day at my shop, I get home smelling of candle smoke and incense. My hair holds the scent of magickal herbs. For days after working in the shop, my clothes will retain the smell of essential oils and amber. It clings to me like a second skin. I don’t smell it, … Continue reading The Scent of Magick | Phoenix LeFae

Samhain in the Devil’s Garden | Coby Michael Ward

All Hallows Eve is quickly approaching.  The darkness is creeping closer every day.  You can feel the cold grip of the coming winter slithering its way back up from its yearly resting place deep in the Underworld.  The excitement and anticipation on both sides of the veil are tangible.  It is during this time of … Continue reading Samhain in the Devil’s Garden | Coby Michael Ward

About Samhuinn Fire Festival – Beltane Fire Society

The membership of the Society has often celebrated the other quarter-day festivals. After the success of Beltane, Samhuinn was our next public event, first taking place in 1995. Our Samhuinn celebr… Source: About Samhuinn Fire Festival – Beltane Fire Society Forget Halloween. Edinburgh’s annual Samhuinn Fire Festival is a league of its own. Brought to … Continue reading About Samhuinn Fire Festival – Beltane Fire Society

All Hallow’s Eve

Halloween. Sly does it. Tiptoe catspaws. Slide and creep. But why? What for? How? Who? When! Where did it all begin? "You don't know, do you?" asks Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud climbing out of the pile of leaves under the Halloween Tree. "You don't really know!" - Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree Samhain. All Hallows. All … Continue reading All Hallow’s Eve

T’was the Evening of Samhain

by Cather Steincamp 'Twas the evening of Samhain, and all through the place were pagans preparing the ritual space. The candles were set in the corners with care, in hopes that the Watchtowers soon would be there. We all had our robes on (as is habitual) and had just settled down and were starting our … Continue reading T’was the Evening of Samhain

October 30th, 2017 The Sabbat of Samhain {Halloween}

Samhain is one of the Greater Sabbats of the Witches’ calendar and in the Northern Hemisphere is celebrated on the night of 31st October (in the Southern Hemisphere the equivalent Sabbat is Beltane 30th April). Samhain is the third and last of three autumnal harvests, the first was at Lammas (1st August) when in tribute to the waning … Continue reading October 30th, 2017 The Sabbat of Samhain {Halloween}