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It’s Samhain again! That end of the year for witches, but also the beginning of a new one! If you’re looking for inspiration for celebrating this special Sabbat, you’re in the right place! Each Samhain Ritual is done with the intention of leaving behind what was bad during the year and attracting good energy for the upcoming year.
Learn in this post how to celebrate Samhain!
The rituals presented here were taken from the book “Wicca, A Religião da Deusa” by Claudiney Prieto, with adaptations.
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1) Samhain Ritual: Burning Whishes
The Burning Whishes ritual is a Samhain ritual that aims to banish everything that is negative and attract positive things for the year that is beginning. Being very simple to make, the necessary items are:
- 2 pieces of blank paper;
- 1 pencil;
- Some grain alcohol;
- 1 bay leaf;
- Your cauldron.
On one piece of paper, write everything that is negative and you want to get rid of in your life like problems, unwanted people, diseases, complications and so on. On the other piece of paper, write everything that is positive and you want to attract to your life like solutions, reliable people, health, wealth, prosperity, love and so on.
Write about your wishes in details on both papers, sign at the end of each and write the following sentence: May all of this be correct and for the good of all.
Pour some alcohol in your cauldron, light the fire and throw the paper that contains the negative points. As you watch it burning, focus on the flames and see evil being banished away from your life. Talk to the Goddess and the God and ask them these negative forces to be nullified and transmuted. When the fire is over, go to the second part of the ritual.
Put some more alcohol in the cauldron, light the fire and now throw the paper with the positive stuff written. As you watch it burning, place the bay leaves inside the fire, focus on the flame and see the positive energy being brought into your life. After the fire is over, focus on the smoke from the bay leaves. They are going towards the Goddess. Ask for positive energy to always be present in your life.
2) Samhain Ritual: Braiding a Witch’s Ladder
The Witch’s Ladder is used for different spells. However, as a Samhain ritual, it is traditionally braided for the same purposes as the previous ritual. The Witch’s Ladder symbolizes the cord that connects us to the other dimension and also symbolizes the umbilical cord, source of life.
To make a Witch’s Ladder you need coloured strings, for each colour will have a meaning. You can use up to three colours in yours! Some ladders, when made for certain spells, are made of strands of hair. Along the ladder attach symbols that represent your desires for the next year like hearts, coins, specific stones and so on. Feathering intensifies the power of the ladder.
The colours of the strings represent:
- White: Peace and harmony;
- Red: Removal of enemies, overcoming obstacles, attraction of strength and courage;
- Orange: Success and prosperity;
- Pink: Love attraction;
- Black: Protection and sending the bad luck away;
- Green: Abundance;
- Yellow: Attraction of health and luck in commerce.
After choosing the three colours, try to cut them to the extent of your height and then begin to braid them, always mentalizing everything you want to attract to your life, already symbolized by the colours.
In the end, attach the symbols and/or the feathers that can represent your desires, if you have them.
Put the rope on your altar on the night of the Samhain Sabbat and make your consecration during the ceremony. After the ceremony, hang the rope somewhere in the house, and every time you see it, remember the wishes you made when you created it.
For this Samhain ritual you will need:
- 1 Cauldron;
- 1 black candle;
- 1 orange candle;
- 1 apple;
- 1 loaf of bread made by yourself;
- 1 pomegranate;
- 2 pieces of blank paper;
- 1 pencil;
- Some rosemary;
- 1 tablespoon;
- Some grain alcohol;
- 1 Goblet with wine.
- Cálice com vinho.
Place the cauldron on the altar the orange candle on the right side and the black candle on the left side of it. The apple is near the orange candle and the pomegranate is near the black candle. Draw the Magic Circle and say:
On this sacred night, in which the veil separating the worlds is thinner, we are visited by our Ancestors.
May the Elder Goddess and the Lord of Shadows bless all the beloved who come to share this Rite of Sabbat.
Light the candles, saying:
Sacred Ancestors, come to me.
Tonight I sing the magic and perform this ritual in honour to those who left for the Other World.
May this rite be pleasant to the eyes of those who are gone.
Blessed be all of them.
Raise the Cauldron, saying:
This is the womb of the Mother, the Cauldron of all ends and beginnings.
Put it back in place and get a piece of paper. Write down everything you want to keep away from your life in it. Burn it in the black candle and let it burn inside the Cauldron.
When the first piece of paper finishes burning, take the other piece and then write down everything you want to attract into your life in it. Light it on the orange candle and let it burn inside the Cauldron.
Place the rosemary in the Cauldron near the ashes and begin to stir the mixture with the wooden spoon clockwise saying:
May the old die and the new come.
By the power of Life and Death,
I greet the spirits tonight in Samhain.
Put some alcohol in the Cauldron and then set it on fire saying:
Through this light and the sea beyond,
I greet all the spirits on this night of Samhain.
Look at the flames of fire and mentalize all your desires.
With your Athame, open the pomegranate, eat some seeds while thinking about the negative things you want to keep away from your life. Put some seeds on the fire.
Break the apple in half, eat one of its pieces and throw a small piece in the cauldron’s flames. Now think of everything you want to attract. With your wooden spoon, stir the contents of the Cauldron and then say:
Let the negative become positive,
May evil become good,
May the disease become health,
and hatred become love.
Drink a sip of wine and pour a little into the Cauldron, making an offering to the Goddess and the God while saying:
I make this libation in honour to the Goddess and the God.
I also honour to all my Ancestors.
So mote it be!
Touch the bread with the Athame and say:
I consecrate you in the name of the Ancients.
May you bring me health, success, prosperity and love.
Eat a piece of the bread.
Sing, dance and celebrate in honour to the Goddess, the God and your ancestors. Thank the Ancestors and undo the circle.
Put the rest of the bread under a tree or in a garden as an offering to your Ancestors.
The Wheel of the Year and the Sabbats
You can also read about how to celebrate the other Sabbats which are part of the Wheel of the Year:
- Samhain ritual (you are here :D)
- Yule ritual
- Imbolc ritual
- Ostara ritual
- Beltane ritual
- Litha ritual
- Lughnasadh ritual
- Mabon ritual
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