For witches, October is witch season. A time when we celebrate Handicrafts, experience the thinning of the veil and savor the delights of Autumn. Samhain celebration, the final harvest, is at the end of October. There is an energy that inspires magic and divination. We can use this time to honor the mighty and beloved dead. Or create an intimate keepsake for those who have died through rituals such as a Silent supper. For me, October can also be a time of revision, publication and renewal for the last months of the year.
Samhain end of year review
As many of you may know, my mother passed away last August (Friday the 13th, no less). In addition, my family and I experienced other life stresses over the summer. So I spend a little time doing a little self-reflection or reviewing. How do I feel emotionally and spiritually? Is what I’m doing to take care of myself useful? What has really worked for me over the past year or what am I proud to have accomplished?
If this time of year arouses the urge to do an “inner examination”, here are some suggestions:
- Ask yourself how you are doing. Have you created any healthy habits or goals in the past week, month, or year?
- Meditation can help you connect with your personal power, Higher Self, Deity, etc. What type of meditation works best for you as an individual? Do you enjoy it or is it something you need to work on and why? Have you practiced different forms of meditation or have you given yourself permission not to meditate?
- Spend time in nature breathing and “being”. How are you feeling right now?
- If you love to write, keep a daily, weekly, or monthly journal. Review it once a year.
Free what no longer serves
Upon reflection, there is always something in our life that can or should be released. Conflicting emotions. Difficult relationships. Soul-hungry job. Samhain is a great time to let go through rituals and spells. Whether it is through a simple letting go, purification and cleansing, or a banishment or affair, the weeks leading up to October 31st can be an optimal time for this work.
Here are some ideas that may be helpful. As in all magical work, intention is important. So, be clear in your mind what you want to delete:
- Bay leaves are great for releasing what has become negative in your life. Just take a dried leaf, use a sharpie to write down what you want to release, and throw the bay leaf into a fire or with a candle and a cauldron. You can do this with as many bay leaves as you need.
- Create a bag or a jar. You can include sharp objects such as fingernails, glass, as well as herbs, stones, oils, etc., which cleanse, protect, and will remove what you no longer want from your life. Include black thread, string or thread. Then write down on a piece of paper what you want to let go or take out of your life. Add the items to the bag or jar, focusing on dropping anything. Then seal the bag or jar tightly and bury it away from your home or property.
- Clean yourself and / or your home with herb smoke. Lavender, rosemary, and cedar in sprigs or bundles will work for this.
- Take a ritual bath with cleansing herbs and oils to eliminate what is no longer needed.
- Write what you want to delete on a piece of paper. Roll it into a tube, tie it with black string and burn it in a fire or with a candle and a cauldron.
Renew by looking to the future
Finally, what you can do as part of your celebration of Samhain is look to the future. What do you want to accomplish in your life? Are there any goals you can set for yourself on your way as a witch? Is there a new skill you want to learn, a song to compose, or a book to write? Are you satisfied and want to maintain the status quo? Maybe you are curious about upcoming events? Either way, you can use the energy of October to focus on these things.
- Divination is always a useful tool to find out what to focus on in the months to come. As the veil thins, now is the perfect time to connect with your inner diviner or visit someone for a read. Be it Tarot, Oracle, Lenormand, Bones, Ogham, et al., You can find advice, wisdom, and insight into what might happen in the future.
- Focus on a specific goal, then create a candle spell to make it part of your reality.
- Spell bags are also great for manifesting your intentions, and they can be easy to carry in a pocket, purse, or purse.
While Samhain can be observed on a particular day, I find it important to celebrate throughout the month of October. Samhain is a Sabbath which can be both solemn and joyful. And for me, it’s a beautiful season to be a witch, a pagan, or a magical person. Whichever way you choose to watch it, bless this year’s Samhain.