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Samhain ancestor spell


And so it is, we gather again, The feast of our dead to begin. Our Ancients, our Ancestors we invite, Come! And follow the setting of the sun.

Whom do we call? We call them by name (Name your ancestor that you wish want to welcome.)

The Ancients have come! Here with us stand Where ever the country, where ever the land

They leave us not, to travel alone; Flesh of our flesh, bone of our bone!

Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Great be their Power! Past ones and present-at this very hour!

Welcome within are the dead who are kin, Feast here with us and rest here within


Our hearth is your hearth and welcome to thee;Old tales to tell and new visions to see

 

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Deeper Into Samhain

 

To the ancient Celts, the year had two "hinges". These were Beltaine (the first of May) and Samhain, (the first of November), which is also the traditional Celtic New Year. And these two days were the most magical, and often frightening times of the whole year.

The Celtic people were in superstitious awe of times and places "in between". Holy sites were any border places - the shore between land and water (seas, lakes, and rivers), bridges, boundaries between territories (especially when marked by bodies of water), crossroads, thresholds, etc. Holy times were also border times - twilight and dawn marking the transitions of night and day; Beltaine and Samhain marking the transitions of summer and winter.

At Samhain, time lost all meaning and the past, present, and future were one. The dead, and the denizens of the Other World, walked among the living. It was a time of fairies, ghosts, demons, and witches. Winter itself was the Season of Ghosts, and Samhain is the night of their release from the Underworld. Many people lit bonfires to keep the evil spirits at bay. Often a torch was lit and carried around the boundaries of the home and farm, to protect the property and residents against the spirits throughout the winter.

Samhain is also the night of the Great Sabbat for the witches (Ban-Druidh, in Scots Gaelic). On Hallowmas, all the witches of Scotland gather together to celebrate, prophesy, and cast their spells. Tradition has it that on this night, they can be seen flying through the air on broomsticks and eggshells, or riding black cats, ravens, or horses on their wild Hallowmas Ride. The rural people did not dare step outside their doors for fear this night. Some say the Queen of Witches is the Irish Morrigan (also called Morgan le Fay). In other traditions, the Blue Faced Hag of Winter - the Calleach - rules this night.

Many of the traditions of Halloween derive from Pagan and Druid customs. It is a time of prophesies, of disguising oneself to avert evil, of performing rites of protection from the dead and Otherworldly spirits. The ancient Druid practice was to circle the tribal Samhain bonfire with the skulls of their ancestors, who would protect the tribe from demons that night.

by Susa Morgan Black (Druid, FSA Scot)

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A little bit about Samhain

Posted by Rek on October 26, 2010 at 1:30am 6 Comments

Oh night of magic, Samhain, crisp and dark with a bright white moon. Black clouds fly swiftly through the air like witches dressed in their best black capes on their way to a party.

The air is cool, the scent of fire wood floats gently by. Dried leaves scrape the pavement when the night wind blows. You can feel the spirits of your ancestors as the veil grows thin. Tonight is the night when those spirits can come for a visit. When magic shimmers and dances like a fairy filled with joy and wonder. So clear, so tangible, you can reach out and touch the magic, inhale it, hold it to you, swirl in it. Tonight is the night when flickering jack-O-lanterns scare away evil spirits just as the bonfires of the Celts did.

Black cats wander in the night, Could this be a friends or relative who had died? Everyone knows they would often return with their souls inhabiting an animal - often a black cat.

We hurriedly set the table for the dumb supper. Extra places are set for the spirits who will attend. No one speaks at this supper; we all just listen in hope to retrieve ancient knowledge from our forbearers.

Light all your candles and place them in the windows so your ancestors can find the way to you more easily.…

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COUNT DOWN TO SAMHAIN

Posted by Rek on August 19, 2014 at 11:06pm 0 Comments

The Kingdom of Witches

Posted by Fala Witch on October 27, 2014 at 8:33am 2 Comments

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Ancestors Invocation

Posted by SilverWitch on October 3, 2014 at 4:06am 6 Comments

We hear your whispered voices

speaking words of wisdom

into our unconscious minds.

Your whispers awaken our dreams,

our hearts,

our desires.

You who are our ancestors

who once walked upon the earth

and were part of our shared life eternal,

we praise you with all that is sacred in our lives.

You who planted the seed of knowledge,

you who sought inner peace,

you who claimed your love for the Gods and Goddesses of old,

we give you honor and praise your…

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Honoring Your Dearly Departed

Posted by Fala Witch on October 6, 2014 at 9:39am 3 Comments

Hail be Halloween! As they say, the “veil between the worlds” is now at its thinnest. This is the ideal time to communicate with and pay homage to those who have crossed the veil and left this world. Indeed, countless celebrations of death take place on or near this day each year around the world. This is the Celtic (and Wiccan) New Year and is most definitely the witchiest holiday of them all! During your Samhain celebration, allow yourself time to enter a meditative state. Think about family, friends, and pets that have died. Bring to mind the fondest memories of them all and speak aloud any messages you wish for them to hearthey will in fact hear what you have to say. Leave for them offerings of food, drink, and incense, and allow your energy to merge with theirs enough to say “hello” and “blessed be.” Tonight, spend as much time with them as you’d like. 

Totally reminds me of myself when I was a little girl. I was a witch for Halloween. One of my most memorable costumes.

witches New Year

Posted by SilverWitch on October 3, 2014 at 4:21am 1 Comment

Mabon

Posted by SilverWitch on September 14, 2014 at 1:30am 0 Comments

Harvest Home

There were three men came out of the West,

Their fortunes for to try,

And these three men made a solemn vow,

John Barleycorn must die....

Despite the bad publicity generated by Thomas Tryon’s novel, Harvest Home is the pleasantest of holidays. Admittedly, it does involve the concept of sacrifice, but one that is symbolic only. The sacrifice is that of the spirit of vegetation, John Barleycorn. Occurring one quarter of the year after Midsummer, Harvest Home represents midautumn, autumn’s height. It is also the autumnal equinox, one of the quarter days of the year, a Lesser Sabbat and a Low Holiday in modern Witchcraft. Recently, some Pagan groups have begun calling the holiday by the Welsh name ‘Mabon’, although there seems little historical justification for doing so.

Technically, an equinox is an astronomical point and, due to the fact that our leap-year cycle causes dates to slip and then snap back into place, the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The autumnal equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator on its apparent journey southward, and we experience a day and a night that are of equal duration. Up until Harvest Home, the hours of daylight have been greater than the hours from…

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Samhain Altar/Traditions

Started by Fala Witch in Daily magic in our lives. Last reply by willow Oct 13. 10 Replies

Sisters it is almost that time. Each day the veil becomes thinner and thinner. Time to honor our ancestors. How to you prepare for Samhain? What do you add to your altar? Do you have any traditions that have been pasted on? Do share with us the…Continue

sisterhood

Started by Fala Witch in Daily magic in our lives. Last reply by Mab SoulTamer Oct 7. 9 Replies

We touched on this topic in chat Monday night. I am posting it here to ask the thoughts of those whom were not in chat. In the Craft world we live in how important is it to you and why to have a sister/sisters of the craft. What is it like for you…Continue

Share a pic of your favorite witch tool

Started by Fala Witch in Daily magic in our lives. Last reply by Rek Sep 1. 26 Replies

Do you have a favorite tool? I'm is the cauldron, couldn't live with one. I have several but this one is my favorite. (sorry pic is so big, could not get it smaller) …Continue

Hex signs / Pagan Symbols

Started by Fala Witch in Daily magic in our lives. Last reply by Buffalo Spirit Aug 15. 12 Replies

In recent years, hex signs have come to be used by non-Pennsylvania Dutch persons as talismans for folk magic rather than as items of decoration. I like this idea, I can see doing a protection spell and then adding the hex sign to the house or barn.…Continue

Silence

Started by Fala Witch in Daily magic in our lives. Last reply by Old Bones Jul 13. 14 Replies

Silence gives you the scope to be to be conscious of yourself. Silence is indeed golden. Maybe you are wondering about a decision, which way to turn, what to do next, your mind is just talking away.  BE SILENT. Stop talking to your mind. The zig-zag…Continue

The new year 2014

Started by Fala Witch in Daily magic in our lives. Last reply by bewitched9 Feb 14. 13 Replies

Time to turn the page, and close the book on 2013. I have so many thoughts, hopes, wishes and dreams for 2014. I was wondering how you will bring in the new year?? Do you see many changes to come? What will you do different in the new year? Learn in…Continue

Yule Traditions

Started by Fala Witch in Daily magic in our lives. Last reply by Rek Dec 26, 2013. 3 Replies

Many of us have families that do not celebrate Yule, instead they celebrate Christmas. Most families have traditions they practice at Christmas. Do you have any yule traditions? Do you plan on creating a new Yule tradition this year? Ever tried to…Continue

Mind clutter and meditation

Started by Fala Witch in Untitled Category. Last reply by Rek May 4. 15 Replies

It has been called many things, monkey mind or mind clutter among others. You know what I'm talking about that horrible beast that jumps around in your mind, pulling thoughts from here and there. Sometimes I just want to scream shut up lol.  This…Continue

Seeing and hearing in the dark

Started by Fala Witch in Daily magic in our lives. Last reply by Ashley Watson Oct 14, 2013. 4 Replies

The wheel is turning and the days are getting shorter.  Now is a great time to sit outside around a bonfire, daze at the stars and listen to the darkness. I am learning to love the darkness of the night. A different world from daylight. I hear,…Continue

Which Witch Tool

Started by Fala Witch in Daily magic in our lives. Last reply by Mab SoulTamer Dec 3, 2013. 9 Replies

For some there are twelve tools that are considered essential for ritual magic. They are the wand; Athame; pentacle; censer; scourge; bolline; staff; cauldron; cord; cup; Book of Shadows; and the altar. These tools may have slightly different names…Continue

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