Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the colder seasons. Known as one of the fire festivals, Samhain falls between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It’s seen as a time for remembrance, as many believe the veil between the physical world and the spirit world is thin, allowing for us to communicate with the lost.
I will be celebrating Samhain with lighter activities, starting with apple picking at a local orchard with some friends. Assuming I will be getting lots of apples, I plan to make apple spiced teas, apple crisps, and fried apples, as well as just eating the apple as is.
Earlier in the week, I gathered rosemary from my garden and twigs from a hedge at my grandmothers to make a family wreath. Though a little early for Samhain plans, I was making a protection wreath. I tied together, wrapped, and shaped my twigs and rosemary sticks into a circle. Rosemary is a great all-around herb, and even better with protection magick. I also tied a small bell to hang off the wreath. Bells are said to scare off evil spirits when it is rung, and it was tied on with four knots. One knot for each member of my family, with the intention to tangle and tie up any negative energy that tried to work its way into our home as it hangs on our front door.
Beyond that, I will simple be lighting a black candle and decorating my altar with corresponding crystals: bloodstone, black tourmaline, amethyst, and smokey quartz.
How will you be celebrating Samhain?