Samhain will soon mark the third harvest on the wheel. The Old King is dead, and the Crone Goddess mourns him during the next six weeks. However, it’s also a day to honor and celebrate the dead. The veil between the spirit world and ours is thinnest at this time. This makes Samhain a day to commune with the dead and honor the cycle of death and rebirth. So how can we celebrate Samhain?
1. Take a Nighttime Nature Walk
Taking a meditative walk in a wooded area near your house can be a great way to celebrate Samhain. State and Federal parks are amazing, preserved locations that are the perfect place for the occasion. Observe and study the colors, smells, sounds, and other sensations of the season. See yourself as a part of the Circle of Life and reflect on the fact that death and rebirth are an essential part of Nature. If the places you’re visiting allow, gather some natural objects and use them to decorate your home or altar.
2. Decorate Your Altar to Celebrate Samhain
Another way to celebrate Samhain is to decorate your altar for the occasion. Use plenty of pumpkins, gourds, and autumn flowers. Gather personal objects, photographs, heirlooms or anything representing your ancestors or passed loved ones. Candle colors for the season are, of course, orange or black. However, white, silver, and gold colors may also be used. Some incense or resins for Samhain are Myrrh and Patchouli.
Samhain Petition Spell
In need of a quick spell? Grab a cauldron and a black votive candle! Then, write resolutions down on pieces of paper and burn them in the candle’s flame as it sits in the cauldron.
3. Do a Tarot Reading or Other Divination
As we’ve mentioned, the veil between the spirit world and ours in the thinnest during Samhain, which makes it the most opportune time to perform any scrying or divination. Using tarot, runes, pendulums, scrying mirrors, or spirit boards will be very powerful. Since this is also a time of reflection, it’s best to ask for guidance in the years to come. If you’ve lost loved ones in the past year, you may have a higher chance of reaching out to them for comfort or support.
Samhain Tarot Spread
Try this Samhain spread out: Shuffle your deck appropriately, and lay out six cards. Flip each card over, starting with the number one and follow their representations:
- What to embrace
- What to celebrate
- What to expect
- What to let go of
- What to contemplate
- What to fear
4. Have a Meal with Your Late Relative
Invite a deceased guest to your dinner; anyone whose memory is both meaningful and personal to you. If you have the space, you can host the dinner in your own home, and even invite other friends and relatives who knew the guest of honor. A friend or family member can also host the meal for you as the host usually doesn’t have to do anything else other than provide a space.
Once you’re ready, set your table with items that have plenty of color, candlelight, and flowers. At one end, be sure to set up an altar. The altar can be a box or two that you stack and cover with a tablecloth.
5. Honor the Dead
Think about your passed relatives and loved ones, and especially think of how much they mean to you. Now, think of those who died without someone to hold their memory, without another soul to remember them, and maybe even without a tombstone. These are the people whose spirits we honor, even when never knew their names. A part of celebrating Samhain is remembering those lost souls. You can easily do this with a candle ritual, a few photographs on your altar, or even with strong intentions.