Samhain is the Witch’s New Year – the beginning of a spiritual new year. It marks the beginning of the Wheel of the Year. Samhain is the end of the harvest season and is the third of the Pagan harvest festivals. The crops have been plowed under to compost; the Earth rests during the long winter months in preparation for spring. The word “Samhain”, pronounced saah-win or saa-ween means “summer’s end”. Soon we move into the dark days of winter.
Also known to many as All Hallow’s Eve, it begins on October 31st, and is followed by All Saints’ Day on November 1st. Samhain is a festival of honoring the dead. This is a time to remember and honor those who have passed on. During Samhain, the Veil that separates the seen and unseen worlds is thinnest. We can more easily communicate with ancestors and loved ones who have passed on and receive messages or guidance from our guardians. This is a good time to do divination work as well because information can flow more easily during this sabbat than any time of the year.
In keeping with the concept of honoring the cycle of death and rebirth, destruction and renewal, this is a great time for witches to release old habits and ideas that no longer serve us and create new ones to help us grow. Below is a simple tarot spread to work with in finding those answers.
- Reassess - Where am I on my spiritual path? What are my goals? Am I on track?
- Release - What should I let go of to help me grow? What old habits or attitudes are holding me back?
- Renew - What will help me achieve my next step on my path?
- Transform - What is the outcome if I follow the lessons from the previous steps?
Like many witches around, I think Samhain is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a new beginning and a time when we can more easily connect with our loved ones who have passed and our guides to help us along our journey of growth and becoming better people. This year we have created a Samhain Sabbat Candle to honor this holiday. I may be a little biased, but our Samhain candle may be one of my favorites yet. It. Smells. So. Good. These candles are full of magick and are great for rituals and spell work. With notes of saffron, apple blossom, black currant, blackberry, vanilla orchid, star anise, patchouli, and amber - these candles are witchy AF and sure to be a favorite!
Our limited-edition Samhain Sabbat candles are hand-poured using 100% soy wax.