It’s that time of year again when the weather starts to change like spring time, only instead of a hint of warmth in the air there is a hint of chill. The leaves are not sprouting, instead they are turning shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown. The harvest is almost done and soon the cold of winter will be upon us. It is time to say our final goodbyes to the sun and welcome the winter and a rest for the hard work and hot days of summer.
Samhain, October 31st, more widely known as Halloween, is the annual festival of death, it is also the day that the veil between our world and the spirit world is the thinnest and communication with spirits is very possible. It is also a good time to practice divination. Although, you must remember that the energy you have on this day will be the energy you are most likely to attract. Honor your ancestors for the things you have learned from them and the gift of life they have given you, but I do not recommend that you hold a seance or try to contact the dead unless you know what you are doing.
Build and altar or give an offering to your ancestors on this night, light a candle for a loved one, think of all your ancestors, not just in your immediate family but as far back as you can imagine and give thanks and honor for all they have done to make sure you have what you have today.
This is also the witches new year. The sun has provided the ultimate sacrifice and given all of its energy so that the earth can provide for us to eat throughout the winter. The crops are all harvested and the winter months are on their way. The moon will be dominant in the skies as the days are short now, but they are beginning to grow longer bringing with them the promise that the return of our beloved sun lies just around the corner.