Natural Samhain Altar

Happy Samhain, everyone! I can't believe it's already here! Have you had your pumpkin spice latte yet? If not, don't forget to add a little spell work to your brew!

Haha...because of witches...

We'll be spending our day enjoying the cool-ish weather. After all, 83* hardly calls for sweatshirts. But the mornings are cool enough to give a hint of the fall, and for that I'm thankful. 

For my altar, I let nature do the guiding (as usual!) and used leaves and small acorns that I found around my home. How I long for orange and red leaves! But this is the desert, and since basically none of the vegetation in my neighborhood is indigenous, I'm fortunate to have any leaves at all!

I used a black candle in the center of my circle to honor the transcended, balanced with five white votives. And, of course, I had to use mini pumpkins. Come on, now. It's October!

On each leaf I wrote the name of a departed loved one, people who I've spent a lot of time thinking about these past few weeks. If you're feeling extra spunky, you could add a few personal items of theirs or your favorite photographs. I chose to keep mine simple, because that's how I roll. 

The candles will be lit tonight at dusk, and I'll let them burn until they're spent, which usually takes a few hours. I'll also leave a small plate of food outside beneath a candle in the window, my favorite Samhain tradition! I prefer Samhain rituals to be done in the darkness; that's when I feel most connected to the transcended. How about you? Do you wait until sundown, or do you feel most in-tuned during the day?

While Samhain can be a bit heavy, remember to do something fun today. The best way to honor the dead is to embrace life. And when we raise our own mood, we're raising the vibrations for those spirits around us, making it easier for them to send us messages. Because, let's face it, we're all waiting for a little message from a loved one tonight!

Blessed Be, everyone! May your Samhain be filled with love, laughter, and warm memories!

What's your favorite Samhain ritual? Do you wait to cast until after dark? Do you balance the somber with a little fun?

Looking for more ways to celebrate Samhain? Check out Samhain Traditions: 13 Simple & Affordable Halloween Spells & Rituals for the Witches' New Year!

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