Even Nature Takes Some R & R!

As the winter solstice approaches, nature reminds us it is important to take time to rest and restore. I invite you to do the same as 2018 comes to an end. Nourish your body, allow your mind to daydream, and revitalize the spirit with family, friends, and loads of natural beauty! I'll be doing the same for the remainder of the year, so comment approval and email replies will be delayed. I appreciate your patience as I take time to replenish the 'ol creative wells (because I've been busy working on MANY new and exciting things coming your way in 2019, so get ready!).

Wishing you all a comfy and cozy, fuzzy-sock-wearing, soul-healing, snowman-building, chocolate-covered kind of Yuletide season! Love and blessings to each and every one of you! 🎄

♥ Michaela

The Witch's Guide to Samhain


As the cool air swaddles nature, welcoming the fall with a crisp autumnal embrace, the scent of magick permeates the atmosphere. We sense it in the trees, the way their orange leaves sway upon the branches one last time before taking flight, fluttering to the ground in a ritualistic dance of fall-painted beauty. We can feel it on our skin as the weather turns dry and nature softly exhales, hinting at the impending winter with sacred, frost-laced breath. Above all, we feel it in our souls, the way The Wheel churns around us, humming with life as the veil thins and the world brims with magick just before its winter slumber.

Autumn is undoubtedly a special time of year. It's a cozy cluster of days celebrated with the comfy aspects of life—luscious slices of gooey apple pie, soft woolen blankets clutched across our shoulders on dreary October nights, pumpkin bread and cinnamon coffee and hay rides and corn mazes and haunted houses!

Whew, getting a bit winded over here. Just so darn pumped!

If you're new to Paganism or simply need a brush-up, let's sit down together over a mug of London fog tea and a slice of banana bread while we discuss The Witch's Guide to Samhain!

Samhain (pronounced sow-in) is a cross-quarter sabbat that is celebrated on October 31st. On this sabbat we honor the death of the God, acknowledge death as a necessary stage in the cycle of life, and celebrate our ancestors and those loved ones who have transcended before us. Just as The Wheel turns, demonstrating that nothing in this realm is constant, our lives too will eventually cease, though our souls remain eternal. We acknowledge this unconditional truth on Samhain and address our own discomfort that often accompanies our mortality.  

As Samhain nears, the veil between our plane and then next thins to near transparency, granting us easier communication with those beyond. Now is the time to honor your loved ones, letting them know their life on this earth may have ended but your love for them has not. This post has five meaningful (and cost-free!) ways you can honor your ancestors on this sacred night. In an altar kind of mood? Check out my Natural Samhain Altar and let nature guide you! Or make a super simple Souls' Feast Pumpkin Sacrifice.






Although we are honoring the proverbial death of the God (who will be reborn on Yule, the Winter Solstice), we are also aware every ending is a new beginning. Thus, Samhain is often referred to as the Witches' New Year. And because the veil is thin, gifting us with heightened energies from the other side, Samhain is commonly seen as a time for divination and foretelling. Cast runes, try your hand at scrying, or break out your tarot deck to see what the coming year holds. Looking for some inspiration? Take a peek at the Autumn Moon Pumpkin Tarot Spread!



Just as we observe in nature, life is about balance, which is why this somber sabbat doesn't have to be all melancholia and sorrow. Decorate your home in red, orange, and yellow hues (representing the sun, which represents the God) as well as black and brown, which signifies death and our return to the earth. Seasonal vegetables such as pumpkins, winter squashes, apples, pears, and cranberries are all appropriate treats for your Samhain feast. Feeling sentimental? Treat yourself to the tart red flesh of a pomegranate, which is a Greek mythological symbol for the underworld. Legend says leaving a pomegranate outside your door on Samhain night protects your home and family from evil in the coming year.

If the fresh scents of autumn put you in the mood to conjure, whip up a batch of Samhain Protection Salt, a spell that keeps giving all year long!  And it's pretty. See:



Lastly, I just wouldn't be the Penniless Pagan if I didn't give you a few good tips on how to celebrate without spending a dime. And since I like you, I'll do you one better! Here's ten ways to celebrate without spending a dime!




If you simply can't get your fill of Samhain, make merry with meaning and simplicity by picking up a copy of Samhain Traditions: 13 Simple & Affordable Halloween Spells & Rituals for the Witches' New Year. Available in e-book and paperback! Every sale helps keep the blog stocked-up on free material, so thank you for your support! ♥



Whether you choose to spend your Samhain with candied apples and rowdy children, or you settle in for a quiet evening of deeply spiritual ritual, I hope you have a wonderfully magickal Samhain eve!

Happy Samhain, everyone! 


How do you celebrate Samhain: fun and gleeful, sweet and somber, or a little of both?


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8 comments:

  1. What a lyrical, delicious opening paragraph! Just reading this post made me feel the magic of Samhain. I'm looking forward to this Samhain much more than ever before, especially its deep spiritual aspects, because of my recent loss. I'm still making Halloween costumes for me and the mini, and we're still doing the spooky movies month and trick or treating. But I'm putting aside much more time and effort this year to honor the departed loved ones. I'll be using many of your ideas from the book and from your blog.
    Thank you, Michaela! Have a blessed Samhain!

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    1. You're so very sweet!

      Samhain is such a special, special time. The energies are so distinct and profound. I hope you feel the souls of the departed more deeply this year than ever before and receive a special, much needed message of love. ♥ I believe you will! ;)

      Have fun with that mini! I'm sure he'll raise the energies with that sweet smile! 🎃

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  2. I'm so glad I've found you! I am very new to being a Pagan & finding my feet when it comes to rituals etc. I found your page as I was looking into ways to help me through my grief for my soul mate, my dog who died 3 weeks ago. The article made so much sense & then it lead me to this article, which is just perfect timing!
    As I said, I am very new to this. It has been within me for 40 years but only recently have I had the capacity to embrace this lovely way of life. Thank you so so SO much. I look forward to getting your two books I've just ordered from Amazon. Thank you & Blessed be :)

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    1. I'm glad you found the blog when you needed it, and thank you for your support!

      I'm so terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a pet is a deep ache that never fully heals. They are a special kind of soul, a rare energy that gives so much love without seeking anything in return. I'm sorry you lost your best friend, but I hope you can find a little peace in knowing your bond is eternal and unbroken. Sending you lots of love and hugs. ♥

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    2. So sorry about your dog. I lost my girl cat last year, and I know how hard it is. Love to you. <3

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  3. I'm looking forwrd to Samhain! Lots of great ideas, thank you. I usually make a "Demon's Blood" drink (recipe is from Kate West's The Real Witches' Kitchen), have some buffet style food and bake gingerbread. Also light candles, and of course have a pumpkin!

    Happy Samhain! :)

    Zania

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    1. Happy Samhain, Zania! I love that book by Kate West, always gets me into the fall mood! Hope you have a fantastic Samhain! =D

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    2. Thank you, you too! Yes, it's the book that inspired me to celebrae the sabbats. :)

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