Wheel of the Year: Samhain

Hi everyone! Happy Samhain, or Halloween if you will. Samhain is the minor sabbat that occurs between Mabon (fall equinox) and Yule (winter solstice). It falls on October 31st every year. Even though this sabbat is considered to be a minor one it is actually one of the most celebrated sabbats. We are half way to reaching the darkest day of the year since it was last balanced.

Samhain marks the day that the sun god passes on and goes to the underworld. This causes the veil to the spiritual world to be at it’s thinnest. Due to it being so thin spirits can easily travel to and from their realm and ours. This means we can communicate with them much easier. The goddess also transforms to her crone form on this day and spends the next couple months grieving the loss of her partner.

Since the veil is so thin this is a time we use to reconnect with our ancestors. We invite our ancestors to our home by leaving candles (or pictures of these loved ones) in our windows. We also sometimes have a feast of the dead. This is essentially when we set up an extra place at our table and leave a meal for our ancestors. Ways we may contact our loved ones is through divination (tarot cards, pendulums, scrying, etc) or through a Ouija board (not sure if I recommend this one though, at least not for beginners in necromancy).

After Samhain we look forward to Yule which is when the God is born again and spring is on the horizon.

To celebrate this day you can carve pumpkins (used to protect your home from any extra negative energies lurking around), go trick or treating/dress up (Christian’s used to dress up to disguise themselves from demons and monsters), divination (since the veil is thin messages will come through your cards easier and clearer), witchcraft (since the veil in thin there will be an abundance of energy to do you magick with), go for a walk to see how the seasons are changing, and as always do a ritual to honour your deities.

Some gods you can celebrate during this time are: Anubis (Egyptian), Osiris (Egyptian), Yama (Hindu), and Hades (Greek)

Some goddesses you can celebrate during this time are: Morrigan (Celtic), Hel (Norse), Freya (Norse), Demeter (Greek), Hecate (Greek)

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a great Samhain. If you’d like to hear about Samhain instead of reading about it make sure you check my youtube channel  tomorrow! Also, make sure you follow me on here and on twitter to make sure you get notifications when I post. Until next time Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

The Celtic Pantheon

So today I thought it would be good to continue our talk about pantheons. A couple weeks ago I talked about greek which you can read here: The Greek Pantheon. This week I am going to talk about the Celtic pantheon. I did some research to find the “top” worshipped gods and goddesses so if you worship someone from this pantheon that I didn’t mention please put them in the comments and what they’re all about and I can add it my post!

Gods

Aengus – God of love and youth. Animals are cat, dove, sparrow, deer. The swan was his symbol.

Dagda – “The Good God” The father god. He is the god of the arts, knowledge, magic, music, prophecy, prosperity, and regeneration. His symbols were a club, bottomless cauldron of plenty, and the harp.

Cernunnus – “the horned one” He is the god of  hunting, animals, fertility, and nature in general. Animals that were sacred to him: bull, ran, stag, and horned serpents.

Arawn – God of the underworld, terror, revenge, and war. His animals are the stag and dogs. His symbol is the cauldron.

Goddesses

Morrigan – goddess of war and death. Morrigan’s main animal is the crow or raven. She is a triple goddess. Morrigan is Anand (or Anu), a goddess of fertility, Badb, a war goddess who transforms into a crow, and Macha, the death crone.

Danu – Matriarch of Power. She is the mother goddess. Symbolizes rivers, water, wells, prosperity, magick, and wisdom.

Brigit – she is the goddess of art, blooming of the spring season, healing, high dimensions, livestock, poetry, smithing, and springs. She is a a triple goddess. One is in charge of poetry and inspiration; one is in charge of midwifery and healing, and the last is in charge of crafts and smiths.

So these are just a few celtic gods and goddess. Here are some links to some celtic deity statues Danu statue, Morrigan statue, and Cernunnos statue. I hope you enjoyed todays post. If you have a celtic god or goddess that I didn’t post about tell me about them in the comments and leave any other thoughts or questions there as well. Make sure you subscribe to my blog and my twitter to get notifications on when I post. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.