Reclaiming Samhain


blessed samhain
“A year of beauty. A year of plenty.
A year of planting. A year of harvest.
A year of forests. A year of healing.
A year of vision. A year of passion.
A year of rebirth.

This year may we renew the earth.
This year may we renew the earth.

Let it begin with each step we take.
And let it begin with each change we make.
And let it begin with each chain we break.
And let it begin every time we awake.”

–  Starhawk, Reclaiming Samhain

Samhain’s Wizardry and Enchantments


Happy Halloween Samhain Blessings!
Samhain’s Wizardry and Enchantments

Halloween is not only a night for contacting spirits, divination, and revelry. For witches throughout the world it is also a time for conjuring, spellcasting, and brewing up the finest of potions.

Magick that inspires love, connects a witch with the spirit world, or works like a magnet to attract good luck is traditionally practiced at this time of year. Since ancient times, there have existed three basic types of magick that witches and other practitioners of the magickal arts have utilized. They are known as imitative, contagious, and sympathetic.

Imitative magick dates back to prehistoric Europe, and is based on the primitive belief that the act of painting or drawing a picture of something happening will actually cause it to manifest. It is believed that many of the pictures painted on the walls of caves over twenty thousand years ago were created for magickal purposes. For instance, a painting of a hunter spearing his four-legged game would have served to magickally empower the hunter whom the painting depicted.

Contagious magick uses various items belonging to the person to whom the spell is directed. Such uncommon among practitioners of the Craft, many modern witches have been known to employ special herb-stuffed cloth dolls known as “poppets” in their healing rituals and amatory enchantments. However, sorcery (also known as Black Magick) and the spreading of negative energy to harm others, gain revenge, or satisfy selfish desires is not what Halloween is about.

The majority of modern witches adhere to a simple and benevolent moral code known as the Rede (or Wiccan Rede), which is as follows: “An’ it harm none, do what thou wilt.” The exact origin of the Rede is somewhat of a mystery; however, some writers have suggested that it is the witches’ version of the Christian’s “Golden Rule.” Its meaning is basically this: Be free to do, either magickally or mundanely, what your heart tells you is the correct thing to do as long as your actions bring harm to none. Most witches believe that if they work any form of magick that is contradictory to the Rede, bad karma (threefold or greater) will return to haunt him or her sooner or later

 

Witch’s Halloween: A Complete Guide to the Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, and Lore
Gerina Dunwich