Samhain: Third Thoughts

Third thoughts on Samhain- Associations
Samhain has many items associated with it, with the now ubiquitous pumpkin instead of the traditional turnip or suede, which was harder to carve. Any of these correlations can be used to decorate your home during this time.
Animals: Cat, Crow, Deer, Raven, Reindeer, Sow (pictures or carvings are easier to manage than the real thing!)
Colours: Black, Orange, Purple, White
Flowers: Marigolds, Chrysanthemums, Rose Hips
Foods: Apples, Bread, Chestnuts, Garlic, Gourds, Honey, Pomegranates, Pumpkins, Salt, Wine (burnt as offering)
Incense/Smudge: Bay. Frankincense, Mugwort, Myrrh, Patchouli
Symbols: Antlers, Arrowheads, Bones, Hammer, Skeleton, Skull, Stones, Sword
Tree: Elder, Ivy, Moss, Yew

Here is a list of some things to do during Samhain.
• carve a turnip or pumpkin, to make a lantern
• de-clutter your home or work-space
• make a reading of cards or cast stones
• hold a dumb supper – set a place at your table for loved ones that have passed
• extinguish all fires/light except the bonfire (bone-fire), then light a torch from this to light your home
• hold a family gathering
• light a black candle and meditate on the past – what was done, what was not, how it would have been different, where to go now
• make a mask
• place food outside for passing spirit
• plant seeds (of a new idea, project etc)
• put a candle in a window to guide the souls/spirits
• release anything unwanted, give away items or write thoughts or feelings down to burn the paper in the Samhain fire
• remembering those who have died with photos, stories, items etc.
• make a scrying with a crystal, mirror or water
• visit barrows, standing stones (at night)

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