Samhain – Symbolism

About Samhain

Samhain. All Hallows Eve, Halloween…The most magical night of the year!

Samhain, or All Hallows Eve, is where the Wheel of the Year begins and so does the darkest time of the year. It is the Celtic Feast of the Dead and the New Year as well. This is the moment that it is both the beginning and the end, neither the future, nor the past and a time when the veil between the Spirit world and the world of the living is as thin as mist… This is a great time of honour, divination and communion with those who have gone before, and also a time of great festivity, merriment and strong affirmation of life, love and fertility at the threshold of the swift approach of darkness.

Exactly opposite to Beltane on the wheel of the year, Halloween is Beltane’s dark twin. A night of glowing jack’o’lanterns, bobbing for apples and dressing in costume. A night of ghost stories and séances, tarot card readings and scrying with mirrors. A night of power, when the veil that separates our world from the Otherworld is at its thinnest. Samhain is a night that exists outside of time and hence it may be used to view any other point in time.

Ancient folklore sees the Goddess now in her aspect of Crone, The Wise One, The Dark Enchantress. She looks back on all that has passed, and forward at what is to come. She is the keeper of the mysteries of birth, life, death and rebirth. She prepares to descend into the mystery of this darkness herself still carrying the child that will become the sun child of the next season. The God embarks upon the Wild Ride at this time, collecting the souls of the dead. This coincided with the end of the harvest.

Remember at this time loved ones that have passed – family, friends, pets… At Samhain they may come to join in the festivities with us and celebrate the mystery of life and rebirth. This is a reverent, earthy, natural, joyous and festive exchange.  We leave them offerings on the altar to honour them.

Plants, Herbs, Incense

Rosemary (for remembering our ancestors), Mugwart (to aid in divination)

Rule, calendula, sunflower petals and seeds, pumpkin seeds, apple leaf, sage, mushrooms, wild ginsing, wormwood, tarragon, bay leaf, almond, hazelnut, passionflower, pine needles, nettle, garlic, myrrh, patchouli


Black obsidian, smoky quartz, jet, amber, pyrite, garnet, granite, clear quartz, marble, sandstone, gold, diamond, iron, steel ruby, hematite, brass


Orange (represents magick of fire and remainder of fire in autumn leaves)

Black (collects and absorbs light and keeps you warm)

White (sends out energy)

Silver and gold (represents moon and sun)


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