The Story of Jack O’ Lantern

The Story of the Jack o’ Lantern

The term Jack of the Lantern first appeared in print in 1750 and referred to a night watchman or a man carrying a lantern. Previous to print, it was used to describe a strange light flickering over the marshes of Ireland. If approached, the light advanced and was always out of reach. The mysterious occurrence is also known as will o’ the wisp and ignis fatuus, Gaelic for foolish fire. However, its legendary status reaches far back into Irish folklore with a story of a stingy drunkard named Jack.
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Types of Divination Tools


To cast the I Ching, you cast three coins, six times, each time depending on which way the coins fall forms a hexagram, which gives you your message. You also may get special lines, which give you extra messages and a further hexagram for your second message. The first message is your current situation and your second is the future reading.
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Recipes for Samhain – Mulled Wine and Pumpkin Soup

Traditional Mulled Wine

A bottle of your favourite red wine (Merlot or Cabernet)
4 tps lemon juice
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsps ground ginger
5 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
½ cup sugar
2/3 cup brandy or cognac
½ cup water

Warm these ingredients for 25 minutes, but be sure to avoid accidentally boiling the mixture.
Once it is warm enough and the sugar has dissolved completely, it is ready to serve.
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Activities for Celebrating Samhain


* Make resolutions, write them on a small piece of parchment, and burn in a candle flame, preferably a black votive candle within a cauldron on the altar.

* Wear costumes that reflect what we hope or wish for in the upcoming year.

* Carve a jack-o-lantern.Place a spirit candle in it.
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