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As a witch, how do you celebrate Samhain/Halloween?

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#1 Alric

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 02:49 PM

This will be my first Samhain/Halloween officially as a witch. My question is in the title...As a witch, how do you, or do not, celebrate Halloween/Samhain/festival of the dark?
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#2 Tricycle

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 02:52 PM

I currently don't do anything, really. I'm in Australia, so here, it's celebrated in Spring, which really grates on me. They just copy what the Americans do. If my kids are invited to a halloween party, I'd definitely let them get dressed up and go to the party, but I don't let them trick or treat. I'd love to actually do something in Autumn, as it's supposed to be celebrated, but I haven't got there, yet. I'll be following this thread with interest.


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 03:11 PM

I currently don't do anything, really. I'm in Australia, so here, it's celebrated in Spring, which really grates on me. They just copy what the Americans do. If my kids are invited to a halloween party, I'd definitely let them get dressed up and go to the party, but I don't let them trick or treat. I'd love to actually do something in Autumn, as it's supposed to be celebrated, but I haven't got there, yet. I'll be following this thread with interest.


Interesting that the "end of summer" "festival of the last harvest/ darker months" would be celebrated in the spring down there, but I guess that's commercialism for you.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 05:22 PM

Watching with interest here too as last year was the first year I really looked into Samhain. Halloween has always been celebrated in Ireland (we exported it to America :D). Traditionally here it was more of a family festival - ducking for apples, carving a turnip lantern, finding the coin in the barmbrack - although there were fireworks too. So even though we might not have been venerating ancestors, there was always a mixture of the solemn and the playful. It was a drawing in time spent with families and neighbours.

 

It is different now. It's more American which can be good fun for the kids but I do feel like some of that quietness has been lost. I will probably put some photos up of loved ones who've departed and light some candles, make some offerings. Maybe meditate or make a journey and ask for any guidance they have to give me.


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#5 Holdasown

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 09:52 PM

Secular Halloween is costume and trick or treat. Spiritual is a dumb supper, divination, offerings, card readings online.
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#6 Alric

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:41 PM

Secular Halloween is costume and trick or treat. Spiritual is a dumb supper, divination, offerings, card readings online.


I think I'm going to do a "dumb supper" even though I think it should be renamed as something more reflective of what it is.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 01:21 AM

Interesting that the "end of summer" "festival of the last harvest/ darker months" would be celebrated in the spring down there, but I guess that's commercialism for you.

 

Nailed it. There's no soul in it.


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#8 Lauvitra

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 04:39 PM

I don't celebrate them. Halloween isn't a thing in my country, and Samhain isn't a thing in my religion, so neither one is relevant to me. The only thing I'll be celebrating is my mother's birthday. Dinner and chocolate cake!


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 07:18 PM

In years passed, I've done the dumb supper for my parents, assembled a special ancestor shrine, done pumpkin carving & seed drying, and i have an established history of cursed pumpkin pie baking disasters. It varies. 15 years ago at Halloween, a caretaker at the cemetery where i was working nearly mowed over a tiny black kitten and brought her to me at the office. Naturally I took her home :D She likes ham for Her day. If I do a full ritual, it's likely to be at Samhain and Beltain and include the symbolic/solitaire Great Rite blessing. And I have multiple skulls & ouija boards, etc. (well, they're part of daily decor), & consume chocolate as a divine mission.
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