Rituals for Witches New Year October 31st, 2013

October 31st is Samhain, the Witches’ New Year.  Some consider it to be the most important festival, or sabbat, on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. It’s also Halloween.

Samhain is a time for remembering our past, including departed friends and loved ones.  It’s also a time for spells and rituals for new beginnings and future plans. Part of creating a good future is to release any negative energy that may be holding you back. However, as nature always fills a void, you must ask that positive vibrations replace it.

Along with Yule, (Christmas) and Ostara, (Easter), Samhain is one of several Pagan celebrations that have been “borrowed” by Christianity.  Most likely this was done to make the transition to their new religion more tolerable for our ancestors


COLOURS: black, orange, copper

OIL: patchouli, cedar, lavender

PHILTRE: sage, mullein, dittany of crete, rosemary, rowan berries, rue, wormwood, basil, dragon’s blood, thyme

CANDLES: orange, black, copper or gold

FLOWERS: mums, calendula, cosmos, wormwood, sage, apples, mugwort

INCENSE: cedar

STONES: smoky quartz, opal, Apache tears, black obsidian

You will find a Samhain Ritual for Remembrance and Release, along with spells,
ceremonies and recipes for 8 other sabbats, in my Wheel of the Year Guide.


Celebrate the Witches’ New Year by decorating your table with orange, black, copper and gold candles and seasonal arrangements of mums, calendula, cosmos, fresh apples and nuts. Serve with a glass of apple cider or ale.

Samhain Menu

Apple & Pecan Salad

Beef & Beer Stew

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

You may already have your own personal ritual for Samhain. My Simple Wiccan Magick Witches’ Cook Book contains recipes for 8 sabbats and 12 full moon celebrations, a total of 56 easy and delicious recipes.

I’m so pleased that this cook book was recently in Amazon’s Top Ten Best Seller list for Magick, Wicca and Witchcraft. It’s been selling like hot cakes, or should I say, pumpkins in October. Many thanks to all who have enjoyed it.

Blessed be!

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