Magick Alphabet

S is for Samhain

Samhain is a Gaelic festival that marks the end of harvest season and the beginning of winter. It begins on the evening of October 31 and ends the evening of November 1. It is widely observed in Ireland and Scotland but has now spread an includes neopagans and wiccans. Samhain originated as far back as the 9th century.

Samhain celebrations include lighting of bonfires, feasting and divination. Ancestors are honored more prominently during this holiday as well.

Samhain and Halloween are close in timing but are two very different celebrations. Halloween is always on October 31 whereas Samhain is the middle date between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. The thread which has run continually through both Samhain and Halloween is a connection to the dead and the supernatural. That connection was thought to be made possible by the thinning of the veil between worlds, which was at its thinnest at Samhain.

Samhain is pronounced a few different ways. Let us know how you say it in the comments πŸ˜‰

Magick Alphabet

L is for Learn

What have you learned recently? How did you learn it? πŸ€”

Little witches are always learning. Learning and growing. If you’ve learned all you can learn about tarot, why not try your hand at reading Leonormand or even rune readings? It can be frustrating learning new things but it can help to learn with a partner. Other ways to learn about something new in the magick world include reading blogs (like ours!), books, and even trial and error.

There is a world of knowledge for little witches to learn: from building your own grimoire to studying herbs you grew and harvested in your own garden to the study of your natal chart. There is always so much to learn

Holidays

What is Mabon?

The pagan holiday of Mabon starts today on the Autumn Equinox. It is a time to celebrate balance and reflection. It is known as the Harvest Festival. Named after a god from Welsh mythology of the same name, Mabon is best celebrated with traditional fall items like apples and fallen leaves on your altar, going for a walk in the autumn air or clearing away unwanted clutter from your home. It’s also a great time to plant trees and shrubs if you have a green thumb!

The first day of fall represents so much to the magical world including the balance between dark and light (days and nights are equal again), the harvest bounty and the giving of thanks (think gratitude) as well a time of reaping what you sow, reflecting on your goals and how they manifested.

How do you celebrate Mabon and the Fall equinox? πŸŽƒ 🍁 πŸ‚ 🍎