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 😉

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P is for Pagan

Paganism has been around for a very long time (think pre-Christian times) and felt a growing resurgence in the magickal community since the 1950s. Most Pagans are polytheistic, believing in multiple gods and goddesses. Nature is sacred to the pagan community and they believe that humans are a part of nature just like animals, trees, rocks and everything else that is part of nature. Some pagans believe in reincarnation as well. 

Pagans have many festivals and ceremonies throughout the year including Imbolc, Beltane and Samhain. They also celebrate equinoxes. 

Pagan beliefs vary wildly depending on the branch or kind of paganism. If you’re a pagan, tell us something about your beliefs in the comments.