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14 Samhain activities
Bake with pumpkins
So it is pumpkin season after all! Why not do some seasonal cooking. You could make some pumpkin soup or a pumpkin pie. Last year I made my first pumpkin pie and it was a lot of fun and tasty too! I used fresh pumpkin but you can even get it in a tin to save time.
Make soul cakes
Have you heard of soul cakes? These are what were traditionally given out when the less fortunate would knock on doors and offer prayers for the departed.
Do a Samhain themed tarot spread
With the veil at its thinnest, divination is a large theme. Why not try a tarot spread and see what the cards say. Just type Samhain tarot into any search engine and you are sure to get many options. Alternatively, you may like to try this simple Samhain-themed spread that I made.
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Samhain themed altar
Decorate your altar using items that correspond with Samhain. Things such as crystals, herbs, incense, ornaments, pictures, and candles are all good choices. You can also add ribbons or garlands in Samhain colours as well.
Get outside and in nature! Take a walk and take in the changing landscape. Notice the colours of the falling leaves, and how different everything looks compared to the summer months.
Write a letter to someone who has passed
Write a letter to someone who has passed and then add it to your altar. On Samhain, set it on fire to send it on to the person you wrote it for. Please be careful and use a fire-safe bowl for burning.
Craving pumpkins is great fun, no matter how old you are. You could carve in a pentagram for protection or a sigil that you have created. This is also a great activity for witches who are still in the broom closet as pumpkin craving is an expected activity at this time of year.
Cleanse your home
Samhain is a great time to cleanse your home and there are lots of ways that you can do this. Whether you go for a more traditional method such as smudging or sweeping out the negative energy with a besom or perhaps use sound to cleanse your home.
Pendulum dowsing is a form of divination where you ask the pendulum questions and it will swing one way for yes and another way for no. There are also pendulum mats that you can use to allow more detailed answers than just a simple yes or no.
A dumb supper is a traditional way to celebrate Samhain. You lay a place at the table for your loved ones who are no longer with us and then when you serve up your meal you also serve food for those who are not with you. Some people say that you should eat in silence but others say that you should talk as if the person was there and tell them all of your news from the year. I think I like that idea much more. Then when the meal is over you either burn or bury the food that was served to the departed.
Samhain themed guided meditation
Guided meditations are really good for those not used to meditating in silence. I find them so relaxing and love to do them. The great thing is that there are so many available for free, just take a look on YouTube. For Samhain, I really like the one by Coco’s corner.
Have a bonfire
As with most Pagan sabbaths, a bonfire is always a safe bet. Samhain is a fire festival so lighting a bonfire, fire pit or even a candle is a great way to celebrate.
Visit a graveyard (clean up a grave)
A visit to a graveyard is very fitting for Samhain as we honour the dead. Cleaning up the graves is such a nice way to spend some time for Samhain.
Make protection salt
Save the ashes from incense or smudging herbs and mix in a bottle with some salt and ground eggshells for some fantastic protection salt. You can then use this salt for protection spell bags, jars, and other magickal activities.
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