Samhain altars

New Cauldron- Cerridwen

Merry meet all,

If October was a wine, I would be drunk now. I like to think of October as a fine wine. Let’s get ready for Samhain. The most magickal time of year is nearly here! I love the spot I live in because I am surrounded by nature. The leaves on the trees are painted in those fiery autumn colours. In spite of the threat of frost, the canterbury bells, calendula, sweet peas and tomatoes are flowering. 

Altar Cloth

Altar Cloth

Here are some ideas on how to decorate your altar. Use a black altar cloth. I made my own altar cloth for honouring the dead, which I do all year, not only at Samhain. Black candles draw in light. Place a skull on the altar and a photo of your loved ones on the altar. Arrange all your usual altar items like you normally would on the altar. Store your Samhain incense in a jar to have at hand. Leave offerings on your altar for your loved ones. Place them near the photos. Photos of pets count too! I have photos of my pets that have passed on my altar. Try to leave offerings on a regular basis. I know, harder to do but do try. This helps you keep up a relationship with them. 

Here’s a cool recipe for Samhain Incense:

Mix the ingredients thoroughly Remember to magickally empower the herbs. Consider making incense sticks or cones. The instructions for making incense cones and sticks are shown in the link below. Or you can use loose incense. 

Place pumpkins, squashes, gourds, apples, pomegranates, beautiful colourful leaves and acorns on the altar. Samhain is a magickal earthy time. Root veggies and such are appropriate during this ‘meat’ harvest. Use candles that are gorgeous brown, red and green colours. Your altar should look festive now!!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch 

Links: 
http://www.cultofweird.com/occult/necropants/
http://www.refinery29.com/best-scary-thriller-books#slide
http://www.ehow.com/how_4531667_make-stick-cone-incense.html

http://www.buzzfeed.com/historiccemeteries/10-signs-you-are-a-cemetery-geek-but-friends-thin-zj19

http://mentalfloss.com/article/68990/visual-guide-common-cemetery-symbols?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Partner&utm_campaign=smithsonian

http://www.medievalists.net/2015/10/05/doors-to-the-dead-the-power-of-doorways-and-thresholds-in-viking-age-scandinavia/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/31/welcome-to-the-most-haunted-graveyard-in-the-world-safety-not-guaranteed.html?via=desktop&source=facebook

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