Herbs: sage, oak leaves, mandrake, and heather.
Incense: apple, mint, nutmeg
Colors: black, orange, white, gold, and silver
Gemstones: onyx and obsidian
Food: apples, pumpkin, nuts, pork, breads, soul cakes, cider and mead.
6 small baking pumpkins
Paraffin or soy chips
Candle scent in pumpkin, vanilla, ginger spice, or your favorite scent
Cut "lid" off pumpkin and scoop out insides scrapping as much flesh from the pumpkin as possible. Discard or save to make pumpkin pie! Melt the paraffin in a double boiler or the soy chips in the microwave. Add dye and scent to melted wax. Place wick in the pumpkin and slowly pour in the wax. Reserve a small amount of the wax for later. If the wick starts to fall you can prop it up with a skewer or butter knife. Allow wax to harden. If an indentation has formed around the wick use reserved wax to fill it in. Trim the wick to 1/4" and you are ready to burn your Samhain Pumpkin Candle. Never leave a burning candle unattended. The flesh of the pumpkin will burn easily so make sure to monitor it as it burns. Enjoy.
Altar: table, table cover, tealights, apple, almonds, marigolds, photos of those we have lost, pumpkin candles, incense, saltwater, glasses of mead, athame.
- Mark off Circle with 4 pillar candles placed in the four directions of north, east, south and west. Also mark Circle with pumpkin candles.
- Cleanse area with saltwater or sweep the area clean.
- Smudge one another with incense.
- Close off Circle boundaries with athame. (Once this is done we do not leave the Circle until the ritual is over)
New Years Ritual (in unison)
"In sacred space we gather tonight
Asking Spirit to make wrongs right.
Element of fire cleanse our past
We start anew with this spell cast.
With harm to None - SO mote it be."
We then all burn our lists of negative things we want to leave behind for this new year.
Honoring the Dead (in unison):
"Tonight we honor the dead who have passed,
But live on in our hearts and minds.
Let the flame carry our blessings to those,
With whom our souls are entwined."
(We now light our remembrance candles)
"We are one in Spirit, returning to source of All,
Once our time on earth is through, we return home to Spirits call."
(Pick up your glass of mead/water)
(Lift your glass in toast - take a sip)
(Pour the rest of your mead/water on the ground)
"Blessed be to those who have passed till we meet again."
(Take pieces of apple and almonds and scatter on ground as offering to the dead)
End the ritual by opening the Circle.