Samhain: Season of the Witch

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Samhain altar with candles, pumpkins and bones

This year Samhain – the Witches’ New Year – falls right after a new moon, making it the perfect time for a fresh start.

Samhain is all about endings, death, honouring where we have been and where we came from – all necessary if we’re to move forward with grace and purpose.

Samhain timeline

  • Sunday 30th October 2016 – new moon in Scorpio

  • Monday 31st October 2016 at sunset – Samhain Eve

  • Tuesday 1st October 2016 at sunset – Samhain ends

Samhain is my favourite time of year. Scorpio – the sign of mystery, the arcane, darkness and occult pursuits – is in charge. Don’t forget, if it’s your birthday around now, it’s also your own personal new year, making this an extra powerful time for you.

We all embrace the dark side at this time – even muggles are no exception! By dressing up, we embody our fears or secret desires. We celebrate death. Even watching a scary movie is a way to confront fear and acknowledge its place in our lives.

Samhain magic

Astrologically, this Samhain is a great time for psychic and intuitive work.

‘The Sun involved with a trine to Neptune ensures more accurate psychic impressions, lucid dreaming, and clear vision into the future for making plans.’

I love reassessing at Samhain. Making New Year’s resolutions on January 1st, for me, is a bit like starting a diet on a Monday morning. It never works – and, it’s not sustainable or attainable. Instead, I choose to let go of what isn’t serving me now, to dream a new way of being and plant the right seeds for the year to come.

May all your seeds bear fruit.

Bright blessings,
Suzi xx

Sources:

Astrology King. (2016). New Moon 30 October 2016 Dreamtime – Astrology King. [Accessed 27 Oct. 2016].

Janus: Roman God of Beginings and Endings

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New beginnings blog post from Avalon CloaksJanus is most famous as the ‘two-faced God’. He looks forwards and back, into the past and the future. The month of January draws its name from him.

In his earliest depictions, he was shown with two faces joined at the back of the head, looking in opposite directions. One was a bare and the other bearded, symbolizing both youth and age. This embodies a typical pagan viewpoint; every end is also a new beginning.

We live our lives in a spiral, rather than in a straight line: birth, growth, maturity, wisdom, death and then rebirth.

As the god of transitions and transformations, he can help us with our choices about which path to take going forwards. Write a list of all those things you want to release from your life and ask Janus to send them away as you burn the list. Then write a list of all the good things you would like to attract into your life this year and ask Janus to help bring them to you. Leave your list on your altar with a note to Janus: “Please Janus help me to…”

Someone once told me that the future is behind us (we can’t see it) and the past is in front of us. I have found this a good way of thinking of approaching the future, and how to make decisions, when we can’t really see where we are going!

After you have made a decision, back yourself up, stick to it and remember to walk forwards ‘in perfect love and perfect trust’. The Lord and Lady will surely support you in your decisions.

(With thanks to Elizabeth Barrette for her information on Janus.)