It's that time of the year again! Fall leaves, pumpkins, and mystical ambiance. Halloween and all the holiday fun it's associated with is wonderful and a favourite of many, but it's also a sacred time for witches and those following a celtic path. Here are some correspondences to make your holiday and ritual planning a bit easier!
Date: October 31st - Nov 1st
Themes & Correspondences: Death, spirits, ancestors, thinning of the veil, the underworld, celtic new year, final/3rd/meat harvest, divination, cauldron magic.
History: Celtic Festival focusing on our links to our physical and spiritual ancestors, honouring and communicating with the dead and the thinning of the veil or boundary between the worlds. In the celtic calendar, Samhain marks the beginning of the dark half of the year and winter. It is also the time of the final harvest of the year - meat. It's the time of year when the animals that wouldn't be likely to make it through the winter would be slaughtered and preserved for food for the long winter months.
Colours: Black, silver, autumn/fall colours (orange, red, gold, bronze, browns).
Astrology: Sun in Scorpio
Lunar correspondence: Waning Crescent Moon
Herbs: Rue/witchbane, mugwort, wormwood, rosemary, mushrooms, garlic, mandrake root, bay leaf, acorns, cloves, valerian.
Woods: Hazel, hemlock, applewood.
Stones: Hematite, onyx, jet, smoky quartz, garnet, ruby, citrine, opal.
Metals: Brass, Iron, Gold.
Foods: Apples, meats, root vegetables, squashes & pumpkins, seeds & nuts, spices, mushrooms, breads.
Deities: Death Gods & Goddesses, Horned God, War Goddess, Underworld King & Queen, Morgan, Dagda, Cernunnos, Pan, Hades/Pluto, Hekate, Persephone/Proserpina, Hel, Osiris, Anubis, Ereshkigal, Innana, Baron Samedi, Oya.
Archangel: Azrael, Samael
Infernal King: Jamaz
Animals: Scorpions, snakes, cats, dogs, wolves, scarabs, phoenix