As the air grows crisp and the leaves display their vibrant hues, we prepare to step into the most mystical time of the year: Samhain. Known as the Witches’ New Year, Samhain is a sabbat where the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest, and celebrating Samhain is the perfect time to honor our ancestors and explore the deeper realms of our spiritual selves.
Samhain: the Perfect Time for Ancestral Connection and Shamanic Journeying
This year, I have been invited to a special outdoor celebration at my sister’s house, where, under the radiant glow of the full moon, we will be celebrating Samhain during a celestial event that will be steeped in lore and tradition.
Traditionally, the Hunter’s Moon appears in October or November, providing a beacon in the sky that once guided hunters gathering their final catches before winter. In folklore, this moon is often tied to the wilderness and the ancestors who once roamed it. The Hunter’s Moon serves as a symbol of both abundance and introspection, making it a fitting backdrop for our Samhain festivities.
Our Enchanting Venue
Set amidst a secluded 5-acre forest clearing next to a mountain in Painted Post, New York, our gathering will be illuminated by the soft, ethereal light of the Hunter’s Moon and a roaring bonfire that will serve as both a hearth and a beacon for ancestral spirits. The setting is the perfect place for celebrating Samhain, as it is a space where time stands still, enveloped by the natural world and the spiritual energy that Samhain invites.
The Ancestor Altar
At the heart of our celebration, we will have an outdoor altar designed to honor our ancestors and the elements. Adorned with photographs, keepsakes, and seasonal herbs like mugwort and rosemary, the altar will serve as a focal point for our intentions and offerings. Everyone attending has been encouraged to bring their own ancestral mementos or written prayers to place upon the altar during the celebration.
In keeping with the spirit of remembrance and gratitude, we will share a potluck feast inspired by ancestral recipes. I plan to bring one of my Grandmother’s recipes, most likely her famous Peanut Butter Cake or Grandad’s favorite Peanut Butter Pie.
Embarking on a Shamanic Journey
As the moon reaches its zenith, a trained facilitator will lead us on a shamanic journey aimed at deepening our connection with our ancestral roots. This spiritual voyage seeks to open channels for wisdom, healing, and messages that might come from beyond the veil.
I have never embarked on a shamanic journey, but I have always wanted to, so I am very excited and believe that this guided experience will surely be one of the highlights of the evening. I am hoping that this evening will help give me the guidance and insight I am looking for at this crossroads in my spiritual path.
To Be Continued…
Samhain is a sacred time for reflection, connection, and transformation. Our outdoor celebration under the Hunter’s Moon will offer us a unique opportunity to honor our ancestors while forging new spiritual insights.
I plan to come back to this post and update it with my thoughts on the experience as well as some photos, so be sure to check back in November if you are interested in reading about it!
(Unfortunately, our hostess came down with Covid and this event had to be canceled; however, I did set up my own ancestor altar and held a private Samhain celebration.)
For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a Grandma. I was fortunate to have two wonderful grandmothers while I was growing up and I have many happy memories of each of them. Today, I live in a “Grandmother’s House” where my husband and I enjoy lots of time with our family. In addition to my role as Grandma to seven grandchildren, I am a daughter, a wife, a mother of three grown children, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a writer, an artist … and a witch.
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