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Samhain
Summer is at its end and the last harvest is taken in. The cold season returns, all of nature seems to die and the nights become long. It is the beginning of Samon, the dark half of the year. The veil between the land of the living and the land of the dead...
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Samhain, The Celtic New Year
Samhain (pronounced Sowain, Sah-uin, or Sahm-hayn) is also called the Celtic New Year, The Third harvest, All Hollows Eve, the Day of the Dead, and of course Halloween. There are many more names for Samhain, but rather then having a different meaning, they...
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Samhain - October 31st
The Celtic year is divided into halves, marked by the two great Fire Festivals of Samhain and Beltaine. The period from Samhain to Beltaine is called "an Ghrian beag" or the "lessor Sun", and the period from Beltaine to Samhain is called &q...
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A Ritual for Samhain
Samhain is a when the Spirit world is at it's closest to our world. One of the many ways to honor this fact is: to leave and offering by your back door. Leave and empty place setting for a departed loved one and your dinner table. Samhain is one the favored...
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Samhain: Summonings, Conjurations, Invocations - Why Bother?
With the approach of Samhain, Halloween, All Soul's Day, and "the Day of the Dead" (all related festivals), I've heard several folks declare that they are going to ignore the main focus of the party. They aren't going to bother the spirits, but...
Religions >> Christianity & Paganism
Samhain Sabbat Ritual
Now is the time of year in which we pass from light into darkness, symbolized by the death of the God of the sun. At this time, the spirits may roam the Earth along with the living, and the Goddess is in her crone aspect. Seasonal items should decorate the...
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Beltane - The Lover's Holiday
ABOUT BELTANE | RITUAL | FOODS | REFERENCES ABOUT BELTANE Beltane is celebrated on May 1st and is one of the original Celtic festivals, Samhain being the other one. Beltane or May Day is also known as the Lover's holiday. Beltane is pronounced bel-tene, "...
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Samhain Publishing to Shut Down Operations
“It's with the heaviest of hearts and a great sadness I bring you the news of Samhain beginning the process of winding down due to our market share's continuing decline. We're approaching the point where we cannot sustain our business,” Brashear wrote.
Samhain 2015: Dates, Traditions And Rituals Of The Pagan New Year
Samhain is typically celebrated from sunset on October 31 to sunset on November 1, almost halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. 2. Samhain is pronounced "sah-win" or "sow-in.
Samhain 2015: 5 Things You Need To Know About The Pagan Festival
Samhain, pronounced “sow-in,” was celebrated by the Celts and was meant to mark the end of summer and the beginning of the dark, cold part of the year, according to History.com. The Celts, who inhabited areas of Ireland, the United Kingdom and France ...
Wiccan words: A recap
Through this column, I have had the chance to learn and write about different Wiccan holidays, such as autumn solstice and Samhain. I've looked at political controversies — potential Planned Parenthood defunding, overmedication, mass shootings, and ...
Local witches to hold traditional 'Samhain' celebration on Halloween at West
A gathering of witches will take place Saturday evening, Oct. 31, at West Brookfield's Salem Cross Inn, where a "dinner for the dead" will be held in honor of Samhain, an ancient Celtic precursor to Halloween.

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