Samhain 2020 certainly has all the ingredients to be truly ‘magickal’: not only will it fall on a Saturday, but on a full moon and a blue moon at that! Blue moons are extremely rare, and occur when two full moons take place in the same month. We’re also living through a very rare event globally, and you might well be wondering how you can celebrate this October 31st holiday at a safe distance from others. I’ve offered a few ideas you might want to try, without dimming that magical spark!
ENJOY A SOCIALLY DISTANCED BONFIRE
Samhain is considered by many witches as the most important festival, and for some, their New Year. Originating from Celtic festivals marking the end of the harvest season, Samhain was a time when huge bonfires and feasts were held to honour ‘Summers End’: the translation of the Gaelic word ‘Samhain’.
During the festivals, Celtic priests and priestesses worked their magic around enormous fires. You may wish to hold a safe, socially distanced bonfire to honour the tradition of Samhain, reflect upon your past, and consider new beginnings. Along with your guests, write on a piece of paper all that you wish to change or banish from your life, whilst on another piece of paper, list what you want to bring into your life. If you can, safely burn your lists in the bonfire to release your intentions into the Universe.
A MAGICKAL FEAST
Historically, at Samhain, food would be harvested in abundance, so why not hold a socially distanced feast, and cook traditional Samhain foods? You could incorporate apples, turnips, root vegetables, squashes, potatoes, sweetcorn, popcorn, cornbread, spiced wine and cider. You might also wish to recreate old family recipes in honour of your ancestors. Samhain is considered a liminal time, when the veil between alive and passed realms is thin, so you may wish to lay a place for a relative who has passed. This is known as a ‘Dumb Supper’, and is said to enable your relative to celebrate with you one last time.
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