simple Samhain rituals

If you find yourself stuck at home and wondering how you can celebrate Samhain under that full Blue Moon, I have gathered a few of my favorite, solo-style rituals to help keep you connected this season. Rather than get lost in the feeling of missing your usual festivities, this is the perfect time to foster your craft and practice meaningful, low magic.

Wreaths are one of my favorite Samhain rituals. They have long been thought to offer a layer of protection when hung on the doorway of your home. I like to add a few ancestral mementos, or even simply what stirs a memory of those who have passed through the veil. My intention is to create a beacon with which to call home loved ones on this most potent evening of reflection and connection with the underworld.

You needn’t anything particular, aside from what you have on hand, or can forage around your home or nearby greenspace. As the earth is now at the midway point between the Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice, many of its abundant offerings have begun to draw their energies inward and given way to the inevitable cycle of death. It is a perfect time to harvest dried branches, flowers or whatever else may call to you.

Here I have arranged some of the late season blooms still flourishing in my gardens with a bit of rosemary, dried seed pods of elecampane, and a single feather found on my wanderings, a gift from my late mother no doubt.

If you’re looking to bring some fire to the night, Hag Torches are another lovely seasonal craft we always enjoy. Made of dried Mullein stalks coated in beeswax and various herbs, they are a wonderful tool to shine a light upon your sacred spaces.

You will typically see them made with the these towering, flowering stalks, but I have found that the smaller side-shoots make excellent mini torches for those without an outdoor space, or for general altar use. I try and harvest last seasons’ stalks in the spring time, so they will be thoroughly dried for the fall, but these mini versions are easy to dry quickly if you’re only harvesting now. They fit much easier in a dehydrator, or in your oven, I leave the door open and turn it to the lowest possible heat for a few hours.

You can brush on melted wax before rolling in your desired herbs, or simply lay the small stalks over parchment paper and drip candle wax upon them a bit at a time, rolling them as you go, until a nice thick coating is achieved. I like to put mine in a small cauldron or any fire-safe vessel with a bit of dirt from my yard. There they can safely sit upright and burn brightly as a beacon of banishment, cleansing, or whatever other rituals you wish to work.

Last, but certainly not least, my go-to activity for any and all purposes, is a lovingly crafted ritual bath. Don’t be intimidated by the perfectly posed and planned out pictures you see; a ritual bath can be as simple as a few bubbles and a candle burning nearby. I, personally, am rather indulgent in my water rituals. Perhaps it’s the Scorpio in me.

A bit of sea salt mixed with visionary herbs from my gardens, and a sprinkling of freshly-dried calendula makes for an incredible Samhain ritual bath. You can amplify your experience even further with a smoking blend to enjoy during your soak. I have prepared mugwort and skullcap to soothe and support me while I honor my loved ones through the veil.

I hope you have found a bit of guidance and inspiration as we continue the cycle towards darker days. Whatever you find yourself up to this evening, I wish you a most blessed Samhain.

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