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The first Sabbat of the cycle known as the Wheel of the Year, this holiday is celebrated by Witches, Wiccans, and Pagans in many cultures, under many different names. Pronounced sow-een, it is celebrated on the first day of November. Samhain is considered the third harvest festival, or the “meat-harvest.” During this time, animals were slaughtered for the year’s meat supply and much of the hunting was done.
Samhain is also the Celtic festival of the dead. It is the time when the veil that separates the spirit world from that of mortals is at its thinnest. It is a time to remember our ancestors and to toast the dead. It is a celebration that is introspective and, usually, somber.
Guidelines for Use
This meditation is appropriate for use either during a Samhain ritual or proceeding it. I recommend incorporating it into a ritual.
Because of the active nature of this meditation, the guide should read through it several times. Before the meditation is presented, the guide should clarify to the group that there will be guided dancing in the middle of the meditation, and that when the dancing is over the participants should return to their original positions. These active periods are noted in the text of the meditation.
Because this meditation involves dancing, you should have music ready to play. It also involves the use of a drumbeat, which you might want to have pre-recorded. If you are using this in a group setting, the guide can work together with a drummer before the actual meditation to coordinate the words and the beat. Again, I recommend the music of Gabrielle Roth or Dead Can Dance or similar music for the dancing. As one precaution, if you are using a battery-operated cassette player, make sure your batteries are in good working order.
Each person should bring a pumpkin to the meditation, carved to match the totem animal with which they intend to work. These pumpkins should have candles lit within them during the meditation. If you are practicing this meditation during a time when pumpkins are out of season, or in an area where they don’t grow, you can use any round root vegetable as a substitute. Or you can procure an orange or brown pumpkin- or ball-shaped candle and carve your totem animal on that, then light the candle itself instead.
- Dried Statice
- White Roses
- Skull candles
- Pumpkin-shaped candles
Samhain Totem Animal Meditation
Relax and get comfortable.
Arrange your pumpkin so that it is facing you.
Take three breaths. Let the tensions of the week pass out of your body and drain away into the void where they will be transformed and cleansed.
~ Long Pause ~
Now, focus your attention on the stem of your pumpkin. See the light emanating from the face you’ve carved in the pumpkin. Spend a few moments letting the animal essence you’ve carved come to the surface, look at it, get to know it, let it enter your psyche.
~ Long Pause ~
Know that it is Samhain Eve and we are here, as so many have come before, with the dead walking beside us and the Gods standing at our shoulders.
We gather to pay our respects to those we’ve loved and lost, knowing they are gone but not forgotten. We gather to remember the journey the Horned Lord makes into the halls of the Underworld to meet the Crone who sacrificed Him at Lughnasadh.
We gather to acknowledge the unalterable power of death, to respect
The Romance Angels send you this card to remind you that you have a strong influence upon your love-life satisfaction. If you’ve been complaining or worrying lately, the angels guide you to shift to a more optimistic perspective. Even if you’ve had your romantic hopes repeatedly dashed, there’s still reason to hold the faith that real love can be yours….if you believe it!
Today, take action steps to positively manifest the love life you desire. Whether you’re single or in a partnership, begin by visualizing yourself as romantically happy and satisfied. See and imagine yourself with a wonderful partner who embodies the qualities that are important to you. Imagine that person appreciating and loving you, too.
You can write lists and conduct journaling sessions about your feelings, hopes, desires, and intentions. You can also create a “Dream Board,” with images and phrases related to your love-life goals pasted onto a poster board. Daily, look at this Dream Board with positive intent, and follow any inner guidance to take actions related to your dreams.
Your positive outlook will make you a more physically and energetically attractive person, which will definitely help your relationship with yourself….and everyone else, too.
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This card calls for you to get in touch with your creativity and express yourself through art, inventing, or performing. As an Indigo, you have a lot of pent-up energy that needs an outlet. It’s time to create something from nothing, knowing that you’re a Divine channel of inspiration.
The Angels ask you to bring something unique to this planet that can only come from you. Ask them to work through you, and together you will make a masterpiece that will bring blessings to the world. Embracing your creativity helps you realize that your ability to manifest in this lifetime is only limited by your imagination.
This card asks you to trust that there’s a purpose to life. Keep faith that the chaos you see around you has an underlying meaning and Divine design. When times are hard, you can feel that the world has been orchestrated to work against you and that nothing’s fair.
The truth is that your viewpoint has not yet expanded enough to put your problems into perspective.
As you age, you will see that what seems overwhelming and unbearable now is only a minor hitch. Trust that there’s so much more out there, including magickal experiences. You will see how balanced the world has the potential to be.
Take this card as a reminder to persevere, stay strong, and believe in yourself, because the world needs you more than you may know.
Tiw, the Sky God
This is the Rune of the Spiritual Warrior. Always the battle of the Spiritual Warrior is with the self. Funding a will through action, yet unattached to outcomes, remaining mindful that all you can really do is stay out of your own way and let the Will of Heaven flow through you – these are among the hallmarks of the Spiritual Warrior.
Embodied in this Rune is the energy of discrimination, the swordlike quality that enables you to cut away the old, the dead, the extraneous. And yet with the Warrior Rune comes certain knowledge that the universe always has the first move. Patience is the virtue of this Rune, and it recalls the words of St. Augustine that the reward of patience is patience.
Here, you are asked to look within, to delve down to the foundations of life itself. Only in so doing can you hope to meet the deepest needs of your nature and tap into your most profound resources. The molding of character is at issue when you draw Teiwaz.
Associated with this Rune are the sun, masculine energy, the active principle. The urge for conquest is powerful here, especially self-conquest, which is a lifelong pursuit and calls for awareness, single-mindedness and the willingness to undergo your passage with compassion and in total trust.
When this Rune comes in response to a relationship issue, it indicates that the relationship is both timely and providential. The bond is a real one; there is work for you to do together.
If the issue concerns devotion to a cause, an idea or a path of conduct, the Warrior Rune counsels perseverance, although at times the kind of perseverance called for is patience.
A Rune of courage and dedication, in ancient times Teiwaz was the glyph that warriors painted on their shields before battle. Now, the same symbol strengthens our resolve to align the self with the Self.