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Samhain Rituals and Ceremonies


Samhain is the time of year when the nights grow darker, there's a chill in the air, and there's a thinning of the veil between our world and the realm of the spirits. For many Pagans this is a time of reflection and spiritual growth. Looking for a ceremony or ritual to celebrate the Pagan sabbat of Samhain? Here's where you'll find a number of rituals and ceremonies, all of which can be adapted either for solitaries or a group.

Decorating Your Altar for Samhain

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The evening of October 31 is known as Samhain. It's a time to mark the endless, ongoing cycle of life and death. Here are some ideas for dressing up your home altar.


Celebrating the Cycle of Life and Death

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Samhain is known as the witch's new year. It is a time to think about the endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth. With this ritual, you can celebrate all three aspects either with a group or as a solitary.


Honoring the God and Goddess at Samhain

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In some Wiccan traditions, people choose to honor the God and Goddess, rather than focusing on the harvest aspect of the holiday. If this is something you'd like to do, this ritual welcomes the Goddess in her persona as Crone, and the Horned God of the autumn hunt.


Ritual to Honor the Ancestors

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For many Wiccans and Pagans, the honoring of the ancestors is a key part of their spirituality. This ceremony can be held by itself or as part of a group of Samhain rituals.


Simple Ancestor Rite for Families with Small Children

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 Are you looking for a simple Samhain ritual you can perform with younger children? This ritual is appropriate for smaller family members, and celebrates the theme of honoring the ancestors at Samhain.

Samhain Ancestor Meditation Ritual

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It's Samhain, and that means for many Pagans and Wiccans it's time to commune with the ancestors. Use this simple meditation technique to call upon those who walked before us -- you may be surprised at some of the people you meet!


Plan a Samhain Cemetery Celebration

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Are you planning a cemetery visit as part of your Samhain celebrations? Here are some tips and ideas for how to plan a Samhain cemetery visit to honor the dead.


Samhain Ritual to Honor the Animals

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Man's relationship with animals has evolved over thousands of years. Where once they were only a source of food, now they are our companions. Take a moment to honor the animal spirits in a ritual for Samhain.

Ritual to Mark the Harvest's End

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Samhain falls on October 31, and is known as the Witch's New Year. You can celebrate it as the end of the harvest, and honor the return of the King of Winter.

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