Pagan Feasts: Samhain – The Witch’s New Year (Hallowe’en)
Samhain is the Witches’ New Year. It is a time when the veils between the worlds are thin. This allows us to communicate with our loved ones who have passed on and our ancestors. We invite them to take part in our celebrations. Witches gather to celebrate the final harvest with family and friends. We leave out offerings of food for our passed on kin.
Today, we see this custom carried on as the giving of treats to children dressed as spirits. To a Witch, this is a powerful magickal time, and not the fearsome time that some other groups would have us believe. It is a time to release the incorrectness in our lives and project for a future of balance, harmony, joy and health. Witches and their children often dress in clothing and costumes to project out these wishes and spells.
For Witches this is also a time of thanks as we remember all those in the past who fought to win the rights we have today. Many of them paid the ultimate price. We include those who were tortured and killed under the inaccurate definition and description applied to Witches and Witchcraft during the Burning Times. In remembering, we share the knowledge gained from the past and ensure that truth and wisdom will prevail in the future.