October 31-- Samhaine
Samhaine is a very powerful time of the year. This is the time to get ready for winter. In times past this was when the surplus stock was killed to have meat for the winter months. It is believed that the smell of the blood attracted the spirits. It is thought that this is the time when the path between the worlds of the dead and living is clear and easy to travel.
I like to celebrate Samhaine is with a few fire works at sundown with family and special friends. I then bring everyone into my very clean house for wine and food. I light lots of black and orange candles and have a fire in the fireplace. I have some oaks leaves and a little holly around for decorations. This is the time for Crone face of the Goddess, so this is a party for adults only. Samhaine is the ending of a cycle and November 1 is the beginning of another. After the party I leave a glass of wine and a bite to eat for the spirits. When I prepare the food for the party I use some thyme for the departed souls and rosemary for remembrance.
If anyone in the group has lost a loved one during the past year, we will do a ritul of remembrance.
Before the guests arrive and after I have cleaned the entire house very well, I do a "good luck" ritual that will rid the house of any negative influence.
I keep baskets of candy and fruit for the "trick or treaters" that come to our house.
This is a good time of the year to do banishing spells.
December 21 or 22-- Winter Solstice or Yule
This is a wonderful and fun time of the year. My house is already decorated with a lot of holly and some ivy, mistletoe and pine. Friends and family come together for music, games and food. As this is the shortest or darkest day of the year we want a lot of red candles and sweet incense lit. I put pinecones on the fire in the fireplace. I like a nice thick soup with crusty bread and wine to start the meal. The meal is always tasty and filling, but this is a time for moderation, so I watch that we don't over eat or drink. Mostly there is much laugher and enjoyment. I feel the Goddess is not present at this festival, as she is resting in Her cave.
Very early in the morning I do a forgiveness ritual. This is a very cleansing ritual for me. Afterwards I feel I have the power of the world on my side.
This is a good time of the year to do healing spells.
December 25-- Christmas
Yes, I celebrate Christmas with a tree and presents. Red and green candles are all over the house. We use to have an open house, but now it is only family and a few close friends for an early afternoon brunch and buffet supper in the evening. I love to watch " A Christmas Carol".
January 1-- New Year's Day
This is a day I like to spend with my husband. When we were younger we would party on New Year's Eve, but now we don't always stay up until midnight. If we are awake at midnight on New Year's Eve we always set off a few firecrackers. I usually even put together a stew or casserole the day before; so on New Year's Day there is not much to cook besides a big breakfast. We lounge around, listen to music and talk about the past year and dream about the coming year. A short walk before supper is about as exciting as this wonderful day gets for us.
I do a love ritual before midnight. Love should never be taken for granted. It has to be renewed often.
February 2-- Imbolc
The Goddess comes out of Her cave. We welcome the Goddess, as a young maiden, back to our festivals. The Sun is getting stronger and Spring will come. The time for planting and growing things is not far away. I like to celebrate Imbolc with a luncheon for my best female friends of all ages. I use lots of white with touches of violet, for the flowers that will be blooming soon. White candles, white flowers, white cloth and dishes and I even try to serve as much white or light colored food as I can find. After lunch if weather permits I like to take my friends for a slow walk and talk. We bond again as woman friends and also bond with the Goddess Earth. This is a time to think of all the things we have to be grateful for.
I do a blessing and protection ritual for my home after sunset.
This is a good time of the year to do blessing and protection spells for the home.
March 21 or 22-- The Vernal Equinox
Equinox This is the day when day and night are equal. I really like having a breakfast to celebrate the Equinox, but most of my friends are working so I usually have an early dinner, except when it falls on the weekend. I always have some type of egg dish, breakfast or dinner. I gather as many yellow flowers as possible; this is mostly daffodils and jonquils. I do look for violets and pick any I can find. I use green and yellow candles. The Goddess is still a maiden, young and fresh. She is seen more outside now that the trees may have a few buds and there are flowers blooming.
The early dinner is with my closest friends and family and for some reason the talk is usually quite and sometimes serious. If it is a breakfast we always go for a walk, even in the rain. After the dinner we let the weather decide for us. We listen to music and talk about books and life and death.
Before my friends leave we do a money ritual for all of us.
I had my first past life reading on a Vernal Equinox.
This a good time of the year to do spells for prosperity and wealth.