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Samhain ~ Traditions with Apples

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Samhain, pronounced “sow-en or sow-in” is the most magical and important night of the year for Pagans, Wiccans and Celts throughout the world. Exactly opposite Beltane on the Wheel of the Year, Samhain is Beltane’s dark twin and the Witches New Year. Samhain rituals begin at sundown October 31st when the veil between the worlds of humans and spirits is at its thinnest and the dead return to visit their kin. The modern world recognizes this holiday as Halloween.

The Samhain season celebrates the thinning of the veil between the worlds of humans and spirits. The veil begins to thin about Oct 15th with the veil at its very thinnest as you near the eve of Oct 31st. The holiday season goes to about thru Nov 10th or so. During this time, divination is at its highest point. Use the divination crystal pendulum included in this years kit, to divine answers for yourself or loved ones anytime during the Samhain Season and during your Hallows Eve ritual.

Samhain is the celebration of death. It is the time to connect with our ancestors who have passed on and invite them once again, into our lives. A time to embrace our heritage reminding ourselves of the connection we have with those who have gone before us into the great beyond. To celebrate their lives and the memories we hold dear. We have not forgotten you.

As we invite our ancestors to pass thru the veil into our world this Samhain Eve, you don’t want them to get hungry along the way! Apples and pomegranates serve as a gracious food offering and will aid in your spirits safe travel as they pass through the veil between the worldly realms.

<b>Here are some Celtic Samhain Traditions that use apples!</b>

<b>Apple Resolutions:</b>

It's traditional before Sahmain to take an apple,carve it in half,pour your illness or bad habits into it,(or you can write all your bad habits or what you wanted to change on parchment paper & insert it inside the

apple),put it back together(use wooden toothpicks),and then

bury it in the ground. This is obviously a direct ancestor of our modern day New Years Resolutions!

<b>Bobbing for Apples:</b>

Bobbing for apples is a common Halloween activity which evolved from the idea of capturing the spirit of the dormant Goddess who will grieve for her consort until Yule. To capture Fruit sacred to her(the apple)

was to ensure her continued presence & good will even though she was virtually "incommunicado" for the next six weeks!



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