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Essential Magic Tools For Halloween: A spooky night filled with mystery and wonder has come upon us once again! This year, we thought we would take our magic seriously and bring you seven essential tools which will aid you in conjuring spells and casting enchanting illusions throughout October. The following items are perfect for any witchy holiday get together or just to keep around the house as decorations.
Samhain is the Celtic New Year festival celebrated during October 31st – November 1st. It marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.
It is believed that the veil between worlds is thinnest at this time, allowing spirits to walk among humans. At Samhain witches perform a number of rites to honor the dead and welcome the new season.
It is a time of renewal and regeneration, of reflection and introspection, of gratitude and forgiveness. It is a time to honor the past, prepare for the future, and remind ourselves of what truly matters.
This is a perfect opportunity to call upon the spirit world and ask for help in dealing with problems. To do that, many witches find it helpful to use magical tools.
Your Magical Wand
Witches have long used wands to direct and channel magical forces. Wands are often made from wood, bone, metal, crystal or even glass. They may have shapes and symbols carved into them, like skulls, snakes, dragons or pentacles.
A witch’s wand is not just a tool for directing magical forces, but also a conduit for them. A witch’s wand can be used to draw down the powers of the elements, spirits and deities, and to call forth the elemental forces of Nature.
Witches use their wands to perform various magickal acts, such as casting spells, drawing sigils, summoning entities, blessing objects, healing others, etc.
Tarot Cards Or Oracle Cards
Tarot cards have long been used in conjunction with the Celtic New Year festival of Samhain. The tarot deck is a powerful tool for divination and prophecy, and is often used to divine future events and outcomes.
A tarot reading can help you understand your own life path and destiny, and what choices you need to make to live a fulfilling life.
Both tarot and oracle cards are useful tools when working with the dark moon and the dark nights of Samhain.
Witches have long used their besoms to cleanse the home during the winter months. At Samhain witches use their besoms to clean the home of all evil spirits and demons.
Besoms can be used as normal brooms, but handmade ones are best used for spiritual purposes.You can make one by weaving straw into a broom shape.
You can also buy ready-made besoms. Cinnamon brooms are common during the winter months and can act as your besom all year.
A Bonfire (Or Candles)
Bonfires were once lit at Samhain to honor the spirits of the ancestors and the dead. The fires would burn until dawn.
There are several ways to approach using fires during Samhain. One option is to use a regular bonfire, but another option is to just use candles.
Candles are easy to light and maintain, and are much easier to control in the fires spread. Witches use fire in rituals to purify themselves and their homes, and to banish negative energies.
A Cauldron is a container for magickal purposes. A small cauldron to burn incense, or a larger one for making potions. Whichever you use, a cauldron is an important tool for many witches during Samhain.
Cauldrons have long been considered sacred vessels, and were often made from materials like bronze, clay, and even metal. They were used for cooking food, heating water, boiling herbs and brewing potions.
Cauldrons (often in the form of cast iron cooking tools) are still used today for many purposes, such as making soap, creating herbal remedies, brewing beer, and baking bread.
Incense is considered sacred to many religions around the world. Incense is often burned during religious ceremonies and is used to purify places of worship. It is a powerful tool for evoking spirits and deities, and can be burned in censers, bowls, jars, etc to aid in summoning them.
Incense can be used as part of a ceremony, or simply burned as a scent. There are many ways to make your own incense, so you can have a variety of scents available to burn at any given time.
Incense can be made using herbs, spices, resins, oils, flowers, plants, and woods. Each type of incense has its own unique properties and uses. For example, burning frankincense is said to bring good luck, while burning myrrh brings prosperity. Burning sandalwood is thought to attract wealth and prosperity.
Choose one that suits your needs during Samhain. For instance, to contact your ancestors, try burning sage or rosemary. To call on the Goddess, try burning sweetgrass or patchouli.
There are many ways to communicate with spirits during Samhain, and the scrying mirror is just one of them. A scrying mirror is a reflective surface that allows you to see images reflected within it.
Scrying mirrors can be used to contact spirits and demons through the use of psychic projection. They are often used to conjure up ghostly apparitions to perform specific tasks, such as to find lost objects, locate hidden treasure and to communicate with the dead.
Other Witchy Tools To Try During Samhain
- Anointing Oil – Use this oil to bless your altar and any tools needed to cast your spell.
- Crystal Ball – Use this ball to see what lies ahead in the future.
- Dream Pillow – Use this pillow to dream deeply.
- Essential Oils – Use these oils to purify space, change moods, and enhance relationships.
- Herbs & Spices – Use these herbs and spices to create magical recipes.
- Sacred Stones – Sacred stones are used to bring energy to your ritual area and to ground yourself during your rituals.
- Salt – Salt is used to purify food, water, and the air. It’s also used in magic circles when casting spells.
- An Altar – An altar is where you’ll store all of your magical supplies. You may want to consider decorating your altar with candles, crystals, statues, and other items that will help you connect with the spirit world.
- A Veil – If you’re sensitive to spirit communication or if you’re an empath, you may want to consider veiling your head during Samhain to protect yourself from their influence.
During the full moon, we call upon Hekate to assist us in clearing our past, releasing our fears, and opening ourselves to new possibilities. We ask her to help us gain clarity in our lives, to help us transform our inner worlds, and to allow us to move forward with courage and confidence.
It is said that Hekate helps us to overcome obstacles and challenges that stand in our way, and to achieve our goals. In addition to being a benevolent Goddess, she is also a fierce warrior. When we summon her, we invite her to help us take charge of our lives, to lead us into battle, and to fight for justice.
I am an eclectic witch - I've been practicing since 1974. As a student of the occult, working with astrology, tarot cards, runes, and numerology, I found that this was a very comprehensive and well written text on working with Hekate during the full moon. Highly recommended. - Gail Sager
Great read - a must have for anyone interested in working with the Goddess during the full moon! Highly recommended! - Luis Meyer