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Samhain - Journey Through the Wheel of the Year

Ashley Krout, Making Magic Simple and Powerful

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7 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction to Samhain

      1:04
    • 2. History of Samhain

      2:39
    • 3. Deities

      1:00
    • 4. Correspondences and Ways to Celebrate

      2:31
    • 5. Inner Work at Samhain

      1:25
    • 6. Meditation for Connecting with Ancestors

      6:26
    • 7. Thank You!

      0:38
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About This Class

Samhain is the last of three harvest festivals on the wheel of the year and falls between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is a time of honoring ancestors and holding space for the dying part of earth's yearly cycle.  

The seasons correspond to different parts of our growth so even if the weather doesn’t match summer, we can still utilize this energy to further our inner work.

With the Journey Through the Wheel of the Year Series, my intention is to breakdown the sabbats so you can implement them into your life without overwhelm.

Each year you can dive into the celebrations more deeply, but in the beginning, these classes can help you know where to start!

In this class you’ll learn:

  • The history and significance of Samhain
  • Some easy ways you can celebrate
  • The magical correspondences associated with Samhain
  • How to connect to your ancestors for healing and guidance through a relaxing meditation
  • How to do inner work with several journal prompts and a beautiful coloring page

The class handbook and coloring page are located in the files section of the Class Project.

Transcripts

1. Introduction to Samhain: rounding out the three harvest festivals on the wheel of the year is sow in this sabot falls on Halloween, and for ancient cults, it marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. While there are parallels between Halloween and Sow in, we won't be focusing on modern day Halloween in this class. But we will be covering the significant so and held for the Celtic people and how those same themes run through our modern day lives. We can tap into the energy of the season to do some powerful inner work and help ourselves transition smoothly into the cold winter season. Coming up, this class will dive into the history of Sao in the magical correspondences associated with it. Some tips for celebrating ultra ideas journal problems with a coloring page for your inner work during this time, and a meditation for connecting to your ancestors for guidance and healing. This class is intended to be an introduction to selling to help you get started celebrating without any overwhelmed. In the next video, we'll cover the history and significance of Sao in 2. History of Samhain: it's thought that someone has been observed for well over 4000 years. Since this predates air in history in Ireland, it's impossible to know exactly when the sabot came into existence. It is safe to say that it's one of the oldest surviving traditions widely accepted by modern day humans. For ancient cults, Sow In was the end of the harvest season. It followed behind Lughnasa and May been and is the last of three harvest festivals that are on the present day well of a year. Sau Inn falls between the autumn equinox on the winter solstice. It was seen as a time of balancing life and death. So it's an important time to mourn all that's been lost while also celebrating life, the memories we have and the hope the future holds. It said that there is a veil between our world and the world where those who have passed on reside during different times of the year. The veil is thinner than normal, and it sau in the veil, is at its thinnest. This allows us to communicate with her ancestors and loved ones a lot more easily. You might notice more synchronicity, ease more signs that the loved one is near, or you might just get a general feeling that you're not alone. If you're feeling on edge or unprotected during this time, it could be beneficial to do regular grounding exercises. My favorite grounding technique is to let my feet touch the ground while visualising roots going down for my feet and roots growing up from the center of the earth until the two sets of roots meet and merge. Take depressed while doing this visualization and stay with it until you feel more protected and more grounded. During Celtic times in Ireland, salan was a timeto honor ancestors. Since people were drawing in spirits, masks were worn toward off evil spirits that might come in. This tradition has carried over into modern day Halloween celebrations, even though the meaning has been lost Over time. Bonfires were lit at ciao in and rituals were performed For people who relied on the sun for food and as a source of warmth. The sun's declining power in winter left them feeling a little helpless. Thes bonfires were away for them toe honor the son and provide it with enough strength for its journey through winter. All Saints Day, Dia de los Muertos O Bon Festival and the Hungry Ghost festivals are similar celebrations around the globe that honor loved ones who have passed. Sau Inn is also considered the Witches New Year, making it similar to the Indian festival Diwali. If you'd like to join in with a group of people to celebrate the energy at this time but don't have any local Saland meetups, finding a similar celebration or festival can be an excellent way to connect with others while learning something new. In the next video, we'll go over some of the deities associated with Caolain. 3. Deities: any deity associated with death or the underworld would be great to honor its Alan. There's no proof of a god named Sao in an ancient times. Although this false information persists in a lot of modern teachings, it is thought that this Sabit wasn't celebrated with any specific deities in mind. It was more of a celebration of the cycle the earth was in and a time to honor ancestors. It's perfectly fine to honor deities at this time, though. Some of the gods associated with South and now include Haiti's so serious and yama goddesses associated with it include purse f une her mother, Demeter, held from Norse mythology. And Isis, an altar honoring any one or more of these deities is wonderful. You can also choose to create an altar toe, honor your ancestors or any loved ones who have passed. To do this. You can include their photographs, any items of theirs you may have inherited or items that simply remind you of them, along with the photos or items you can add in any of the magical correspondences that will go over in the next video 4. Correspondences and Ways to Celebrate: Sau Inn is all about honoring the dying of the earth and connecting with ancestors. So animals, foods, plants and gemstones that reflect this are front and center for the Sabit. Since the veil is thinness during this time, our intuition can feel more heightened, and we might feel drawn to or even away from things that might seem creepy. But I want to stress that these things also have positive attributes and can be great for working with energies you might not otherwise tap into. So for animals, there's owls, black cats, spiders, Ravens and bats for herbs, flours and oils. There's rosemary, Colangelo, nutmeg, cinnamon, a lot of the really warming spices. Then, for foods, there's apples, corn, squash, pumpkin soup, grains and legumes. Any baked goods and anything that's currently in season and being harvested around you for gemstones. Ah, lot of black and orange like jet obsidian, smoky courts and laboratory for colors. Black, white, silver, gold and orange are all great. And then, for some ways to celebrate Salin, you can harvest any remaining herbs in your garden and dry them. You could banish something from the past so it doesn't follow you into the New Year. If you're new to spell work, this is a great time to dive in. You could carve a pumpkin or turn up to scare away any negative wandering spirits. This lets them know they're not welcome in your home. You could use your favorite divination tools and take advantage of the heightened intuition . Place pictures of loved ones and windows to show those spirits that they are welcome in. You could leave an empty chair at the table to make space for any past loved ones. You could visit their graves or memorials. You could write a letter to loved ones who have passed and burning or bury it to symbolize sending it to them. You could watch your favorite full movies or TV shows. I usually rewatched, charmed or supernatural. During this time of year, you could sweep the negativity out of your home and out the door, clean your porch and front door, write down all the negative things that have happened this year and then safely burn that list. Then write out what you like to happen in the coming year. The overall vibe you'd like to draw in, get a specific as you want to, And then either place that list on your altar, bury it or put it in a drawer somewhere. This is a great time for making apple cider. Simmer appear apple juice with a cinnamon stick and a few cloves oranges and any other warming spices you like. And you could do the journal prompts of meditations that you'll find in the next couple of videos. 5. Inner Work at Samhain: Sau Inn is a time of dying, of changes and of embracing the darkness. The following questions reflect these themes and can help you with some profound inner work during this time. So first, think of someone who's passed that had attributes you really liked, whether this is a relative, a loved one, a friend or a famous person you've never even met. How can you incorporate more of those attributes into your own persona? Check in with the intentions you set for winter during May. Been. Is this still something you'd like to bring about? If you didn't set any intentions that may been? Or if your intentions have changed, what intentions would you like to set now? What area of your life would you like to move in a different direction? What is this step you can take now to begin shifting that area? Is there an aspect or characteristic about yourself you do not like? Maybe you see it reflected and others, and it really bothers you. Can you think of a time when having this trade actually kept you safe or benefited you? Looking back on the previous year, what is one way you've grown? Take the time to really ponder these questions and reflect on how far you've come this year and enjoy the coloring page included in the class handbook. Right after these questions, the next video contains a meditation to help you connect your ancestors for guidance and healing. 6. Meditation for Connecting with Ancestors: get into a comfortable position. Take a deep breath in and out Chantilly. Close your eyes. Keep breathing in and out. Allow your body to be fully supported by whatever is below. You let your body fully relax. Visualize a stream of white light coming down from the heavens and gently entering at your As this light travels down, your body relaxes. The light fills every cell in your body from the top of your head down to your job down through your chest, out to your arms and fingertips down to your abdomen. Down there, legs and finally down to your toes. This light connects you toe every dimension and your entire ancestral lineage. Stay here for a moment, soaking in this feeling of complete connection and oneness. Keep breathing in and out. If you have a specific family member or family lying you'd like to connect with, hold the intentions of this visualized this family member or a representative, not family line. Are there any questions or guidance you like to ask for a C? My voice will go away for a moment so you can interact with this family member now. No, - once you are ready, thank your ancestor for being with you and for guiding you. You can ask your ancestors for guidance for healing, for help figuring out problems more. Set the intention that the answers will come to you in a dream or when you're open to receiving it. Let's take another moment to connect with an ancestor for healing. Ask a healer from your lineage to come forward and showering with healing restorative energy. Stay here for a moment, taking deep breaths in and and allowing the healing energies to wash over you. No, no, no. Once you're ready, bank your ancestor for this healing. Recognize that when you allow healing for yourself, you begin healing those who came before you and those who will come after you. Healing energy has far reaching benefits for all. You can continue to lay here for as long as you like, or even fall asleep once this meditation ends. Once you are ready to get up, wiggle your toes your fingers and slowly open your eyes 7. Thank You!: I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your magical journey. As a reminder, this class was simply an introduction to sow in with such a long history. There are so many ways the Sabbath has been celebrated that I didn't cover here. My intention with this class and with all of my classes, was to break it down in a way that allows you to easily incorporate it into your life without overwhelmed year after year, you can dive into the celebrations a little more deeply if you choose to. But in the beginning, thes classes can help You know where to start. The next habit will cover is you'll which occurs on the winter solstice. I hope to see you in that class is well, thank you.