Samhain VS Halloween

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Samhain is a day that we honor those we love that have passed on. There are many ways to honor the dearly departed, it is up to each person to honor in thier way that represents their bond to their loved ones that have crossed over.

Reflecting on Halloween years ago, I arrived at the thought that Halloween is more than giving out candies to delighted children. Halloween offers a different aspect of giving.

I relected that Halloween is the one time of the year that Strangers open up thier doors to other strangers and GIVE without expecting anything in return.  Any other event there is expectation attached to giving, but not Halloween. The festivities of Halloween truely represents presenting others with a treat of giving free of all expecations.


Upon Each Samhain

The Daily Awakening

Happy Samhain

This is one of my favorite poems.

Upon Each Samhain

I miss you most upon each Samhain
When the boundary turns to sheer
I wait until the veil is parted
At the ending of the year.


Sweet spirit, as you walk among us
At the tolling of this eve
I see your face beyond the sunset
And hear your voice upon the breeze.

In the glowing of the candle,
From the shadow on the wall
I watch for you in every movement
And hear your footsteps in the hall.


Can you sit and spend the evening
As the portal opens wide?
Ancestral dead, I bid you welcome
Most recent dead, I pray, abide.
When you come I sense your presence

Happy Samhain

I put my hand out in the air
A moment, then, we stand united
Palm to palm while waiting there.
I miss you most upon each Samhain
When the boundary…

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Yuletide Blessings- Happy Yule

To one and all I send to you,

Blessings on this day.
Wishing joy and merriment,
May it always come your way.

As you light the Yule log fire,
And the candles are all a-glow,
Be thankful for what you’ve reaped this year,
And all you’ve grown to Know!

As you bid farewell to the Holly King,
Under his blanket of snow,
Open your arms to the Oak King,
For the light he will bestow.


I am grateful for that which I have.
I am not sorrowful for that which I do not.
I have more than others, less than some,
but regardless, I am blessed with
what is mine.


The night or day before yule say:

“We have passed through the time of
darkness. The Goddess has carried us gently. I
now welcome the newborn Sun child.
May his birth bring good cheer to all the world!
May this yule log (or candles three) bring him
strength and comfort.
Blessed Be!”

Light three white or yellow candles or a yule log with three candles. Let the three candles burn ’til dawn or until they burn out. At dawn first light a black then red then white candle and say:

“Blessed be the Great Mother who is at
once Maid, Mother, and Crone. Blessed is she,
Creatrix of allthings Great and small.

Now begins the cycle again.”

Let the candles burn out.

From the Grimoire of:Mossfaeri Autumnmyst