Can you feel it? The magic in the air. The veil is thinning as the nights get brisk and we get closer to Samhain. Samhain is a time for reflection on the previous year and what you have done with your life. It is a time of great magic and mystery and reverence for the supernatural and the "other side." It is considered the time when the "veil between the worlds" is at its thinnest and the dead can-and do-walk among us.
To prepare for Samhain:
Spend more time in nature
October is the perfect time for nature walks. Collect beautifully colored fallen leaves, acorns, pinecones, bare branches, fall-berries etc. Collect whatever you find that means something to you and brings joy to your heart. You can use what you collect for a Samhain Altar.
Decorate a Samhain Altar
Create your special Samhain Altar with everything you found on your nature walk. You can include a cornucopia filled with an abundance of fruit and veggies, harvest foods such as pumpkins and squash. Add some of your favorite crystals and stones as well as candles and sage.
Surround and Protect Your Home with Pumpkins
Place pumpkins both outside and inside your house. Pumpkins represent luck and divination. In the Gaelic tradition turnips were carved with scary faces to scare away the undead and low vibration spirits that lurk around when the veil is thinnest. These were the precursors to jack-o-lanterns.
Set Up an Altar for Lost Loved Ones
Celebrate loved ones and honor your heritage by putting pictures of loved ones in a prominent place in your home. These can be pictures of those you knew and loved well and those your did not know but are still part of you.