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I Celebrate Samhain

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    Origins Of Samhain...

    While Wikipedia is far from being an undisputed resource or authority, I found the entry on Samhain to be one of the most factual. http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Samhain Samhain as this article states is a word derived from the Gaelic word for "feast"...
    FullMoonRitual FullMoonRitual 51-55, M 3 Responses Oct 18, 2009

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    Harvest And The Veil

    For me it's a two fold time. Not just a single day and night. It's a time for taking stock of what I have reaped during the year. To put things aside for the coming winter. To off load some of the negative aspects that have accumulated. And also to remember my ancestor's and...
    Toby2day Toby2day 51-55, F 1 Response Oct 18, 2009

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    Samhain Is Coming!!!

      I know it might seem silly to start on this topic already, its only the 3rd but I am already thinking about what I am going to do for Samhian this year. My family makes it very hard to openly do a ritual for the Sabbats. In fact, in four years I have been able to do...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 17, 2009

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    Excited

    I am sooo excited. This year i am attending an open samhain rite for pagans in my city. Im also planning my own ritual afterwords. Hopefully i can meet some other witches too. *fingers crossed*
    bubbles899 bubbles899 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 11, 2012

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    My Very First Samhain

    I've just recently started practicing the craft and this will be my first Samhain. I've been reading a lot about the different festivities associated with it but honestly it's a bit daunting with the amount of info on the net! I don't know anyone in real life or on the net for...
    ilovenewsocks ilovenewsocks 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 14, 2009

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    Samhain

    From The Essene Book of Days by Danaan Parry:                         SAMHAIN Samhain is the doorway to the sanctum sanctorium. Beyond this doorway lies...
    datura datura 56-60, F 6 Responses Oct 31, 2008

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    A Poem Entitled: "Samhain"

    “Yea, she hath passed hereby, and blessed the sheaves, And the great garths, and stacks, and quiet farms, And all the tawny, and the crimson leaves. Yea, she hath passed with poppies in her arms, Under the star of dusk, through stealing mist, And blessed the earth, and gone...
    maltesemermaid maltesemermaid 41-45, F Oct 28, 2012

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    I Want To Wish You A Merry Samhain!

     Blessed be!  I wish you all a blessed and merry new year and may Samhain find you in great spirits as you bless this holy night!
    Dormantdrakon Dormantdrakon 22-25, F 10 Responses Oct 30, 2009

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    Happy Halloween Everyone And A Happy Wiccan New Year

    It's Halloween I hear the calling Amid the Autumn leaves now falling. Goose flesh from the night air chills Sends shivers down my spine a thrill. Shining stars all shapes and sizes Toward the east where Luna rises. Over the skeletal tree tops high Slowly crawling across the sky...
    maltesemermaid maltesemermaid 41-45, F 4 Responses Oct 1, 2013

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    My Favorite Day Of The Year!

    Ofcourse it is! I'm a witch. What did you expect? Lol. Samhain is my favorite sabbat. It has been since I was little, even when it was just Halloween, before I knew my practices had a name. Even as a child I could feel the air become thick with energy and magick. I didn't go...
    FellidayaFiresong FellidayaFiresong 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 20, 2012

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    Favorite Holiday!

    I love this holiday so much! Oct. 30th, the best night of the year! I use to dress up in costume. Not so much now, since it's wasted effort... rarely anyone gets to see me in full black makeup and bell-sleeved outfits, just the trick-or-treaters... and they look too nervous, with...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Sep 27, 2008

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    The Dark Time.

    In my part of Wicca, the time between Samhain and Midwinter's Night (Yule) is a dead time. It is a time to avoid any new beginning such as a handfasting, coming of age, initiations, etc. It is a time for contact with departed spirits that have crossed to the other side. It is...
    DozerDan DozerDan 66-70, M Nov 14, 2012

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    At the root of Halloween is Samhain,

    an ancient Celtic celebration....and that is how I honor this season. If you celebrate Halloween in any way you are in an essence celebrating a wee bit of Samhain as many of the traditions are loosely carried over.It is the time of year to be witchy and wise and full of ancient...
    Freestanding Freestanding 51-55, F 6 Responses Oct 14

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    On and Off Again Samhain

    I will definately celebrate Samhain some how but it will probably be something small.  It's usually difficult doing something every year because my Step Son's birthday is November 1st and this year it lands on a Saturday... Does anyone know what day Samhain lands on this...
    FaeryActive FaeryActive 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 19, 2008

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    maltesemermaid maltesemermaid 41-45, F Aug 26, 2012

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    I Celebrate Samhain

    and i cant wait for it to get here this year. I love watching the wheel of the year turn and seasons change. I love the candy and costumes and mischeif and setting up my altar and everything about it!!! Blessed Be!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 3, 2009

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    Summer's End.

    I have just discovered that Samhain means summer's end.  It is also the Witches New Year and Day of the Dead. I believe that this has always been a very important festival to folks...just because it has always been celebrated for centuries and centuries, time out of mind...
    zilphia zilphia 51-55 Oct 23, 2008

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    Samhain

    Samhain is coming up fast and I would love to hear about everyone's experiences with Samhain. How do you celebrate and what rituals do you participate in?
    kasey kasey 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 10, 2007

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    As children we were always inspired to

    celebrate the thinning of the atmospheres, and the descent to winter, so we could celebrate the rebirth of the sun. Winters in Norway can be very severe, cold. But still you have to go about your lives in a kind of half light or darkness, and not feel dejected. These...
    Skjeggstad Skjeggstad 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 25

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    It's Nearly Summer Solstice....Time To Plan For Samhain~ 2012

    I am suring up plans to attend the 2012 Witches Ball in Salem MA. soon. There are two balls in Salem, one held by the male witch Christian Day at the Hawthorne Hotel (A really wild bash with lots of rock music and strobe lights...and many merry younger costumed folks from what I...
    hillbillycrone hillbillycrone 56-60, F 3 Responses Jun 13, 2012

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    My Son's First Samhain

    We had a good Samhain! It didn't go like I though it would, but that's ok. I made a little Mummy Onsie for my baby boy, and I was quite proud aof it's cuteness. We are poor right now and have no cash to spend on costumes, so I do what I was taught and work with what I have. Our...
    FellidayaFiresong FellidayaFiresong 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 1, 2012

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    The History of Samhain

    and Halloween By Hannah Kincaid Many of the traditions that we associate with Halloween ­— including dressing up in costumes, going trick-or-treating and carving jack-o’-lanterns — are modern interpretations of Samhain (pronounced saw-win). Gaelic for “summer’s end...
    Oaktreeacorn Oaktreeacorn 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 31

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    But this year we're 'replacing' the turkey with a relative - a juicy rotisserie chicken! :) Around here it seems to be all about the mashed potatoes and cranberry jelly anyway...
    ZoeQuinn ZoeQuinn 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 24

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    watch this:
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 1 Response Nov 25

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    Estoy fuera de tu vana rutina. oye Mira:
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    Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!!
    GhostInDaCloset GhostInDaCloset 13-15, M Nov 27

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    Second night tonight. Lit two candles on the hanukkiah.
    yfronts36 yfronts36 41-45, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    well I should, but I don't. :)
    sbenveniste sbenveniste 31-35, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I suffer from amnesia. LT (long term, years) and TG (trans global, short). TG I can live with. LT I can't. Think about it. Years wiped clean. Changing your whole life. Go to bed...
    JoshM1974 JoshM1974 36-40, M 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    I've struggled with being broke and poor since I moved out of my parents house over 10 years ago. I've had low paying entry-level jobs, had to juggle that with being a student and...
    myheart28 myheart28 26-30, F 4 hrs ago

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    When I used to have a good job and earning money, have status in life. My mum used to say lots of nice things about me not that she's nasty to me now. But somehow she always says...
    Cinderella73 Cinderella73 36-40, F 22 hrs ago

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    stargirl58 stargirl58 26-30, F 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    Zelaleme Zelaleme 46-50, F 15 hrs ago

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    Will be cooking for our Noch Buena this Christmas. Hardinera and pastel de pollo. We will celebrate Christmas at my sister's house.
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    My husband bought me these calfskin high heels today. He said he will buy me leather every day for the 7 days of Christmas. What better way to Celebrate Christmas than with...
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    Its is written that followers of Jesus are in the world but not part of the world, bearing this in mind raising the question why do we celebrate Christmas.
    Cootamundra Cootamundra 70+, M 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I would get in trouble for the smallest things. When I was in fourth grade, the day before thanksgiving, I brought cds to school because my friend was suppose to let me borrow his...
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    I am Jewish and proud of it. I look forward to our holidays. Right now, it is Hanukkah and it's much fun. However, between the celebrating, gift giving, menorah lighting, singing...
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    Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday? Last Sunday morning I was flipping cable channels when I came across a program hosted by a preacher with a Southern accent (have you ever heard a...
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