I am Gwenny, and Kate has asked me to tell you a little bit about what Halloween means to me as a witch. Halloween, Samhain, is the Witch’s New Year. In our coven, we always have a special ritual to raise energy for the coming year. We usually have a big party, as well, but the ritual is the most important part of the celebrations for us.
We do indeed complete our ritual skyclad – naked – which can be a little on the chilly side at this time of year. But we don’t like any separation between us and the Earth at this time. So, if it’s absolutely freezing we may wear our cloaks, but otherwise, it’s goose bumps all around. I’ve noticed, though, that once we get going, we rarely notice the chill. Waves of energy bind us together and we work in one mind to bring good, positive things for the coming year.
Our high priestess, Ariel, guides us through the ritual, making the circle, calling the quarters; you can really read about this stuff mostly anywhere. What makes it different on Samhain is that the veils between the dimensions thin. Other beings are so close you can feel them, and sometimes communicate with them. My grandmother has reached out to me some years, and some of the other coven members have mentioned similar experiences.
Kate is also a witch, although she isn’t in a coven. She loves to be close to nature and does spells of all kinds. Well, most kinds. The kind that most people ask for is the one she won’t do. A love spell to force someone to love another is a big no no in her book. I agree with her, but I will do the kind to help someone find their true love…the right person for them. As long as they’re open to the magic, amazing things can happen.
I guess I’m just a little bit romantic. Have a wonderful Halloween, and if a ghost comes to call, remember, it might just be a relative stopping by to say hello!
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