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Every 5 years on October 31
Samhain begins the "dark half of the year", At Samhain, the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest. It is much easier at this time to contact the spirits of those who have passed over.
Samhain (Scots Gaelic: Samhuinn) literally means “summer's end.” In Scotland and Ireland, Halloween is known as Shamhna, while in Wales it is Nos Calan Gaeaf, the eve of the winter's calender. With the rise of Christianity, Samhain was changed to Hallowmas, or All Saints' Day, to commemorate the souls of the blessed dead who had been canonized that year, so the night before became popularly known as Halloween, All Hallows Eve, or Hollantide. November 2nd became All Souls Day, when prayers were to be offered to the souls of all who the departed.
An ancient Samhain ritual is the Dumb Supper. On this special eve, plates are laid out for the dead & the living. This meal is eaten in silence out of respect for the dead's inability to speak.
Samhain Incense (from Scott Cunningham)
2x Sandal (p)
1x Orange Peel (d)
1x Mace (d)
1x Cinnamon (p/d)