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Top 13 Samhain Articles at Witchvox|
Join us is celebrating the top 13 articles from your 'Samhain' section here at Witchvox. - Also check out: Samhain Events in your town.
You Call It Hallowe'en... We Call It Samhain by Peg Aloi [328,907 ]
A Brief History of Hallowe'en by Christina Aubin [266,619 ]
Satanic Panic and Black Cats by Wren [72,879 ]
The Lore of the Door by Wren [47,824 ]
Samhain Night by Wren [29,019 ]
The Mighty Dead, the Beloved Dead and Us by M Macha Nightmare [26,101 ]
The Silver Bough, and Samhain in a Stone Circle by Peg Aloi [24,472 ]
My Samhain - by Mark Sosnowski by Moonspider [21,530 ]
Hearken Now, The Darkness Comes! - by Lark by Lark [21,417 ]
Why I Love Samhain by M Macha Nightmare [18,175 ]
Ancestors by Christina Aubin [17,348 ]
Samhain in the Shadow of Halloween by Lady Abigail Welcher [13,751 ]
Making the Most of Samhain's Inner Voice by Asradel [10,715 ]
Also check out: The Real Origins of Halloween and Halloween Errors and Lies by Isaac Bonewits
This Moon Cycle at Witchvox....
Intro: Pagans, Heathens and Recons
by Wren [463,401 reads]
A Brief Introduction:The following introduction is offered here to help to dispel many of the myths surrounding Neo-paganism, Witchcraft and the Heathen and Reconstructionist religions. The ways of many Neo-Pagan traditions, religions and groups, as well as some of the Heathen and Reconstructionist religions, are described in even more detail on various other pages on this Web site and elsewhere on the net.This 'overview' is a very generalized rendition of some Neo-Pagan, Wiccan, Witch, Heathen and Reconstructionist religions and may not necessarily reflect the beliefs of all Pagan or Heathen individuals, religions or traditions. Pagans:Paganism is not a single religion, but an umbrella term for... [more]
by Lady GoldenRaven [7,875 reads]
Hello to all you Crone Wytches out there from another Crone Wytch. I am High Priestess of Circle of the Autumn Winds and I never gave a thought to what would happen when I was unable to prepare for ritual and feast. You see, I am fifty-four years old and I have fibromyalgia. I am also a one year, eleven month cancer-free survivor. There are times I feel like I am ninety.During my stay in the hospital, Yule was fast approaching. I always had a huge feast for ritual day and I always buzzed around making sure the house was clean, altar prepared, topic for discussion during “teaching time”, etc. I couldn't do any of this from my hospital bed. Yes, I had other priestesses and coven members who were able to help. They held the ritual at a friend's house instead of our covenstead. ... [more]
The White Goddess: A Seminal Work in the Neo-Wiccan Movement.
by Sorbus [4,487 reads]
One of the most important works in the modern Wiccan movement is this complex book. It is the first book I bought on the path that led my spiritual curiosity to Wicca. I bought my now very tired copy at my college bookstore on a whim back in 1981 or 82. The title intrigued me. Who was this Goddess and what did she have to do with poetry? Some time later I put the book down with a half-baked notion of what the hell Graves was talking about. Much of what was between the pages went well beyond what my then 19-year-old self was able to understand. ‘A war of the trees?’ A universal Goddess of three aspects? Secret codes in poems? Okay, I got the Goddess part. I wanted to write poems and had the usual romantic notions that guys with no clue about relationships have. Years later, ... [more]
The Sacred Ego in Mediterranean Magical Traditions
by Kedeshim [4,939 reads]
Hubris gets bandied around a lot in revivals or reconstructions of Hellenic, Hellenistic, and Roman polytheism. It has been conveyed one of the most reprehensible crimes or impure actions one can make. In the lore, acting from hubris generally resulted in the Fates stepping in, overriding the Gods in some cases, and the guilty party getting their ass served to Kereberos.Needless to say, it has become popular to levy accusations of hubris against any person or organization that one disagrees with.But what is hubris?Hubris* is usually (quickly) translated as arrogance or pompous pride. This quick translation is usually offered when trying to explain one’s beliefs and devotions to intrigued family, friends, et al. In this light, such definition is a decent perspective,... [more]
by Ellen Evert Hopman [5,056 reads]
“When I see the new Moon, It becomes me to lift mine eye, It becomes me to bend my knee, It becomes me to bow my head.Giving thee praise, Thou Moon of guidance, That I have seen thee again…”--Traditional, Carmina Gadelica 287, orally collected in the Highlands and islands of Scotland by Alexander Carmichael in 1900.“But if he (the physician) does not know the world, nor the elements or the firmament, how should he discover the nature of man, who is everything that is in heaven and Earth, indeed, who is himself heaven and Earth, air and water?”--Paracelsus (Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, 11 November or 17 December 1493 – 24 September 1541) Our ancestors were deeply attuned to the phases of the Moon and the statio... [more]
Parting the Veils of Beltane's Quickening
by Robin Fennelly [Wvox Sponsor] [3,603 reads]
The Great Wheel of the Witch’s year has turned once more and we find ourselves held within the magick of creation itself. The Sabbat of Beltane celebrates the sacred union of the God and Goddess and the potential for new life that is held in that act. The Goddess is the Maiden of Spring who is ready to take a lover. And, the God is the Youth, strong and potent in his fecundity. His gifts are those of the strengthening of the solar energies and, Hers are the response as lover and fertile womb for the quickening of new life.Beltane is a joyous celebration of life, passion and the desire for the one to become two. It is a celebration of partnership and the sharing of the fires of new life that move throughout the realms of creation in all of its forms. We circle round the Maypole, the... [more]
Beltane and Sex Magic
by Red Dragon [Wvox Sponsor] [4,687 reads]
Organized religion has dealt a low blow to sexual pleasure over the centuries. Both men and women, although mostly women, have struggled at the very least to keep their sensuality and sex-lives intact. If we’re especially diligent, we’ve managed to achieve Sex Magic! So, this Spring, this Beltane, let’s honor our beautiful, juicy selves, regardless of our age, and consider for a few moments here how glorious our pleasure-seeking eroticism can be for enhancing our joy, expanding our heart energy, cultivating magic and revitalizing our connection with all that is.Sex Magic is a combination of external techniques and internal practices, most of which are aimed at heightening our ability to feel into the intricacies of our ecstatic experience, to influence it’s quality and to strengthe... [more]
Tarot Talk: the Ace of Swords
by Ignacio Ceja [Wvox Sponsor] [4,232 reads]
The Aces of the tarot represent the beginnings of things. They are the seeds of power for their representative suits. Swords can be a troublesome. They are associated with knights, pirates, and officers in the military (the sword in one form or another is still part of the modern military officer’s uniform) . They are weapons of war, and symbols of peace. They were once the not-so-concealed firearms of their time. The Ace of Swords represents thoughts, ideas, and awareness, but also problems, self-righteousness, and manifest destiny. The Ace of Swords represents the cutting power of our words, be they true or false, spoken or printed. We must never forget that even in the tarot, the sword is a weapon.In the Rider-Waite inspired decks, a sword is presented with its point thrusting u... [more]
by Alfred Willowhawk, DMsc, MS, Shamanic Practitioner [Wvox Sponsor] [3,536 reads]
As the Sun King has returned I think on all that has happened the past solar year. It has been a year of much change for many others and me. Some apparently positive and some apparently negative. Of course as a Warrior of the New Millennium I attach no judgment to these changes. I have seen much evidence of release of the Piscean Age’s grip on the now Aquarian Age world. I can only truly speak for myself and as I sit here after Solar Return Day and my Birth Day I am truly blessed by All My Relations. This year I watched people in my community gather together with Lady Willo’ and I to shower us with blessings in a way that I have never felt before. I have watched the community begin to heal from past hurts, and to join together in mutual support that hints at the new balance and har... [more]
Thanksgiving Memories of a Native American
by Lady Abigail Welcher [4,240 reads]
Thanksgiving has always been a strange and difficult time for me. Sometimes it was hard to understand or accept how some would celebrate this holiday. Perhaps it is because I am not only a card carrying Witch but I am also a proud card carrying Native American who in childhood spent many of her holidays on the reservation with family members.I understand giving thanks for all the amazing gifts of life and the blessings given us by the Goddess. I try to do this every day. But for myself, I see this holiday as a day of mourning the near alienation of our sisters and brothers of all Native American heritages and also as a time of loss for many personally within these amazing traditions.In school we were taught how the Pilgrims discovered America. This might surprise some but t... [more]
- Sin Eaters and Dream Walkers by Shion Flame [4,359 reads]
My recent dreams of a human with an odd gift have lent inspiration to begin this article. The dream begins on the outskirts of the woods. A woman lives in a small cabin and her face is kept hidden beneath a tattered cloth. She spends time with animals more than people who keep their eyes to the ground in fear of her. They came to her when they were troubled or a relative had recently passed away. As the observer in the dream, I thought I was looking at the witch archetype until she began to pull strange, living black clouds out of both the living and the dead.Dreaming of Sin-EatersLiving black clouds were a dream image I’d been accustomed to since 2005. I didn’t have a logical reference for the symbol but found it noted in my journal through the year. The dream conti... [more]
- On Cursing: Politics and Ethos by Kedeshim [4,443 reads]
Most of what passes for Occultism in general and Witchcraft in particular is a shallow, ineffectual caricature of the Art. We could fault the good intentions of folks in the early era of the Revival, who erred on a good image and public relations. We could fault the current culture of instant gratification without hard-ass, sweaty, bone-whitening work. Or we could fault a host of other factors (or combination thereof) . And, truthfully, it is OK: the real Mysteries, the real Disciplines, the real meat-on-the-bones Sorcery, will still exist, quietly, as they always have.Or will they? I suppose THAT question is one that is beyond the scope of this article. Some of us will always remember: real Witchcraft and real Magic has fangs filled with venom. Whether that venom kills you... [more]
- A Distant Thunder: Should You Care? by Sorbus [3,741 reads]
I sure hope I am wrong about this. However I’m a student of history, and recent history is looking like an eerie mirror of a process which happened in my parent’s and grand parent’s lifetime. You see, I grew up in the shadow of the holocaust. The family I grew up in saw terrible things done to fellow humanity and the lessons have stuck.Even though I was lucky enough never had to directly experience the raw hatred and upheaval this period wrought, its lessons resonate across their generations to mine. .Rage. A century ago the world was plunged into a cycle of violence and genocide. It was a process which took nearly 40 years to run its course before a new generation of stability was established. The rise and fall in the 20th century of the statist systems with the holocausts... [more]
- Tarot Talk: the Knight of Pentacles by Ignacio Ceja [Wvox Sponsor] [3,146 reads]
Knights are the embodiment of elemental fire within the Royal court. The Knight of Pentacles is the fiery aspect of earth. Knights are trained and educated fighters who go on quests, winning and conquering, although not always with a sword. Knights are characters of action. The Knight of Pentacles seems to be the opposite of his contemporaries. In the Rider-Waite inspired decks, he* sits upright on a horse that is going nowhere. He holds a pentacle, but he does not look at it; instead, he looks off into the distance. Looking, but not moving, he is still. He is patient. Where is the action? Where is the adventure? This is the mystery of the Knight of Pentacles, and one that is often misunderstood. The Knight of Pentacles is a person of measured action who takes a long view, directs his atte... [more]
- The Gray of 'Tween by Merideth Allyn [5,892 reads]
It is gray. Everything is gray, and it feels a moody, heavy, wooden gray, and it is ice cold like gun metal inside and out. The white paper birches look misty gray, and old, and gray snow blankets the frozen grass, making it look leaden and colder than the twenty-three degrees it actually is during this late ‘tween time of day in the early ‘tween time of year. February. But no yellow crocus emerge from the frigid ground, regardless the fact that it is the birthing time that heralds spring.Long, steel fingers reach out from the moist, wet mist as I shuffle-skate, almost falling, toward the holly bush that is my most ardent destination and my desire. The holly bush that is covered with honest to God/dess red berries…the color of blood and life. Oh, how I crave color. Red! It might ha... [more]
- Becoming a Sacred Dancer by Lady Haight-Ashton (Lady Lilith) [Wvox Sponsor] [5,751 reads]
What is the allure for a dancer to embrace the sacred within? Is it just simply a moment in time or an experience that influences our destiny? Do the Muses push us toward our path? I believe we are all dancers in our hearts. Our bodies feel rhythms to which most of us will move our heads, others tap their feet while some of us release our inhibitions and let our bodies move in rhythmic expression. Dance movement gives us a creative connection to our inner spirit. It is liberating to our souls and healing to our mind and body. “The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.” - Isadora Duncan. The beginnings of civilization and the evolution of communication into ritual to honor the seasons, animals, and elements brought us the earliest expression of sacr... [more]
- Little Dog, Big Love by The Redneck Pagan [3,177 reads]
This weekend was a hard one; I had to face a death. This death was so little in the cosmic scale, so seemingly unimportant and so simple and average that it shall not be thought of by more than a tiny handful of people. And yet is so immensely heart wrenching that I am haunted a little by it. The death is that of a tiny ball of fluff, a little mutt of a dog who at 16 years slipped out of this life. The little dog isn't my dog, but was the dog of a friend of my husband and mine. She called us Saturday night, having come home from being away to find her little dog, curled up in it's bed, cold and not breathing. It was not unexpected; the dog was ill and frail. Totally blind and partially deaf this little dog had begun to have some health concerns and there had been some heart wrenchi... [more]
- What I Get from Cooking (And How it’s Part of My Path) by Nar Leoterra [4,327 reads]
Of course I get food out of cooking, but I get so much more than a meal out of the process. For me, the act of meal preparation is an exercise in spirituality as well. Allow me to elaborate. I am what I call an Agnostic Pagan, or Pagan-ish Agnostic, depending on the day. I have written about this topic before, so I won’t go into it too much here. I will say that I connect more with the wheel of the year, the changing of the seasons, than I do with the (to me) rather abstract notion of ‘god (s) ’. I do not have a garden currently. I have a postage stamp-sized yard and a brown thumb. However, I was raised by a mother who is also an avid gardener. It is something she does because she enjoys growing food, and it is something she does so we can *have* food. She may not identify ... [more]
- A Witch in the Bible Belt: Questions are Opportunities by Shion Flame [5,771 reads]
I am sure that I’m not the only witch out there who has been asked the question on whether or not I believe in god. My usual approach is to first consider who is asking, determine if there is a reason for their question and then come up with a response that illustrates calculated intelligence as well as a suggestion to inspect their own meanings before inquiring such things of others. To put it simply, in the beginning, people attempting to pick me apart were profoundly annoying to me. The Bible belt isn’t terrible but it does come with its challenges. Over the years, I’ve learned what to avoid and how to tread but on many occasions people will seem to pop up out of nowhere with the kind of questioning that makes most of us squirm on the inside at least. For a little while it felt ... [more]
- Samhain and the 'Witch Questions' by Lady Abigail Welcher [8,669 reads]
It’s almost Samhain and here they come again, the WITCH Questions.Have you ever noticed, that as fall begins and our energies surge within the mystic powers of Samhain, people want to ask us questions about our beliefs? But not so much those that would bring understanding, but …“Why?” Why we are the way we are and what made us this way? Like something happened to make us Witches. Most questions I have heard and honestly don’t mind answering. That is how we all learn and I do believe that in understanding we will all grow in peace and love.But for me, it seems we get even more of those questions about the, “When, ” and, “Why, ” of our being Witches.What Got You Into This Witch Thing?I am, and have always been, a Witch. Blessed to be raised by my beautiful Gre... [more]
- Witch? by Auryia Sage [4,062 reads]
What would you call me?I'm just now realizing that for as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in all things deemed, "witchy". As a child, I remember while other girls my age were playing house with their dolls, I would be out collecting rocks and crystals. While they were playing games of tag; catch, and Red Rover; I would be playing under the trees in the densely wooded areas near our house; totally unafraid to be out on my own. I used to love lying in the grass, walking barefoot, and staring up at the stars or clouds in the sky. (I still do, actually.) I loved playing in the dirt, and feeling the cool dampness against my skin. (My cousin had a worm farm, and I would be the only girl there playing with the worms.) I loved all the little crawly insects and... [more]
- The WICA Tradition (a.k.a. The New York WICA Tradition) by Lucian [3,515 reads]
HistoryThe WICA Tradition (or New York WICA Tradition) was established by Edmund Buczynski (Lord Gwydion) in the early 70s. Gwydion was elevated to 3* by a high priestess named Sira into the Gardnerian Tradition-Kentucky Line. He went on with his working partner, Hela, to establish a Gardnerian coven. The coven thrived. However, due to internal politics of the Gardnerian Tradition at the time, Rosemary Buckland and Judy Kneitel invalidated the Kentucky Line after the divorce of Rosemary and her husband at the time, Raymond Buckland. Both Sira and Hela were accepted and “re-done” as Long Island Line Gardnerians. Gwydion, however, was not due to much politics of the time as well. Gwydion then “re-worked” the Gardnerian Book of Shadows, maintaining his oaths but also ma... [more]
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