Samhain is a time-honoured tradition followed by witches, Wiccans, ancient druids and countless other modern pagans across the world, celebrated as October turns to November. Samhain is a festival of the Dead, meaning 'Summer's End', and is the Celtic version of Halloween. Tradition holds that Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the coldest half of the year, and with this transition it's also celebrated as the beginning of the spiritual new year, which is also why it's nicknamed "The Witches' New Year". Read on to learn about the 5 main symbols of Samhain...
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During Samhain, it is significant that spiders weave webs, which has long been associated with the passing of time, progress and fate. The web is a great natural representation of the cycle of life.
The broom sweeps away the last of the Autumn leaves, but is also used ritually to sweep out the old, to clean and clear away old energy, creating space for the new.
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The Acorn is the seed of the great Oak, representing wisdom, longevity, rebirth - a promise of strength to come.
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Black cats have long served as objects of superstition. In Paganism and several other cultures, Black cats have served as symbols of good luck - they are often believed to bring wealth and prosperity to any house they occupy.
The Druids and Celts believed that the skull was the 'psychic seat' of the human soul. Skulls and skeletons are associated with Samhain because they represent the end of the physical part of life, something that is connected to Samhain due to the 'death' of the light seasons and their perceived connection to the spirit realm.