Samhain 2019: How I’m Preparing & Protecting

Happy Weekend, Witches and friends!

I’ve been thinking a lot about Samhain over the past few days. I’ve been listening to Pam Grossman’s amazing podcast, The Witch Wave, and one episode in particular (#26 with author Peter Bebergal) made me think more closely about the thinning of the veil, and what happens when our ancestors are more easily able to contact us.

A person with blue and green hair in the forest wears a crown of horns and a red dress.

While I was on a long drive yesterday to teach at a university in a different area, I started hearing some strange sounds come through the radio of my car. I mean, yes, I could have been picking up some odd frequencies from a police radio or something. But my Witch brain tells me it was something else. For one, I wasn’t listening to the radio. I was hooked up to Bluetooth on my phone and listening to a podcast. For another, this has never, ever happened to me before, and I can’t help thinking that, given the time of year, someone was trying to contact me.

Now, the thing with Samhain is that, as we say, the veil is thinning. Which means that, yes, our ancestors can more easily come through to bring us messages and communicate with us. But it also means that other spirits have a more ready access to us, and that in turn means that we need to be aware and perhaps more careful of the availability we make of ourselves to spirits. For me, I don’t know who was trying to contact me yesterday. I do know that it was a woman, and I couldn’t understand what she was saying. It was muffled and whispered. I don’t know whether that was an ancestor (say, my Nanna) or whether that was a completely unrelated spirit to me that was taking advantage of a time when I was feeling open-hearted and unguarded. Maybe it was a good spirit, and maybe it was a spirit with a low-vibrating intention. Either way, it made me think more carefully about what I want to achieve this Samhain season, and what I wanted to avoid and protect myself and my family from.

Guarding Yourself from Unwanted Visitations

Crystals can be a wonderful and easy way to guard yourself from those spirits who might be vibrating at a lower energy frequency (read: not well-intentioned).

A black obsidian ring in a teardrop shape.

At AngelGrotto.com, Mary Ancilette lists the following crystals as the best for protection:

Black Tourmaline Jet Black Obsidian Smoky Quartz (Stone of Cooperation) Amethyst (Stone of Spirituality, Meditation and Contentment) Fluorite (Stone of Discernment and Aptitude) Hematite (Stone for the Mind) Blue Kyanite Labradorite (Stone for Serendipity) Mary Ancilette, AngelGrotto.Com

Taking into account exactly what you want to protect yourself from, have a think about the stones listed above and perhaps what you need to stock up on.

Protective Spells and Charms

A selection of occult items including candles, bottles and an animal skull in a jar.

It can be a good idea, as well as taking advantage of the thinning of the veil to communicate with your ancestors and kind spirits, to take the step of protecting yourself via a simple spell or charm.

For example:

  1. Make a poppet to protect yourself or a loved one (visit The Traveling Witch for information on how)

  2. Make an onion braid to hang in your home (Patti Wigington tells you how)

  3. Make a protective cross to hang in a window or doorway (Erin Dragonsong has a great tutorial on the St Brigid’s Cross)

  4. Spread some protective oil around your home (Noah Tempestarii has a video that shows you how to make it without breaking the bank)

Bunches of tied onions hang from a wooden beam.

Preparing Mentally for Samhain

In 2019 we are faced with an additional challenge, in that Mercury Retrograde also begins on Samhain (October 31st). Mercury Retrograde is always an interesting and challenging time, where we tend to see ‘karma’ or energies returned to those who sent them out, perhaps secrets might be revealed, or people might receive their ‘comeuppance’, for want of a better explanation.

A person lays down amid grass and wildflowers with their eyes closed.

This is all manageable, but it means that, as spiritual beings, we need to be super aware of our mental states and our emotional energies. For example, we should focus on kindness and performing acts of good, rather than reacting in emotional ways that might vibrate at a lower frequency, but which, at this particular time, might feel more natural and pulling to us in the moment. So stop, breathe, listen to your heart space and your practical Magical mind, and think about the right decision to make for yourself before taking action.

Now is a time to be practising additional meditations, communing with our innermost selves, and really thinking about what kind of life and energy we’re trying to manifest.

If you have any more questions about Samhain or the Mercury Retrograde we’re about to experience, please contact me and I’ll do my best to either answer, or point you in the right direction.

In the meantime, stay safe, be alert, and keep your heart warm and your vibrations high.

Blessings,

xxK

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