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Term: Samhain

DEFINITIONs:
1.  October 31
Expect the unexpected if you celebrate Samhain—the Celtic New Year—on All Hallows Eve...
SOURCE:  Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook 2004, K.D. Spitzer
2.  October 31. Also called Hallowee, Hallowe'en, and All Hallows Eve. This holiday is widely celebrated by people of all faiths with costume parties and trick-or-treating. But this night also marks the Wiccan new year. In the wheel of the year, Samhain is the night when the God dies and leaves the Goddess alone until Yule, when he is born again. Halloween/Samhain is a time when the doors between the words are said to open, stirring up much ghostly and otherworldly activity.
AUTHOR:  Llewellyn
See also:  Hallowmas
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Samhain Ritual
Setup Items for this ritual include: Two white candles and four black candles; Four small sprigs of bittersweet; One branch of bittersweet; Strands of black, white and red yarn cut to twelve-inch lengths placed in a basket on the altar; Pomegranate seeds in a bowl; A piece of candy. Background ...
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