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How to Celebrate Halloween the Wiccan Way

 

Most of us experience Halloween as a night of mischief, fantastical costumes, and candy binges. It's also the yearly observance of Allhallowtide, a time during the Christian liturgical year in which the dead -- including saints and martyrs -- are observed. And most scholars are in agreement that Halloween is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals like Samhain, a Gaelic festival that marks the end of harvest season celebrated by many pagans today.

All this is to say that Halloween really is a night of witchy celebration, and magic is truly in the air! This great blog posted a while back on Examiner offers a list of herbs that were historically used in wiccan rituals. So if you want to celebrate Halloween the pagan way, get acquainted with these magic herbs:

Angelica: Commonly grown in monastery gardens, Angelica offered protection from witchcraft when worn or carried, so tonight you might want to put some in your pocket.

 

Basil: Used as an aphrodisiac and to summon scorpions, and who wouldn’t need a good scorpion sidekick on Halloween night.

 

Belladonna: Also called deadly nightshade, devil's herb, and enchanter's nightshade and used to cause hallucinations, madness, and death, this herb is poison if used incorrectly.

 

Caraway: Caraway was used in love potions, to protect from the evil eye, and to prevent robbers or evil spirits from entering the house. Ahh the mysterious love potion.

 

Chicory: When infused in oil, Chicory was believed to make a person more popular with his peers and is still used today in a lot of Feng Shui treatments of homes and offices.

 

Cloves: Believed to be an aphrodisiac, Cloves were a main ingredient in love potions. They are also good for getting rid of a toothache.

 

See the rest here.