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.
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.
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.