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Getting Ready for Samhain


cast iron cauldron on an altar cloth
My little cauldron

Samhain (pronounced sow-win) is the 3rd and final harvest festival of the year. It is also the halfway point between the Fall Equinox and the Winter Solstice and takes place on October 31st. Over the next week, I will share some of my Samhain practices, a bit of history, and answer questions that come up along the way.


While I have always felt incredibly drawn to the Earth and the magic within, I ignored this calling for a very long time and only since 2020 have I started truly embracing my spiritual side. Brought on by the passing of my soul cat, Cookie, I embarked on a new journey. If you like, you can read a bit about that here.


I celebrated my first Samhain in 2020 with a simple spell to release. It was also a full moon so I had some extra oomph coming together on that day. I wrote out a list of all of the things I was ready to let go of from various times in my life and generations before me. Ancestral healing can certainly be a part of your practice. Each thing to be released was written on its own line so I could tear the paper and burn each piece. I didn't yet have the adorable little cauldron you see above so I used a fire safe bowl to burn the paper, I added a dry leaf to the bowl for a really lovely smell. It is SO important that whenever you are burning anything you are doing so safely. Please ensure you are not near flammable things and that the vessel you are using is large enough to accommodate what you are burning.


I didn't really know what to say during this ritual so I just went with what came to me. I spent some time in meditation, tuning in, and opening up to what I needed. I thanked the Universe for its support and spoke about being ready to release. I feel that intention is the most important thing when doing these types of things. Of course, there are tons of spells online so if you feel more comfortable with guidance you can definitely find it. I am also hosting a Samhain Healing Circle on Sunday, 10/30, you can sign up here. I'll share more details during the week.


What would you like to know about Samhain? If you celebrate, I'd love if you would share any rituals, tips, recipes...etc. in the comments! I'll feature them in an upcoming blog this week. Any spells, rituals, and recipes shared must be free from animal-use.




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Guest
Oct 26, 2022

I haven't celebrated Samhain thus far, but I look forward to starting. We've just relocated to North Carolina, where the seasons are so much more distinct. Lovely post. Thank you!

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Oct 26, 2022
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Thank you! I can't wait to hear how it goes for you, be sure to come back and let me know!

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Hi! I'm looking forward to reading about your Samhain rituals, tips and recipes. I have not ever celebrated Samhain and would love to incorporate new elements into my "new found" celebration. I will try to make my celebration as vegan-friendly as possible. when you publish those recipes that are vegan-friendly, I will try them out!


By the way, I tried KEinkorn today for the first time! I liked it!


Thank you for sharing your insights and wisdom.

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Oct 26, 2022
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Thank you for reading! I’m excited to share rituals, tips, and recipes! I haven’t had Einkorn before but I just looked it up and I am excited to give it a try. The taste is described as “similar to wheat with a deeper, nutty, toasty essence.” Toasty essence got me. 😃

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Lily Leung
Lily Leung
Oct 26, 2022

I haven't heard of this before. I like your ritual of burning in the cauldron. Looking forward to learning more.

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Oct 26, 2022
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Thank you for commenting!

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Unknown member
Oct 25, 2022

I don't know much about this but I enjoyed reading your blog and will hopefullly learn more on other blogs.

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Oct 26, 2022
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Thanks for reading!

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Guest
Oct 25, 2022

Beautiful blog post. I dug deep during the pandemic as well and literally burned pieces of paper like you're doing. So healing

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Oct 26, 2022
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Thank you! It’s so freeing, I love this practice, glad you found some peace in it too.

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