For those of us in the southern hemisphere, the period of 30th April to 1st May is the time we observe Samhain (pronounced SAH-win). This is the start of the witches calendar cycle, and as the veil thins and we begin the descent into the darkest part of the year, so it's a great time for reflection on the past, and for focus on the future.
Here are some ideas on how you can use this time to your advantage, and harness the changing forces of nature to aid you in saying goodbye to the old, and making a commitment of renewal and growth in the coming year.
As the days shorten and the nights begin to draw on, it's tempting to curl up inside and wait it out. But embrace it! Use the earlier nightfall to practice rituals under starlight where you feel more in tune with nature, and charge your crystals under the moon.
It's also a great time for reflective bonfires, but check that they are allowed where you live.
Burning candles at each window of your house is fabled to guide friendly spirits into your home. Lanterns work for this too (and are safer around curtains). Coloured candles have specific meanings too, so light a couple for your meditations, or when journalling your intent.
Make smudge sticks of dried herbs, or create a wreath for your door. Use herbs that are meaningful to your focus for the year and blend them in a personal way. While creating the wreaths or smudge sticks, think about the meanings behind each chosen herb and meditate on that while you create. Tree barks can also be useful in these purposes. But as always, respect nature when gathering ingredients and don't damage living trees or bushes when harvesting.
Herbs and aromatics can also be burned in your cauldron, with resins and other aromatics to help you meditate on the year's desires. We have created pouches of our own personal favourite blends for this to help inspire you so check them out here.