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Setting up an Altar for Samhain: Embrace the Thinning of the Veil

By Audra English


As a psychic and witch, I know that Samhain is one of the most magical nights of the year. It marks the end of harvest season and the beginning of winter, but it's also a time when the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest.

This thinning of the veil means that communication with spirits and ancestors is easier, making it a powerful night for magick. It's important to honor this special time by setting up an altar dedicated to Samhain.





Creating Your Altar

Your altar should reflect your personal connection and beliefs surrounding Samhain. Start by choosing a sacred space, such as a table or shelf, and cover it with a dark cloth to represent the darkness of winter. Then, add elements that symbolize the holiday.

Some traditional items to include are:

  • Pumpkins or gourds: These represent abundance and fertility, as well as protection from negative energies.

  • Candles: Choose black and orange candles to represent the balance between light and dark during this time of year.

  • Crystals: Black tourmaline for protection, clear quartz for amplifying intentions, and amethyst for connecting with ancestors and spirit guides.




Honoring Ancestors

Samhain is also known as the "Celtic New Year" because it's believed that on this night, the veil between our world and the spirit world is lifted, allowing our ancestors to visit us. It's important to honor and welcome them onto your altar.

Some ways to do this are:

  • Leave offerings: Set out food or drink that your ancestors enjoyed in their lifetime as a way to invite them to join you and show respect.

  • Photos or mementos: Display pictures or items that belonged to your loved ones who have passed on. This will help connect with their energy and presence.

  • Ancestor candles: Light candles specifically dedicated to your ancestors as a way to honor and remember them during Samhain.




Enhancing Your Spells

During Samhain, the energy is highly charged, making it the perfect time for casting spells. The veil between worlds allows for easier communication with spirits and stronger manifestation abilities.


Here are some ideas for spells to try during this powerful night:

  • Protection spells: Use the energy of Samhain to boost protection around your home, yourself, or loved ones. This can be especially helpful during a time when the veil is thinning.

  • Ancestral healing spells: Connect with your ancestors and ask for their guidance in releasing any negative patterns or traumas that have been passed down through generations.

  • Divination spells: The heightened intuition and connection with spirits makes Samhain an ideal time for divination work such as tarot readings, scrying, or dream interpretation.

Remember to always use caution when working with magick and only cast spells with good intentions. Happy Samhain and may the thinning of the veil bring a boost of energy to your spells! So, embrace this magical time and make the most out of it by connecting with your ancestors and harnessing the powerful energies surrounding Samhain.


Blessed be!


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