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~ samhain celebrations among pagans are diverse; many take this time to honour their ancestors and departed loved ones, bid farewell to the fading autumn and welcome in the darkening, colder months, meditate upon the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth, and honour the god and goddess as the horned hunter and aged crone ~

– use smaller decorative pumpkins and ornamental gourds as taper or tealite candle holders on the alter or in the home
– set lighted, carved pumpkins around the home to bless it
– write down any associations that have now passed their usage from the previous year, and burn these in the cauldron as an act of cleansing
– magically make a resolution to break out of a negative habit pattern and begin a healthier way of being
– finish incomplete assignments or tasks, and pay off lingering bills and debts, as financially possible, to close off the old year and begin the new year afresh
– go for a walk in the woods and collect fallen leaves, twigs, acorns, seedpods and feathers, these can be used as decorations on the alter or in the home
– leave food out for the birds or other wild animals
– perform divinations, such tarot card readings, tea leaf readings, apple or hazelnut magick, on the year ahead
– set up an altar in the home with photographs and mementos to honour departed loved ones, placing offerings and a lighted candle there
– as done in ancient times, set a place at the table for the spirit friends and relatives, and serve them some of the food and drink at the Samhain feast
– visit cemeteries, clean the gravestones of loved ones and and leave offerings
– honour those who have passed, and have been part of the LGBT community, worldwide or personal, and light a candle for them on the alter

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