Samhain is a pagan festival that falls on the eve of October 31st and lasts to November 1st. Overshadowed by the modern day ‘Halloween’, Samhain is a tradition that predates Christianity, with roots going back to Celtic ancestry. Like many pagan festivals, it connects to the energies of the natural world. If you are sensitive to energy, you may feel the shift in the earth’s vibrations. With the season of autumn comes the changing of not only the leaves, but the energies as well.
Occurring at the half way point between the Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice, ancient pagans would celebrate this time as the end of the harvest and the end of the solar year. At this time, the symbolic essence of death would emerge: dying trees, browning grass, and hibernation. Spiritually, this was a time where the veil between our world and the spirits was at it’s thinnest, and it was said that on Samhain, the spirits could walk between worlds, and visa versa.
Magickal tools were used to help gain access into the other world and communicate with spirits. Herbs, potions, and crystals were some methods that have been used for centuries by ancient sages, seers, and psychics. In honor of this ancient holiday, I’ve compiled some crystals that one can use in their own Samhain celebration!
Some cultures used Smoky Quartz to guide souls into the afterlife, and has been used in many Shamanic rituals and tribal practices to venture into the lower spiritual world. Druids connected its mystical powers to the dark Earth gods and goddesses. It is a stone that grounds spiritual energy to the physical world and can protect oneself during metaphysical work.
A high vibrational stone, Selenite is excellent for opening one’s psychic abilities, increasing intuition, and deepening spiritual experiences. It can be used in connecting to spirit guides, accessing past lives, and encountering energies from beyond the psychical plane.
Ancient seers believed that this stone was under the influence of the moon. It is a gem of mystics and psychics, enhancing clairvoyance (seeing into the future), and is said to heighten these abilities when being used with the increasing moon. Useful for meditation, it allows us to discover the hidden meanings of reality and to explore the inner depths and darker side of our souls.
A stone of magic, Labradorite has been used by Shamans, Seers, Healers, and Psychics of all kinds for centuries. Lore dictates that the reflective light in this stone is captured fire from Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as The Northern Lights. Its powerful energies provide protection during travel between worlds. It enhances the mental and intuitive abilities of clairvoyance, telepathy, prophecy,and assists in communication with spirits, psychic readings and past-life recall.
Connecting to the dark side of the moon, Black Moonstone contains the hidden mysteries and magic of our darker selves, our shadows. It helps in accessing one’s metaphysical gifts of any kind, and can allow for communication to other entities and spirits.