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A Simple Samhain Ritual and Spell

Happy Samhain, all!

Blue Moon Circle held our ritual and feast last night, and had a wonderful time. I thought I'd share our simple ritual with you, in case you needed a little inspiration. As always, we had candles to light in honor of our ancestors and anyone we'd lost in the past year or so. (Sadly, with four of this, that added up to a lot of pets this time.)

The Samhain altar, all set up and ready to go

Then we made corn dollies. You can find easy instructions on YouTube, but all you need is the husk off an ear of corn, and some string or twine, and a pair of scissors.

Corn dolly prep


The finished dolly!

Because Samhain is considered to be both the end of the old year and the beginning of the new year, we each wrote one one piece of paper what we want to let go of, on another what we wanted to bring in, and a blank paper for the gods/universe to fill in for us. Then we tucked those papers into the dollies' skirts. (If it hadn't been raining, we would have tossed them in a bonfire. Instead, they're going on our altars.)

(We would normally have tossed the dollies into the bonfire, but it was raining, which is why we were inside. So they went on our altars instead.)

Then we said this spell:

The old year goes, the new year comes

It’s Samhain time again

Raise your voice and beat the drums

The old year’s at its end


Letting go of what’s behind

To welcome in the new

Clear away the ties that bind

To all the things you rue


Open up potential’s door

Let the bonfires burn

The new year brings us joys galore

As now the seasons turn

A blessed Samhain to you and yours!



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Deborah Blake is the author of Everyday Witch Book of Rituals (Llewellyn 2012), Witchcraft on a Shoestring (Llewellyn, 2010) as well as The Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook (2010) and several other books. She lives in a 100-year-old farmhouse in upstate New York with five cats who supervise all her activities, both magickal and mundane.


  • Tacy West
    Tacy West Thursday, 18 May 2017

    Thank you for writings that speak to me and for me. Your experience is very similar to my life experience so very reassuring in a world that does not understand. The experience of healing is hard to explain but you did well in issue 29 W&P. I would love like minded people to raise energy with but I live in a very restrictive area. I look forward to the Broomstick book but I really loved Everyday Witch.
    I have spirit dogs rather than cats. I grew up in a house over 100 years old and there is just something about that. I have never been able to consider buying a new home in the 7 I have purchased to fix up and sell while I lived in them. Sharing through writing and reading is a wonderful way to experience more lives than our own. I feel comfortable and joyful in your presence. I have a Queen of the Universe black dog. hehe She is a way too smart GSD her companion is a traditional working GSD that holds my heart and a long haired Doxie that joins every healing session I did in my home. He would sneak in and I just could not keep him away but everyone always welcomed him in the end. I save ritual for special occasions and always very simple and earth/heaven based. Raising 3 children and 5 grandchildren as a single Goddess was hard but manageable due to the gifts of intuition and spiritual awareness. So much strength to be found in this realm. Never time to write although I did journal. Wonder if now is the time and who cares about a life story. I am 72 June 3 and thankful to still be able to enjoy the sunrise and sun set daily with my spirit dogs. You have added joy to my life, thank you.
    Merry meet again, Tacy X

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