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What things do you put on your Altar for Samhain?

I have my day to day altar and thats it. I would love to know what you guys do, if you have pics and i can get some ideas for mine. Ie; Incense, candles, colors, oils, statues etc.. thanks :-)

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:07 PM on Sep. 29, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • dead cats

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:09 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • and small dead dogs. I have a small alter. If I had a big one I would do big dead dogs.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:14 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • I don't formally celebrate Samhain but from what I have read I would add grains and or nuts and dried fruits.

    Answer by psugal at 10:23 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • OK...I don't know who this anon is but I think she might be crazy or mocking...not sure which. I'm Catholic so I don't have an alter at home but if I remember from my religious studies but the colors needed for representation are black, orange, red, brown and golden yellow. Also, frankincense and camphor are good herbs. You might try an onyx for your stone. Apples are also very good for this particular Sabbat. Photos of loved ones lost are also important. I hope that helps!

    Answer by jessflynn at 10:24 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • thanks Jessflyn.. Yea i dont know who those people are, but whatever it doesnt bother me..

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:26 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • No problem. You also might try using a statue of a god or goddess of the Underworld like Hecate or Hades.

    Answer by jessflynn at 10:28 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Wow how disrespectful. Pics of our ancestors, pomegranates, colors: black, red, purple and/ or orange. Incense: dragons blood resin (which looks like melting blood if you get the resin so kinda cool effect for samhain), mugwort and probably a purifying blend like sandalwood and myrrh, maybe some sage and sweetgrass. Candles, black cat shaped candles are cool and we put red and black ones on our altar with seasonal smells usually, or black drip candles for that spooky effect (in candlehholders ahhhh i love thrift shops). Goddesses of the season are kali ma, hecate, cerridwen, persephone,(any death, rebirth or transformation goddesses). Gods of the season, hades, osiris, mot, etc etc (any god of death rebirth or transformation really). Usually instead of statues we do something specific to honor the specific god or goddess we are honoring. We also use non alcholic sangria for the chalice.

    Answer by NightOwlMama at 10:32 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • NightOwlMama- thanks for the tips too. I dont have a chalice or statues. i am trying to not spend so much because my girls want costumes and that costs money as well. I have some candles, candle holders, Frankensence but not the herbs,statues or candle statues

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:37 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Can you tell me more about Samhain and how/why you celebrate it? I am very interested in learning more about different religions.

    Answer by psugal at 10:39 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • to honor the dead, people who have passed on. Im wiccan so i celebrate the sabbats and esbats as well. Im new to paganism and wicca.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:45 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

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