Samhain is also called All Saints Day, All Hallows eve, and Halloween. It was originally celebrated on October 31st or thereabouts.
Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year.
It reaches its height on Yule, at the Winter Solstice.
Samhain is one of the four Fire Festivals that marked the Celtic calendar, and one of the three Wiccan harvest festivals which include Mabon and Lammas.
~The veil has thinned, the moon is bright I give this offering on Samhain night.
Celebrating life and death and rebirth with these herbs, harvested from the earth. I send my intent by smoke , by air and call on those whose blood I share. I ask my ancestors to guide and watch over me,
These words are mine, so they shall be.~
When burned as an offering, incense was created to serve as a medium to connect with the spirit or deity in question, by way of pleasing the spirits, not solely the practitioner.
It was also used to intoxicate the attendees, as part of the preparation for ritual.
The act of choosing the materials, blessing and charging each addition for its intended purpose, then grinding via mortar and pestle, is treated as a ritual by me.
When our ancestors created the first incense blends, they considered the aromas of certain ingredients to be exotic and powerful.
Some of those same ingredients would be associated with dirt, or considered unappealing by today’s standards. This is why I prefer handmade/hand grinded creations.
I utilize the plants and roots and resins of our ancestors. If a little graveyard dirt or dirt from a crossroads adds to the “feel” of a blend, in it goes!!!
I will not be sharing all components of this blend, as I’ve seen too many of my products “mirrored” by other creators, but I will share a few.
This proprietary blend of loose incense is created with mullein, wormwood artemisia, rosemary, calendula flowers, rue, passionflower, among others. . You will receive a 4oz tin, full of this product.