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  • Writer's pictureJon Mychal Heatherly

Bless Your Sacred Space for Samhain

A sacred herb of the druidic tradition


Today, I share with you how to cleanse your sacred space for Samhain — a Celtic festival for the dead. They celebrate four “sabbats” on the solstices and equinoxes, but there are four “cross-quarter sabbats” halfway between those. You pronounce Samhain as saa-wn.

Halloween originated from Samhain over 2000 years ago, and the Celts of NW Europe practiced it. They perceived the veil between this world and the next to be thinnest at that time. Samhain marks the end of harvest and beginning of winter.

One of their most sacred herbs is rosemary, which cleanses spaces of negativity and malevolent energies. Combine it in a smudge with sage and thyme for max effect. Lore says that rosemary grows in front of houses where women are in charge.


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