As we do every year we take a trip up to Pendle Hill around my birthday to visit Newchurch – in – Pendle and the witches shop.
My Samhain was a peaceful one this year but it almost didn’t feel like Halloween at all. As we usually do, the porch got decorated. We decorated the back garden too. Our Mabon scarecrow got a new pumpkin head. Samhain wouldn’t be complete without…
Mabon was special this year because the harvest moon (the nearest full moon to Autumn Equinox) was on Friday 13th.
As darkness began to descend it was time to get cosy in the back garden and light all the pumpkins.
For me there’s always something nostalgic about straw, pumpkins, candlelight and fire.
The small village of Newchurch in Pendle, which is a the foot of Pendle Hill and is home to the witches.
I find Samhain to be the most important teaching Sabbat of the year. You can learn about life, death and all the mysteries in between here.
But the pumpkins have arrived, the leaves have started to fall and suddenly the cold and dark days have engulfed us, so that makes it time for Mabon.
Leaving out a lantern on the gate to guide wondering spirits home.
My favourite time of the year has arrived again!
Mabon or Autumn Equinox, the brief time where the hours of light and dark match up equally in balance with one another before the onset of the darker half of the year taking over. Darker days, longer nights, low-lying sunsets with a magical cool breeze, the harvest is gone and the trees are shedding beautiful crisp leaves as though they are crying for the death of the Sun God.