A Ritual for Samhain…


Samhain_by_Isselinai Samhain is celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November, which is nearly halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. Samhain, a Celtic festival, marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the darker half of the year.

According to the ancient Celtic calendar, the year began on a day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. Since the Celts were a pastoral people, it was a time when cattle and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored. The date marked both an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle.

Samhain (like Beltane) was a time when the doorways to the Otherworld opened  enough for fairies otherworld_dreams_III_by_arbebuk and the dead to communicate with us; but while Beltane was a summer festival for the living, Samhain “was essentially a festival for the dead”.  Beings and souls from the Otherworld were said to come into our world at Samhain. It is still the custom in some areas to set a place at the Samhain feast for the souls of dead kinfolk and to tell tales of one’s forebears.

Known to most as “Halloween: Samhain is the time that the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is the thinnest. In ancient times it was believed that this is the time that our ancestors would return to visit us, to give help and advice. People set out lights in hollowed-out turnips to guide the spirits of the dead (the fore-runners of the modern Jack-O-lanterns) and put out food as an offering (which evolved to the modern tradition of “trick-or-treating”).

trick-or-treating-ghosts-by-peasapWearing costumes and masks may have been another way to befuddle, ward-off the harmful spirits and fairies. Guising or mumming was common at winter festivals in general, but was particularly appropriate to a night upon which supernatural beings were said to be abroad. In Ireland, costumes were sometimes worn by those who went about before nightfall collecting for a Samhain feast.  Trick-or-treating may have come from the custom of going door-to-door collecting food for Samhain feasts, fuel for Samhain bonfires and/or offerings for the spirits and fairies.

Samhain is also our New Year’s Day. It may seem strange to have a new year begin in the fall, when the days are growing shorter and colder. But death and birth are two sides of the same coin. It is the time of death and the time of new beginnings; when we think about hope and change and what the next year will bring.

A Ritual for Samhain

7570929“Place upon the altar apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, squashes and other late autumn fruits.   Autumn flowers such as marigolds and chrysanthemums are fine too.  Write on a piece of paper an aspect of your life that you wish to be free of:  anger, a bad habit, misplaced feelings, disease.  The cauldron or some similar tool must be present before the altar as well, on a trivet of some other heat-proof surface.  A small, flat dish marked with an eight-spoke wheel should also be there.

Prior to the ritual, sit quietly and think of friends and loved ones who have passed away.  Do not despair.  Know that they have gone on to greater things.  Keep firmly in mind that the physical isn’t the absolute reality and that souls never die.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the circle of stones.  Recite the Blessings Chant*. 

1920685_orig The Blessing Chant – May the power of The One, the source of all creation; all pervasive, omnipotent, eternal; may the Goddess, the lady of the moon; and the God horned hunter of the sun; may the power of the spirits of the stones, rulers of the elemental realms,.may the powers of the stars above and the earth below, bless this place, and this time, and I who am with you. 

Invoke the Goddess and God.

Lift one of the pomegranates and, with your freshly washed white handled knife, pierce the skin of the fruit,  Remove several seeds and place them on the wheel marked dish.  Raise your wand, face the altar and say:

On this night of Samhain, I mark your passing, O’ sun king, through the sunset into the land of the young. I mark also the passing of all who have gone before, and all who will go after.  O’ gracious Goddess, eternal Mother, you who gives birth to the fallen, teach me to know that in the time of the greatest darkness there is the greatest light.

Taste the pomegranate seeds; burst them with your teeth and savor their sharp, bittersweet flavor.  Look down at the eight-spoke symbol on the plate; the wheel of the year, the cycle of the seasons, the end and beginning of all creation.  Light a fire within the cauldron (a candle is fine).  Sit before it,holding the piece of paper, gazing at its flames. Say”

photo-manipulation-starry-night-in-forest-wallpaper Wise one of the waning moon, Goddess of the starry night, I create this fire within your cauldron to transform that which is plaguing me.  May the energies be reversed: from darkness, light!  From bane, good! From death, birth!

Light the paper in the cauldron’s flames and drop it inside.  As it burns, know that the dark diminishes and finally leaves you as it is consumed within the universal fires.

If you wish, you may attempt scrying or some other form of divination, for this is a perfect time to look into the past or future.  Try to recall past lives too, if you will. Honor the dead with your memories.

Release any pain and sense of loss you may feel into the cauldron’s flames.

Celebrate the simple feast.  The circle is released.” – From:  WICCA: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham

Visit the Salem’s Moon Booth at the Sugarloaf Fall Festival…


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Get ready for Samhain at…

The Sugarloaf Fall Festival

October 11, 12 & 13 from 10 AM to 6 PM (Rain or Shine)

Salem’s Moon will be there all three days! Our space number is 30.
We will be selling all your favorite Salem’s Moon products…including our Handcrafted Magickal Oils, Incense, Spell Kits, Bath Salts, Shea Butters, Floral Crowns, Adult & Children’s Wands. Plus our brand new Wyscan Candel Kits, Terracotta Oil Diffusers and Unscented Incense Sticks.
In addition to our own unique products, we will also have a selection of Jewelry, Gemstones, Books, Tarot Cards, Cauldrons, Candles, Offering Bowls… and more!

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Salem’s Moon Square Store Accepts Bitcoin…


Our Salem’s Moon Square Store site accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, JCB Cards and now Bitcoin.

“Making commerce easy for everyone means allowing customers to pay in the way that’s best for them. When shopping on Square Market, customers will now see the option to pay with bitcoin at select merchants.” – Square Marketplace

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“Shop Online with Bitcoin

When shopping on Square Market, you’ll see an option to use a credit card or pay with bitcoin. If you’d like to pay with bitcoin, you’ll need a bitcoin wallet with bitcoin available.

To complete your purchase:

  1. View items in your cart by clicking the cart icon at the top of any screen in Square Market.
  2. Sign in to your existing Square account or create an account.
  3. Add or edit your shipping information.
  4. Select “Pay with bitcoin.”
  5. Enter your email address so we know where to send your order details and select “Continue to payment.”
  6. If you have bitcoin mobile wallet on your Smartphonesmartphone, you can “Pay by QR Code.” If you’d prefer to submit a payment manually, use “Pay by bitcoin address.”
  7. When you’re ready to submit your order, select Confirm Payment.

You’ll have 10 minutes to submit your payment. If you’re unable to complete your purchase in 10 minutes, the order will expire. If you’d still like to purchase the items in your cart, go back to the checkout page to start again.

Note: Square does not provide a service for purchasing bitcoin.” – Square Marketplace

Blessed Mabon…


mabon-altar-2 Mabon, which takes place at the  autumn equinox (Sept. 20-23), is the completion of the harvest begun at Lammas. Once again the day and night are equal as the God prepares to leave the body and begins the great adventure into the unseen, toward renewal and rebirth of the Goddess.

It is a Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. The Autumn Equinox (Mabon) divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops.

image Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas / Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.

Mabon is also sometimes known as the weavers festival. The braiding of cords is done in the process of casting a spell to add to one’s life from what it is, each person weaving unto themselves what they wish and the coven as a whole weaving all the cords together to unite the power and efforts symbolically. 

Symbols of Mabon – wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty, corn dolls and God’s Eyes.

Herbs of Mabon – Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, wheat, valerian, witch hazel and skullcap.

Deities of Mabon - Goddesses-Modron, Morgan, Epona, Demeter, Persephone, Brighid, freyja, Vesta, Pamona and the Muses. Gods-Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes and The Green Man.

Incantation for Mabon feast:

Bless this bounty before us
for which we are thankful.
We have so many blessings
for these we are thankful.
Yet others must live without
by this we are humbled.
We make this offering in their name
to the gods and goddesses who watch over us,
that those in need someday
are blessed as we are this day.

Incantation for Balance:

Equal night and day
we celebrate the balance of Mabon,
and ask the goddesses and gods to bless us.
For that which is bad, there is good.
For that which is hopelessness, there is hope.
For that which is pain, there is love.
For that which has fallen shall rise again.
May we find balance in our hearts and in our lives.

New This Month…


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New this month ~ Now Available on our Square Store Site!

 Wȳscan Candel Kits – $15.95

These kits include 1- 7-Day Pull-out Candle, stencil, glitters and essential oil. Everything you need to create the wish candle of your choice.

Abundance Earth Mother Love Passion Peace & Protection

Prosperity Quiet Strength Solar Blast Success Wisdom

New Terracotta Oil Diffusers – $6.95

These Terracotta Oil Diffusers can be worn or displayed to add scent to any environment. Comes with 1 diffuser, 29” leather cord, Q-tips and instructions.

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Autumn Floral Crowns – $20.00

Each of our floral crowns is unique. They are made by hand using silk flowers and raffia covered wire. Each crown comes in a re-sealable plastic bag and is well packaged for maximum protection during shipping.

Our crowns measure between 18 and 22 inches in circumference.

We will be adding more crowns as soon as they are completed…check our product pages for new crowns…

Watch for our Yule Crowns coming in November!

Pictures from the Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market…


The Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market

Saturday, August 30th & Sunday, August 31st * 8 AM ~ 4 PM * Stormville, NY

FREE ADMISSION * FREE PARKING* NO PETS * RAIN or SHINE

Our space number is T200.

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We will be selling all your favorite Salem’s Moon products…including our Handcrafted Magickal Oils, Incense, Spell Kits, Bath Salts, Floral Crowns, Adult & Children’s Wands. Plus our brand new Wȳscan Candel Kits, Terracotta Oil Diffusers and Unscented Incense Sticks. In addition to our own unique products, we will also have a selection of Jewelry, Gemstones, Books, Tarot Cards, Cauldrons, Candles, Offering Bowls… and more!

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imageimageStormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market
428 Route 216
Stormville, NY 12582

Please use the above address for driving directions from www.mapquest.com only.

Commercial vehicles must exit off I-84. (No commercial vehicles on Taconic State Parkway.)

· From the East – Exit 17 Ludingtonville Road

· From the West – Exit 15 Lime Kiln Road

· Passenger Vehicles – Exit 16N Taconic State Parkway

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This Weekend Salem’s Moon will be at the Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market…


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(Above Center–  Jessica Cinquanta and our booth at The 2014 Blueberry Festival.)

Look for the Salem’s Moon Booth at…

The Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market

Saturday, August 30th & Sunday, August 31st * 8 AM ~ 4 PM * Stormville, NY

FREE ADMISSION * FREE PARKING* NO PETS * RAIN or SHINE

We will be selling all your favorite Salem’s Moon products…including our Handcrafted Magickal Oils, Incense, Spell Kits, Bath Salts, Floral Crowns, Adult & Children’s Wands.

New this month ~

Wȳscan Candel Kits – $15.95

These kits include 1- 7-Day Pull-out Candle, stencil, glitters and essential oil. Everything you need to create the spell candle of your choice.

Abundance  Earth Mother  Love  Passion  Peace & Protection 

 Prosperity  Quiet Strength  Solar Blast  Success  Wisdom

New Terracotta Oil Diffusers – $6.95

These Terracotta Oil Diffusers can be worn or displayed to add scent to any environment. Comes with 1 diffuser, 29” leather cord, Q-tips and instructions.

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In addition to our own unique products, we will also have a selection of Jewelry, Gemstones, Books, Tarot Cards, Cauldrons, Candles, Offering Bowls… and more!

Want to be sure we bring your favorite product?

~ Order by Phone ~ Pick it up at the Fair!

Give us a call at 914-522-6830.

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imageimageStormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market
428 Route 216
Stormville, NY 12582

Please use the above address for driving directions from www.mapquest.com only.

Commercial vehicles must exit off I-84. (No commercial vehicles on Taconic State Parkway.)

· From the East – Exit 17 Ludingtonville Road

· From the West – Exit 15 Lime Kiln Road

· Passenger Vehicles – Exit 16N Taconic State Parkway