Samhain superstitions and folklore

Whoever eats an apple on Samhain eve will have good luck in the coming year. If you sleep with an apple under your pillow on Samhain eve, you will dream of your future mate. If you peel an apple on Samhain in one continuous peel, and throw the peel over your shoulder, it will land in the initial of your future spouse. 

If a bat flies around a house three times, it is a death omen. When bats flit around playfully it is a sign of good weather approaching. 

Bells rung at Samhain chase away evil spirits. 

according to an old legend from Europe, any person who bakes bread or journeys after sunset on Samhain runs the risk of conjuring forth bad luck in great abundance. 

 A burning candle placed inside a hollowed out pumpkin or jack-O-lantern on Samhain works to keep evil spirits and demons at bay. 

For good luck, burn black and orange candles on Samhain. Black and Orange are the traditional colors of Samhain. On this day their magickal vibrations are at their peak. 

If a candle should suddenly go out by itself on Samhain, as though being blown out by wind or by breath, this is said to be a sign that a ghost has come to call. 

Always burn new candles at Samhain to ensure the best of luck. Likewise, it is not a good idea to burn Samhain candles at any other time of the year. To do so may cause you to experience bad luck and/or strange happenings over which you will have no control. 

Gazing into the flame of a candle on Samhain will enable you to peer into the future. Many witches traditionally scry candle flames on Samhain to receive clairvoyant visions. 

It is believed that if a person lights a new orange-colored candle at midnight on Samhain and lets it burn until the sun rises, he or she will be the recipient of good luck. 
When cats wash their ears on Samhain, rain is coming. 

Crows flying over head on Samhain is unlucky, unless there are three crows in a group, then that is lucky. 

Never sit in a faery ring on Samhain. 

Frogs and Toads 
Don’t kill a frog or toad on Samhain, it may be a Witch. Witches often take the shape of a frog or toad on Samhain. 

It is extremely unwise to sit under a Hawthorne tree at Samhain – since the fey might whisk the sitter away, never to be heard from again. 

A spider in a house on Samhain was a lucky omen.Many people in various parts of the world consider it to be extremely unlucky to look at their reflection in a mirror by candlelight on Samhain. 

Many people also believe that mirrors are the gateways to the other worlds, and cover mirrors with black cloths on Samhain to keep the gateway closed. 

If the moon is new on Samhain, this indicates that the coming year will be fertile ground for new beginnings to take place, such as the start of a new project, a new career, or even a new way of thinking. For those desiring children, a new moon at Samhain is a lucky omen,indicating a new birth within a year’s time. 

If the moon is waxing on Samhain, this indicates good luck throughout the coming year. It also indicates growth and an increase of all things that are positive nature. 

If the moon is full on Samhain, this ensures that the powers of all forms of magick and divination practiced on this night will be at their greatest. A secret wish made at midnight will be realized within the coming year, and do not be surprised if an experience of a psychic nature awaits you in the very near future. 

If the moon is waning on Samhain, this can be an omen of either good or bad consequences. It can indicate the elimination of such things as bad habits, unhealthy relationships and obstacles within the coming year. Or it can point to a decrease (such as in one’s health) or a loss of some kind soon to take place. 

If the moon is in the dark phase on Samhain, this is believed to be a very negative omen. Exercise extreme caution in all of your endeavors within the next twelve months, and it wouldn’t hurt to protect yourself by wearing or carrying any type of amulet or talisman designed to ward off bad luck and misfortune. 


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