To witches and magical folk, Halloween can be many things – the start of a new year, a thinning of the veil between worlds, the time to honor the dead, and a time to watch out for intrusive and malevolent energies. Taking into consideration the astrological activity of Halloween 2017, here are four rituals for each elemental sign.

Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius): A dance ritual to welcome the new year.

  • A playlist of at least 1-5 songs in alignment with the energies you wish to embody in the next year
  • A space big enough to dance it out
  • Comfortable clothes

Craft a playlist of songs that feel aligned with how you want to be living your best life in the next year. Arrange the songs in an order that naturally leads you deeper into a state of dancing ecstasy. Wear comfortable clothes that make you feel confident, open, and easy. If you wish, set up a little altar dedicated to your goals for the next year. You might wish to burn some incense or a candle on it while you dance.

Spend a moment before the music begins breathing deeply and focusing your energy inside your body. Hold your hands out in front of your face as if you are about to eat the world’s biggest hamburger. Slowly draw your hands down so they are resting in front of your heart and solar plexus. Feel your awareness drop from your head down into your body.

Start the music, and allow your body to lead the dance as you feel into the embodied experience(s) you wish to welcome into your life during the next year. Dance until the playlist is over (don’t forget to include a cool-down song!) and, when it is, give thanks to all of the blessings coming into your life. Let the candle burn out.

Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn): A ritual of divination.

  • A set of divination tools, any kind
  • A clear surface on which to work
  • A Candle
  • Incense

Set up your work area in the way that best pleases you. Give yourself plenty of time to breathe, relax, and center yourself.

Addressing your idea of a higher power or helping spirits, ask all or any of the following questions:
Where does it best serve me to focus in the coming year or season?
What potential obstacles stand in the way of me accomplishing my goals?
What does the success of these goals look like for me?
What would I see if I weren’t full of baloney?
What message do my ancestors have for me at this time?

Keep note of your insights and observations, and place your writing materials by your bed so you can record any insights or dreams that come to you in the night.

Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius): – a ritual to send messages to the dead

  • Several sheets of paper and a writing implement
  • Fire safe dish
  • A candle

Begin by casting a circle of protection around yourself, your work area, and all of your materials. Set the candle. By its light, write a letter to your beloved dead. It could be addressed to your ancestors or any individual who has passed. Say all that you need to say, without editing. You can cross things out later or make a second, cleaner draft if you need to.

When the letter is ready, set it alight and let it burn in the fire safe dish. Send it off to the ancestral realms with prayer for its receipt to the person or group of your intent. If you wish to receive a reply, state that intent when you burn the letter. Sit with a candle and meditate or scry in the flames. Be sure to pay attention to your dreams that night, for they may contain return messages.

If the contents of the letter were sensitive or private, bury the ashes in your yard or potted plant. Otherwise, scatter to the four directions.

Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces): A ritual tea for nighttime protection.

  • Peppermint for protection
  • Lavender for peace
  • Mugwort for safe dreaming
  • Honey to sweeten your dreams

Mugwort is bitter; sweeten the tea with honey. Combine these herbs – if fresh, a handful of each. If dried, one tablespoon. Bring water to the bill and pour over the herbs, steeping for thirteen minutes. Strain into a cup and add a spoonful of honey. Stir counterclockwise and speak into the cup a sincere prayer for protection, asking that as you sleep this night you be kept safe from all harm.

You may drink at your altar, in your bedroom, or in a safe and comfortable place. Focus on the herbs in the tea and thank them with all your heart for giving you their help and protection. Feel the gratitude and warmth in your heart.

Sweet dreams!

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