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The Four Elements of Day of the Dead Altars

The altar includes four main elements of nature - earth, wind, water, and fire.

Earth is represented by crop: The Mexicans believe the souls are fed by the aroma of food.

Wind is represented by a moving object: Tissue paper is commonly used to represent wind.

Water is placed in a container for the soul to quench its thirst after the long journey to the altar.

Fire is represented by a wax candle: Each lit candle represents a soul, and an extra one is placed for the forgotten soul.
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Samhain Blessings to you and your family.
Have a ghostly evening!!!!
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Pumpkin Carving Ritual

Time to start decorating! I love decorating for this day. You would, if you visited, find bats, Witches, skeletons, scarecrows, and ghosts peeking out of every pot, pan, bowl, closet, drawer, and bookshelf in the house. One of my favorite traditions at this time of year is to carve pumpkins. Sometimes I carve one large pumpkin. But more often, I will carve three smaller pumpkins, each with a different expression. Plenty of Halloween books, magazines, and articles offer ideas for carving methods and creative designs. I like to turn my carving into a ritual. I gather all my carving tools, my pumpkins, and my ritual tools. I cast a circle and ask angels of creativity for inspiration. Sometimes, I have designs worked out on paper ahead of time. Most often, I take the advice of sculptors: They let what is inside the stone or clay come out. In other words, I let the spirit of the pumpkin express itself. It’s not easy, as words are more natural to me than artwork. But it is always rewarding. The innards become pumpkin pies or pumpkin cookies. Some of the seeds are toasted, and some of the seeds are given as offerings to the spirit of pumpkin and to the angels. Every year’s pumpkins are different, because the spirit of each pumpkin is unique. Each pumpkin is a living being. The merry expressions lit by candlelight fill my home with joy and blessings.

...by: Cerridwen Iris Shea
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To those whose feet are stilled
And those who laugh with us no more
To you we say, our love was with you here
And goes with you hence
To that place where you rest and revel.

May the dark Lord and sweet Lady
Guide your feet along the rocky paths
To the place where all is fresh and green
And lover, friends and ancestors wait
With open arms to greet you.
Go in peace, and with our blessing
Be rested and return when the Lady deems it fit
With the countless turns of the Great Wheel
We shall miss you
We shall meet you again in the green places of Her domain.

....author unknown
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On this night we honor all the departed souls.....we extinguish the
Fire, then relight it, and invite our beloved ancestors, and the
Mighty Dead of our tribes, to share our fire, laughter and love this

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We picked these gorgeous pumpkins. I can't wait to carve them. I love using the carving patterns. Especially from this site!
After that I love to roast the pumpkin seeds too.

Pumpkin Seeds

Spray a cookie sheet with no-stick cooking spray and spread them evenly across the sheet. Very lightly spray the seeds before roasting.

Put them in the oven and bake at 300° for about 35 minutes, until they're a toasted, golden brown. Salt the seeds to your preference

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A Cauldron Song 
The cauldron of Spring, brings love that is true,

But only if the flame of desire, will burn in it blue.

A Summer cauldron gives flicker and flame,

Yet the magick within shall never be tame.
The cauldron that holds all thy Autumns rites,

Brightest twill burn on the blessed Samhain night.
Ice frozen within thy cauldron of Winter shall see,
All magick there halted now will flow free.

When Spirits dance the circle around,

Truth from within thy cauldron is found.

A cauldron by the light of the Moon and on Mother Earth,
Shall find every spell is given power and magickal birth.
By Lady Abigail

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