Divination to do on Samhain
Samhain was celebrated by the Celts as New Year’s Eve. Divining on Samhain is a great time to see into the future of the coming year. Many types of divination are practiced for Samhain: scrying mirrors, fire or water scrying, food scrying using apples or nuts, tarot cards, casting runes, and the I Ching.
Here are some different types of divination you can do on Samhain.
— Apples have always been popular tools for foretelling the future and determining one’s future lover. Peel the apple, keeping the peel in one long piece. When the peel comes off, drop it on the floor. The letter it forms is the first initial of your true love’s name.
— Wait until midnight at Samhain, and cut an apple into nine pieces. Take the pieces into a dark room with a mirror (either hanging on the wall or a hand-held one will do). At midnight, begin eating the pieces of apple while looking into the mirror. When you get to the ninth piece, throw it over your shoulder. The face of your lover should appear in the mirror.
— If a girl has more than one potential lover, peel an apple and pull out the seeds. Place a wet seed on your cheek for each boyfriend. The last one left stuck to the skin represents the suitor who is the true love.
Water is known for its magical properties in many belief systems, so it’s only natural to use it for divination workings. Try one of these on Samhain night.
— At midnight on Samhain, go to a lake and gaze into the water. You should see your lover’s face reflected in the lake before you.
— Fill a cauldron with water, and then light a candle. Drip the hot wax into the water, and see what shape it forms. The shape will indicate the profession of your future lover, if you’re working on love magic. It can also foretell changes in your non-romantic life, such as job issues or questions related to home and family.
— Find a moving body of water like a stream or river. Select a piece of wood to represent the person you wish to be your lover, and throw it in the water. If it floats downstream, he will be true and constant. If the wood gets caught up on the bank, or sinks, your lover will be unfaithful.
Foretelling with Food
There are a number of divination methods that use foods, baking and cooking as their focus. —— Scottish Bannock Divination: in Scotland and northern England, a girl would bake a bannock cake in the evening. In complete silence, she walked to her room and placed the bannock under her pillow. Her dreams that night would show her the face of her lover, and in the morning she ate the bannock.
— To find out if you’ll find love in the coming twelve months, separate an egg and drop the white into a glass of water. If it sinks immediately, love is forthcoming. If it floats on the top of the water, you’ll spend the next year alone.
— Take two nuts, one for yourself and one for your lover. At midnight on Samhain, place them on a grate over your fire. If they burn well, you’ll have a long and happy relationship. If one nut pops or burns, it means one of you will be unfaithful.
Samhain is a time to do some serious divination – it’s the time of year when the veil between our world and that of the spirits is at its thinnest, and that means it’s the perfect season to look for messages from the metaphysical. Scrying is one of the best known forms of divination, and can be done in a variety of ways. Basically, it’s the practice of looking into some sort of reflective surface — such as water, fire, glass, dark stones, etc. — to see what messages, symbols, or visions may appear. A scrying mirror is a simple black-backed mirror, and it’s easy to make one yourself.
Samhain is the Witches’s New Year’s and a good time to see what the coming year will hold. There are a variety of different spreads that provide insight into the future. For a 12 month reading, you can begin with the first month, drawing a general overview card. Then draw 3 more cards for greater detail and insight. Repeat for each successive month.
This is a popular Samhain divination practice since many light bonfires on this night. Relax your vision as you would when using a black scrying mirror and gaze into the flames and take note of any symbols you see. You can ask a specific question or just be open to any messages that your ancestors wish to communicate through the flames. Adding herbs and spices to the fire can be a nice touch for this practice: anise, dill, mace, nutmeg, sage, and thyme are good choices.
Compiled by Kamberlyn. When not writing for Ravenhawks, Kamberlyn works with clients seeking a more spiritually centered life. In her work, she helps people realize the relationship, career and finances that belongs to their soul. She can be found on KEEN at Kamberlyn Divine Love or through her website, LadyKamberlyn.com.