Wheel of Samhain patch
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The Wheel of Samhain is a wheel depicting the traditions, deities, and natural correspondences for the fire festival of Samhain. At the center of the wheel is the Crone whom alludes to the withering, waning of nature as winter approaches. Samhain, meaning “summer’s end” in Gaelic, is an ancient Celtic fire festival that is often referred to as the Pagan New Year, for it marks the start of the Autumn and Winter months known as the “dark” half of the year. As a way of closing out the year and starting fresh, Samhain is a time of remembering ancestors and communing with the spirit world as well as reflecting on events throughout the past year. During this holiday, it is believed that the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest, allowing spirits to roam freely and facilitating a more potent communion with ancestors. The first frost after the October full moon marked the beginning of Samhain festivities. Many of the traditions and lore of Halloween stem from Samhain; however, they are two separate holidays. Halloween is a non-secular, modernized celebration of mischief and horror whereas Samhain is a spiritual celebration focused on ancestor worship and ensuring protection of the hearth and home throughout the winter. Although different, many of the Halloween traditions we practice today have their roots in the pagan festival of Samhain.
The Wheel of Samhain is original artwork hand drawn by Adrienne Rozzi.
Screen printed with white ink on black cotton canvas
Measures approximately 13.5" x 13.5" (inches)
**Please note: Patches are cut by hand so measurements may vary slightly. Edges are raw cut canvas. Some patches may display a single factory finished edge from the fabric's creation process.
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