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Halloween Apple Lore by Robert Kyle

Halloween Apple Lore by Robert Kyle

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:01 am

Apples have always been the fruit of Halloween, they are covered in toffee, they are used in the games such as bobbing for apples and they are traditionally cut in half and placed on the witches altar as a symbol of the pentacle, rejuvenation and rebirth. Druids believed that the seeds of the apple contained the powers of life and death and It’s said that if you peel an apple and it comes away in one single strip you should throw the peel onto the ground and the way it lands will make an initial of your true love. It is also said that an apple buried in the ground of an apple orchard on the night of Halloween / 31st October will attract unicorns, mystical beasts of the otherworld who can at times be seen in the morning mists of late autumn.

If you eat an apple on the night of Halloween it is said that you will not suffer any illness for the next twelve months and it will also bring good luck and fortune according to many folk tales and superstition. Something we can all do to honor the dead is bury an apple in our garden or in a pot on a terrace or windowsill on the full moon of October, this is thought to nourish the souls of the dead through the coming winter months.

The apple tree is also represented in the Ogham tree lore and it is associated with the month of October. This tree is thought to bring healing and immortality to all those who call upon its powers. It will always grant protection and in an old Welch custom it was important to put an apple branch into the coffin with the deceased to ensure the restoration of youth as the soul became free of the body. Apple wands will always bring healing, if you are to gather one ask the tree politely and always leave an offering and finally apples can be used in a traditional drink called Lambs Wool. It was a popular Halloween tradition during the 18th century in Ireland where the contents of the brew would first be offered back to the orchard to ensure a good years crop the following year and the rest drunk in celebration of the dead. The recipe is easy to follow and perfect for any autumn pagan celebration and rituals at this time of year.

May your summers and winters be short, springs be mild and autumn reaping plentiful.

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