Samhain/All Souls’ Ritual Workshop with Pam Grossman

Leonora Carrington “Samain” 1951

Date: Friday, November 1st

Time: 7:30-9ish pm

Admission: $20

Presented by Phantasmaphile

***You must RSVP to phantasmaphile [at] if you’d like to attend, as space is limited

Samhain, Day of the Dead, and All Soul’s Day all fall between October 31st and November 2nd.  Regardless of the holiday’s name of your choosing, this is the time of year when the veil between worlds is thinnest.  It is also considered “Witches’ New Year,” and it is when our powers of foresight and intuition are at their peak.  Tonight, we gather to commune with our ancestors, honor them, and ask for their guidance.  We will also use methods divination and meditation to set our intention for the coming year.  Finally, we shall feed our beloved dead and ourselves with a traditional “Silent Supper.”

Please bring:

-A bit of food or drink to share with the group, and a bit extra for our ancestors
-Any altar objects you like.  Photographs or other meaningful items of those who have passed are highly recommended.  Other objects can be decorative (Halloween or autumnal decor of any kind is welcome), and/or personal objects which you’d like to have charged.
-A candle and holder
-A cushion, pillow, or fabric, as we will be sitting on the floor (chairs will be available for those who need).

Note-taking is welcome.  This workshop is open to men and women, novices and advanced practitioners alike.

Pam Grossman is a writer, independent curator, and teacher of magical practice and history.  An initiate in the wise woman tradition, she is a graduate apprentice of the green witch, Robin Rose Bennett.  She is the creator of Phantasmaphile, a blog which specializes in art and culture with an esoteric or fantastical bent, and Associate Editor of Abraxas Journal.  She lectures on such topics as “The Occult in Modern Art 101,” and teaches classes on herbalism and ritual.

Her writing has appeared in numerous mediums, including The Huffington Post,, the Etsy blog, Sciences Occultes magazine, and various Fulgur press publications.  As a featured guest on The Midnight Archive web series, Expanding Mind radio, and the C-Realm, Psychonautica, and Labyrinth podcasts, she has discussed the role of magic in contemporary life.  Her group art shows, Fata Morgana: The New Female Fantasists, VISION QUEST, Alchemically Yours, and Sigils & Signs have been featured by such outlets as Art & Antiques Magazine, Boing Boing, CREATIVE TIME, Time Out New York, Reality Sandwich, Juxtapoz, Arthur, 20×200,, and Neil Gaiman’s Twitter.   She is a co-founder of Observatory, where her programming aims to explore mysticism via a scholarly yet accessible approach.

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