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Samhain by phantoms-siren Samhain by phantoms-siren
Part one of an eight part Pagan Festival series.

Witch - :iconmizzd-stock:

"Samhain (pronounced 'sow'inn' ) is a very important date in the Pagan calendar for it marks the Feast of the Dead. Many Pagans also celebrate it as the old Celtic New Year (although some mark this at Imbolc). It is also celebrated by non-Pagans who call this festival Halloween.

Samhain has been celebrated in Britain for centuries and has its origin in Pagan Celtic traditions. It was the time of year when the veils between this world and the Otherworld were believed to be at their thinnest: when the spirits of the dead could most readily mingle with the living once again. Later, when the festival was adopted by Christians, they celebrated it as All Hallows' Eve, followed by All Saints Day, though it still retained elements of remembering and honouring the dead.

o most modern Pagans, while death is still the central theme of the festival this does not mean it is a morbid event. For Pagans, death is not a thing to be feared. Old age is valued for its wisdom and dying is accepted as a part of life as necessary and welcome as birth. While Pagans, like people of other faiths, always honour and show respect for their dead, this is particularly marked at Samhain. Loved ones who have recently died are remembered and their spirits often invited to join the living in the celebratory feast. It is also a time at which those born during the past year are formally welcomed into the community. As well as feasting, Pagans often celebrate Samhain with traditional games such as apple-dooking.

Death also symbolises endings and Samhain is therefore not only a time for reflecting on mortality, but also on the passing of relationships, jobs and other significant changes in life. A time for taking stock of the past and coming to terms with it, in order to move on and look forward to the future."
- Taken from a BBC article.

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Samhain has always been my favorite holiday of the year, since long before I really understood paganism, hence the blending of modern Halloween and Samhain in this piece. I apologise to anyone who might be offended by the stereotypical witch. I promise to have less fun with my religion and be more serious with the other seven holidays.
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StryderSteadfast Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Blessed Samhain
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XcubX Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*poke*


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wow, amazing work, very detailed, and happy Samhain!
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phantoms-siren Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Happy Samhain to you too! :glomp:
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XcubX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Death Hug -> :tighthug:
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phantoms-siren Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:tombstone:
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XcubX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
R.I.P :please:
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Dravazed Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Mucha would understand. Have a blessed Samhain.
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phantoms-siren Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, and to you too :hug:
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wintersmagic Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, featured here:[link]
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phantoms-siren Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
awww thanks!
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wintersmagic Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :heart:
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C-Lov Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
How art nouveau! I love it.
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Princess-Midna231 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Love it! It took me forever to find a beautiful witch for samhain!
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phantoms-siren Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you like!!
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mezmoreeyezed Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
how do you make it cartoon like that i like it a lot what you did with her
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PiercedXWolfie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Amazing piece. It's perfect for Samhain. :+fav:
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BoomShaman Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
The style and colors are amazing, nice work.
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phantoms-siren Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Prolific-Imp Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
This has been featured here:
[link]

If you don't want your work displayed in this way please note me :hug:
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Prolific-Imp Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
This is simply beautiful and I think you've captured the essence of Samhain quite well. The colours are great, very autumnal.. everything just works nicely :D :+fav:
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mizzd-stock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Hello!

I just featured you in the first News article of a series of tributes to artists that have used my stock:

My Favorites Made With My Stock: Digital Paintings [link]

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Ida
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SunCityJoker Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
I cannot thank you enough for this absolutely stunning portrayal of such an important celebration. I'm sure many of the coven will love it as much! I only wish I'd found it on the date, but art is beautiful, no matter when it is...;)
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Kyndelfire Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Photographer
This is so beautiful. I absolutely love the Mucha/art nouveau style. Great colouring too, the orangey-brown with the green and black is fantastic for this holiday. :heart:
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hugoweavingfangirl Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
Very Beautiful.
I'm a Neo-Pagan,and it does not offend me.
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RD-7391 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this! :D
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mizzd-stock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007
I love it :wow: :clap: :aww:
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Damica Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007
you really adore her stock ^_^

and I'm still in loev withyour coloring
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phantoms-siren Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:D I've barely used any one else's stock in months, theres no need since she has almost everything I could ever need :)
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artgeek707 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007
Amazing I'm glad I'm watching you
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phantoms-siren Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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orchidkiss Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007
I really, really like this, and, as a Pagan, I'm not offended in the slightest. I think it's good to be able to have a little fun with all aspects of one's life, faith being no exception.

I cannot wait to see the other 7.
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MissAnj Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007
I love this, the colors are marvelous! The witch's outfit is also really cute, but elegant at the same time.
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