Join Christian Day, Brian Cain, Sandra Mariah Wright, and Leanne Marrama with drumming by the Dragon Ritual Drummers as Witches from around the globe gather for the sacred and magical ritual of Halloween! This event is free and open to all who wish to attend with an open heart and a love for their dead. There is also no limit on the number of participants.
On that most mysterious night when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest, the Salem Witches gather on Salem Common—as was done on hilltops of old, for a ceremony to honor our loved ones who have crossed over into the spirit world. This time was known to the ancient Celts as Samhain, or Summer’s end for, as nature began to die, so too it was believed, that the spirits of the dead roam the lands seeking old friends among the living. This is a time to renew connections, mourn those you miss, and to celebrate all that these cherished souls brought to your life. Death is not the end, but merely a doorway to another world.
Join Witchdoctor Utu, as you learn to connect with and conjure the spirits of the animal kingdom, known through history and magical lore as the “witches familiar”. The legends and reality of the witches familiar is a potent and sacred relationship between the witch and their animal friends; from dogs and cats to birds and bats, witchcraft and shamanic history is filled with the tradition of the witch and the animal spirits they conjure and wield.
The magic of the witches familiar is unique, for not only can we summon the aid of our living animal companions, but also from the animals that reside in the spirit world.
Join Salem Witches Leanne Marrama and Sandra Mariah Wright for a 3-course High Tea in grand Victorian tradition. Don your finest mourning attire and celebrate the lives of your dearly departed as you share stories of your loved ones who have passed, add photos and mementos to our Salem Witches’ Book of the Dead, enjoy live music and poetry, and receive messages in the tea leaves!
Enjoy a grand Victorian High tea complete with courses of traditional tea sandwiches and desserts.
Share stories, photos, and of the beloved souls who have touched your life and have helped make you who you are today in a communal Eulogy where the dead and the living meet again at a crossroads of love.
Place a photo, letter, or another memento of your loved one into our Salem Witches’ Book of the Dead, a growing, annual compendium of memories for which there are now multiple volumes filled with photographs, newspaper clippings, hair, and even suicide notes. It is a tome of love in honor of all who have passed through our lives.
Enjoy the gentle strings of a harpist, who will help to remind us of the simpler moments of yesteryear and shift your consciousness into a place of magic.
Divine messages from the other side within the patterns of the tea leaves that decorate our cups with Leanne and Sandra on hand to help you to interpret that which you discover.
Join Salem Witch elder and high priestess Sandra Mariah Power as you draw on the magic of Salem, the power of Witchcraft, and the strength in numbers, and take action to create the life you have dreamed of having! Undergo a transformative ritual “death” to surrender that which you choose to eliminate for your greater good. Experience an awakening of your true self and celebrate the renewal of your spirit.
Join paranormal expert Rosemary Ellen Guiley as you voyage into the shadowy doorway that bridges our world with the afterlife! Since ancient times, darkened mirrors have been used as powerful portals to the spirit world, their silky black depths summoning forth the dead to reunite with the living. Your astral ship shall be the mysterious necromanteum, “the place of the dead.” Travel into the mirror world, where you’ll have the opportunity to see, hear, and communicate with loved ones who have passed through the veil.
Discover the ancient tradition of the necromanteum and the power of mirror gazing
Part the veils of time and space in a gentle guided meditation
Make contact with the dead as you wade through the dark currents of the mirror world
Learn ways to maintain your connection to the afterlife upon your return
Complete your voyage as you share and discuss experiences with your fellow voyagers
“Gorgo, Mormo, Moon of a thousand forms, cast a propitious eye on our sacrifice…” Shrouded in mystery and reigning as Queen of Phantoms and of the Dead, Hekate has both fascinated and frightened human beings for approximately 3,000 years. Linked to such characters as the raging Furies, the child-murdering Medea and the spiteful sorceress Circe, Hekate has also piqued the interest and imagination of such notable writers as William Shakespeare and Aleister Crowley—who both knew of her potent powers of magick and sovereignty over the realms of death and transformation
Join Hekatean Priestess Mulysa stysty for a sacred communion ritual with the Dark Goddess and discover more about this mighty Lady of the ancients: Queen of the Witches, Propylaia, Enodia, Cthonia, Trevia, Kleidouchous, Diana Lucifera and many more are Her names. Who is HEKATE and from whence does She originate? Who are Her priestesses and priests and what is their service to humanity? What are Her symbols and what messages does She have to impart to us and how? Do you dare approach the Lady at the Crossroads who holds the violet flamed torches and is flanked by the baying beasts of Hell? Are you confident enough to peek behind Her dark veil and see the many manifestations of this multi-faceted and controversial Goddess? Surely the face that stares back is not that of a sterile old crone.
Join Salem’s Official Witch, Laurie Cabot, as you learn to communicate with loved ones on the Other Side! High Priestess and Founder of the Cabot Tradition of Witchcraft, Laurie will guide you through the Other World help you to communicate with loved ones who have passed on.
Laurie will lecture on the Cabot Tradition concept of the Other World, sometimes called Summerland or Avalon. If you have been wondering, and maybe fearing, what happens to us when we die, this workshop is for you. Laurie will talk about passing on and what happens afterward from a Witch’s perspective. This workshop is very reassuring for those who are frightened by death. When people learn about dying and what comes afterward, and even communicate with loved ones who have undergone this process, people are much more accepting that that’s what we all do. Yes; you will die someday. Learn what Witches have always known about this inevitable process, and help to allay your fears of life’s greatest transition.
Using her psychic gifts, Laurie will demonstrate communication with the other side and help people to learn to communicate with and sense their own loved ones in spirit. Please bring something that belonged to someone who has passed on to strengthen the connection.
Space is limited to 40 people, so be sure to get your tickets early! For tickets ($95) and complete event details visit FestivaloftheDead.com.
Journey into the unknown with paranormal investigator and author Rosemary Ellen Guiley as you learn how to investigate haunted places! Rosemary has investigated hundreds of haunted locations, including some of the most famous places in America, and has made media appearances on Haunted Collector, American Monsters and Mysteries, The Haunted, The Lost Tapes and other shows and documentaries. She is a frequent guest and collaborator with George Noory’s Coast 2 Coast AM radio show.
In this informative workshop, you will:
Learn the basics of investigation equipment
Learn different ways to investigate, from using high-tech equipment to other methods such as dowsing and seances
How to plan an investigation
How to evaluate evidence
Learn about shadow people, orbs, “ectoplasm,” and the difference between ghosts and spirits
Learn how to communicate with the spirit world
Find out how to protect yourself in an investigation
See some astonishing, unexplained photographic evidence captured in a variety of haunted locations
Explore the future with a psychic reading at Salem’s longest-running psychic fair! Hosted by Christian Day, Brian Cain, and the Witches of Salem, The Salem Psychic Fair and Witches’ Market features the Witch City’s most gifted Psychics, each one officially licensed by the city of Salem! Wander an emporium of magical gifts, meet real practicing Witches, and make an appointment with one of Salem’s talented psychic readers as you delve into your destiny!
The Salem Psychic Fair and Witches’ Market Features:
– Tarot Card Readings
– Clairvoyant Vision
– Spirit Mediumship
– Palm Readings
– Crystal Ball Scrying
– Angels and Spirit Guides
– Past Life Readings
Shop Our Witches Market!
While visiting the Psychic Fair, be sure to explore our Witches Market, a magical marketplace of vendors offering crystals, jewelry, sun catchers, spell kits, books of shadows, enchanted candles, voodoo dolls, herbs, incense, pendulums and pendulum boards, wands, books, divination tools, and much more!