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The Importance Of Samhain

October 31, 2017

First and Foremost, I’d like to wish you all a Blessed Samhain and a Happy (Witchy) New Year!

For many witches, this time of year seems to be a favorite. Cooler weather, changing leaf colors, pumpkin and apple cider flavors, and dressing up in various costumes become popular and often celebrated. But what makes it so special to us witches? This time of year is a time where our differences become popular in modern society and the topic of modern witches often gets published. I find that more people ask me about my practice and witchcraft more during this time of year than any other, even though I widely celebrate all the sabbats. Why is that?

Witches are being portrayed in the media and have been for many years. From movies such as The Craft and Practical Magic to books such as Witches in America by Alex Mar; more people are curious about what it is that witches do and if we’re often portrayed like the roles they read and watch. And with that curiosity brings in the ability to have the discussion of what Wicca, Paganism, Witchcraft, etc. is to you. It opens the door to others and brings more tolerance and understanding to people who would not have the chance before.

Aside from that importance, Samhain is a way to keep alive those who have passed within the last 12 months. Being able to say the name of a loved one who passed helps to keep their energy and their story alive. The veil between our world and the spirit world is thinnest at Samhain; by using this timing with honoring those who have passed (or our ancestors) we can remember where we came from, what they did in their life that inspired you and what you could learn from their life or their actions. There’s a reason you loved them so. Remember to light a candle for them, reflect on your time together (if you wish), or even talk to them. You might just get an answer.

I want to share what happened to me this past weekend in hopes that it would inspire someone who is reading this. Hands of Change had a Semi Private Samhain Ritual at G3 this Saturday (for more information on Semi Private status, click here) where we went into the underworld and connected with our loved ones. It often is an emotional ritual and I have never been disappointed by what takes place at the event. I had a relative who passed away November last year and was specifically looking out for him. I felt he was there and received some messages, leaving me a bit emotional but cleansed afterwards. Then last night at a friend’s house, a group of friends and I gathered (this was not a HoC event) and used an Ouija Board (click here if you’re not familiar with this object). We asked if anyone wanted to talk with us and after receiving a few tricksters, who came through? My grandfather. The message I received?

You judge yourself too much. I’m at peace with no more pain and with my lovely wife.

This to me is the main reason why I love this holiday and this time of year. Of course, the spooky scary skeletons are fun and the thrill of the holiday along with the atmosphere of this time of year makes it magical, but this holiday always reminds me of what I have lost and in turn, what I have gained.

With that said, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with those you cherish.
Communications Coordinator for Hands of Change


We have events coming up! Don’t miss out!

Full Moon Ritual @ G3 – Friday, November 3rd @ 7PM
Please join us on Fri, Nov 3rd at G3 for an adult-focused Full Moon ritual with cocurrent kids’ class. After ritual, we’ll enjoy potluck snacks & goodies. Please feel inspired to bring food or drink to share! Chiron and Glowchylde will be in service. From those able, we ask a donation of $5 per adult in order to cover rental of the space and supplies. Children are free.

NFP Class 7 @ G3 – Tuesday, November 14th @ 7PM
HOC Principals and Practices (Required to take before applying to HoC)
Join us for Class 7, HoC Principles and Practices – this class is required for those seeking membership. This class will enumerate HOC Principles, Practices, and Tradition. It includes a discussion on magical ethics and the origin of HOC’s charter in The Book of the Law. A brief historical perspective on Wicca will also be included. Class Fee $10.

Please email to register our attendance!

South Jersey Pagan Pride Day

October 2, 2017

Join Hands of Change at the 14th annual South Jersey Pagan Pride Day in Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, NJ on October 7th!  Free to attend and all are welcome!

There will be workshops, rituals, entertainment, local vendors and crafters, kids activities, and like-minded company.

Hands of Change will be hosting the main ritual at 3pm – and we hope you can join us!

They will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Food Bank of South Jersey … and also collecting spiritual items and/or toiletries for the Pagan Troop Donation Drive!


HoC Celebrates 20th Anniversary!

June 24, 2017

20It’s time again, for the Pagan Picnic! If you have been to our picnic before we look forward to seeing you again! If not, we look forward to meeting you! Come on down and meet like-minded folks and make some new friends. This year’s theme is

OLD TRADITIONS, FRESH PERSPECTIVES – as well as our 20th anniversary since our coven formed in 1997!

We will have classes with common themes, varying from *you guessed it* Pagan traditions with new perspectives to reach out even further to those in the community who want to learn and develop on their spiritual path. The Pagan Picnic brings together folks from different backgrounds to perform and participate in rituals, classes, and community sharing. Vendors will be on hand, offering a range of products and services. We will have a Kid’s Track for fun for the little ones. If you bring children, we ask that you stay at the picnic while your children are here.

And this year, our main ritual will be hosted by the founders of Hands of Change!

Please bring a dish to share for Potluck!

If you are not sure what to bring this may help.
If your first name begins with:
A—G – bring dessert
H—M – bring drinks
N—S – bring a salad
T—Z – bring main course

PLEASE mark your dish “Veggie, ” “Vegan, ” or “Meat, ” and make sure you LABEL & LIST all ingredients in your dish so that people who have allergies know what they’re eating.

Vegetarian & Vegan Dishes are greatly appreciated.


Event Location: Johnson Park in Piscataway Township
Event TIME Details: 10am – 8pm

Hope to see you then!

Break out the Drums!

May 10, 2017

Drumming-CircleHands of Change will be hosting their first drum circle of the season on May 27th, 6pm, at our covenstead (G3).  Bring your drums, shakers, noise makers and dancing shoes for an evening of great company and music!

Drumming gives us an experience where we can be free to connect with ourselves and others, in order to release, restore and heal. It is a universal language where all people can be a part, free from words and concepts so we can experience life with an open heart.

Drumming also supports individuals, families and communities during times of joy, sadness and change. As we drum together the rhythm can bring us closer to one another with respect and courage as we move towards healing wounds and restoring hope.

Gaia will also be facilitating a blessing for the drums!

Need more info?  Send a message to!

From those able, we ask a donation of $5 per adult in order to cover firewood and supplies.  Hope to see you there!

Have You Registered For SumerFaire?

April 10, 2017


– Famous Speakers featuring Elspeth, Owl, Robin & Terry Power
– Music from the band Ishtar
– Butterfly release

Tickets are available now!

This ”Renaissance” Festival is from June 9th til June 11th in Central New Jersey. Get your tickets here.


Our Next Full Moon Is This Tuesday

April 6, 2017


Please join us on Tuesday, April 11th at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Society in East Brunswick for an adult-focused Full Moon ritual with concurrent kids’ Religious Education class followed by potluck snacks.

The Unitarian Society of New Brunswick is located at:
176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.

Crow & Pan will be in service for ritual.  Cerridwen & Ganshmi will be the RE instructors.

After ritual, we’ll enjoy potluck snacks & goodies. Please feel inspired to bring food or drink to share. This can range from any number of items, but any dish that caters to vegan or gluten free needs is always appreciated. Please label ingredients whenever possible.

From those able, we ask a donation of $5 per adult in order to cover rental of the space.

See You There!

Blessed Ostara! Egg Hunt Reminder

March 20, 2017


Don’t forget our annual Ostara Egg Hunt is on for this Saturday, March 25th at Gaia’s Garden Grove from 2PM – 4PM.

Come join us in the merriment and bring your kids! Your children will have fun hunting for eggs and you’ll get to enjoy the laughs with adults who share your interests.

Please register for this event, if you haven’t already done so, by contacting Evergreen.

Hope to see you there!

Blessed Ostara from Hands of Change