Magick the Gathering

Witches, wisefolk descend on Nashua for 12th annual Samhain celebration

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Taica Patience, an artist, photographer, life coach and priestess facilitator from California, puts the finishing touches on a customer's henna body art during Sunday's 12th annual Samhain festival, which drew scores of witches, wisefolk and pagans to Nashua for the all-day event.
Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Surrounded by different shades of light, Ellen Evert Hopman, an herbalist, lecturer, mental health counselor and author of books on paganism and druidry, explains various types of herbs connected to the annual celebration of Samhain, the seasonal festival that convened Sunday in Nashua for the 12th year.
Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Dr. Kevin Ross Emery, an author, teacher, speaker and "synergetic catalyst" from Litchfield, leans in while counseling a visitor to Sunday's Samhain festival celebration in Nashua. In addition to speaking with visitors and doing readings, Emery also spoke Sunday on the subject "Intuition for Daily Living."
Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Meaghan Lunderville listens to intuitive and psychic tarot reader Alura Rose during a reading at Sunday's 12th annual Samhain festival in Nashua. Rose, who also does "toe readings," was one of dozens of vendors or guest speakers at the day-long event.

NASHUA – If you knew as much about herbs as does Ellen Evert Hopman, and someone told you they’d been experimenting with chervil, mullein, poplar, yew and wormwood, you’d know that he or she is trying to communicate with the dead.

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