The Samhain Parshell
The Parshell is an important
Irish craft as it is the cross which keeps the evil spirits away from your
door on Samhain (Halloween) and keeps the
barn animals safe the year round. While you want to welcome the
good spirits that walk the earth at Samhain
you want to be sure to guard against the bad spirits or the spirits
of your enemies!
sticks- 1-2 feet long and about 1/2 inch diameter at most.
2. Tape or string to tie the sticks together.
3. Wheaten straw, similar plant material or green, purple and tan colored
1. Fasten the two sticks together securely
at right angles to form
a cross using tape or string.
2. If using
twists, untwist it and flatten it out but not too flat-it should resemble corn
3. Attach twist or stalks to
underside of one of the
sticks or if using straw: wedge it under one and over the other stick starting in the
4. Moving clockwise weave the twist
or straw over one stick
and under the next going around the cross. Stop before you get to the ends of
the sticks as a few
inches of stick should be exposed.
using twists try to use two or three colors attaching one to the next as you
On October 31st, make the
Parshell and place it over the front
doorway on the inside. The powers to ward off ill-luck, sickness, witchcraft, and evil spirits
only lasts one year. You can only make a
new one on Oct.31. When you take the
old one down you must take care to shout: Fonstarenheehy.
Source: Kevin Danaher, The Year in Ireland