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Samhein (pronounced sow-ehn), Halloween, All Hallows Eve

Daphneleah Schneider

Posted on October 14, 2017 22:31

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A time to honor our beloved dead.

It’s October and magical delightful witches are about. Samhein (pronounced sow-ehn), Halloween, All Hallows Eve is an evening that is sacred and holy for many. Although it’s become a bit of a farce in the US, the seeds of truth ( a night with spirits, magic and mystery) still remain. During October we see the old wise woman in her witch attire all about town. Knowing the ancient wisdom of the earth honors nature, health, animals and life as well as death.

This is the second time during the year when the veil between the worlds is thinnest so we can easily see and feel those that have crossed over. It is a time to honor the dead, remember them, offer them gratitude for the good they have done and forgive them their trespasses. There is no need to be afraid of spirits, they are just another part of our world. We would do well to ask them why they have come to greet us. Perhaps a grandmother wishes to say hello. Perhaps an uncle has information we need.

While it’s good for the soul to go deeper and see how we can receive a richer meaning from these few days, it is also just as good to delight in visiting our neighbors and watching our children trick-or-treat. 

We can set out photographs and treasures of our beloved dead in a special place alongside photos of famous people and mentors that are no longer part of the mortal world. We may enjoy setting a place at our dinner table welcoming them to our meal. We share stories and remember them. An early tradition of placing squash and turnips upon one’s doorstep came about to help guide one’s beloved dead home. Carved lit turnips are beautiful, and they give off a special glow that is enchanting.

Many folks gather near their beloved’s gravestones and talk with them and remember them. The candy we share on Halloween represents sweetness we share with the spirits when they come to greet us. Dressing up in creative costumes is wonderful, and attending Halloween parties with all of the laughter and human connection is fabulous.

May we take and use this time to reflect on our beloved dead and remember them.

Relevant Movies: Practical Magic, The Book Of Life

Relevant Book: Child of Faerie/Child of Earth

Daphneleah Schneider

Posted on October 14, 2017 22:31

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