Today, October 31, 2017, I felt compelled to write about what today means to me. Nope there’s no outer beauty tips today, it’s more about the inner beauty we all possess.
Today is celebrated as Halloween, but it’s also the ancient Celtic celebration called Samhain (pronounced saah-win or saa-ween). Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death & rebirth. Spiritually speaking of course. This is the time when the veil between our world & the spirit realm is thin, so it’s the perfect time of year to make contact with ancestors, spirit guides & angels. This is a time to respect & honor them, for me, it’s about expressing gratitude for their guidance, protection & wisdom they provided me throughout the year.
Depending on your personalspiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Samhain, but typically the focus is on either honoring our ancestors, or the cycle of death & rebirth. This it the New Year, so this is the time we let go of what no longer serves us for our highest good. Letting go of the past & any pain related to it. Moving forward from the lessons we learned from those painful experiences.
This is the time of year when nature goes in hibernation, the leaves are brown & begin to die off, a period of rest. The nights are getting longer, there’s a chill in the air, & winter is around the corner. This is the beginning of our rest period, acknowledging what we’ve learned & how we’ve grown. This is also a time when we have the tendency to withdraw from the world (so to speak). Look within ourselves. Know that we are NOT alone, we have an entourage of “spirits” around us at all times. This entourage offers their assistance just for the asking. They are on “stand by” waiting for us to call on them. That’s what their job is. They guide us, protect us & share their Infinite wisdom with us (in their own way). All we need to do is call on them & become aware of how they communicate with us.
Tonight we thank them & honor our ancestors, spirit guides & angels, celebrating those who have died. You can even try to communicate with them. There really is no “set way” to do this. Your intention is what makes the practice sacred. Whatever you feel from your heart, from a place of love, is always the right choice. Remember you are not alone while you’re here, you share this planet with others, we are all connected, so as with any practice, always set intentions for the highest good to all, including yourself.
Here are some fun facts about Samhain:
- Samhain is celebrated from sunset on October 31 to sunset on November 1, almost halfway between the autumn equinox & the winter solstice.
- Rituals surrounding Samhain include bonfires, healing, dancing, thanksgiving, & honoring the dead.
- It’s considered a time, when the veil between life & death grows thin. Food is set aside for ancestors & spirits. Rituals honoring the dead take place.
- Samhain is one of the original festivals behind the holiday we know as Halloween.
- It was believed that faeries, witches, & demons roamed the earth on Samhain, food & drinks were customarily set out to placate them. Later on, people began dressing up as these creatures & claiming the goodies for themselves, sometimes performing tricks in exchange for food & drink. This is how the Halloween we know today evolved into trick-or-treating!
In the end, whether we choose to follow this tradition or not, whether we believe in it or not, we all will be going through a period of letting go, self-reflection & starting something new. Whether internally or externally, this will happen. This is all a part of the cycle of the Universe. Everything has a beginning & ending. This IS the “Circle of Life”. You can either choose to embrace it & flow with the energy of life or resist it. Either way change is inevitable. So today honor yourself, acknowledge how far you’ve come & don’t forget to thank your spiritual entourage for all the protection, guidance & wisdom they have provided to you along your journey!
Namaste my friends. May you have the most Blessed Samhain!
Till next time…
Do you plan to celebrate Samhain? Let me know in the comments!