Samhain, or Halloween. A Special Time.

Samhain...some call it Halloween, although the latter is a more modern festival, they are often combined. What's in a name eh? Ask the Romans.

There are a few names for this Sabbat and there's a story in itself. Maybe we can dig some of those up to add to this Page.

Following its Celtic roots, we honour our ancestors through October 31st and into 1st November.

Generally, at this time, our loved ones or ancestors that have passed are in our thoughts, as the veil thins. We invite them to our tables/hearth ~ literally ~ in some households across the globe. 

It is time to pay our respects during our festival of darkness. (Darkness, in the sense that it falls into the period after the Autumn Equinox, and before the Winter Solstice.) Many people sense the veil thinning at this point, and will see shadows or spirits around their homes, or places they travel through. Some have pretty vivid dreams.

Are the Departed coming through?

Do they want to contact their loved ones, or are they missing their homes and past lives?

What's your opinion?

What experiences, if any do you have?

Lyrics from the song by Lisa Thiel. SAMHAIN.

Samhain, Samhain, let the ritual begin,
We call upon our sacred ancestors to come in
Samhain, Samhain, we call upon our kin,
We call upon our dear departed loved ones to come in

The Veil between the worlds is thin
Our hearts reach cross the sea of time
To bring our loved ones in
Samhain, Samhain we honor all our kin
We honor those who’ve gone before
As the Great Wheel turns again

Samhain, Samhain we call upon our kin
We call upon our Sacred Ancestors to come in
Samhain, Samhain we call them to come in
We call upon our dear departed loved ones to come in

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Comment by Elspeth on November 2, 2018 at 5:04pm

https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-hallow...

A bit of a read about why we decorate the pumpkin

Comment by Elspeth on November 2, 2018 at 5:02pm

Meanwhile....

Comment by Elspeth on November 2, 2018 at 5:00pm

My Samhain was very quiet. A thoughtful time basically and a late night meditation. No ritual. Although my altar is dressed for the season, and I decorated  a pumpkin  with my grandson.

Hmmm...why do we do the pumpkin, or the Swede, or which ever vegetable we could muster over the last few years? How many years? Why?

Going to look..brb....

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