IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE SAMHAIN 2012
“It’s October, which means this is the month we’re focusing on the different elements of the Samhain season. Today, let’s look at some of the history and traditions behind this autumn sabbat – and its secular counterpart, Halloween. For centuries, people have marked this time of year by honoring the deities of death – as the earth grows cold, we say farewell to our ancestors. Let’s look at celebrations of death and dying, as well as the traditions behind many of today’s celebrations – trick or treating, carving pumpkins, and even the superstitions of the season!
Death and the Underworld
Death is rarely so apparent than it as at Samhain. The skies have gone gray, the earth is brittle and cold, and the fields have been picked of the last crops. Winter looms on the horizon, and as the Wheel of the Year turns once more, the boundary between our world and the spirit world becomes fragile and thin. In cultures all over the world, the spirit of Death has been honored at this time of the year. Here are just a few of the deities who represent death and the dying of the earth.
Samhain History and Folklore
Samhain is known by most folks as Halloween, but for Wiccans and Pagans it’s considered a Sabbat to honor the ancestors who came before us. It’s a good time to contact the spirit world with a seance, because it’s the time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest.
Honoring the Ancestors
Samhain is a time to sit back and honor the spirit world, and call upon those ancestors who came before us. After all, if not for them, we wouldn’t be here. We owe them something, some gratitude for their ability to survive, their strength, their spirit. Many Wiccans and Pagans choose Samhain as a time to honor their ancestors.
Celebrating Halloween and Samhain Together
Much like Yule and Christmas, Samhain and Halloween are two different ways of observing the same time of year. Think of Samhain as the spiritual version, and Halloween as the secular. There’s no reason at all why you can’t celebrate both if you choose.”
Excerpts from author Patti Wigington
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