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The Wheel Of The Year

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THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR

Here I feature posts from My Blog on how and when we can mark and celebrate The Wheel Of The Year

Read how the most primal and ancient of our traditions still connect to our 21st Century lives


OCTOBER 31ST

SAMHAIN

HALLOWEEN

The Veil Is Lifted


The Wheel of The Year turns to it's most spiritually charged time. The air seems to crackle with energy and golden Autumn leaves blow across the sky


We've arrived at the time of Samhain ( pronounced: Sow - en) also known as Halloween or All Hallows Eve




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A Link Between Worlds

On this night we traditionally honour those who've passed into the realm of spirit


This is the time of year when the veil which separates the realms of Earth and Spirit is at it's thinnest.

 

All of our modern celebrations of this time are deeply rooted in ancient and primal ritual. Our ancestors would gather together to mark Samhain, despite the very real fears of cold and hunger that would inevitably arrive with the onset of Winter




Fires would burn in hearths and on hillsides and feasts were held. Places would be set at table for the departed, who would cross the veil and walk the earth again. This night symbolises a 'time suspended' between the living and the dead, which allows for enhanced and charged communication and communion between those on earth and those who have gone on into the afterlife


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The Old Year draws to its close but the New Year doesn't begin again until the re birth of the Sun on the Winter Solstice/Yule.


So on Samhain and the days that follow, we're suspended in a 'between time'......


Samhain night is for reflection on all that's passed. The incredibly powerful energies of this night are also the most perfect for all forms of divination about what's to come

As with all the festivals of the Wheel of the Year and the Old Religion, Christianity also adopted and incorporated this time into their calendar and re named it as their ‘Lammas’ which means ‘loaf-mass’. Newly baked loaves of bread were placed on Christian church altars to mark the festival.


The Visual Symbols: Ancient And Modern


Tradition

The collective delight and enthusiasm for this time seems to grow stronger with every year. 

Those who follow a Wiccan or Pagan path will hold ceremonies and rituals. Many others will have forgotten or be unaware of the real origins of the symbols we see at this time. 

However, with every pumpkin carved, every store and house decorated, every fancy dress or costume party outfit worn-  people are actually linking into a very deep and primal part of themselves and connecting to our shared ancestral and spiritual history.

The Halloween Pumpkin

The carved pumpkin lantern has come to be the standard mainstream media 'visual shorthand' for Halloween.

Shops and supermarkets are piled high with them, and they glow from practically every porch and window.


This practice is carried down from ancient times when the Samhain fires would burn. In later eras candles would be placed in windows and doorways to light a way back to the earth realm for our ancestral spirits and guide them home.


The lights would also deter any dark or unwanted spirits from our hearths and homes.


The 'Witches Hat'

Streets and neighbourhoods will be filled with costumed children 'trick or treating' and every year it seems that ever more party going adults will be dressed in their most imaginative  and topical 'Halloween Outfits'. 

Many will wear a pointed 'Witches Hat.'


The use of this other visual symbol of Halloween has always seemed a little skewed and culturally misappropriated to me. Outside of movies and TV, I've never met any witches who actually wear one - perhaps in the pub, after a ritual,  but that really is another topic...!

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The true symbolism of the Witches Hat is actually very profound. The point of the hat represents the 'Cone of Power'', the energy raised when performing ritual in a magickal circle.The circle itself is in turn represented by the circular brim of the hat


The Broomstick


The broomstick - or besom as it is properly called- is also a mainstay of every shop window display at this time of year.

Real Besoms are used to prepare magickal working space for ritual and to sweep away old unwanted energies.


They can also be kept permanently above the front door as protective objects to keep dark energy  and people from crossing the threshold by 'sweeping' them away .A besom is also used as part of fertility rituals and in Handfasting ceremonies, where the couple jump over it together, as part of the union of male and female energies in the ceremony.



Reflect On The Old Year

 In whichever way you choose to celebrate this night, it's the perfect time to reflect on the last 12 months of your life.


I like to light a black candle to symbolise the old year. As I do this, I discard the old year's energy. I give thanks for the good things that have come to me and think about what I've learned from any challenges. 


 I then light a white candle to represent the year ahead and focus on what I want to manifest in the future


Making a list of your aspirations for the year ahead is a perfect thing to do at Samhain . Once you've written them on your chosen piece of paper- preferably pristine white paper -roll this up into a scroll, tie with a black ribbon and put it aside until the next Samhain, when you can review your wishes

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Divination

As I mentioned earlier in this post, this is the most powerful point of the year for divination.  It's particularly good to work with The Tarot, runes, a scrying mirror or whichever tools you prefer for gaining psychic insight. 


Samhain is a fabulous and charged time to receive a reading about the coming year

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