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THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR

Here I feature posts 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


SAMHAIN

October 31st

The Veil Has Thinned


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


As the nights draw in it's lovely to see the warm glow of lights in windows and to snuggle up by cosy fires

It is Samhain ( pron: sow - en) also known as Halloween or Hallows Eve.


On this night we traditionally honour those who have 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. 





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 about physical survival that would inevitably arrive with the onset of Winter. 


From ancient times the Samhain fires would burn and in later eras candles would be placed in windows and doorways. They would be there 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. 


Fires would burn in hearths and on hillsides, feasts were held. Places would be set at table for the departed, who would be expected to cross the veil and walk the earth again.



A Time Between Worlds


This night symbolises a 'time suspended', when the worlds of the departed and the  living have no barrier,


The Old Year draws to its close but the New Year does not begin again until the re birth of the Sun on the Winter Solstice/Yule. It is a time for reflection of what has passed and the incredibly powerful energies of this night are the most perfect for all forms of divination- with the tarot, a crystal ball, a scrying mirror or whichever tools you prefer.....


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​21st Century Hallowe'en

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 to honour Samhain, whilst many others will have forgotten or be totally unaware of the real origins of the symbols we see at this time.


The carved pumpkin lantern has come to be the main media 'visual shorthand' for Halloween. Shops and supermarkets are piled high with them, and they glow from practically every porch and window.


However, with every pumpkin carved, costume worn or party held people are linking into a deep and most primal part of themselves and to their ancestral and spiritual history- whether they are aware of it not...



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 Halloween party  outfits


Many will put on a pointed 'Witches Hat'. The useage of this other visual symbol of Halloween has always been a little 'skewed' to me. What the hat actually represents or symbolises is the energetic ritual of a coven. The brim of the hat is symbolic of the circle of witches who gather to raise an energetic Cone Of Power -which is what the point of the hat is supposed to emulate.   

               

Outside of Hollywood movies I've never met any witches who actually wear one except perhaps in the pub, after a ritual-  but that really is another topic!




The broomstick - or besom as it is properly called- is also a mainstay of every shop window display at this time of year. Besoms are used to prepare magical working space for ritual and to sweep away old energies.

They can be kept above the front door as protective objects to keep dark energy from crossing the threshold by 'sweeping' it away. It's used also as part of fertility rituals and in Handfasting ceremonies where the couple jump over the besom together as part of crossing the threshold into a new union of male and female energies.

Again, I've yet to see any of my nearest and dearest  on a broomstick -  witches tend to prefer a nice comfy seat on a plane for their flying preferences....


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Despite my slightly snarky tone here, I really enjoy seeing so many Samhain/Halloween symbols and objects in the streets, stores and the mainstream media at this time. 

It's a wonderful reminder that - even inadvertently or unconsciously- people continue to be drawn by primal urges which lead them to mark and celebrate this intense and magical part of the Wheel of the Year. Just like our ancestors.

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 as I discard the old energy and it's lessons and as I focus on what I wish to manifest in the coming year, I then light a white candle. I give thanks for the good things that have come to me and think about what I have learned from any challenges. 


Your Halloween Reading


As I mentioned earlier in this post, Samhain is the most powerful point of the year for divination. You can work with The Tarot, runes, a scrying mirror or whichever tools you prefer for gaining psychic focus.


It's an especially wonderful and incredibly charged time to book your reading  with me about your year ahead or on specific life issues that need deep guidance. 


Wishing you a Happy Halloween and sending you Samhain Blessings!


Copyright: Martine Alexis 2017


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