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Here I feature posts on marking and celebrating The Wheel Of The Year

The most primal and ancient traditions connect to our 21st Century lives

October 31st 2020



In October, 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. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the nights draw in and it's lovely to see the warm glow of lights in windows and to snuggle up by cosy fires

It's Samhain ( pron: sow - en) also called Halloween or Hallows Eve. On this night we traditionally honour those who've crossed into the realm of spirit. 

The veil between the two realms of earth and spirit is at it's thinnest. This night is a 'time suspended'.

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.

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 that would inevitably arrive with the onset of Winter. 

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

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 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 or costume worn people are linking into a deep and primal part of themselves and their spiritual history.

This year the streets and neighbourhoods are not going to be filled with costumed children 'trick or treating' and there are unlikely to be party going adults dressed in the most imaginative 'Halloween Outfits'. 

No doubt though, many will still choose to put on a pointed Witches Hat for their Zoom gatherings, selfies and Instagram posts! 

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

What the 'Witches Hat' actually represents is the 'Cone Of Power'. This is the raised energy formed like a cone by the coven- which is represented by the point of the hat. A coven will stand in a circle to perform this ritual - represented by the circular base of the hat.

The broomstick - or besom as it's properly called- is also yet another mainstay of every shop window and media display at this time of year. Besoms are actually used to prepare magical working space for ritual and to sweep away old energies. They can be placed above the front door as protective objects which keep dark energy from crossing the threshold by 'sweeping' it away. 

The besom is also part of fertility rituals and is used in Handfasting ceremonies where the couple jump over one together in the ceremony.

Again, I've yet to see any of my nearest and dearest aloft on a broomstick and I'd say that witches tend to prefer a nice comfortable seat on a plane for flying preferences  (even if in our Covid19 world we can't quite jet off around the world just yet.....)

Despite my slightly sardonic tone here, I really do enjoy seeing so many Samhain/Halloween symbols and objects in the streets, stores and the media - 

even in these most challenging times. 

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

In whichever way you choose to celebrate this night, it's the perfect time to reflect on the last 12 months of your life. In a very simple, uncomplicated ritual, I like to light a black candle as I discard the old energy and it's lessons. As I then focus on what I wish to manifest in the coming year, I light a white candle and give my thanks for the good things that have come to me and to think about what I've learned from any the year's challenges.

This may be a very deep and profound experience for us on this Samhain of 2020 -with our memories and our reactions to this year's continual turbulence and extreme circumstances....

As I mentioned earlier, 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 give or receive a reading about the coming year or on specific issues that need deep guidance.

Sending you my deepest Samhain Blessings 


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