HALLOWEEN /SAMHAIM

All Hallows Eve

All Hallows Eve or Halloween as it is known in the U.S.A. marks the end of the harvest and in some cultures the end of the witches calendar and the new year. According to Celtic calendar, the year begins on a day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. The date marked the beginning of winter or the dark half of the year.

This is the time of year when the air is crisp and the beautifully colored leaves are starting to fall. Tis said, catching 13 leaves one for each of the full moons for the coming year guarantees to bring you love, abundance and joy in the new year.

SAMHAIN (sow-wen)

or Halloween Eve, had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. Since Celts were pastoral people, it was a time when cattle and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored. And people were settling in for the cold winters.

The festival observed at this time was called Samhain (pronounced Sow-wen). This was the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year. People gathered fruits, and vegetables. Animals were sacrificed. Cakes were made and tables set to invite the spirits of the departed to visit. They also lit bonfires in honor of the dead, and to light the paths of departed souls to the other side. The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, or All Hallows Eve more so than any other time of the year, the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living.

THE VIEL

between the two worlds is thinnest at this time and psychic abilities are at their highest peak. Those who have crossed can easily pass back and forth to those willing to receive them. A perfect time for some psychic insight into the coming year.

So on this Halloween, light a fire,  set a place at the table for your ancestors ~~have a feast and some cider and give thanks to all who have gone before and will come after. And however you celebrate!!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween

FUNFACTS
In Scotland, young people went blindfolded into the garden to pull kale stalks; later, before the crackling fireplace, the plants would be “read” for revealing signs of the future wife or husband–short and stunted, tall and healthy, withered and old, and so on.

Tis also said===if you take the right shoe of your lover and bury it in the ground, pointing toward the door, he will come to you and continue to return.  Likewise if you point it away from the door, he will leave. I have found most people miss a shoe lol and I recommend an outline of the shoe on paper lol.
Happy Halloween

Dsandra

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