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On the Subject of Halloween. To 9/10ths of the population Halloween is a fun freaky holiday to scare themselves with horror movies, dress up in costume, go bar hopping or take the kiddies around to neighbors houses begging goodies.
Is that all there is to Halloween?
The real celebration is Samhain. A Celtic celebration of harvest. Commemoration of the end of the “light” side of the year and beginning of the “Dark” side of the year. Festival of the Dead. A time to remember those who’ve passed on to the other side. Samhain is a time when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest. Contact with those who’ve passed from this life is most possible.
Have you ever had contact from someone who is on the other side of the veil?
Within the Wiccan religion the Aged Horned God reaches the end of his life and the Goddess is in the form of an elder crone. The cycle of seasons is drawing to a close. It is a time for ritual and celebration.
Alter gifts of fruits and vegetables is appropriate as it recognizes the harvest. The Apple is particularly appropriate in it’s symbolism of the cycle of life. The apple is picked from the tree or falls to rot on the ground. The flesh and seeds (life) are released back to the earth. Ultimately to be born again as the seeds sprout to grow a new tree. It is a symbolic representation of the eternity; life, death, and resurrection to new life.
I wonder how Wiccan and other Pagans feel about the traditions that have arisen around Halloween. Do they feel is is a desecration of a Holy Day?