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Samhain Blessings

I’ve been doing research for some of my paranormals that feature magical aspects and spell work. I enjoyed learning more about Samhain, November 1st.

Halloween is a secular holiday and not the same as Samhain.

I always thought it was pronounced like on Supernatural, SAM-Hayne.  However, I have learned there are multiple pronunciations for the word and none of them are SAM-Hayne.  I prefer the galic Sau-win.

It is the end of the harvest season when the dark half of the year begins…winter. The Crone morns the death of the Lord of Summer.

It is the pagan new year’s eve. It is one of the principle pagan Sabbats of the year. Tonight is a night to reflect on our ancestors who have passed on.  The veil is very thin on this night. It is a time of contemplation, communication with the departed spirits and a renewal of our families and households.

Foods for this night are apples, rich stews, breads.

Cut an apple cross wise and you will see the pagan star, or pentagram. Interesting fact.

So, nite to all and blessings of Samhain upon you and yours.

 

Halloween – Religious Holiday – Halloween Blog Hop.

The Blog Hop Continues. Check out all the authors involved over at Drea’s Page. Many are running fantastic contests. I’m giving away an E-ARC of “Once Upon A Twisted Tale”

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?