We bring out the dead or creatures from a different world in the form of witches, zombies, vampires, ghosts and werewolves. We dress up in costumes and bob for apples and give out candy all the while making sure that we are having fun and not going too much into that "other world". This is our only holiday with pagan roots that still remains a purely secular holiday. Oh, Christmas and Easter have pagan roots too but The Church took them over long ago. Could it be that in the deep recesses of our minds, we didn't want to let go of the real meaning of Halloween?
Could it be that we love the idea of being able to contact a world beyond our own?
To know that our loved ones who have crossed over are really "somewhere" and are in fact, still with us? That we love the idea of being in contact with something "supernatural"?
We know that we love being scared-just look at the popularity of horror movies. We also really love Halloween it is the second biggest grossing holiday for retailers next to Christmas!
The term "Halloween" comes from the church's attempts at commandeering this pagan holiday into their dogma so that they could make converts feel "at home. Because Halloween is such a purely pagan holiday, many Christians do not celebrate it at all or celebrate it in a "Christian" way. This usually means that they do not acknowledge the "other world" or dress up as ghosts, vampires, monsters or witches especially witches. There are no fortune-tellers among their children either.
They believe that this part of Halloween-the supernatural part-is "evil". But, can you really separate that other world from Halloween? Can you take out the "supernatural" from Halloween and still have Halloween? Halloween was originally a festival celebrating the dead and the world of the supernatural.
The Celts used the term and many pagans still do "Samhain" which is pronounced "Sow-wen". It was a time of reverence for and contact with the dead. It was also a time to reap the crops that they had sown in the year prior and to prepare for the "dark night of winter.
Samhain was and is a time for reflection on the previous year and what you have done with your life.
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It is a time of great magick and mystery and reverence for the supernatural and the "other side. In older times, extra places were set at the dinner table or food and drink were set outside on the doorstep for the returning spirits to refresh themselves and honor the home with their presence.
It was a night for scrying and looking into the future.
Many people still perform divination rituals on Samhain for knowledge of the coming year-crystal balls and fires are gazed into, tarot cards are spread and runes are cast and interpreted. It is truly a night for magick and contact with the other side and our spiritual natures. I think that Halloween is loved so much by us, not just because it's a really fun holiday, but because it speaks to something inside of us that we have lost touch with.
It speaks to that part of us that desires a re-connection with Spirit; a communion with that which seems hidden from us. We are searching for the mystery of spiritual connection that we have lost.
Halloween is a time to remember and honor our loved ones who have crossed over. We also want to have contact with our loved ones.
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