Halloween or Samhain falls on October 31st and is when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is believed to be the thinnest.
Halloween is all about celebrating the cycle of death and rebirth. In the northern hemisphere, the leaves are dying and nature is preparing for the still of winter. Just the same, in the southern hemisphere, the dormant buds are preparing to rebirth themselves and open to the start of summer.
Death and rebirth is an important cycle that is seen in nature constantly, and it’s also something that is mirrored within us.
We are always going through our own process of shedding, releasing and rebirthing ourselves as we travel along the journey of life.
Halloween is a time to honor the “deaths” that we have all experienced throughout the year. It is a time to make peace with all the things we have needed to let go of and to celebrate the cycle of the new.
In Pagan times, Samhain was celebrated as soon as the clock ticked over to November 1st, as it was believed on 1/11 spiritual activity was at its highest.
One of the reasons that spiritual activity is so high on this night is due to the vibrations of the date 111.
If you look at each number 1 as a pillar, you can see that the middle pillar represents the veil and “being stuck” between the two worlds.
The veil between the living and the dead is also said to be thinnest due to the Sun’s position in the deep and intuitive sign of Scorpio.
Scorpio energy is all about transformation and honoring the cycles of death and rebirth, but it also rules over the paranormal and our connection to other dimensions and portals.
Going back to the symbolism of the three pillars (111), the darkness that falls between October 31st and November 1st, allows us and other beings to travel between dimensions. This is where the tradition of the jack-o-lanterns and dressing up in costumes arose- people did it to protect themselves from any wandering spirits who could bring them harm.
Even though a portal is unlocked at this time of year, Halloween is really a celebration of Mother Nature and the ever evolving energies that live around us and through us.
As you know, energy cannot be destroyed instead, it simply shifts from one form to another, and that is exactly what we are called to honor during this sacred time.
In pagan times, important rituals were conducted on Samhain to celebrate death, the gods, the spirits and to understand the connectedness of all beings and creatures in this Universe.
Halloween is not a night to be feared however. It is a time to give just a little extra thought to the fact that we are spiritual beings that never die. Instead, we live on in different forms and in different ways. We continually recreate ourselves through the cycles of life.
Whatever “deaths” you have experienced this year whether it be death of ideas, loved ones, attitudes, relationships, dreams and so on, Halloween is the perfect time to honor the shift and to honor the new energy that will now be welcomed into your life.
Halloween is also a great time to celebrate and remember loved ones who have crossed over. You can do this by lighting a candle, leaving out their favorite food or simply saying a prayer or blessing.
October 31st-November 1st is also a powerful time for strengthening your intuition and connection to the Divine, eternal flame within.
Here is a Samhain Ritual Idea for 2017