Happy Halloween. Blessed Samhain.
Here we stand on the threshold of one of the most powerful, and one of my most favorite, times of the year, where the veil between worlds (and dimensions) is considered especially thin. And for many who mark cycles by the turning of the great wheel, this time is also considered to usher in the new year. I hold all these things to be tenable.
For me this normally marks the turning of the more inward spiraling energy that will take me through the winter months. But I confess I am quite curious as to how this will unfold, given that so much of 2019 has been a time of withdrawal and inward working, and I’m actually feeling as though I’m ready to re-engage with the world more.
Still, over these next few days I will be spending time celebrating, reflecting, remembering. Tonight I open the door to connecting to my ancestors, my beloveds who no longer walk this Earth path, and to those whose lineage I share more universally in other dimensions. I always put up a special ancestors altar at this time, and tonight, Samhain evening, after the trick-or-treaters have found their way back to their homes with stashes of sugary treats, I’ll spend some time in ritual remembering and honoring. It’s a time of lit candles, names written on bay leaves ready for burning, and rosemary for remembrance. There is magic in the moment of burning leaves – watching burn patterns and observing smoke. It’s a time of photographs and stories; listening for guidance and remembering what has already been offered.
I find it a really rich and satisfying time, like being at a perfect party where you get to connect and chat with those who hold you with love in their hearts. On the whole, our Western culture gives little time and space to honoring our ancestors, but for me it’s an important part of who I am. Even more so as my spiritual belief is that we choose our families and our important connections before we incarnate. We come into this life saying bring it on; help me unpack and unfold all that I am here for. And so why not take the time to acknowledge all the players in our game? Even marked with flaws and foibles and sorrows, we are all gifts to each other at the highest level.
Another part of the ritual work I do at this time is a review of the year – both incidents and people. No doubt it’s a wonderful reminder practice in itself, but it also serves the purpose of starting the conversations with my ancestors. Sort of bringing them into the loop of what I’ve experienced during the year, and helping me remember how aspects of their presence are woven in what I carry now. As we each increase our multi-dimensional awareness, I find it easier to remember not only my human lineage but my star and other-dimensional lineages as well. There is so much for each of us to acknowledge and celebrate!
It’s also a time of gratitude, acknowledging how things have shifted and remembering the turning points. I tend think this is more important than it seems most people do. I increasingly believe that in order to hold awareness of where we have placed ourselves in the now moment, we have to keep pulling ourselves current and releasing stagnant energy and patterns that are like well-worn ruts leading us nowhere new. And so I like to do another burning ceremony at this time – of those things I’m ready to release. I often use a skeleton leaf for this, as it symbolically represents releasing old structures that no longer support me. Bonus points as they’re fun to watch burn as well.
I’m well suited to this Scorpio time of deep diving and excavating in the dark places, and I look forward to what this next turn of the Great Wheel will bring.
So there you have it. A little glimpse into how I celebrate this time. I’d love to hear about any customs you observe or any special things you do that bring you delight. And if you’re wearing a costume tonight, do tell. However you celebrate, or don’t, may this turn of the seasonal wheel bring you blessings, with abundantly more treats than tricks.