Halloween in recent times has been more of a horror show with witches, skeletons and ghosts portrayed wrongly as scary beings. Here are a few positive celebrations of Halloween to help us release our fears and deepen our spiritual connection:
- Celebrate Harvest: The end of summer or Samhain (pronounced Sow-in or Saw-ain) is a celebration of the pagan or farmer’s new year and final harvest of the old year. Pumpkins and autumn fruits such as apples are enjoyed in plenty to help us gather stock for the coming colder months. Smiling Jack-o-lanterns made of carved pumpkins are one such example of a positive symbol of festive joy and not really a scary decoration.
- Spiritual Messages: The festival of Halloween is also called Hallows Eve or All Souls Day because is a good time to consult intuition for guidance from your angels and spirit guides and send positive thoughts and prayers to departed ones. Consulting intuition and oracle cards, angels and tarot were methods of receiving guidance regarding the coming period of time so that we can walk in faith and belief that higher forces are always there to support our journey with messages.
- Honour the Dead: Halloween is based on an ancient tradition of praying for the deceased and ancestors including our beloved family members and our ancient predecessors who had created our tribes on earth. We can light candles and keep offerings on graves or personal altars of the departed as well as visit ancient places of ancestral power such as stone circles for blessings and communion.
- Victory of Inner Light: Whether in Halloween or Diwali which is a similar festival at around the same time, lamps are lit to drive away darkness and celebrate the victory of inner light through prayers and celebrations. When the nights grow longer and seasons change to cold, it is only our own warmth and light from our hearts that gladdens the spirit.
- Sacred Not Scared: We can honour the end of summer and the upcoming months of winter as a sacred period on earth when it is time to contemplate and go within in contrast to the outdoorsy period of summer. This is a tide when we meditate and discover our own inner spirit and the power of meditation, contemplation and inner peace.
- Magical Time: We all have an inner spirit that is wise and timeless. Witches and Wizards as old men and women were meant to be channels of wisdom who can offer advise, guidance and household cures, your great grandmother for example who used brooms for cleansing and potions for healing. We can all enjoy and connect with real magic which is all about inner healing through nature and having harmless fun.
- Give and Share a Treat: On Halloween it is believed that any wandering soul visiting us must be offered a treat for blessings and good cheer so that we celebrate abundance instead of being tricked into fear or feelings of lack when a stranger knocks at our door. We must not be fooled by outer appearances or masks because the stranger at your door who pretends to be a scary monster could simply be a friend or the child from next door.
In whichever way you celebrate endings and new beginnings,the idea is to keep learning about the sacredness of our spirit.
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