29th October, 2016
As Halloween is nearly upon us and we are choosing outfits for parties and taking our children trick or treating I thought I would share with you the true meaning.
The observance of this day, though not all its popular culture practices, originated with the Celts' festival of Samhain that marked the end of the harvest. The name comes from "All Hallow Eve," the night before "All Hallows' Day," also known as all saints day.
I’d like to offer a healing perspective for this ancient celebration. If you find that you appreciate this perspective, you can celebrate Halloween in a new way, with loving intention and thoughtful memory of those gone on before you.
In mid-autumn is time to reflect on the richness of life and to honour its endings. The trees and other flora offer a pageantry for the senses, through vibrantly coloured leaves. I like to think of that feast for the soul as nature’s way of going out in a blaze of glory – completing one more cycle of life before it rests for the year. As the leaves slowly fall we’re prepared for the wintry sight of bare reaching branches.
Many cultures set this time aside, specifically October 31 and November 1, to offer thanks and celebration for those who have given them life, the richness of their culture and heritage, and who have passed into the land of shadows before them. It is the time to honour their beloved past loved ones. On the night of October 31 specifically, the veil between the living and the dead is very thin, and that communication between the two realms is possible by all. So take this opportunity once a year to really think about, cherish, and remember your loved ones who have past before you and to try and connect with them.
I will be offering readings at the event below in Bournemouth if you are interested in coming along, it is free entry and lots of stalls and free workshops.