What is Samhain?

Samhain (SOW-wain)  Oct 31- Nov1

Samhain is a special time of year for all kinds of people.  It is filled with tricks and treats for many and for others it is the beginning of the New Year.  It is the third harvest of the year and a time when the seeds can once again rest in the earth before springing forth once more when the sun warms the earth.  It is a magical time and the veil between the spiritual world and the physical world thins, allowing for easy passage and exchange between the realms.  For many pagans and other cultural practices it is a time to connect with ancestors.  Whether you call it Samhain, Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos, All Soul’s Day, or any other of the numerous holidays world wide surrounding this time of the year, it is a celebration, and a pause to give thanks for abundance of family, food, and friends as well as the beginning of the new darkness.  It is the year when we can begin our introspective journeys into the self and work on goals for the up coming months.

Many are afraid of the darkness, whether it is the night time, the shadow side of the self, or the ages old fears of things that go bump in the night. However, the darkness is where the most work on the self is to be done.  It is a place of rebirth and greatest growth so that one can emerge refreshed and renewed in the spring.  It is full of opportunity and peace if one chooses to embrace the darkness rather than always resist its energies.

This is the doorway to the sanctum sanctorum,  beyond this doorway lies the deep cavern of the Earth Mother’s Womb, the creative abyss, from which grows all that is intuitive, contemplative, and natural on this earth.

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