As I look out my window at the changing of the seasons I am reminded yet again of the miracle of nature and its rhythmic beauty. The summer has officially drawn to an end and fall has past its prime as strong winds blow the lingering leaves off the trees, creating a blanket of orange and yellow that glow on the still green grass.
In modern times the festival of Halloween is upon us and the child in all of us is excited about the merriment of this holiday where we can connect with what we may ordinarily find ghoulish, dark or sinister and allowing the trickster aspect of ourselves to emerge. Halloween is short for 'All Hallows Eve' the evening before the Christian commemoration of All Saints Day or All Hallows on Nov 1st, followed by All Souls Day on Nov 2nd. This was a Christianization of the Celtic/Pagan celebration of Samhain, pronounced saah-win or saa-ween.
Samhain celebrates the end of harvest and the beginning of the darkest part of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also the beginning of the Celtic Spiritual New Year where the veil is the thinnest between heaven and earth when we are most able to communicate with the unseen world. We are invited to release what no longer serves us and to set our intentions for what we would like to create personally and globally. This is a time of transformation from death to rebirth.
Samhain is the Celtic word meaning "summer's end." It is a celebratory feast of summer ending and the beginning of winter. It is the oldest unbroken holiday in the European world dating back about 6,000 years. Its primary focus is on transformation, regeneration, honoring the dead, rejoicing in the harvest and preparing for winter. Since metaphysical truth is intricately woven into all we know and have yet to discover it is so very appropriate that Scorpio is the Zodiac sign reigning during Samhain since Scorpios own mission is to transform, regenerate, and understand the process of endings.
This is a good time to connect with your ancestors, paying your respects and recognizing their place in the wheel of life.
by Cameron Broughton