The roots of Halloween
Samhain a Celtic festival, celebrating the division between this world and the otherworld being at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through. Honouring their ancestors, welcoming them home, while warning away the harmful ones with masks and costumes. Light in the form of fire to honour the sun god Belenus was also used to warn away the harmful spirits. The Festivals went well into the night, bonfires, food (pumpkins with light inside) and bones of livestock were therefore a big part of the celebration. Marking the end of the light days (summer) and the beginning of the darker day (winter). The new year, a time to be with those that have past. Reflect. Learn from their wisdom before starting again.
An honouring of the dead that merges into All Hallows’ Day a Christian festival celebrated in honour of all saints, the faithful departed.
And of course Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) three days of festivities in Mexico!
As darkness sets in, the moon is waning in its last quarter before the sky goes black and we enter the black moon and the Festival of Diwali (Hindu New Year) the Festival of Lights.
In this time of darkness. Do as all those before us. Honour the darkness and that which is dead and then light your fires to fill the earth with your light.
The connection between religions, cultures and traditions fascinate me and warm my heart. Before the internet, before planes, before means of communicating. There, within our history is a intuitive universal knowledge of what was needed as we connected with nature. The earth beneath us, the stars above and the cycle of death and rebirth. Instead of fear and resistance we honoured and adapted and we moved through the cycles, transforming, transferring and embracing balance.
From 31st October - 7th November
Darkness fills our skies, be the light 💫
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