Halloween is perhaps the only truly Shamanic holiday we all celebrate.
The origins of this mythic festival began in pre-Christian Celtic Europe. In Ireland we refer to the night of October 31st, Samhain, as a “thin place” a time when ancestors and spirits of the “other worlds” may visit, and where we may “shape shift” to meet with them.
In the United States the early Puritans shunned the festival. Later, with the mass influx of Irish immigrants Hallow’een took the tidal leap into the New World.
The early Celts followed a circular calendar, with Samhain as the turning into Autumn.
Samhain honors our ancestors; we dress as skeletons so the spirits may see us on this dimension-crossing night. St. Bridget, as the Earth goddess, was honored and we salute her and each other with “Soul Cake” offerings. Candy is the modern manifestation of this exchange.
As for Jack ‘O’ Lanterns, it’s believed that ancestor skulls placed on window sills were lit from within by candlelight. We might whisper a kind word to the carved pumpkins on this most ancient Eve of All Souls!
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