Halloween meaning the time of Beltane – southern hemisphere,
Samhain – northern hemisphere. Encourage the witch or wizard inside of you.
When is Halloween?
Halloween is always celebrated on the 31st of October. Australians have had a long history of celebrating Halloween it is now becoming more popular than ever.
Halloween meaning, over the centuries the Christian church has replaced many of the pagan customs and gods with their own Rituals and saints. Samhain (pronounced Sow-win) was replaced by All Hallows or all saints day which was then shortened to Halloween. At this time in Australia, we celebrate Beltane.
As the winter months approached in days of old, our ancestors would look forward to this season with some trepidation as it was never really known if everyone in their community would survive the cold of the northern hemisphere – or whether there would be sufficient food to last the distance. The very young and old were at the highest risk.
Cattle were slaughtered and the meat salted and stored to feed the community over winter. Only the best breeders were bedded in barns with sufficient provisions for them to last. Crops were harvested and seed stored in readiness for planting in spring.
Herbs were collected and stored for food and medicine and everything was in readiness for the upcoming ceremony where it was said the veil between this world and that was thinnest. A time when communicating with the dead and departed relatives were considered most congenial.
They were a superstitious lot. The Elders, in their wisdom, designated three days leading up to Samhain for people to let off a little steam before they would be confined to the indoors for up the three months in some places.
This period of disorganized chaos is where the custom of Halloween probably began. The youth would dance in the streets, knocking on doors for gifts of food, and generally run amuck around town. Lanterns were placed in windows and doorways to ward off evil spirits.
People would play practical jokes on Halloween such as moving signposts and gates and animals, and sometimes people I dare say, all in good humour, but mostly to confuse the devas who could be up to some kind of mischief themselves at this time of the year This eventually became the trick or treating which it has developed into today.
Samhain and is one of the fire festivals of the Celtic wheel and after the ritual had been performed a log from the ceremonial fire would be taken inside to light the hearth fire. The ceremonies and rituals they performed were to honour the dead and to communicate with their ancestors to ask for advice for the coming season.
The other time of the pagan year when the veil is considered to be thin is at Beltane – the festival which heralds in the Summer on the opposite side of the wheel Beltane is a time of celebrating the fullness of life and love and union; of dancing and making love. Couples would dance around the maypole (symbolic of the world tree reaching for the wisdom of the higher realms, ) before stepping through the twin fires to be blessed.
These Sabbaths were observed for people to align their energies with the natural flow of the seasons and most importantly their own inner rhythms. Cycles within cycles. This Halloween, at this turning point in our evolution, as the madness surrounds you and your neighbourhood is filled with children running amuck with sugar overload spend some time reflecting on your ancestors and what it would have meant to them.
With Halloween around the corner and the Beltane celebrations – southern hemisphere, Samhain fire festival – northern hemisphere, The October month packs some powerful psychic energy as the veil between the world’s lifts. The animal spirit bat resides over the month of October and Halloween.
The October month ritual focuses on manifestation, with a Halloween Ritual for prosperity. Prepare early in October with a conjuring time of 3 to 4 days before the completion of Halloween night on the 31st. Fill a cookie jar full of your favourite biscuits or candy, place a gold coin on the top of the candy pile and close the lid.
Clasp the jar with both hands saying out loud what you’re wanting to happen in the near future. Be careful not to disturb the coin too much, place the jar somewhere accessible so you don’t have to move it, eat it or give the contents away to others this Halloween.
As you take pieces of candy the gold coin will eventually fall to the bottom of the jar, when it does imagine your manifestation again and put real power behind it by believing and visualizing it has happened already. Remember the sound the coin makes when it hits the bottom of the jar, this sound is the trigger, activating the wish. Play the sound back in your inner ears and remember your wishes.
The day after Halloween or when the jar is empty and not before bury the gold coin in the entrance of your property, about 30 cm deep, along with a handful of rice and a few flowers from your garden. This ritual grounds your manifestations and embeds them in the land for further thought to take place, conjuring stronger magic to set your manifestation in stone. © by psychic medium Ian Scott