No Tricks, Just Treats: How Samhaim Encourages Positive Change
Do you see an end to all that is bright cheerful and nurturing; the arrival of darkness, the loss of life, cold?
Halloween is the Christian adaptation from Samhain, the sacred “cross-quarter day” ancient Pagan festival in the British Isles.
A cross-quarter day resides midway between an equinox and a solstice, or a solstice and an equinox. We traditionally have this day fixed as October 31st approximately marking the midway point between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.
According to earthsky.org the true cross-quarter day falls on November 7th, a discrepancy of about one week. This was considered by Pagans to mark the beginning of a season. Therefore, Samhain signals the beginning of winter.
On this date, it is said that the veil between the earth and spirit world is at it thinnest, enabling us to communicate with those loved ones who have passed over, honouring and respecting the dead. After midnight – on November 1st, named All Saints’ Day by Christians, the spirits are said to go back to rest.
Time has distorted the Pagan Samhain into the Christian Halloween and now to more commercial/spooky events with the joys of trick or treat!
Out With the Old, In With the New
So as the leaves fall off the trees why not take a leaf out of the book of Mother Nature?
Shedding leaves is a liberating experience.
We can tune into nature more and learn from its wisdom. In letting leaves fall, be they people, relationships, situations or beliefs,
we release what no longer serves us well.
What a great opportunity to take time to look back over the year and learn.
In so doing we can draw our energy back into our core; we can strengthen our roots, become more fertile, grow as an individual and allow for fresh, healthier roots.
We can flourish in the spring; bear fruit in the summer to later harvest in autumn.
Look ahead to the next year; what does it look and feel like?
Breathe it into your very essence and believe it, trust it, own it and manifest it!
So get out that broomstick and start sweeping away those dead leaves!
Blessings to you all
p.s. Happy Sweeping!