blogSamhain Rituals & Celebration

October 30, 2018by lovelylife0
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What is the Samhain?

Samhain is historically recognized as a Gaelic Festival, as it prepares for the new season or the “darker time of year”. It is actually pronounced “saah-win” or “saah-ween”, even though it is often mispronounced, Samhain has become somewhat popularized again in recent years. Traditionally speaking, Samhain is typically celebrated from October 31st to November 1st, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. Many of us celebrate Samhain over the course of several days and nights, and these extended celebrations usually include a series of solo rituals as well as ceremonies, feasts, and gatherings with family, friends, and spiritual community. 
Samhain shares the ancient spiritual practice of remembering and paying respects to the deceased, quite similar to the traditional celebration of the Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos. Because of the seasonal transition, it’s also celebrated as the beginning of the spiritual new year for practitioners, which is also why it’s believed and celebrated as the “Witches New Year”.

Samhain Celebration Rituals

There is simply no wrong or right way to celebrate Samhain, although it is typically celebrated by those who resonate within the origin of the original Pagan traditions. There are so many ways to celebrate this special time of year but you should listen to your inner intuition and engage in whatever activities you would like.

Here are some of my personal favorite ways to celebrate:

Meditative Reflections. Reflect on you and your life over the past year. Review journals, planners, photographs, blogs, and other notations you have created during the past year. Consider how you have grown, overcame challenges, shared adventures, and review some of your favorite learnings. Meditate. Journal about your year in review, your meditation, and your reflections. Select a new area of life you would like to focus and improve on and allow it to be your new centralized thought as we transition into November.

Celebrate Deceased Loved Ones. You can achieve this by creating an altar, gathering photographs, heirlooms, and other mementos of deceased family, friends, and even companion creatures. Arrange them on a table, dresser, or other surfaces, along with several votive candles, incenses, sage, crystals etc. Kindle the candles in their memory as you call out their names and express your good intentions. Thank them for being part of your life and sit quietly and pay attention to what you experience. Some spirits are especially communicative this time of year, focus your energy on them.

Nature Walks. Yes, it sounds simple but surrounding yourself in a natural area near your home will allow you to feel grounded and rooted on this earth. Observe and focus on the colors, aromas, sounds, and other sensations of the new season. Experience yourself as part of the Circle of Life and reflect on death and rebirth as being an important part of Nature. Don’t allow this reality to negatively affect you but to bring you closer to an honest and peaceful realization.

Divinatory Guidance. Using Tarot, Runes, Scrying, or some other method of divination, seek and reflect on guidance for the year to come. You may also want to experience a Séance or practice some spells. Follow your intuition and allow your thoughts to manifest in a fulfilling experience. Allow your creativity to run as wild as your soul, bust out the crafts and create something meaningful and unique. This can also include dressing up, decorating your home in skulls, wilted flowers, pumpkins, natural findings, or even a harvest feast. Sharing stories during a bonfire or practicing magic may allow you to connect with yourself or others on a transcended, new journey to begin the start of a new year.  

 

Making the Connection 

 

Samhain rituals and celebrations promote transformative self-healing and self-reflection as we move forward into the new season. It’s important to understand that Samhain emphasizes an uncommon connection with death. It reminds us that we should not fear death but embrace nature’s reality and live to our fullest potential.

“A healthy celebration of death can bring many benefits. In addition to solutions to the many problems caused by our culture’s dysfunctional hang up over death, our children can be prepared for when someone important in their life dies – which will happen sooner or later.  If we prepare them, it can be a manageable time of grief instead of a life-destroying, scarring trauma.” – Jon Cleland Host, “Teaching Death to Naturalistic Pagan Children”. 

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