|October 31st is the Celtic Sabbath of Samhain|
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We are Pleasant Gehman and Crystal Ravenwolf, a duo of divination divas, “spiritual sisters from another mister”. We’re life-long Tarotistas, obsessed with all things esoteric and paranormal. We’ve created this blog to share our knowledge and to connect with the vibrant worldwide metaphysical and paranormal community.
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As we draw closer to Halloween, the anticipation grows. Nights are getting longer, there’s a spooky charge in the air and all sorts of mischief is a-foot. Though kids have been planning their costumes and trick or treat routes for weeks, October 31st is no longer just a holiday for children. Thanks to voluptuous horror hostess Elvira- and the generation who grew up mesmerized by her- Halloween is now routinely celebrated by adults too. But for witches and Wiccans and all over the world, this time of the year is so much more than haunted houses, practical jokes, crazy parties and dressing up.
What the average citizen calls Halloween, neo-pagans celebrate as Samhain- correctly pronounced “saah-win” or “saa-ween” – which is a Celtic Sabbath. The way most pagans see it, the veil between the world of the living and the realm of the dead has grown thinner, and on this most sacred of days, we honor our ancestors, those that have crossed the river before us.
Like the Mexican Dia De Los Muertos or Day Of The Dead, we visit the grave sites of loved ones, cleaning and tending to their burial places, often setting up ancestral altars honoring the lives of our departed. Amidst the flowers are photographs, mementos and offerings left with love for deceased family members, dear friends and well-loved loved fur babies. Many also leave random offerings outside for any lost or wandering spirits, and our dinner tables are carefully and respectfully set with a place ( or places) for the dead.
Samhain also marks the beginning of the New Year, so it is a time of reflection. The long evenings of winter are soon upon us, and we welcome the darkness and silence by spending time with our shadow selves, remembering the lessons we have learned. We offer prayers of gratitude for all the blessings we’ve received in the past year.
Now is an optimal time to look back at your life- perusing any journals you’ve kept, photos you’ve taken or taken, adventures you’ve experienced. Consider what you’ve achieved, and also what you wish to accomplish.
Because the veil is lifting, Samain is also a wonderful time to seek guidance for the New Year by reading Tarot or Lenormand cards, through Runes, scrying or any other form of divination you choose.
We love this sacred time of year… and as we prepare our offerings to the loved ones now residing beyond the veil, we wish you a happy-and safe- Halloween, and a fabulous New Year full of bright hope, may your lives be blessed and bountiful!
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|Crystal and Pleasant: Photo by Maharet Hughes|