Here we are again, Samhain. For anyone wondering just what Samhain is, wiki explains it as:
“Samhain (pronounced /ˈsɑːwɪn/ SAH-win or /ˈsaʊ.ɪn/ SOW-in, Irish pronunciation: [sˠaunʲ]) is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year.”
Basically, it’s an old Celtic word meaning summer’s end. Most people know it as Hallowe’en – or, All Hallows’ Eve.
In the U.K., as a child, I went Halloweening – now known as Trick or Treating. We didn’t have pumpkins back then, we used turnips instead. A whole gang of us would traipse around the neighbourhood with old jam jars and plastic masks, sometimes wearing a bin liner as a cloak, and we would be delighted with the pennies (and they literally were pennies) we received.
When my own kids were little the masks had become a little more elaborate and there was an increase in costumes. Sweet treats were more the norm – candy – and Halloween parties were cropping up in local community centres and schools.
Of course, for me, once I began my journey along a pagan path Halloween became a night for divination, and ritual. I prefer not to share what I do because I believe it is private, but, there’ll be plenty of candles and incense and tarot and crystals, probably sage smudging too.
In the meantime I hope you enjoy the following information and videos I am sharing with you.