Preparing For Samhain (Part Four)

In one weeks’ time, it will be Samhain. So far, we’ve looked at just about all the tools and items needed to create or invoke the season. This week I want to discuss the reasons we celebrate Samhain today.

Hundreds of years ago, Samhain was more of a preparation than a celebration. Our ancestors lived off the land, and they relied on their skills as farmers to survive the coming winter. It was all about survival, plain and simple. Many of the customs we do now, were rooted in superstations, for example, because our ancestors believed that the veil between this world and the afterlife was at its thinnest, they thought spirits would roam the land and cause mischief. If you were brave enough to venture out on this date, you would dress up as a ghost or some other creatures, to keep the real spirits from discovering you were human. Food was placed at the door front to keep the more mischievous spirits from damaging property. Pumpkins were used for lanterns out of necessity.

Things have changed.      

To me, this holiday is more about love, than of death, and while this does play an important part, it’s not something to be feared. Instead, death is a natural part of our life cycle and something to embrace. My family has recently had a death. My husband’s grandmother passed away not that long ago, but I’m not sad. Yes, her body was sick and frail, but I’m happy she’s gone because she’s no longer suffering. She’s free of the burden of her body, and with friends and family she hasn’t seen in decades, and she’s free to come and visit us whenever she wants. How can I be sad when I know she’s happy? It would be selfish of me to think like that.

So I don’t.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s taken me years to come to this mindset, and while it’s hard when we hear of a young, healthy person passing away, it’s the same for them as well. That is why Samhain is so important. It’s a chance for us to honour those who have passed. To remember them and the role they played in our lives. Any anger we harbour against someone who has died, must be released. It doesn’t do us any good to be angry at something that we will never be able to change. Besides, I’m sure that when they die, they realize what they’ve done wrong, and are sorry for it.

With that thought in mind, the following lists can help you create your own Samhain ritual.        

Rituals/Magic

Foreseeing future, honoring/consulting ancestors, releasing the old, power, understanding death and rebirth, entering the underworld, divination, dance of the dead, fire calling, past life recall.

Foods

Apple, pumpkin pie, pomegranate, pumpkin, squash, hazelnuts, corn, cranberry muffins, bread, ale, cider and herbal tea

You can learn more here:

http://twopagans.com/holiday/Samhain.html

Here are a couple other informative links that you should check out. I particularly like the Samhain Blessing found on the second link.

http://acbalsmoon.blogspot.com/2011/10/samhain-kitchen-recipes-2011.html

http://acbalsmoon.blogspot.com/2011/10/samhain.html

~Blessed Be~

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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  1. Pingback: Poems and other things for Samhain « Darke Conteur

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