The pumpkins have been carved. The face paint has already been opened and you have just about managed to get together a reasonable costume for your children without having to resort to a black bin liner which was a 1980’s halloween standard costume when I was growing up!
Unless it has escaped your attention….today is Halloween, October 31st. The day when parents trail the streets with their offspring knocking on strangers doors asking for candy….and you discover your neighbours creative side when you return home and see they have gone to town with their decorations.
The leaves have dropped, the cold has set in, the nights are darker and the birds have made their departure south. Halloween is more than just a night of dress up though. It is a night of passing over. A spiritual journey from one world to another. Halloween or Samhain as it was traditionally also known is today, October 31st and it is believed that this is the day when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is the thinnest.
Did you know that Halloween is a European tradition that only made it’s way over to America during the 19th century. Immigrants moving across to the states from Ireland and England took their Halloween traditions with them and it took off from there.
Halloween is celebrated each year on October 31st, and has its roots firmly, well, rooted in age-old European traditions. During the celtic samhain festival people would light bonfires and dress up to ward off ghosts.
It is also the festival that sees off the autumn and the end of the harvest and brings in the beginning of winter. Winter, the cold dark nights that we parents enjoy because we can trick our children into going to bed a bit earlier but it is also seen traditionally as a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year (which is tomorrow), the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31st they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
The number 1 has never been more powerful than today. Traditionally the date 1/11 is believed to be when spiritual activity is at its highest. The vibrations of the date 1/11 allow for all kinds of spiritual activity to take place.
Look at the numbers 111
If you see each number 1 as a pillar then you will see that the middle pillar represents being in the middle, stuck, as if between two worlds….when darkness falls on this date 1/11 it allows energies to move from one world to another.
Not dressing up this year? You might want to grab that black bin liner after all as dressing up is known to protect you from wandering spirits crossing over.
Creeped out yet?
Oh and of course we are moving into the sign of Scorpio which is all about transformation and rebirth.
More than just sweets
Halloween is a time to honor the “deaths” that we have all experienced throughout the year. It is a time to make peace with all the things we have needed to let go of and to celebrate the cycle of the new.
It is important to see Halloween as more than just tricks and treats. It is a time to honour the concept of death. Not in a doom and gloom way but in the spiritual sense. Perhaps you have experienced the death of something this year, ideas, relationships, attitudes, your 30’s… (jokes aside) perhaps the death of something more serious and profound. Halloween is a time to honour and respect this aspect of death and get ready to welcome in the new energy that comes after halloween and moves us through into Winter.
So enjoy this evening when the sun sets and the darkness closes in. Allow yourself the opportunity to reflect on the purpose of Halloween and most of all…..be mindful of those spirits passing through.
Happy Halloween everyone!