Happy All Hallow's Eve, Samhain as it is traditionally known comes from a time when people who worked the land were connected to the changes in the seasons and also to the subtle changes in our connection to the unseen world. Nature is the gateway to the other world, the quietness and potency of nature's energy makes it akin to the energies of the unseen or spirit world. Often people can 'feel' a presence in a shady grove of trees or a quiet meadow proclaiming they just kept feeling someone watching them. So why on this wonderful day is it permeated with fear and scary things that go bump in the night? Well, the people who were close to the land were also very superstitious and they felt that the Gods and Goddesses were often fickle in their bestowing benevolence through joy (a healthy bountiful crop)or malevolence through anger (crops failed through pestilence). This precipitated the sense of "other" as being possibly dangerous. They also felt very connected to the dead, their ancestors and also the fact that their fields were laying fallow getting ready for the winter months. So they were not unaware of the veil being quite thin this time of year. The veil between this world and the Spirit world of which there are many levels is evident to all those who 'feel' a sense of things beyond this world. The people who died were often kept in the memory of the villages people as a daily remembrance which actually connected them further to the Spirit world as the Spirit of the person was inclined to stick around or haunt them if the Spirit thought they died prematurely at the hands of the people.
So now we enter the modern age where horror movies have the theme of disquiet and an unbalanced view of this night of connection to the beyond. What is most disturbing is the accuracy of the movies in the truth of what is possible in the realm of this other world because as I said there are many levels to the Spirit world. Just like we have benevolent humans there are benevolent Spirits and there are also malevolent humans and also malevolent Spirits. But to focus on this is to portray this other world in a dark and scary light which is only half the story. The Spirit world is rich in diversity just like this one! So be careful what you fill your head and your eyes with. It is good to adjust our vision to the darkness as it will often tell us things that the light misses. But that does not mean evil and destructive energies are only of the dark. Many Spirits of the dark are actually benevolent as they teach us to be in balance with ourselves which is a combination of both the dark and the light. The seedling in the ground is in the dark and needs to feel the comfort of Mother earth close by to create and generate the strength to grow. So do we flourish when we take time out and go within to the quiet darkness of our inner temple. Peace, solitude and inaction is the realm of the dark and this is a necessary place to go during our lives. And sometimes when we access this darkness it can be somewhat scary and unpredictable but the more we make friends with our shadows we can become whole human beings that are in balance. So as we go out in our costumes as our alter egos and call out Trick or Treat remember that many people who have come before you were connected to the Spirit world in a way that was tangible and so can we!! Celebrate your ancestors and those who have past away from this world and know that you can create bonds with them and speak to them easier at this time of the year. Create a quiet time with yourself as well and begin to know all of your sides even the darker one!! Luke Skywalker had to find out what darkness lay inside of him to know that he did not want to embody it alone like his father. But ignoring it was not the answer either.......So my young padawans seek the truth in the in between of both dark and light. So enjoy your evvvening my darlings, and do watch out for roaming werewolves or vampires as they might come along and steal some candy at your front door. Or you might be visited by angels and princesses one can never tell what will show up on a night like this!!
Samhain Blessings to all of you!
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