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The Veil is Thin

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 26, 2012 by ericasodos
The mysterious holiday of Halloween is fast approaching. Halloween is also known as Feast of the Dead, the Witches New Year or Samhain. Samhain originated in Ireland and Scotland and literally means Summer’s End. The traditional Samhain festival lasted for several days and was marked by much celebration and ritual including people and their livestock walking through bonfires in a cleansing ritual.
The changing seasons and the upcoming holidays (Samhain, All Soul’s Day, Dia de los Muertos) fill me with wonder about the mysteries of life and death.  It is believed that this is the time of the year where the veil between the different worlds is the thinnest…. a time when anything is possible… a time when we can communicate with both the living and the dead and get a glimpse into the unknown. Communicating with ancestors and loved ones is easy at this time. October/November provides a constant source of mystery and intrigue that beckons us to journey beyond the comfort of our five senses and into the realm of the shadow.
Both in ancient times and modern Samhain would mark the beginning of a whole new cycle, in dark silences whisperings of new beginnings….. the stirring of seeds below the ground. Why not use this time to deepen magic in your own life? Yes, dressing up and eating candy are all part of the celebration at this time of the year but I encourage you to also explore mystery….. explore magic and you might just find yourself thouroughly enchanted!
Magical Ideas to Bring Some Enchantment to Your All Hallows Eve Celebration
Make a large bonfire and as you jump over the flames make wishes for your upcoming year.
Light a candle and set it in your window to help guide the Spirits home.
Fill a dark bowl with water and look inside and see if you can find messages and answers to questions or look inside a burning flame and let the shapes 
speak to you.
Bob for Apples.  This is an ancient Samhain tradition… whoever was the first to get the apple was believed would be the next to marry.
Cook a meal of the foods of  your ancestors..and set a place at the table for those who have passed on.