The videos you are about to watch gives a good description of the history as well as explain how the leaders have changed what and when people worship and celebrate.
Halloween orgins date back 2000 years ago to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (prodounced sow-in). Wednesday October 31st is the Great Sabbat Samhain and fire festival. Samhain means "end of summer" and is an ancient Celtic festivathat celebrates the beginning of winter, marked by death and is considered tbe the Witches' New Year.
In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honour saints and martyrs. It is believed that the pope was attempting to replace Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hollowmas (from Middle English Alholwesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually Halloween.
Full Moon in Aries, from Friday night through Sunday. Our unconscious is operating on a high frequency with the Aries Moon gracing us all through the weekend. It should be a weekend where going into unknown intellectual areas proves to be enlightening.
October 31: Day to mourn the women tortured and killed as “witches” because of their independence, wealth, wisdom, or religion.
October 31 eve: Halloween--Night that the dead return to visit their families; celebrated by children, dressed as spirits, going door to door for treats.
October 31 eve to Nov. 2 eve: Old Sumerian fast recalling the descent of Inanna (Goddess of Life) to the Underworld. Ereshkigal (Goddess of Death and Rebirth) detained Her until She agreed to have Dumuzi (God of Life and Death) remain there each Winter.
October 31 eve to Nov. 2 eve: Samhain--Old Celtic/Welsh New Year and feast of Cerridwen (Goddess of Death) and Beli (the Holly King - God of the Waning Sun).
October 31 eve to Nov. 6 eve: Mid-Autumn/Day of the Dead/Hallowmas--Festival marking the transformation of life to death - the end of the agricultural year, departure of migrating and hibernating animals, and decay and death of vegetal and animal life. Observed by remembering departed ancestors and contemplating one’s own mortality.
November 1, the Day of the Dead (also celebrated by some on November 2) the dead were thought to return to earth. People would leave food on the tables for them and would usually stay indoors.
The Celts called it Samhaïn, which means Night of the Druids. It marks a time dedicated to exploring the future with, the help of the Ancestors, all the loved ones who have passed on to the Spiritual World.
It’s a very special, unique time, the only day of the year when the border between the material and immaterial worlds becomes as fine as a veil, allowing men and women with a pure heart to enter into contact with the Higher Spiritual Forces, and benefit from their protection.
During this very rare exchange, the Druid Spirits send "magic energy" into your life, enabling you to be Lucky, find Love, stay healthy and obtain great good fortune.
All the "prayers" and sacred gestures you apply are to trigger the intervention of the Higher Spiritual Forces in your favor.
There’s nothing complicated you need to do, as the Spiritual Forces guide you straight to success and happiness.
If you have just been through a difficult period in your life, full of anxiety, fear, and moments of discouragement or doubt… Life did not really bring you the joys you deserve, life has been quite unfair to you; in fact, for some time now, life has not spoiled you.
Samhain is the Witches' New Year. We project correctness, health, and love for the coming year. At this time, the world of the living and that of the spirit are closest to each other. We honor the ancestors and invite them to join in our celebration. Witches do divination for guidance. Witches also choose this time to release the "old" in order to allow for the "new". We move from here toward a time of inner growth and introspection as we approach the coming Winter months.
My most favourite tradition at Samhain is travelling to Pioneer Lang Village for their Spooky Halloween Night. This year I arrived at my destination well past twilight. My plan to take a few snapshots of an entity roaming the grounds amongst laughter from the kids of all ages dressed as ghosts, ghouls, witches, vampires and princesses was not likely. Instead of allowing my tardiness to upset me, my friend Rob and I went with the flow.
Out in the fresh, crisp air, we talked and walked along the dirt road past the tractor drawn wagon ride, crafts, face painting, magic show and slightly scary carved pumpkins exploring what it was like a hundred and fifty years ago. Rob and I entered the dimly candle lit general store. Young and old had gathered for a palm reading.
Palmistry is the belief that the hand - more particularly the lines and other markings on the palms reveal both character and the future - fingers reveal hidden characteristics and the palm shows the events and direction of a person's life.
Four girls around the age of six pushed their way to the head of the line.
The two adults accompany them stood back tending to their youngest in a carriage and a female family friend or member took pictures. No one paid any attention when the last child in the group put her tiny hand turned to have her palm inspected in the Reader's hand. Looking down the gypsy woman ran her index finger along the life line to see beyond the present. She took a long pause seemimg to weigh her next words with great care. I happened to catch her say of a tragic event that would occur. During the later years of the young child's life there was a break. She would suffer a life or death experience - a health problem would cause the point of death which she would bounce back from but not one hundred percent.
The precious information given was lost on the child's close family. I'm sure if they had heard of the grim spectre of death it would stir up all kinds of fears and feelings.
Because readings fall under the class of entertainment most people don't take the predictions seriously. It is not up to the Reader to convince people that what they say is true - time will reveal what will come to be.
( At the same time as the child's palm reading I had a family member living a life or death situation. I believe that the gypsy woman's message was also meant for me. My father had been worried about the health outcome. The message for me was that my family member would bounce back but not one hundred percent. On November 1st, I was informed of an operation that took 8 1/2 hours and it looks like they got everything harmful out as well. )
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Wiccans and Pagans have an animal companion that they consider their familiar. A familiar is part of the family.
A familiar is often defined as an animal with whom we have a magical connection. If an animal has appeared in your life unexpectedly -- such as a stray cat that appears regularly, for instance -- it's possible that the animal may have been drawn to you magickally!
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