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Halloween, a Witchy Holiday

ORIGIN/THE PAST

October 31, Halloween is celebrated. Now, these days, children go house to house for a “trick or treat”. Often they are dressed up. As Witch, Wizzard, Pumpkin, Ghost, Death or whatever their creative parents are come up with.
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-in). Samhain is first mentioned in Irish literature from the 9th century (Wikipedia).

This holiday marked the end of Summer and the beginning of the cold, dark, period of the year. Winter. The Celts celebrated their New Year on November 1. This dark period of the year was often associated with human death. One of the beliefs from the Celts was that the night before their New Year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. Thinner. The doorways to the otherworld opened.

Halloween

On the night of October 31, Samhain was celebrated, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Due to the thinning/blurring of the boundaries between this and the afterlife, it was believed that supernatural beings and the souls of the dead could come into this world.

November 1 is All Saints’ Day (Dutch Allerheiligen) and in several countries, many Catholic, is a public holiday. And the day following is All Souls Day, a day to remember all who passed away.

THE PRESENT

The celebration of Halloween changed over the years. This is something that always happens when commerce gets its hand on it. Almost everything that was made at home in the early days, you now can buy. Every shop tries to earn its fair from this holiday. The most sold items are, of course, candy. Which will be given to the children coming by for “Trick or Treat”.

SAMHAIN FOR WITCHES

For Witches, Samhain is the beginning of a New Year. Manny witches celebrate it by honouring the dead. Light the candles and welcome the spirits. To be more sensitive to the surroundings the meal will be eaten in silence. It is the time to get the fortune told. Say thanks to Nature, the Universe for all the good things given to you over the year.

It is also time to let go. Let go of the old that doesn’t serve you anymore. You can do this by writing it on paper and burning it. Just be careful to do this the safe way! When you don’t want to burn there is another way of letting go. Write a few important things you want to let go of on toilet paper and flush it.

Note: It is better to repeat the letting go ritual and not to write too much on the paper/toilet paper. What is most important is the intention. And therefore it is better to focus on a few important things. When you’ve let them completely go, start with the other things you want to get rid of.

Cleansing Ritual

I used to think that I didn’t like this Season. Although I always have loved the colours of Autumn. The crisp air when it was a cold night but the day is starting beautifully. I found that it mainly has to do with indoctrination. And there was a lot in the family I grew up with. How I had to think about this time of year. And special about Halloween/Samhain. And although in my youth it wasn’t common to know that Halloween was connected to WitchCraft, for some reason it was common knowledge in the family of my mothers’ side.

Still, WitchCraft was and is a big NoNo in this part of my family. Although we have more than the average amount of Witches in our bloodline. But, I have to say, since I don’t have contact with my family anymore this might have changed over the years. Probably not, but you’ll never know.

Over the years, I learned Autumn is my favourite season and I started to like Halloween more and more. I do not celebrate most of the Witches holidays but I always do some extra for Halloween. Most of the time with some extra decorations. And these decorations often stay during the whole year.

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Gwyneira Rhosyn

Since a very young age, I have been feeling that I am different. I consider myself an eclectic witch and am attracted to herbs, nature, crystals, and almost all other magickal things.

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