Samhain marks the end of Summer, the end of the harvest season and the beginning of Winter between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.
When the days get shorter and a chill is in the air, the wind blows stronger, leaves turn and fall, spiders build their nets, one can feel the ancient notion that at Samhain the veil gets very thin between the worlds.
Samhain is the honoring of the dead, somber and benevolent and reflects natures rhythms. The vegetation dies back and death is quite literally in the air.
There are many ways to commemorate this day, but this is what I will do today:
- I take a nature walk, meditate and take in the colors, aromas, the sounds and sensation in the air and experience being part of the circle of life and reflect on death and rebirth as an important part of Nature.
- I built an altar with harvest, fruit, leaves, rocks, water, salt and divination tools around 12 candles representing each month of the year. At dawn I light all candles and sing my soul song. This years altar focusses on honoring the ones that have crossed over and we will prepare the favorite foods for those who are on the other side. We remember our ancestors, friends and pets that have crossed over and honor their lives and their memories. I also reflect on myself, how my life is going and consider my growth, the adventures of this year and what I have learned.
- We celebrate renewals and transformation with an outside bonfire, and we will place the foods for the ancestors in there on paper plates. While building the fire we throw in old habits that no longer serve us, and later will cast them into the flames, imagining their release. Afterwards I will use at least two of my divination tools and do the workings for myself and others who have given their permission and have asked for help while taking notes. Celebrating Samhain alone or in a circle is enriching and soulful for everyone. Let’s get ready and have a blessed one! Samhain is upon us ❤