Halloween or All Hallows Eve is celebrated on the 31st of October however, tracing back to its roots, this holiday was really celebrated as Samhain, a time where death was celebrated.
As the months become cooler and the harvests are completed, Mother Earth begins to close down. The leaves shed from the trees, certain animals go into hibernation and the world slows down.
Samhain was a celebration of the death cycle of Mother Earth and the honouring of the downtime between the end and the start of a new cycle.
We perhaps have all been feeling this energetically in our own lives with the recent astrological events of the Blood Moons.
We may have also been feeling that since October’s Full Moon, the last Super Moon of the year, that things have seemed to take on a different energy or tune.
Perhaps we have started to notice things dying off in our own lives and observing how everything is cyclic.
All around us Mother Earth is presenting clues of these cycles, as the leaves change, as the spring blossoms bloom, no matter where you live, Mother Earth is responding in kind.
What we celebrate as Halloween is really the celebration of death, the ending of a cycle and the entrance into a rest period. A time where we must recalibrate and work on developing our dreams and wishes before we can bring them into reality.
We are all mini-Universes reflected in a human body and we too have cycles that must be observed. On the night of Halloween, it is the perfect time to release and honour all that has ‘died’ in your life.
This may include honouring a loved one who has passed but also ideas, thoughts, emotions, a job or relationships that have perhaps also died this last year.
On this night that celebrates the death of Mother Earth and the cycles within us, the spirit world is also more active.
It is believed that on this night, the dead are free to roam the physical plane because Mother Earth is welcoming in the idea of death.
Death is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, death is really about welcoming in an opportunity to create something new and different. Death is creative and death also allows us to give way to rebirth.
Just look at the autumn trees as they shed their leaves. The tree knows that the leaves must die in order to be reborn at the winters end.
On the night of Halloween, it is the perfect time to pay respect to all that you have let go of this year, to all that you have released and are ready to birth into something new.
Use this time to honour all that you have achieved this year and know that as you also shed and release, you will be given the opportunity through the next few months to create something new.
The creative possibilities are infinite and you have the power and the wisdom to shed your leaves and make way for flowers.
Because the veil between the world of the living and the dead will be thin on Halloween night, it is important to protect your space, especially if you are going to do any ritualistic work.
You may also want to set up a protective altar using orange, brown and black flowers, fruits or candles, photos of loved ones who have passed and also symbols to reflect all that you have let go of this year.
Halloween night is also a great time for working on developing your intuition and psychic abilities. It is also a favourable time for creative visualisations, dream work, past life healing and manifestation rituals.
While celebrating with trick-or-treating, costumes and candy is fun, why not take time to observe the more sacred aspects of this very special time of year.