This time of the year, more than any other, is steeped in celebration of the occult. Occult in this sense meaning that which is hidden – although I would add, in plain sight. Spirits, witches, supernatural creatures and being mindful of the convergence of the ancestor’s realm and the living come to life in a tableau that is magickal, mundane and commercial. The penultimate day is October 31st. and the celebration of Halloween, or Samhain as it is commonly known as a spiritual observance.
The name Samhain (pronounced: SAH-win/SOW-in/SAH-wen) is derived from a Gaelic celebration that marked the final harvest. The celebration heralded Winter and the imminent darkness and often lack of stores if the harvest had not been as productive as possible. Death could potentially be waiting for those who found difficulty in surviving the harsh winter. Many who follow the Wheel of the Year use Samhain as the marking point of the (Witch’s) New Year and a time when the veils between the worlds of life and death thin making communication and crossing more accessible.
Halloween, or “Hallowed Eve” is traditionally observed on October 31st; the eve before All Saint’s Day or Hallowmas observed in the Catholic Church. Samhain also heralds the start of Dia de Los Meurtes, celebrated throughout Mexico and ends on November 2nd. A more ancient version of Samhain’s timeline is an astrological marker of mid-point between the autumnal equinox and the Winter Solstice and falls somewhere between Nov. 6-8th (Northern Hemisphere).
Our coven uses the astrological date of Samhain as our celebration. So, with that thought in mind, the 30 days of Samhain will take you on a daily journey of thoughts, info, pathworkings, ritual ideas and more through November 6th into just after midnight on November 7th. , this year’s astrological date is:
November 7.2019 12:14p.m. (EST)