Dispel the darkness. transcend between the worlds & journey beyond the veil’s edge ~ Unknown
All Hallows Eve (or Halloween) and Samhain are celebrated on October 31st, (or November 1st) and while they share similar traditions but they aren't the same holiday. Halloween, as we know it today, has now turned into a costume & candy extravaganza. Samhain is a more sacred, family celebration.
Samhain (Irish pronunciation: SOW-in) means “summer’s end”. For our ancestors, it was a time to celebrate the 3rd and final harvest. They would preserve and store fruits and vegetables, and dry herbs before the onset of the cold, dark winter.
In Celtic traditions, Samhain is the start of the New Year celebration. Many would celebrate to “defy” the coming winter by dressing up and feasting. For ancient Egyptians, Celts & Mexicans it was also considered the Day of the Dead. It is said that the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest on this night so families would honor their ancestors and loved ones who had died during the past year. People would put food offerings on altars or doorsteps and leave a lit candle burning in the window to guide our departed loved ones as they moved beyond this physical world.
Once all trick or treating is over and my doorbell stops ringing, I like the ritual of dimming the lights and lighting some colored candles specifically chosen for how I am feeling. I may choose a few of the following:
Black for protection
Blue for calm.
Brown for grounding & nature
Green for balance
Purple for wisdom & connecting with spirit
White for purification
And diffuse one or three of the following essential oils:
Cypress for grief.
Frankincense for inner peace & comfort
Geranium for balance & patience
Myrrh for protection
Pine to connect with nature,
Rosemary for connection & remembrance.
Or I may decide to clear my space with White Sage Hydrosol spray and then use my favorite Sweetgrass Hydrosol to bring in a more calming energy. Every year I seem to reach for something different.
For me, Samhain is one of the most sacred times of the year; it's when I take a moment to look inward, to reflect on all of the changes, and transitions that have happened in my life. To honor those that I have lost, that have meant so very much to me.
This blog is dedicated to the memory of Barbara Janice Schmidt,
one of the best women that I ever knew. You are & will be missed!
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to replace medical advice.
Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always bediluted before topical use.
***When using essential oils for spiritual practices it is still important to check
the contraindications before topical use;
** Never leave a burning candle unattended.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy & Viberational Healing, by Margaret Ann Lembo, 2016, Llewellyn Publications, Woodbury, Minnesota, USA