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Samhain

The Festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Celtic / Gaelic culture.

Samhain or All Hallow’s Eve is celebrated on October 31st and it literally means summer ending.  This holiday occurs between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice and is the last of three sabbatts celebrating the harvests.  This is also often considered the beginning of the Celtic New Year. At this point, one can glance back at the past year to gain insight from their experiences. 

This is also a time of honoring ancestors and deceased loved ones, as well as a time for us to approach and learn to understand death as a natural part of life.  Many Pagans hold a feast where photos or other memorabilia can be placed out to remember lost loved ones and it is the best time of the year to contact those who have passed.  This night marks the time when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is the thinnest and therefore it is not only an excellent time for contacting the dead, but it is also the best time for divination.  For many this event includes mourning of the death of the sun since the coming months are when daylight is at its shortest and the moon’s power reigns. 

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