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So, it’s that time of year! The first of what I consider the big end-of-year holidays! It’s Halloween-time, and I just wanted to come on and wish you all a Happy Halloween!! There is just nothing else quite like this time of year…like, AT ALL! You can argue that Christmas is unlike anything else, and to an extent, it is, but I actually think at its core, Christmas has a lot in common with Thanksgiving, with obvious big differences of course! But what other holidays celebrate the fantasitic, the frightening, the paranormal, the spiritual part of ourselves! There is NOTHING quite like this holiday.
Halloween at its core appears to be all about childhood fun and ghosts and goblins and monsters, and candy…can’t forget the candy!! Obviously, Halloween has a rich and amazing history and is the product of several incarnations and filtering through several different cultures and historical moments. Now, we are not going to re-hash Halloween’s history today, though if you have not already, I highly encourage you to do so yourself either by reading about it or watching a good video. I think the best book I’ve personally encountered on the subject is “Halloween” by Raven Silverwolf. It’s a great book that dives pretty deeply into the multi-pronged history of the holiday, and then continues on to explain the history and background of a lot of the symbolism that really has come to symbolize the holiday, like jack-o-lanterns, bats, witches, black cats, etc. It then goes on to give a lot of fun recipes, rituals and spells you can use during this time of year, and yeah, it’s just a fun, very Halloween-y good read.
But at the foundation of all this fun and gaiety, there are some very powerful and pertinent meanings. At its core, Halloween is all about the thinning of the veil between the physical world and the spiritual one. To me it’s an understanding and a reverence for our eternal, spiritual selves, the idea that we begin as spirit, are spirit and physical during our lives, and return to purely spirit after our lives are done. It is a holiday that encourages the communication and the connectedness between the physical world and the spiritual world. A recurring theme among the different Halloween-originating cultures is that the “dead” can help the living in their lives, and the living can help the “dead” in their afterlives.
Now, you may agree or disagree with these particular beliefs, and that’s ok. To me, the celebration of the “communing with the dead” traditions that are behind Halloween are not to be celebrated because I hold all of those beliefs as exact canon, but to me, they are to be celebrated because at their heart, they remind us that the physical and the spiritual world are not as separate as they appear to be. They are forever entwined, the spirit world is a part of our world too, and we need to NOT fear but CELEBRATE what we don’t understand. In fact, I love this particular symbol, At Halloween, we commonly agree that if something uncanny or unexplainable happens, don’t cover your eyes and run away. Face it and look.
And speaking of fear, another amazing theme that Halloween brings is just that! Facing your fear and even approaching it with a level of lightheartedness. Like it or not, fear is a huge part of our lives. It is a hereditary response designed to keep us safe. However, in our modern Western world, we are usually quite safe from the threats that the sensation of fear was originally designed for. There are no attacking lions, tigers or bears, you know? Gone are the attacking saber-tooths and mammoths and whatever else. And yet, we so often feel frozen and bound by thoughts that scare us. One thing that scared me was doing this festival and reading Tarot for so many people. I was looking forward to it, but I was scared too! Would I go blank? Would I not be able to focus? SOO many fears and insecurities came up, so I will need to do something with that energy and burn off that energy in a different way.
So, this Halloween, celebrate YOU. Celebrate your Spirit! Celebrate its beauty, its strength, and its indestructible and eternal nature! And also, think of something that scares you and DO IT! It could be a social fear, like coming out , or a physical fear, like walking on hot coals or bungee jumping or sky diving or going on a nude beach. Journal on how you feel BEFORE you do the deed, and then how you feel after. And yeah, just enjoy your life and be victorious! That’s what life is all about, and that’s what this day is all about!