Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Magic of Samhain

Samhain (typically pronounced sow-when) is a Celtic harvest festival that was celebrated on or around October 31st. The finer points of this celebration has been essentially translated to the modern world as Halloween.

Some people believe that on Halloween, and Samhain for that matter, the vail between our world and the next is at its thinnest. This means that it is more common to have "visitors" than any other time of the year. Some also believe that because the vail is so thin that our world is not quite as dense as it typically is and that magic is that much more effective.

The colours that are typically associated with this time of the year are Orange and Black. There is a good reason for this. Black is a very useful colour for dispersing negativity and absorbing that which is no longer serving us. Orange is a powerful colour for change. The ancients considered Samhain/Halloween to be the equivelent of our New Years Eve so the colour combination of Black and Orange can very literally be translated as "Out with the old, in with the new!"

This holiday try a simple manifestation spell. Regardless of your personal feelings about the accuracy of the origins of this holiday, even a cursury glance around you can tell you that change is in the air. The seasons really start to shift around this date that is palpable on both sides of the equator.

You simply need to obtain an Orange and Black candle, cleansing and dressing them if you are familiar with this rite and feel it is necessary. Hold these candles in your hand and into the Orange candle put your hopes and wishes for the new year. Into the black candle put everything that you no longer wish to be a part of your life. Light the candles and let the magic of your intentions work through them and yourself.

If you want to go for the extra bit of cheek, you may place those candles inside of a pumpkin and serve the dual purpose of entertaining your neighborhood. It makes you wonder how many of your neighbors are casting this very same spell while no one is the wiser!

This is of course a very simple spell and you may finetune it as you see fit, but it can be very effective all the same. Have a wonderful, and safe, holiday!

Grant Virtue

1 comment:

  1. Hi Grant Virtue! Wow what a nice writeup on Samhain! I was born on Samhain night 31st Oct 1981! I am Angie Anlika Abraham from Singapore :) I will be turning 31 this Halloween/Samhain! I used to be an Angel Intuitive.

    I am a spiritual minister and a spiritual writer. I am currently writing my first book and self publishing it on Amazon soon. I used to self publish some psychology books and have 3 books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble now under a different pen name.

    Anyways, I love my birthday :) Don't like the scary parts though.

    Samhain was considered yes, the ancient Celtics' New Year or New Year's Eve. It was also sort of a fire festival. For the Celts, the day started when the sun went down. I was born on 31st Oct after midnight at 1.06am in Singapore.

    Due to being born on the ancient Celtic New Year's Day, I can astral travel very easily between worlds even though I am not really a shaman. It has always been that way since I was a kid.

    Being born on a power day meant that I was also very psychic. The energies and magick of the ancient Celts on Samhain blessed me as I was born on that day.

    It's really not that scary, the original Samhain. It was later on that people made it into Halloween and all the scary stuff exaggerated and caught on to become the trick and treat day in the western world.

    Well that's what I've read online. And it's only my two cents worth of an opinion.

    Thanks for everything! :)

    Angie Anlika Abraham :D