Samhain: Witches dance, Holy Wedding and the other world. Samhain, is one of the four Celtic main festivals and has been celebrated for over 5000 years. It is the seed of Halloween, also of Celtic origination, and the beginning of the dark wintertime.
Samhain is a time to gather and dance around the raging flames of a glistening fire. In ancient beliefs, fire was to ward off negative energies and brought light and warmth’s into the cold season.
Nighttime is symbolic of the transition from the old to the new. On this special night of Samhain the gates to the other world are open as the veil thins. There, everything is possible in the space between the old life and the new one. There are no laws and no rules. Life meets death, and death itself creates new life.
Samhain, the celebration of all who left this world, is a fest to honor our ancestors and our deceased. Mother Earth is slowing to rest during the long months of wintertime, in preparation for spring when new life is born and the cycle of life and death sprouts new growth. Standing in strong focus during the night of Samhain is death and dying. People surrender and let go of everything while sowing the seeds for the new.
The living seek contact to the kingdom of the dead as they call to thank their ancestors in ways such as through food offerings. Celtic history believed that all deceased would return to their original place of life before death in the night of Samhain. To honor your ancestors and deceased was highly common in many cultures and treated with the utmost respect.
Samhain is a time of it’s own magic. When fog lingers in long banks over the fields, covering the landscape in mystery. When the leaves are glowing and look fiery in color until they slowly loose their luster and decompose. The air is cool as you see your breath dancing across the fairytale landscape of frosted trees, inhaling it deep and clear into your lungs. There is no mistaking that it is the beginning of all things coming to rest. Life opens up to the slow and steady beat of winter as we realize once more that life is constantly reborn. One season leaves and another one arrives. One person dies, leaving this world and a new person is born and arrives greeting the world and a new life.