On 31st October we celebrate Samhain (pronounced sah-win), Hallowe'en, the point on the wheel of the year that we enter the darkness, the shortest days of our yearly cycle.
This is the finishing point of the wheel of birth, growth and abundance. This is the point of Death and darkness.
Yet this time of Death is to be celebrated, as it is a retreat into hibernation, a retreat into the darkness which is filled with the potential of new things.
A time to reflect and learn, a time that preludes the growth and newness of next Springtime. New ideas and new life cannot bloom in Light without time spent in Darkness. This point is both an end and a beginning, from Death comes Rebirth.
Samhain is the beginning of rest and reflection in Darkness. Take stock of everything that is coming to a final close for you this year, reflect on what you have learnt, and begin to imagine next years seeds, the new things that await
Samhain is a time to honour Darkness and Death in all its forms, so it is of course a time to honour our ancestors, the Underworld, the Dead. Light a candle to pay tribute to loved ones who are no longer with us in this world, and place photos of them on your alter. You can place a candle in your window to invite wanted spirits to connect with you at this time of closeness between worlds.
At Samhain the veil between worlds in said to be at its thinnest. It is a time to connect to and honour our ancestors, and to be open to receiving messages of wisdom from other realms
Pay attention to signs and synchronicities at this time, or anything that seems odd or unusual - it may well be an ancestor trying to communicate with you! Try to do things slowly and with consideration, giving space for this time of reflection to make its impact. The Darkness is a truly magical time if we lean into its energy and open ourselves to its lessons.
Much Love, Amy x