This November take stock of the past and look to the future
THIS PAGAN celebration falls on November 1st, halfway between the autumn equinox and winter solstice. The festival marks the end of the harvest and the start of winter. It is also when pagans celebrate their dead relatives. It is a time to reflect on what has passed in order to be able to move on to the future.
PREPARE AN ALTAR
Gather together photographs and heirlooms that remind you of your deceased relatives, friends and pets.
Set them up alongside some tea lights or candles. Call out their names and thank them for being a part of your life. Share your special memories of them.
FEAST OF THE DEAD
Pagans believe that Samhain is the time of year when the veil between our world and the other world is at its thinnest. It’s a time to celebrate and honour the dead. One way is by cooking a meal and laying a place for deceased relatives at the table. Serve up food and drink, including to the place laid for the deceased. Afterwards, leave their plate outside in the garden as an offering to the dead.
At this time of death and evolution in the natural world, take a walk and soak up all of the changes that are going on around you. Take in the sounds, smells and colours of the season. If appropriate, perhaps bring some natural items home with you to welcome
the season inside.