Cel­e­brate Samhain

This No­vem­ber take stock of the past and look to the fu­ture

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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.

EX­PE­RI­ENCE NA­TURE

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.

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