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The Spark that is the Soul of Samhain!
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There is no greater honor we could ever hope to pay unto those who have gone before us than to draw forth their memory and the spirit toward our own! It is both an intimate and a reverential way of remembering them for all that they were as we seek out their guidance, their wisdom, and their strength of spirit for our living path ahead.
It’s never an unwise thing to seek out the wisdom remaining of ages past or of seeking out that wisdom spirited by those we will always hold dear in our hearts. The past has as yet to bestow upon us all that of itself.
As we all make our way through harvest time and onward through the months of autumn, there are many who are looking forward to celebrating the season of Samhain, or the celebration of the Pagan New Year! This time has been a period of spiritual observance by Celtic and other cultures for longer than modern recorded history.
When the earliest of Christian Biblical texts were yet to be placed upon their parchment, the celebration of Samhain, pronounced (Sah-Win or Sow-Win, see historical reference sources) , it was then older than the souls of those days could have been able to accurately grasp of it origins.
No doubt its presence and the reaching impact of its deeply heralded meaning are several reasons it has always remained so tenacious an archetypal spiritual center stone for believers of Pagan faiths and has also been for other traditions of religious thought a quandary to grapple with that unfortunately continues to this very day.
Think if you will for just a moment on the impact made by those certain figures in spiritual and religious traditions of the world and how they have imprinted the lives of so many. There is a lasting legacy of thought in how intimately and ritualistically humankind still reveres and patterns its footsteps in these many traditions and teachings.
The same intensity of reverence and the same spark of spiritual soul that is cherished in many other ways of belief can be attributed to the inspirations held by members of the modern Pagan communities of the world, these inspirations guarded and celebrated from the memories and the spirits of those who have passed beyond the veil of death.
Samhain is a time to think on the past year of life. It’s a time to conduct ourselves as the living inheritors of the inspiration, the spirit, and the living wisdom that has been passed down to us from those who have gone before us. In this way we honor both they and we honor ourselves.
Unfortunately, there are many misunderstandings tied to the modern season of the Pagan New Year. Some of them include the notion that it is primarily a time for the Pagan community to engage in dark worship of demons, the deifying of the devil, and to spirit the forces of ill brought forth for their own manipulations. Others include the often repeated ‘reports’ that the vast and multi-national Pagan community uses this time for living sacrifices, and to bring forth great and dark powers of Magick, and that this is a time used to try to negate and make irrelevant the religious and spiritual ways of others. None of these are even remotely close to the truth for the majority of those who live, work, and thrive along the Pagan path of spiritual thought.
In fact, the celebration of Samhain is widely embraced by followers of the Pagan faiths as an intensely special time, a time when most Pagan traditions also try to use it as an inspiration motivating the teaching of outsiders of our way of faith! It is a time enthusiastically promoted in the spirit of good will between ourselves and those many other ways of spiritual and religious thought of the world.
Samhain is a time for common good fellowship. It is a time for thanking the powers that be, the Goddess, Father God, the Gods, for the past year’s great and seasonal blessings. It is also a deeply honored spiritual time that is used as a compass noting from whence we have come over the past year and indicating those paths we may have yet to travel along our way. It is a time that provides a sense of meaning, a sense of hope, and some understanding about ourselves as the inheritors of what was. It is for all of these reasons and many more that Samhain is cherished so deeply in the Pagan heart and soul!
So the next time you read or hear certain opinionated sources in the media telling in their own way that the Halloween season is little more than a time that a few odd people of the world use as an excuse to dress up and play cloaked Witches and Warlocks, understand and then remember that this deeply honored tradition, with all of its celebrations and its ceremonies connected to this time, are among those that have been honored for well over several thousand years and perhaps more in the cultures of many.
Yes Halloween is also a fun time as it should be! It should be a safe time, a time to gather with family and friends. It also however all started a very long time ago and when it did, it all began as much more than just a reason to gather together and have a party. The celebration that we honor and hold close to our hearts is both a time for solitude and a time for ceremony.
Peace to you all through the passing of this season!
Love, light, and the brightest of blessings!
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