Seven Positive Ways of Celebrating Halloween

Halloween in recent times has been more of a horror show with witches, skeletons and ghosts portrayed wrongly as scary beings.  Here are a few positive celebrations of Halloween to help us release our fears and deepen our spiritual connection:

  1. Celebrate Harvest: The end of summer or Samhain (pronounced Sow-in or Saw-ain) is a celebration of the pagan or farmer’s new year and final harvest of the old year. Pumpkins and autumn fruits such as apples are enjoyed in plenty to help us gather stock for the coming colder months. Smiling Jack-o-lanterns made of carved pumpkins are one such example of a positive symbol of festive joy and not really a scary decoration.

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  1. Spiritual Messages: The festival of Halloween is also called Hallows Eve or All Souls Day because is a good time to consult intuition for guidance from your angels and spirit guides and send positive thoughts and prayers to departed ones. Consulting intuition and oracle cards, angels and tarot were methods of receiving guidance regarding the coming period of time so that we can walk in faith and belief that higher forces are always there to support our journey with messages.

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  1. Honour the Dead: Halloween is based on an ancient tradition of praying for the deceased and ancestors including our beloved family members and our ancient predecessors who had created our tribes on earth. We can light candles and keep offerings on graves or personal altars of the departed as well as visit ancient places of ancestral power such as stone circles for blessings and communion.

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  1. Victory of Inner Light: Whether in Halloween or Diwali which is a similar festival at around the same time, lamps are lit to drive away darkness and celebrate the victory of inner light through prayers and celebrations. When the nights grow longer and seasons change to cold, it is only our own warmth and light from our hearts that gladdens the spirit.diwali-2890605_960_720
  2. Sacred Not Scared: We can honour the end of summer and the upcoming months of winter as a sacred period on earth when it is time to contemplate and go within in contrast to the outdoorsy period of summer. This is a tide when we meditate and discover our own inner spirit and the power of meditation, contemplation and inner peace. sacred-2644537_960_720 (1)
  3. Magical Time: We all have an inner spirit that is wise and timeless. Witches and Wizards as old men and women were meant to be channels of wisdom who can offer advise, guidance and household cures, your great grandmother for example who used brooms for cleansing and potions for healing. We can all enjoy and connect with real magic which is all about inner healing through nature and having harmless fun. witch-2146712_960_720
  4. Give and Share a Treat: On Halloween it is believed that any wandering soul visiting us must be offered a treat for blessings and good cheer so that we celebrate abundance instead of being tricked into fear or feelings of lack when a stranger knocks at our door. We must not be fooled by outer appearances or masks because the stranger at your door who pretends to be a scary monster could simply be a friend or the child from next door. halloween-1773447_960_720

In whichever way you celebrate endings and new beginnings,the idea is to keep learning about the sacredness of our spirit.

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Six Positive Ways of Celebrating Death

For the materialistic cultures of today, death could be a scary idea. After all we would lose the physicality of all we hold as ours including our body and our belongings. Yet our ancient cultures regarded death as a spiritual transition when we discover our spirit and let go of the body. Ghosts or spirits of the departed were not always regarded as hoaxes or horror movie material, but as our venerable ancestors with whom we can communicate and share blessings with. Here are a few traditions from around the world that can help us make peace with the concept of death:

  1. Samhain: Each year the end of summer or Samhain (Gaelic word usually pronounced Sow-in or Saw-ain) around the end of October to 1 November was a celebration of a symbolic death when all vegetation retreats down into earth and the final harvest is over in the northern hemisphere of earth. Death is therefore symbolized by the scythed figure of the Grim Reaper cutting off the final crops from the fields. This festival also marked new beginnings as the pagan or farmer’s new year. A time for endings and new beginnings, it is believed that the veil between our physical and spiritual realms is thinnest at this time to allow us to communicate better with spiritual forces and departed spirits, as well as to accept blessings of the harvest.pumpkins-1004417_960_720 (2).jpg
  2. Halloween: Hallows Eve now popularized as Halloween on 31 October, followed by All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s day is a good time to remember deceased ancestors and light candles for them, consult intuition for guidance from your angels and spirit guides and send positive thoughts and prayers to departed ones. Lighting carved pumpkins and dressing up as otherworldly beings is also a tradition for protecting homes and reducing our fears. Witches are celebrated as wise ones who can communicate with otherworldly beings and spirits to bring important messages through.halloween-1009624_960_720
  3. Mexican Day of the Dead: In line with Samhain and Halloween, there is an ancient Mexican tradition for honoring dead spirits. Offerings such as incense, specially prepared food and sugar skulls are placed on the graves of the dead. Colorful caricatures and processions of death and skeletons are observed to help people be less afraid of the concept of death.day-of-the-dead-568012_960_720
  4. Kali Chaudas and Diwali: Similar to Samhain and Halloween, in India the darkest night or Amavasya night at the turn of the Hindu calendar year is celebrated as Diwali. Two days before this is Kali Chaudas or Bhoot Chaudas when crematoriums are visited for blessing the dead and goddess Kali who represents death and endings is honored. The next day is Narak Chaturdashi for cleansing and purification of negativity to prevent experience of narak or hell. Finally on Diwali night of the new moon Laxmi is worshiped to let go of the old and bless the coming new year with prosperity. Lamps are lit to drive away darkness and welcome new beginnings. dia-1035835_960_720.jpg
  5. Pitru Paksha: Several days before Diwali in September-October period in India there is a tradition of offering prayers and donating food offerings for blessing ancestors or Pitrs in the form of Shraddh rituals for an entire fortnight.mala
  6. Chinese Ghost Festival:  Similarly in China there is an ancient folk tradition of the Ghost month in August/ September. The front rows during festive performances is left empty for ancestral spirits during this month. Faux money and other offerings are burnt for the deceased to provide them energy for the afterlife. The fifteenth day of the Ghost month is called the Hungry Ghost Festival when deceased ancestors are believed to visit the living and accept food offerings. sangha_day_hsi_lai_templeIn whichever way you celebrate death, always remember there is light at the end of the tunnel and death is only a transition from one reality to another in our continuing journey of learning and spiritual growth from life to life.

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