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Many people think of October 31st as “Halloween”, but to pagans, this marks “Samhain”- a special day on the wheel of the year.
What is the significance of Samhain, and how can we honour and celebrate this time?
1. Honour the Dead
It is said that this is a time when “the veil is thinner between the worlds”.
Therefore, Samhain is a prime time to connect with and give respect to ancestors and deceased loved ones.
You could gather with family and/or friends and share stories in remembrance of a loved one. You could also honour both recently departed and ancient ancestors by simply speaking with them and greeting them when you have a private moment. And, if you would like, you could even create an altar for your ancestors and include pictures, objects they’d owned, flowers and candles.
This is a time to contemplate and honour some of the old ways, and what value they may bring to our lives now.
Some even say that the veil is thinner throughout the whole month of October! And I don’t know about you, but I can feel a special energy in the air that convinces me that this is true…
Our connection becomes closer now to not only spirits, but to the faeries, as well.
And since the veil is thinner right now, it is a potent time for divination. You could use the Tarot or scry so that you may gain some insights and guidance…
3. Encourage Personal Transformation
The Sun will be in the center of Pluto ruled Scorpio during Samhain, and this is a sign that is all about death, rebirth and transformation. Therefore, it is considered a powerful portal of personal transformation, and an excellent time to encourage it.
The New Moon will also be in 7 degrees of Scorpio on the 30th, and into the 31st. New Moons are a time for planting seeds and new beginnings.
What new transformation would you like to birth?
Looking at your birth chart may help you to see what area of your life may call for change, by finding which house 7 degrees of Scorpio resides in.
For example, it lands on my 7th House in my personal natal chart, and that is the house of relationships- among many other things.
Here is a little map to give you an overview of some themes linked to each house. Please feel free to dig a little deeper if you’d like!
Now is the time to dive deep into the mysteries…
4. Contemplate the Seven Virtues
Samhain is also called a gateway to transformation because that is when our planet aligns with the setting of the Pleiades aka “The Seven Sisters”.
The seven sisters aka “the seven swans” represent seven virtues:
- Patience (understanding perfect timing; divine timing)
- Temperance (self-mastery)
- Determination (faithful persistence)
Here is a divination exercise you can do:
- Write each virtue on seven strips of paper, fold and place them in a bag or box.
- Shuffle the closed box or bag.
- Ask: Which of the virtues is my strongest right now?
- Pick a paper
- Place the paper back in the box/bag
- Shuffle again
- Ask: Which virtue needs more development and attention?
Colors to Use:
You can place seven white candles on a Samhain altar to represent the Seven Sisters – or red ones, to represent your ancestors (who are linked to you by blood).
Purple is a color of transformation, so you may want to wear that for the occasion. Red and black are also colors of Scorpio, so you could wear those colors as well.
These are the colors of Pluto and Mars, which rule this sign.
Thank you for reading.
Wishing you all a magickal and transformational Samhain season!