Happy Samhain, to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere!
Samhain is a pagan festival that officially starts on the evening of October 31st. It is believed that at this time of year the veil between the worlds is thinner, and it is a prime time to connect with our ancestors, deceased loved ones and faeries.
It is also a time that is considered a portal of transformation, and so this is an opportunity for us start to go deep within, release and shift.
Samhain is a time that is parallel to the theme of Death, and surrendering to stillness and rest. The period between Samhain and Yule (Winter Solstice) could be called “The Void”. In this void phase, we sit in the darkest time of the year.
With the significance of this time in mind, here is a list I’ve assembled of things that we could do to work with its energies…
1. Connect with Your Ancestors:
At some point during or around Samhain, take some time to sit and communicate with your ancestors- recent and/or ancient ones.
Think or speak out loud your intention of who you’d like to make contact with. What would you like to say? Is there gratitude for those who have supported you, and come before you, that you’d like to express?
You could also ask for a deceased relative to come through (ask which specific one has a significant message to share at this time) and see what impressions come through about who they are and what they have to share. You may experience images, words, etc. Just relax and receive. Often while we do exercises like this, we overthink and doubt our impressions. Try to put all that aside in the process. You could discern and observe more closely what came through later on.
One other option is you could ask for an ancient ancestor to come through, and see what wisdom and insights they have to share.
You can make an altar for your ancestors and make that your special space for connecting with them. You could include flowers, candles, incense, pictures of the deceased and/or some food or drink that you know they liked as a loving gesture and offering.
2. Do Some Divination:
Since the veil is thinner now, you may find that your intuition is stronger, and you can gain access to the other realms for information more easily. This is a good time to use divination for illumination!
3. Surrender to Transformation:
Set a conscious intention to bring more stillness, reflection and illumination to the hidden places within yourself during this “void” period. Start paying more attention to your dreams, as they reveal what our subconscious has to share. Give yourself some time and space for this, and shed what is not serving you, before moving forward into Winter Solstice and the New Year.
4. Wear or use these colors for Samhain:
To aid you on your transformation, here are some colors to help you further connect to this spiritual time.
- Purple – A color of transformation
- Black – Represents this dark time of the year
- Red – To represent the blood connection we have to our ancestors
5. Herbs and Flowers:
Use these herbs and flowers in recipes, for smudging, or in a tea.
- Chrysanthemum – Brings illumination into the dark places
- Sage & Sweetgrass – Sage clears a space, follow with sweetgrass to draw in benevolent spirits. This combo is recommended to use when connecting with ancestors.
- Rosemary – Aids in memory and symbolizes remembrance of deceased loved ones. It is also protective and clearing.
Have a magical and transformational Samhain, and Beltane to those of you down South!