Happy Halloween

Samhain (“sow-in”) is the traditional pagan New Year when the veil between the worlds is thinnest and communication is possible with those on the other side.  In the Latin American tradition, The Day of the Dead allows the spirits to revisit their families and taste again their corporeal joys.  Christian tradition adds All Saints Day, which honors those who have passed on, and All Souls Day tomorrow, which is a time to pray for those in purgatory to be released to heaven.

Whatever tradition you enjoy, this is a time for reflection on our own lives in relation to those who have died.  We remember and give thanks for how they touched and blessed us, and we turn our attention to making better choices, and living in a way that honors them.

On this day, may the Spirits touch you gently and bring you peace.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn McCullough
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 07:08:48

    Happy Halloween to you too, Sandy. Love the notion of the Spirits touching us gently.
    Kathy

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    • Sandy Sue
      Oct 31, 2011 @ 12:37:24

      Y’know, I used to *love* horror stuff–all the creepy, jumpy-outy movies, the gore, the screaming. It’s just another way to get the adrenaline flowing. Now, I’d much rather commune with the dead quietly.

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  2. wellspring0fgodslove
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 09:22:59

    Beautiful summation.
    So many people fear what is represented by this day. Thank you for being open-minded and in the “present.”

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  3. pegoleg
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 13:10:31

    Tomorrow is my brother’s birthday. He would have been 49 had he not died of cancer at 35. How fitting that it is, as you pointed out, All Souls Day for those of us who are Christian. I will be going to mass to pray for him, and all those who have gone before. I don’t think you are a believer, but I’ll include your dad in my prayers.

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  4. strugglingwithbipolar
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 15:41:12

    Happy Halloween. I love that you tied in the spiritual meanings of the holiday to various cultures as well.

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