Hello my lovelies,
Today I thought I would do a blog on the Pagan Sabbat Samhain (pronounced Sah-when).
Whilst our Northern Hemisphere friends celebrate this Sabbat at what is traditionally called “Halloween”, we in the Southern Hemisphere are celebrating this Sabbat on 30th April/1st May (which is Beltane in the Northern Hemisphere). It takes a little bit of getting used to as commercially, shops still bring out the Halloween stuff for 31st October, Eggs/Rabbits for Ostara at the traditional Christian Easter…etc., even though we are totally reversed to the Northern Hemisphere:
FOR THE NEWBIES:
This excerpt and above picture is borrowed from the Spheres of Light (SOL) website
– with a few interludes by me in brackets:
The Pagan year begins (and ends) with Samhain.
It is a time of reflection, of looking back over the last year.
This is the time when the boundary (or the veil) is thinnest between the worlds of living and dead;
the powers of divination, the Sight, and supernatural communication are strengthened on Samhain night,
and it is considered a powerful but dangerous time to communicate with lost loved ones.
Pagans celebrate Samhain as an acknowledgment that without death, there can be no rebirth.
At Samhain, the darkness increases and the Goddess reigns in her powerful aspect of the Crone.
The God passes into the underworld to become reborn of the Goddess again at Yule.
It is a time to honour those who have gone before us.
It’s also the time where we traditionally decorate our homes by hanging skulls, pumpkins and everything to do with Halloween, just like you would do on 31st October…the only thing we don’t do is the trick or treating!! I didn’t get time to put any decorations up at this time ~ work has just been so crazy that I am too exhausted.
This year I have been thinking of my Dad, my Mum and my lovely boy Gary the pitbull, who have all passed on. They have been foremost in my mind and heart this Samhain.
Whilst I am originally from England, at first I found it very hard to attune to the seasons and sabbats over here in Australia – for a long time they felt all wrong. But then I have learned to rely on nature to show that these sabbats are correct for us down here. However, it doesn’t harm us to get involved in the festivities with our Northern Hemisphere folks as well (like buying up big at Halloween so that you can celebrate at your more appropriate time of the year). Unfortunately not all Pagans, Witches, Wiccans or other Earth Worshipping people feel the same way and I have had many arguments with them and eventually stop talking to them…so if you disagree with what I am saying here – let’s just agree to disagree OK?
A few of my witchy friends have had Samhain Gatherings, which all look fantastic (from what I have seen on Facebook). I however, am an introvert who likes to do her own thing…
Whether you were celebrating or participating in Samhain or Beltane at this time, I hope you had a wonderful, fulfilling time.
Blessings to you,