Samhain or summer’s end… was the final harvest recognized by the Celtic people. It marked the beginning of the dark half of the year which was considered a very magical time and was celebrated as the New Year. But wait… wasn’t that just celebrated on Halloween? Well… not exactly. Samhain is not necessarily October 31st. Samhain actually occurs as the sun enters 15 degrees Scorpio (some argue the nearest new moon) and therefore is not the same day year after year. So… while you may be either taking down the Halloween decorations or happy that your neighbors are, witches are getting ready for Samhain. With the “public” festivities behind them in the quiet of their homes or beneath the half-moon they gather to honor their deceased loved ones, engage in various methods of divination and are sure to have a place setting at the table in remembrance of their ancestors. While the rest of the world is sleeping… the time between time slips in and out unnoticed by the majority.
2012 Samhain falls on November 6th so while you’re heading to the election polls and glued to the tube to see who our next president will be… the night of Samhain begins to unfurl.
© By S. A. Tower, 2012