The Veil Between Worlds Is Lifted
The Wheel of The Year now turns to it’s most spiritually charged time.
The air seems to crackle with energy and golden Autumn leaves blow across the sky.
The Visual Symbols: Ancient And Modern
The Halloween Pumpkin
The ‘Witches Hat’
Streets and neighbourhoods will be filled with costumed children ‘trick or treating’ and every year it seems that ever more party going adults will be dressed in their most imaginative and topical ‘Halloween Outfits’. Many will don a pointed ‘Witches Hat.’
The use of this other visual symbol of Halloween has always seemed a little skewed and culturally misappropriated to me. Outside of movies and TV, I’ve never met any witches who actually wear one – perhaps in the pub, after a ritual, but that really is another topic…!
The symbolism of the Witches Hat is far more profound. The point of the hat actually represents the ‘Cone of Power”. That is the energy that’s created or awoken by those who gather together to perform ritual in a magickal circle.
The circle itself is in turn represented by the circular brim of the hat.
The broomstick – or besom as it is properly called- is also a mainstay of every shop window display at this time of year.
Real Besoms are used to prepare magickal working space for ritual and to sweep away old unwanted energies.
They can also be kept permanently above the front door as protective objects to keep dark energy and people from crossing the threshold by ‘sweeping’ it away.
A besom is also used as part of fertility rituals and in Handfasting ceremonies, where the couple jump over it together, as part of the union of male and female energies in the ceremony.
Again though. I’ve yet to see any of my nearest and dearest actually riding a broomstick through the sky and I’d say that witches tend to prefer a nice comfortable seat on a plane for their flying preferences…..
Despite my the ironic tone here, I genuinely enjoy seeing Samhain/Halloween symbols and objects on the streets, in stores and the mainstream media at this time.
It’s a wonderful reminder that – even inadvertently or unconsciously- people continue to be drawn by the strong primal and ancestral urges which lead them to mark and celebrate this intense and magical part of the Wheel of the Year. Exactly like our ancestors did…….
Reflect on the Old Year
In whichever way you choose to celebrate this night, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the last 12 months of your life.
I like to light a black candle to symbolise the old year. As I do this, I discard the old year’s energy. I give thanks for the good things that have come to me and think about what I’ve learned from any challenges. I then light a white candle to represent the year ahead. I focus on what I want to manifest in the future
Making a list of your aspirations for the year ahead is a perfect thing to do at Samhain
Once you’ve written them on your chosen piece of paper- preferably pristine white paper- roll this up into a scroll, tie with a black ribbon and put it aside until the next Samhain, when you can review your wishes.
I also like to place white candles in front of photographs or images of those in the Spirit Realm who I wish to love, remember and honour.
As I mentioned earlier in this post, Samhain is the most powerful point of the year for divination. It’s particularly good to work with The Tarot, runes, a scrying mirror or whichever tools you prefer for gaining psychic focus and insight.
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