Samhain is the cross-quarter Holy Day on The Wheel of the Year, half way between Equinox and Solstice and marks the beginning of the Celtic New Year, in the Priestess traditions and many cultures around the globe. It is the end of one cycle and the beginning of another lunar cycle, seasonal cycle, and solar cycle as we enter into the dark and still time where all creation begins anew.
The calendar Samhain is October 31 and this year, the Samhain portal extends from then to November 18th. Our medicine during this time is truly about connecting with the emotions, beliefs and feelings that lie in the deep watery realms within our soul that we tend to discard and to FEEL them.
Instead of casting away sadness, anger, grief – listen to them, greet them. FEEL what wishes to remain, and what is needed to be released and cleared to die a sacred death of our illusions and what may be holding us back. It is a time to dive into our subconscious and affirm our courage to step into the mystery, into the unknown. A time to honour those that walked before us on the path of life and give our respect to our ancestors.
Lunar Samhain Rituals
Take off the Mask: Feel into any ways that you may be inauthentic with yourself and any masks that you may be wearing that aren’t serving the essence of who you are. Draw or paint these out or write them down and then lay to rest any of the false faces that you may be wearing. In this way, the more you peel away the masks that aren’t you, the more you can rise into the truth of who you are, right now, and emerge more fully as your radiant self.
Honour Your Ancestors: Write down all the things you are grateful for about your lineage. The gifts you have received. The lessons you have learned. Perhaps you may wish to create an altar for your ancestors. In your unique way, create the space to offer gratitude to those that came before you and acknowledge them for the wisdom that now flows through you. They LOVE it if you make something delicious and offer it to them!
Fire Release Ritual: You may also wish to connect with the parts of your lineage that may be less than joy-filled. If you desire, you can get in touch with the part of you that feels angry, sad, frustrated and confused about what your bloodline or lineage has passed down to you and offer this into the fires of transmutation (by literally building a fire or safely using a candle). You can write these down or say them out loud, or both. Then, move your body and make any desired sounds to finalize the release. When complete, you can offer any authentic words of forgiveness, empathy, and realizations.
Empty The Mind. Feel Into Your Dreams: Give yourself the gift of moving from your head to your heart. It’s an auspicious time to FEEL your dreams. Your goals. Your desires. Scorpio is all about feeling. Bring any visuals or ideas about what you’d like to experience for your life into the visceral experience of your body. In this way, you are sending out messages to the universe to magnify these experiences into your life. Take some time to literally experience how your desires and dreams FEEL in your body. This is truly the magic of creating your life.