Looking forward to Halloween this year? Just so you know, to Wiccans Samhain, otherwise known as Halloween, is considered a Sabbat to honor the ancestors who came before us. Wiccans use Halloween time to contact the spirit world with a séance. On Halloween, the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest therefore making it ripe for contacting the other-world of spirits.
Rumor says that Samhain is the name of some ancient Celtic god of death. This rumor started because the world Samhain originates from the Gaelic “Samhuin”. It’s up to interpretation whether Samhain means the end or beginning of summer because when summer is ending here on earth, it’s just beginning in the underworld of spirits. Samhain is a reference to the daylight portion of the holiday, which is technically on November 1st.
In the eighth century, the Catholic Church decided to label November 1st as All Saints Day. Pagans were already celebrating on November 1, so it made perfect sense to label it as a church holiday. The purpose of All Saints Day was to honor any saint who didn’t already have a day of his or her own. They had a prayer which was recited on All Saints Day called Allhallowmas. It was for all those who are hallowed. The night before All Saints Day became known as All Hallows Eve. Over time All Hallows Eve eventually morphed into what we now call Halloween.
The Celtic New Year’s beginning is marked by sunset on Samhain. This is a closing of the old year. The harvest has already been gathered, animals including cattle and sheep have been brought in from the fields, and the leaves of fall have already fallen from the trees. We are winding down the old year and preparing for the new turn-over in our lives. If there are any loose ends of things you failed to accomplish in the past year, it is the time to wrap things up quickly. Once your unfinished business has been resolved, then you can look optimistically towards the coming year.
Wiccans use Samhain to pay homage to the ancestors who came before us. If a witch had a loved one die in the past year, they will celebrate their memory on Halloween. Because the boundary to the other-world is thinnest on Halloween, witches find it easier to communicate with loved ones from beyond the veil. The spirits can sometimes offer advice, protection and important guidance for the year ahead.
Get into the spirit of Halloween because you will be celebrating Samhain in the true Celtic tradition. To get the most mileage of this special holiday for witches, pace your festivities out over several days. You can hold a ritual and feast each night, or just carve pumpkins and light up your house for trick-or-treaters. An exotic witch costume for Halloween will get you into the holiday spirit. Try something goth inspired, maybe some clip in hair extensions, and color contact lenses of bright blue or green. A black dress with string ties or beading will look dazzling. Lace up boots and plenty of jewelry can complete your Wiccan look. Don’t forget to buy some candy!