Samhain- A time to Honor our Ancestors- Astrology by Melody
Samhain marks the midpoint between the Fall and Winter Solstices on the Wheel of the Year. It is a time to start to prepare for spending more time in the darkness and embracing your shadow side. This season of year is often described as the time the “veil is thinning”. This describes the thin boundary between the physical world and the spiritual realm. Spirit communication becomes easier and more obtainable during this time.
Here are some simple rituals you can do to celebrate Samhain:
- Create an ancestor altar.
- Leave offerings outside for those who have passed over.
- Share family stories, reminisce, and remember.
- Cook family recipes.
- Practice divination.
- Make a besom.
It is also a time to honor your ancestors and those who have passed on. It is said death is a part of life, no one can escape it. If death is a part of life, then it can be said that death is also life, or a phase of life. Rather than seeing death as an ending of life, it can be seen as a transition within life. This is especially true for those who believe that the soul is infinite awareness/consciousness, and who believe in soul evolution. The soul is eternal and is simply our consciousness expressing itself as a human being having a human experience for a period of time.
When we think of our ancestors, we usually think of the deceased, or those who have passed on. The dead, or deceased, or those who have passed on, are often thought about as being no more, or nonexistent, and gone. But when we realize that our dear ancestors have simply transitioned from one expression in life in this earthly realm to another realm, we realize they are very much alive, somewhere else.
We honor our departed loved ones with gravestones, tombstones, memorials, an such things to express our honor and gratitude of each soul’s transition of life. We can see this as honoring this sacred transitional phase of life, with hope and gratitude.
Samhain Magical Correspondences
As always, you can journal and write about your intentions and goals for this season, and work with the following magical correspondences:
Symbolism: The last harvest, honoring ancestors, preparing for the darkness.
Incense: Dragon’s blood, rosemary, patchouli.
Spells: banishing, blessings.
Symbols: Jack O’ Lanterns, besoms, cauldrons, black cats, ghosts.
Here is a list of some items you can include on your ancestor altar in honor of Samhain:
- Written letters
- Food offerings
- Crystal skulls
- Personal items
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