Oct 21, 2006
As of today, Samhain is only ten days away. It is known by several names, and in some cultures the date maight differ, but the root is the same, and the roots are as old as humanity's realization of the spiritual.
We can speak of various rites, customs, and celebrations, but so many have done that. Instead, let's take a look at what's at the root of Samhain.
According to the ancient Celts and many others, Samhain is the time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. This is the opportune time to reach across to those who have crossed over, and for them to reach out to us. It is also a good time to consider what crossing over is all about.
We will all die. If you have lived any life at all, there are those who are dear to you, those whom you love, who have crossed over. Samhain is a good time to think about how each of us deals with that. Some are able to deal with it readily. Others, especially cowans and those whose spiritual learning is limited, will suddenly plunge into the spiritual when someone crosses over and they can't handle the separation. If you've been called upon to give spiritual help, you may have encountered such a situation.
Samhain is a time to celebrate those who have crossed over, and to reach out to them to let them know that they are honored, remembered, and loved. For me, this is a good time to look at the roots of Samhain so that my celebration will have even more depth and meaning.