Samhain, also known as the Festival of the Dead or All Hallows’ Eve, is the time for us to release the spirits of those who have died during the previous year and for us to honor our ancestors. It is customary in some traditions to set an extra place at your supper table on Samhain in honor of the departed.
Samhain is not a scary time, like some religions or media would like people to believe. What this Sabbat is, is a time when the veil is thin and we can spend time with the spirits of those we loved. This is the time when we say good-bye to those who have left this physical plane. Though this is not a time of sadness, but a way to celebrate with the Dead.
Samhain also celebrates endings, and as such death. It honors the transition from light to dark. The growing time is over for this turn of the Wheel and the Earth begins it’s slumber.
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