Sanhain, or Halloween is the Death festival, marking the descent of winter. The leaves are falling from the trees in drifts, and life is drawn away from the surface of the earth, and descends deep into the earth. Life is now in the roots and bulbs of plants which rest over the winter. The Horned God who was Lord of Life has now taken his throne as Lord of the Underworld, the comforter of souls.
The earth prepares for rest and draws energy inwards. This is a time for introspection and we also draw our energy inwards and prepare for winter. The earth is becoming cold and barren and we see the Goddess as the Crone, the Wise One. She buries the God in the womb of herself so he can be reborn again. Her womb is the Underworld where He resides over winter.
Samhain is a time for tranformation and inner work. It is also a somber time of rememberance and reflection over those who have died. The veil between the worlds is at it's thinnest and we can call upon the spirits of the dead to feast with us on this day. We can contact our ancestors and learn from their wisdom. Samhain is a time of endings and beginnings and is the start of the Celtic new year. We give up the past to look to the future, and now is the time for divination workings. It is also the time for banishings and concluding unfinished business. Now is the time to reflect on the year and learn from it and to face and reconcile with the dark side of ourselves.
Samhain, the time of mystery.
Jack Frost & The Hooded Crow