Samhain is the third and final harvest festival falling on October 31st in the northern hemisphere. In the wheel year, Samhain signals the beginning of the darker half of the year. On this day the veil between our world and the unseen is the thinnest. Historically speaking, this is the day when many cultures choose to honor and connect with their ancestors. 

Growing up Halloween was my absolute favorite holiday. As a child, I even loved it more than opening an abundance of presents on Christmas morning. I’m not entirely sure why, or at least I don’t know how to accurately put it into words. Maybe it’s the time of year - crisp air, pumpkins, apple desserts, mulled wine and falling leaves. The best way I know to describe it is that on this day, everything feels the most alive. I’m sure it’s also due to the thinning of the veil, allowing me to feel the fullness of all that is unseen and sensing the presence of those who are no longer with us. 

There was a long season of my life where I did not celebrate Halloween at all because of the beliefs of my faith community. Deep down that made me super sad, but I also wanted to do what was right and good. Last year was the first year in almost two decades that I celebrated Halloween. It was the day I decided to set forth on a holy journey. I’ve spent the last year learning about the wheel of the year and reconnecting with that which resonated as sacred in my soul. Today I celebrate Samhain by officially closing the door on a life that no longer resonates, and stepping in to the fullness of who I am this world.

For me this is holy day. A chance to press pause, recognize and remember my place in the wheel of life. To reflect on the idea that we are all a part of something greater - part of a larger story. To recognize the passing of time and reflect on the natural cycles and rhythms we see reflected in our world around us. To behold what is sacred. 

Soon I will carve pumpkins, roast pumpkin seeds, bake bread, sip some mulled wine, sit by the fire, pull some cards, reflect on my ancestors and honor those who passed. And of course later this evening I will put on a costume and pass out candy - enjoying all that this day has to offer.

How will you celebrate today? What are you reflecting on?

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