Halloween is approaching. We are in the height of Autumn. The weather is cool, the cocoa is hot, and the pumpkins are orange. Sights, smells, and sounds of the season are all around us. The vibe of Halloween is strong, but how do we tune into the magic and sacred in it?
Halloween, as we know it today, is both an offshoot of the Celtic pagan holy day Samhain, which celebrated the end of the harvest and transition between summer and winter, and the Christian holiday Allhallowtide, that honors the dead– both the saints and the faithful departed. These two concepts: the liminality of Samhain, a time the Gaelic people believed opened the gateways to the land of spirits, Gods, and faeries; and the Christian idea that souls of loved ones could return to the dinner table; combine to create Halloween. It is a night that celebrates and reckons with the realities and fears of death by embodying fantastical monsters, beautiful creatures, and meaningful archetypes.
There are so many ways to see the magic and create the sacred in Halloween, we just need to open ourselves to the opportunities.