October 20th: “Samhain” (the Celtic New Year)

Presenter: Guy Hopkins

The fields are bare, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the skies are going gray and cold. The wind’s bite turns cold, and spirits long gone roam the lands once more. The autumn season brings in a time of introspection and reflection on our lives.
We are no longer distracted by the summer with its outdoor activities, parties, and bright sun. It is the end of the harvest, the end of the light half of the year and it marks a rest for the earth after the fertility and productivity of the summer months. For this is the night of Samhain.

At its roots it’s a Gaelic holiday that marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of a new year. Samhain was and is a time for reflection on the previous year and what you have done with your life. It is a time of great magic and mystery and reverence for the supernatural and the “other side.”

It is a time for discerning what negativity lies in our hearts and for planning steps to take in the coming year to make our lives better. Just as the farmer in days of old may have changed his crop plans for the coming year, we too can decide to sow different seeds to bring happiness in the seasons and harvests ahead.

Today Samhain is a time to remember what has gone before us. Our feared based society today has taken away the joy of Samhain, it is up to each and every one of us to relight and rekindle our beautiful ceremonies, by celebrating and rejoicing our ancient traditions of our ancestors without fear.

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