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~ samhain, the celtic fire festival honouring the dead, is a night of power when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest; it is traditionally celebrated following sunset on the eve of november, or when sun enters fifteen degrees scorpio ~

it is  a spirit night — a night to commune with and remember the dead and to celebrate the eternal cycle of reincarnation; a night when flickering jack-o-lanterns lead the way for passing spirits finding their way through the veils; a night of divination with tarot card readings and apple magick; a night of trick-or-treating and dressing in costume

further reading:

the real origins of halloween: Isaac Bonewit’s essay discussing the origins of Halloween and its various (modern) customs

samhain: a brief witchvox article on the celebration of Samhain in Wicca (likely a Celtic tradition)

the old ways, hallows and spooky samhain: these are both excellent articles that discuss the history, meaning and/or celebration of Samhain

in Norse Paganism and/or Asatru, ‘Winter Nights’ is the sacred time to honour the departed ancestors; for more information on the northern european customs, see winter nights, from the rites of the asatru