As the Fall season sets in, after Mabon or the Autumnal Equinox has past, we are coming closer to the "Witches' New Year" or Samhain. Samhain, pronounced "saow-in" and popularly known as Halloween or All Hallow's Eve, is the time of the year where the veil between our world and the metaphysical/spiritual or "other" world is at its thinnest. The days leading up to this high energy time leave us especially susceptible to interactions with the energies of that world.
In many cultures, Samhain is a time of celebrating our history and our ancestors. In Mexico, it's known as the Day of the Dead. We honor those who have come before us and we find comfort in the knowledge that they continue as another form, for energy never dies.
Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I love the weather, the changing colors of our natural world, the layers of comfy clothes, and the spirit of the season. I have always felt a comfort during the Fall season, and I believe it is because of the connection I have always felt with the natural world and my ancestors.
Halloween is also known as a time of mischief, and I believe this may, in fact, be due to the thinning of the veil. These energies now have a foothold in our world, and are capable of acting in whatever way they please. I mean, why not have some fun with it, right?
That being said, it is especially important to be prepared for this season by fortifying our homes, meaning cleansing and creating strong barriers against negative forces. Some methods of doing this is to burn cleansing incense, including sage, angelica, and/or palo santo. You can also diffuse essential oils like bergamot which has an energizing citrus scent.
To create barriers, sprinkling black salt along entry ways to your home will neutralize negative energies and prevent them from entering. You can be extra and add it along your windows as well. Another protective barrier you can craft is a witch bottle.
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I hope this season brings you the comfort of knowing that life is a never ending cycle and there is more beyond the veil of death. I hope you can feel or foster a connection with your ancestors and those who have walked this path before you. And, most of all, I hope the spirited energy of this season invigorates you and your connection to our natural world.