Exploring the Witchy of Samhain, AKA Halloween
When I was a young girl, my mom created the most magnificent jet black witch costume complete with a pom-pom trimmed cape for me with her Singer sewing machine. This of course was to accompany my black pointy hat that we purchased for me to wear on Halloween. Apparently I felt so comfortable in that costume and loved it so much, that I put it back on a few short days later and was heading out the door, when my mom stopped me in my tracks. After some matter of fact, non dramatic negotiating, I was on my way to school in that spook-tacular dress and cape, sans the pointy hat.
Later in life, after variations of the mystical witch, the cackling witch, and the sexy witch, I was enjoying dinner with friends while sharing notions that I felt had been with me for lifetimes, and their significance to me during this dark season. These magical themes included working with oils and candles for both light and scent, affirmative prayer, moon cycles, the change of seasons, dancing and singing. I could feel how all of these could heal people both individually and even collectively; especially if shared in a group environment. One of my friends responded without skipping a beat, “You’re a witch!” I cocked my head sideways, paused for a moment, took a deep breath and exhaled. All of the emotions and memories of lives past and present came flooding through my field, gently and graciously landing into my conscious awareness.
Knowing in my heart that the lore around the witch being wicked felt unsettling, yet without a complete understanding of it all, I obtained the first Wiccan book I could find and began my investigation with both curiosity and certainty. About seven books later, I had a clear image of the origin of Samhain (pronounced Sow-wen), the ancient Celtic New Year, that celebrated loved ones and ancestors that have crossed over, as the veil between the living and the dead was believed to be at its thinnest. What ultimately evolved into Halloween was complete with beautiful rituals and practical traditions symbolizing ghosts, skeletons, devils, cauldrons, pumpkins and very appropriately so, the witch.
The witch was actually the crone being celebrated at this auspicious time of the year. She was magickal simply because she was an elder and a master of herbs and tinctures; the seer and the healer in the villages. Previously this belief that some seers possessed mystical qualities which were used to protect and heal the people, transitioned into a false connection between these seers and the devil.
The witch trials and executions began in Europe during the 15th and early 16th centuries, peaking in the 17th century’s Thirty Years War. To justify the killings, Protestant Christianity and its lay folks representing the establishment, deemed witchcraft as being associated with wild Satanic rituals. Hence, these magickal healers were now deemed old hags and forced outside of the villages with their brooms, initially used to sweep their sacred space clear of unwanted evil, and their crystals (ball), used for glimpses of truth and visions that originally served the village people.
What I have learned about this Samhain season and my feeling within it is this. Some of us feel the wisdom of the ages at the core of our being. Others can cultivate this. Today I choose to listen and pay attention to what what my body is remembering or saying to me. I can learn and benefit from this when making choices. Does that mean that I am a modern day Priestess? Not officially. But I’d like to say that I hold that energy. Affirmative prayer, which I am officially trained in, is certainly similar to spell casting, and I love to receive and share the benefits of oils and crystals, as well as the knowledge of the constellations and the moon cycles. And, all of this is definitely more fun and powerful in a coven, tribe or loving community.
Perhaps this Samhain you’ll choose to celebrate your loved ones past and present and enjoy nature’s bounty like pumpkins and pomegranates that coincide with the dark season. Light a candle with a warm and yummy scent and turn within. Feel what your body is saying to you; especially your heart and solar plexus, where your true power lives. Maybe you research or explore your soul while sitting relaxed with steady breathing and then journal about what you’ve received. This Samhain, live your truth and do you; maybe even in a witchy costume (wink, wink).
You can begin to channel your inner witchy energies with the assistance of our collective set of gemstones and energy cleansing we like to call, “The Witchy Kit”. It is designed for one to work with energies of this mystical season and for self work and inner reflection. This deeply transmutative, intuitive and healing set of empowerment tools includes sage and tea light for clearing and cleansing energy and space, with a gorgeous abalone shell to divinate from that’s available for you to tune into all year long. You can purchase your Witchy Kit here.
Samhain Blessings 🔮