“Sam” and “hain” meant “end of” and “summer” to the Celts. They observed only two seasons of the year: summer and winter. So, Samhain was celebrated at the transition of these seasons.
Samhain, (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne)is the third and final Harvest. The dark winter half of the year commences on this Sabbat. It is generally celebrated on October 31st, but some traditions prefer November 1st. It is one of the two “spirit-nights” each year, the other being Beltane. Originally the “Feast of the Dead” was celebrated in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the “wandering dead”.
Pagans consider Samhain the most magical night of the year. It occurs exactly opposite of Beltane on the Wheel of the Year. It is a night of glowing jack-o-lanterns, tricks or treats, and dressing in costume. A night for telling chilling ghost stories by the fire. And a time for seances, tarot card readings and scrying with mirrors. It is upon this night, that the veil which separates our world from the Otherworld is at its thinnest, making it a Night of Power.
As Witches,we observe this day as a religious festival. We consider it a memorial day for dead friends and family. It is still a night to practice various forms of divinitory arts such as scrying and rune casting. One could never hope for a better Tarot reading than on this night! Samhain is considered a time to wrap up old projects, take a good look at one’s stock in life, and consider new projects and endeavors for the coming year.
As promised in this post here, My Odin’s Owl Drawing is ready to be released out into the world! With fierce truth, we answer the call, can you honor it? In honor of this deep and magickal time of year, it seems right that he take flight!
This is a piece that dares you to look into the eyes of the mystery, of the deep, a place to connect with the ancestors. With one eye on the external world and one eye on the internal, there is a place where the two merge and become one unique expression…YOU! That is the Alchemy of the spirit with the physical. Are you brave enough to answer the call and soar the depths to find the core to ultimately bring it out into the light with fierce truth! If so, then Odin’s Owl of Alchemy is a perfect guardian to have with you everywhere you go!