Samhain inaugurates winter. It is the last harvest festival and brings summer to an end.
The sun god is dying and goes underground, to be re-born on the winter solstice, so it is a celebration of reincarnation.
The harvest has been gathered, the animals have been brought in from the fields, the earth is slowly dying around us.
It is a night of wonder and magic, a night of witches and fairies. The Cailleach (the blue faced hag of winter) comes to strip the leaves from the trees, so that they fall to the ground to be transformed and feed the new life yet to come. We can ask her to take with her any aspects of our year, that we do not want or need any more, so that they may be transformed.
This is a great time for going inward and wrapping up the old, taking stock of the past and coming to terms with it. Try to bring everything to a close that is still outstanding and unresolved.
Once you have cleared away the old, you can look at the new! This is a powerful time for divination – for looking into and getting a glimpse of the future. This is a great way to gain new insights and perspectives.
Samhain is a festival of the dead, a night to remember our loved ones and honor our ancestors, all those that came before us. Saying goodbye to our dear departed friends and relations, for them and us to move on.
The veil to the otherworld is very thin, spirits and the souls of our loved ones have more power and can come visit and give blessings, offer advice, protection and guidance. It is a time of great feasts and traditionally the table would be set to include a place for traveling souls.