What Is Samhain vs Halloween ?
Samhain translates to "summers-end".
The word "Halloween" comes from "All Hallows' Eve" and means "hallowed evening."
Do you know the difference between Halloween and Samhain?
Samhain marks a time of year when seasons change and harvests come to their end. All old, unwanted things come to their end! Time to ready yourself for the new things to come. It is also said that during Samhain the "veil" between ours and the spirit world would be blurred allowing us to connect with our passed loved ones. This is where Halloween gains its "haunted" connotation. Samhain was a time when people would light big bonfires, feast on the last harvest and even dress up as their future or more higher selves (like witches or gods and goddesses). Over time, Christianity took over the holiday and the pagan undertones of this holiday were lessened and more modernized. The rituals and more spiritual celebrations eventually turned into more lighthearted fun and games. In the eighth century, November 1st was recognized as a time to honor all saints. Then soon, All Saints Day adopted some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before Samhain was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, wearing costumes and eating yummy candy.
My typical celebration would involve making a yummy autumn dinner and inviting family and friends over to celebrate new comings, while also remembering our passed loved ones. Then after everyone leaves I do a small, private meditation. Involving things like candles, fallen leaves, gourds and/or pumpkins, photos of any loved ones who have passed, my crystals and sage.. Sorry to be disappointing to some, but Satanism is not on the agenda. Some have made Samhain to be about something it is not. I mean really, for all the darkness, ghosts and evil talk, Samhain, like all Wiccan holidays, is most firmly rooted in the natural world, and in natural processes. Death is a natural thing, and this holiday is the time when we acknowledge and honor its place in our lives.
This time of year is specifically for thinking about the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Its not just about trick or treating and dressing up. Samhain is the witches New Year. It's considered the first turn in the Wheel of the Year &it's a very powerful time!
Say goodbye to harvest and welcome "the darker half of the year".
This time of year is a great time to physically clean and declutter your sacred spaces (bedroom, office, home, etc.).
Then do a spiritual cleanse and blessing in your space by burning white sage and banishing negative energy.
Use things that you enjoy seeing this time of year.
My Home, Office &Altar Usually Consist Of:
Pictures Of Passed Loved Ones
Plan a nice dinner for the last harvest, with loved ones to honor and remember the ones we love who have passed away.
You can make them a place at the dinner table to welcome them.
Honor them by making their favorite meal or dishes.
Share memories and tell stories w friends and family.
TREES : APPLE, OAK, HAZEL
BLACK CAT, BAT, OWL, RAVEN
BLACK, GOLD, ORANGE, PURPLE, WHITE, SILVER
HERBS AND FLOWERS
There are literally so many ways to practice mediation. If one way doesn't work for you, know you have options! Try something else &find what works for you!
In mindfulness meditation, you pay attention to your thoughts as they pass through your mind. You don’t judge the thoughts or become involved with them. You simply observe and take note of any patterns. This practice combines concentration with awareness. You may find it helpful to focus on an object or your breath while you observe any bodily sensations, thoughts, or feelings.
Yes, our beautiful reproductive system! &I'm getting straight to the point!
How many of you beauties deal with BV, yeast infections, UTI's or even other issues like cysts or oh my personal favorite, sensitivity to EVERYTHING?!
How many of you actually talk about it?
How many of you know how to properly care for these issues?
How many of you rely on harsh chemicals for relief?
Stop doing that to your body! Stop NOT talking about it!
This is our beauty ladies! Our body is a beautiful thing!
Don't be ashamed to embrace what we have as woman. We all face these things!
WE ARE QUEENS!
Veggie / Grilled Chicken Burgers
Dark Chocolate / Fruit
Whole Grain / Wheat Bread
Breads, Pasta &Carbs
What You Need..
Chromium, Carbon, Phosphorus, Sulfur, Tryptophan
So Try Eating..
Nuts, Seeds, Veggies, Fruit
Broccoli, Fresh Fruit, Chicken, Cranberries, Raisins.
High Protein Foods: Meat, Fish, Nuts, Beans
Organic Milk, Cheese, Green Leafy Veggies
Fatty Fish, Goat Milk, Cashews
(extra virgin olive oil)
Frozen Veggie Mix
(natural if possible)
Whole Wheat Bread
The water caught in the bowl from the condensation process (usually clear) is the water that can be mixed with a little glycerin &used for example, before bed because it helps moisturize as well as helping with clogged pores.
The water you are removing the pedals from is good to use in your baths or in your house. You can also use this as a makeup primer or toner.
Extra Benefits :
Helps w Bags Under the Eyes.
Make Up Remover
Helps Treat Acne