It’s that spooky time of year again. Yes mysterious Halloween is one of the last secular festivals surviving in the Western calendar. It’s a festival that continues to bewitch us and its ancient pagan roots date back to a time when ordinary people observed nature’s cycles of birth, death, and rebirth and explored the non-physical realms, the ‘Other Worlds‘ as a natural and normal function of human experience. So is there something deep and perhaps hidden within us that is prompted by an instinct to connect to the eternal cycles of nature through this ancient compelling ritual that returns every year when the Sun is in Scorpio?
Halloween’s origins date back 2,000 years ago to the Celts who believed that time was cyclical and celebrated the four seasons as well as the four moments during the year which are dictated by the relationship between the Earth and the Sun, the solstices and equinoxes. November 1st marked their New Year’s celebration and the festival of Samhain (pronounced Sah-wain) meaning ‘summer’s end’. This festival announced the completion of the harvest and the beginning of the dark, chilly winter, a time associated with death and dying.
Samhain was observed by the Celts from October 31 to November 2 and the Druids Celtic Priests believed that at this time the veil between this world and the world of our ancestors was drawn aside so that journeys could be made across to the ‘other side’. The Druids endeavoured to make contact with the spirits of the departed and so they built huge Sacred Bonfires where the whole community gathered in celebration. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter months.
Samhain is a time to honour the living-spirits of our loved ones as guardians who hold the wisdom of mankind. In the zodiac, the potency of Halloween is represented by the sign Scorpio, the sign of secrets and clandestine activity. Likewise Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld, the Mythological ruler of the Constellation of Scorpio rules all that lives deeply below the surface, all that is mysterious, secretive, subconscious and sometimes taboo…
Polite society in the contemporary world mostly fears, rejects and even demonises the occult (‘the hidden’). Alchemy and other esoteric arts are still considered taboo and modern rational thought condemns intuition as being inferior to mental logic. As a consequence Mystical study has mostly been conducted in secret, in the dark. All New Moons occur in the dark as well and this coming New Moon in Scorpio is the Mother of all Dark Moons, in the sign of death and rebirth. Yes, the New Moon is the most powerful time each month to connect to your inner self, bringing awareness to what you want to let go of, what’s important to you and what you desire.
So tune in to Soul Traveller Radio (http://soultravellerradio.com/) for this next New Moon in Scorpio around the 11th and 12th of November 2015 as we are all encouraged to ‘Explore our Passions’ and where we will contemplate and ruminate the passionate ways of Scorpio in order to connect to our own deeply personal aspirations. And let’s express gratitude for Halloween, the New Moon and for the untold Mysteries that exist, and take advantage of each and every perfect moment to honour them.
Go Well in Peace, Love and Happiness,