It’s Halloween today – the celebration the ancient Celts called Samhain. My Visionary Fiction novels incorporate many such ancient Celtic traditions, legends, and lore. Samhain acknowledges and honors the worlds of the seen and unseen – our everyday world, and the worlds of imagination, mystery, and spirit. Visionary Fiction is storytelling that explores the magical connection between these realms.
Samhain is the Gateway to winter, where the veils are especially thin between these worlds of the seen and unseen. The Celts called the unseen realms the ‘Otherworld’, a place of beauty, rest, and renewal. Samhain is a time in the cycle of the year for slowing down. For connecting to your deep self and resting there in the healing power of your inner nature. It is the turning of the seasons where you can commune with the earth mother’s womb from which all that is created is birthed.
Samhain is also a time for honoring your loved ones who have passed. Perhaps today you may want to light a candle and recall in your heart the cherished memories of loved ones who are no longer in the physical world.
Or you might simply gather some colorful autumn leaves to place in a bowl on your kitchen counter, to acknowledge what you would like to shed in your life and what you would like to seed deep within you for rebirth and renewal.
You can make an offering to the beauty of nature, the spirit of nature all around you. You can do this by placing food or milk in a bowl and laying it beside your favorite tree in your garden.
Here is an interview I gave on Samhain and Visionary Fiction.
Happy Samhain! May this day bring you deep regeneration, communion, and the seeds for gestating new birth!