The Power of Samhain

I write this with a nice cold glass of wine to my upper right hand and a form of unexpected inspiration to my direct right. What haven’t you read…what don’t you know? Two questions I ask readers of particular subjects. I visited Mary today, owner of a shop I frequent weekly (daily in some instances). I originally went to purchase a candle to evoke Inspiration, and instead, she led me to her books and I instantly remembered that Halloween isn’t just a time for the dead, but a time for magikal creatures as well! So, let us begin… A welcoming into the coldest season of the year and a spiritual new year; two seasons in one. Though, as most are familiar, Samhain is also a celebration of the dead. It is the most magikal and frightening times of the whole year. As winter comes along, the hearth is lit and warm. You’ve harvested your final herbs, fruits and vegetables. You’ve prepared as best as you can and now it is a time for all to gather ‘round the fire and hear stories of your passed loved ones. Ask them to be present—an invitation, not a séance.14063803_10206909204917264_4415392042754109570_n2

Samhain is commonly known as the Day of the Dead. It is also known to be the time of year when the veil between the two worlds is at its thinnest; allowing spirits, good and bad, to pass through to both sides, without a magikal call. Fae is a spiritual being. A magikal creature where the Otherworld is their domain; a dimension of Earth where that of the dead, those that refuse to move on, exist. The Otherworld, a fairy mound; an existence close to our own, which connects with ours from time to time and from place to place. Fairies are nature spirits, who tend growing things. They are the elemental entities of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth; they are the ancient goddesses and gods. Some are powerful, some are awesome, some are petrifying; plenty are charming and helpful; but all are fascinating.

Should you want an opportunity on Samhain to glimpse the Otherworld, you need remember that the Fae may expect an offering.

The Fae are nature spirits! Being outside in nature is prevalent, preferably in an in-between. Go where grass meets the woods, where land meets water. Meditate at midnight, where one day isn’t yet the other. You must use all of your gifts to sense the Fae. This physical world only works for people like you and I; supernatural and mystical creatures can be seen using your mind’s eye. You might be able to hear Fae music or just “know” that they are present with you. If you have an idea of the kind of Fae you will meet (or glimpse), whether it be Cerridwen-the Underworld goddess and Fairy Hag, or Leanna—bringer of creative inspiration, or The Sphinx—a guardian of ancient mysteries , be sure to have a sincere offering present. Leftovers of cake, milk or wine and shiny things…all Fae love shiny things…and wine….did I say wine already? The offering must be sincere! Do not attempt harm to the Fae, or they will sense your negative energy and do unto you what you would do unto them.

So…what will you draw you in this Samhain? alchemistbythesea@gmail.com

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