November 22, 2015
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Aside from Wep Ronpet, this is the single most important holiday in the LV-426 Tradition. The name Samhain is Gaelic, means “End of Summer,” and is pronounced “SOW-wynn.” It is the origin of our modern Halloween and is traditionally observed from October 31 to November 2. (In the southern hemisphere, it’s observed from April 30 to May 2.) It’s a time when the barriers between the material world and the spirit world are at their weakest, allowing greater mobility between the two from either side. This makes Samhain the perfect time for mortals to work magic and for spirits to roam the Earth as they wish. The most important way of celebrating Samhain is to light candles for our ancestors and to welcome their spirits into our homes. Furthermore, trick-or-treating and carving jack-o’lanterns originated as ways of warding off evil spirits (which are especially restless at this time). Samhain is less about celebrating any particular God and more about celebrating the people who made it possible for us to be here, but who are no longer with us.
My family’s shrine to our ancestors for Samhain 2015
Further reading: Halloween (1978), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Samhain, A Samhain Poem, Shrines to Our Gods and Ancestors for Samhain 2015, The 31 Days of Halloween III, A Vigil For The Dead