The Spiritual Origins of All Hallow’s Eve – Deborah King


Skeletons and creepy spiders dangle in doorways. Jack-o’-lanterns grimace from front porches. Witches, scary monsters (from werewolves to politicians, grim reapers, ghosts, devils, and the walking dead proliferate on All Hallow’s Eve. Telling ghost stories, wearing costumes, and trick-or-treating are all strategies to enter into the spirit that lurks in the darkness in a non-threatening way.

In spite of its mass consumerism (among the candy, costumes, and decorations, Americans devote about six billion dollars a year on Halloween, second only to Christmas as a industrial vacation), All Hallow’s Eve basically has its roots in spiritual traditions. Hallows’ Eve or Hallowe’en actually signifies “holy evening”—the evening preceding Hallows’ Day, or All Saints’ Day.

Trick-or-treating started in England when poor people would beg door-to-door for meals and would obtain “soul cakes” right after they promised to pray for the dead relatives of that family members. It was named “going a-souling” and replaced the old practice of leaving out meals for the spirits who roamed about on that evening.

Quite a few hundreds of years just before the Christian era, the Celts, who lived in Ireland, the UK, and the northern element of France, had their New Year’s celebration, named Samhain (pronounced sow-win), on November 1st. It marked the finish of summer time and the commence of winter (the Celts recognized only two seasons). Winter was a frightening time of meals shortages and deadly cold climate, so the Celts honored the Sun god for their harvest and produced sacrifices in massive bonfires to appease Lord Samhain, whose name signifies “summer’s finish,” as he came into his energy and reigned more than the lengthy, cold, and dark months of winter. As they say in Games of Thrones, “winter’s coming.”

On the evening just before Samhain, October 31st, the Celts believed that these who had died in the course of the final circle of the sun would rise up, browsing for the passageway that would lead them to the netherworld. On this evening, among summer time and winter, among a single year and the subsequent, the veil more than the passageway is at its thinnest. When the veil among the worlds is a lot more transparent, the dead can return to earth and result in problems. The souls of the dead turn out to be the ghosts, witches, elves, and goblins that are out to seek revenge on these who had harmed them when they have been alive. On the evening of October 31st, Lord Samhain roams the 4 corners of the earth to capture the souls who had “escaped” by way of the thin veil, so he can take them back to his dark globe. 

And since the barrier among the dead and the living can be crossed in the course of Samhain, offerings have been left out in the fields or about villages for all the unseen beings, from ghosts to fairies. The Celts would costume themselves as animals and monsters so the fairies or other spirits wouldn’t kidnap them. 

The belief in ghosts—the spirits of the dead that have been stated to roam about and result in problems—is discovered as far back as ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. And it is nevertheless right here. A current HuffPost/YouGov poll revealed that 45 % of Americans think in ghosts, while couple of in the scientific neighborhood are on board with non-material beings—their argument is: if they cannot see them or measure them in some way, what’s the possibility they exist? 

The scientific neighborhood has investigated “ghost-busters” who use a meter to measure the electromagnetic field to detect ghosts. There are also experiments with infrasound (sounds that are under the variety of hearing for humans), due to the fact a “low frequency standing wave” can produce a sensory phenomena that appears like a ghost. Scientists also clarify away ghosts as getting the outcome of carbon monoxide poisoning, sleep paralysis, toxic mold, schizophrenia, dementia, or just plain old imagination.

Nonetheless, these of us who recognize the validity of distinct planes of consciousness know that these who have died are nevertheless obtainable for communication. If you have noticed or interacted in some way with a non-material getting, you haven’t gone off the Halloween deep finish. You are just a lot more open to other planes of awareness than the typical guy, and recognize that science is restricted, as it is grounded in only what can be validated by way of the physical plane.

But you nevertheless have to be cautious about a non-material getting you might meet on the inner planes or be conscious of a single that is occupying the space about you. Every person is on their personal level of consciousness in the course of their lifetime, but dying does not necessarily lift them any larger. They might recognize a lot more than they did though living on earth, but they can also nevertheless have a wish for revenge for the discomfort they knowledgeable though alive. So please bear in mind to surround your self in some type of protective light just before starting an inner journey.

Soon after all, it could be a dark and stormy evening . . .and winter’s coming!


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