Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Samhain is mostly known by the world as Halloween, but for Wiccans and Pagans it's considered a Sabbat holiday to honor the ancestors before our time. It's a spiritual time of the year to communicate with the spirit world through a seance because it's the one time where the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest and easiest to reach.
Samhain was not named after some ancient Celtic god of death, or anything negative or black magic related. Religious scholars agree that the word Samhain (pronounced "sow-en") comes from the Gaelic “Samhuin,” but they argue with each other on whether it means the end or beginning of summer. After all, when summer is ending here on earth, it’s different in the Underworld. Samhain (Halloween) actually refers to the daylight portion of the holiday, on November 1st.
All Hallow Mass:
During the 18th century the Catholic Church declared November 1st All Saints Day. Since many Pagans and Wiccans believe in many of the concepts of Christianity this worked out well since they were already celebrating this day so it made sense to use it as a church holiday. This festival and celebration was used to honor saints that did not have a declared holiday. Allhallowmas is the mass of all tho were hollowed. The eve of this holiday turned into what we would commonly call Halloween.
Witch's New Year:
The sunset on Halloween is the beginning of the Celtic New Year. All of the leaves have fallen from the trees, the herds have been been brought in from the fields and the previous year has passed. The earth slowly begins to renew around us all bringing new life.
This is the time of the year to reflect upon our actions for the previous year and learn from mistakes. Preparing for a new year by setting fourth new goals is common. Have you left anything unresolved? If so, now is the time to close those chapters of your life. Once you have cleared all of that away it's time to look towards a new beginning.
Honoring the Deceased and Ancestors:
For Wiccans and Pagans alike, Samhain is a time when we honor our ancestors who came before us. If you know someone who has passed onto the next world this is a time to celebrate their life and memories. Some of them return on this day from the other world to communicate with us to offer guidance, protection, knowledge and forgiveness.
Holding a ritual and feast each night for friends and loved ones is a common practice over the course of three nights to celebrate the holiday. This is a time for Wiccans and Pagans to come together on a positive note and enjoy each other's company. Make sure that the trick-or-treater's are not forgotten!
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This is a topic that I get a lot of e-mails about. It is so true that money creates opportunities and can ease the stress of daily life when enough is on hand.
Image, you are a little straped for cash, so you decide to ask for spiritual aid. You decide to preform a money spell. Hoping that you can get a little lucky in this venture and come out ahead. Most people start out by trying to cast a money spell themselves. About 99% of the time their spell will fail because they did not perform something the proper way. Library books and information found on the internet is not always the best source for finding an effective money spell that works.
Money is the route of all evil. Often times the more money one has the more problems they have. Some may want those problems just to have additional funds. The sad thing is that we are taught to fear and hate money. All the problems in the world are caused from money, it is better to be poor and humble then to be rich and powerful right, rich people only got that way by screwing others, money is a scarce commodity…. Money is power and power corrupts….right???
WRONG!! As white magick magicians we embrace power, power is a good thing, it is what we seek. Power can go both ways as there are those who are corrupted by power and there are those who use power to help themselves and those around them.
The only way to master the power without being corrupted, is to take control of it by having a professional's assistance. Wiccans learn to control the power without being corrupted. The only reason that power and money seem to corrupt is because the people it corrupts do not understand themselves and have a weak sense of self! True power comes from within and once that is mastered you cannot be corrupted, only follow your will. That power can be used to influence the world.
When you have power you have the ability to express your will and craft your life is whatever way you want to be and will go in the direction that you lead it to. You basically live in a natural state with yourself. True power, coming from the essence of the core self, does not corrupt.
Now back to the belief people have about money. Money is not evil! This belief is why so many money spells fail to work, because in the back of most peoples mind in the thought that having money makes you a bad person………….. Believe me having money allows you to do what you want. It does not make you a bad person. Money can give you the power to impact the world. Whether the person chooses to impact it for good or bad, that is the decision of each individual. Having money does not make anyone a bad person, although having money allows you make your dreams come true.