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This is Halloween 🎃

What is it all About?

The "true name" of Halloween is actually "All Hallows' Eve," which is the day before All Saints' Day, a day that honors all Christian saints. The holiday has its roots in Catholicism, as it was designed to replace the pagan festival of Samhain.

Samhain, pronounced "sow-in", is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. It is celebrated on the night of October 31st to November 1st and is believed to have originated in Ireland and Scotland.

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The festival was historically observed by the Celts and Druids, who believed that on this night, the boundary between the world of the living and the dead became blurred, allowing spirits to pass through. Bonfires were lit to ward off evil spirits and animals were sacrificed as offerings to the gods.

As Christianity spread throughout Ireland and Scotland, the festival of Samhain was incorporated into the Christian calendar as All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows' Day. The night before, Samhain, became known as All Hallows' Eve, which eventually evolved into the modern day holiday of Halloween. It originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Later on, the holiday evolved into a day for people to dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating.

Today, Samhain is still celebrated by many modern Pagans and Wiccans as a time to honor their ancestors and connect with the spirit world. It is also a time for reflection on the past year and setting intentions for the coming year.

Halloween has a rich history that spans many cultures. In Mexico, for example, it is celebrated as Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead," that is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, where people will build ofrendas or altars to honor passed loved ones. These alters are decorated with bright colours, flowers, personal offerings, favourite and traditional foods and candels to light and welcome the deceased to return to the world of the living. Families attend grave sites to clean, decorate and pay their respects.

Across the world, the honoring and rememberance of those that have passed is not a time of fear but a time for reconnection.

Indeed, there are several African celebrations that are alternatives to Halloween. These celebrations have a rich cultural significance and are celebrated by many African communities around the world.

A celebration that serves as an alternative to Halloween is the Festival of the Ancestors, also known as Homowo. This is a traditional harvest festival that is celebrated by the Ga people of Ghana. It takes place in August or September and is a time for giving thanks to the ancestors for the bountiful harvest. The festival is celebrated through music, dance, and feasting. Overall, there are many African celebrations that serve as alternatives to Halloween. Each of these celebrations has its own unique cultural significance and is a great way to learn more about African cultures and traditions. Some of these are:

Odunde Festival (USA) - This festival takes place on the second Sunday of June in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a celebration of African culture and heritage, and includes a procession to the Schuylkill River to offer prayers to the ancestors.

Gadaa System (Ethiopia) - This system is a cultural and political institution of the Oromo people of Ethiopia. It includes a complex system of rituals and ceremonies to honor the ancestors, including offerings of food and drink and traditional dances.

Chisemphere (Malawi) - This festival takes place in December and is a time to honor the ancestors and ask for their blessings. It involves traditional dances, music, and offerings of food and drink.

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What's written in the stars?

On the 31st of October 2023, several astrological energetic influences will be present. The most significant celestial event will be a Full Moon in Taurus, which will bring about a culmination of efforts and a sense of stability. This Full Moon will also oppose Uranus, bringing surprises, unexpected changes, and a desire for freedom and independence.

Additionally, on this day, Mercury will be in retrograde in Scorpio, which may lead to misunderstandings, communication issues, and a need to be cautious with signing contracts or making important decisions. However, it is also a time for introspection, reflection, and revisiting past experiences to gain knowledge and wisdom.

Finally, Mars will be in Libra, which can bring a sense of indecisiveness and a desire for balance and harmony in relationships. It is important to approach conflicts with a calm and rational mindset and to take time to listen to others' perspectives.

Overall, the energetic influences on October 31st, 2023 will be a mix of stability, surprises, introspection, and a need for balance in relationships. It is a time to be mindful of communication and decision-making, but also to embrace change and unexpected opportunities.

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During "Halloween" the veil between worlds is said to be extreamly thin. Providing both sides with the ability to pass messages freely. Making it a great time to commune but also an impotant time to protect. There are some crystals that can be extremly useful during this energetic cycle.

Labradorite - Highten your intuitive and physchic abilities and strenghthen your ability to commune with other worldly energies.

Smoky Quartz - Ground, protect and enhance spiritual communications.

Black Kyanite - Increase clairvoyance, amplify manifestations and support astral projection and past life experences.

Selenite - To cleanse auric energies , amplify the energies of other crystals and open the mind to messages from beyond.

Obsidian - Aid in magical rituals through grounding, protection and absorbtion of negative energies.

Silver Flake - Amplifies spells, intententions, lunar energy and hightens the vibe.

Bloodstone - Remove obstacles, promote healing and wellness during the winter months.

Orange Calcite - To invite in creativity, positive energy and ease seasonal transitions.

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🎃Halloween has become a time of year, where people all over the world reconnect, remember and honor in some way or form, those that came before.🎃

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