Greetings and Magickal blessings everyone!
This weekend and through the coming week there is much to celebrate. Starting today Oct 28th thru November 2nd, is the celebration Isia, an Egyptian festival honoring the Goddess Isis and the search and recovery of her husband & brother Osiris. In cultures which use a lunar calendar, this time period is known as the 13th sacred month, also sometimes called a BlueMoon. I do not know much about this mysterioso month but it is intriguing for sure. In literature it has been said that for some cultures this month may span a few days, and for others it may extend 29 holy days. Even though most have used a solar calendar system, this 13th moon month still holds spiritual influence on the collective unconscious of us humans. There is a deep connection and symbolism between this time and Halloween/All Hallow’s Eve/Samhain, and the many other festivals around the world honoring the spirits of the dead. Deep in our being we feel a call to honor and reflect upon the year that has passed and all of those that have gone before us. It is a holy and magickal time, often considered beyond the laws of time and space, sometimes called “between worlds.”
The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain is celebrated on the 31st- Halloween/All Hallow’s Eve, from sundown to sunrise, over 24 hours. It is a time to celebrate the sacred new year. The veil is much thinner between worlds, making spirit communication and divination ideal. It is also a wonderful time to connect with the faerie realm & nature spirits. Pay attention for Divine Magick is afoot! ;) For more information on magickal Samhain and its history, plus Halloween, ritual and a wicked ‘witches brew’ recipe, please see my article from last year here J :
Also amazing is a pilgrimage taking place now of the 13 Crystal skulls and their Mayan Elders. Check out the story here: http://www.spiritofmaat.com/oct11/crystal_skull_pilgrimage.html
November 1st thru 2nd we have Day of the Dead in Mexico, Dia de los Muertos. People visit the cemeteries in costume, have parades in the street and make decorations with cookies or candies in skeleton shapes, carrying lanterns or candles, leaving offerings for the spirits of loved ones and ancestors. It is an uplifting event, a happy and festive time.
I started taking Spanish in elementary school, and remember feeling soo excited as we celebrated this in our classroom, making decorative skeletons and lanterns, eating breads or small cakes. ;)
On all Hallow’s Eve/Samhain thru All Soul’s Day, I choose to honor all my loved ones- including the furry and feathered- my ancestors and sister witches, pagans, druids, Templars- all those who suffered and died for what they believed in. (including past life ‘me’s, star & soul family, friends) J
Whatever one chooses to call this time, we are connecting with our ancient past and partaking in an event that has been celebrated for thousands of years or more! Honor this Holy time, extend gratitude and allow its Divine magick to escort you to new realms, bring you fresh insight and energy. Dive into the depths of your soul; rebirth yourself and cast your Divine magick into your future. Have fun! Much love to all of you and Blessed Be XoXo