What is the Veil? What should we know about Samhain?
During Samhain, magick practitioners will refer to this being the time of the year when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest. But what is this veil that we speak of? The visible world and the spirit world, aka the mysteries, exist in parallel to one another. Most times we are never aware of the others presence and crossing over the “veil” or the “boundary” between the two is normally difficult to do even for experienced people. However, there is one time a year when that boundary between the two worlds is the easiest to cross and that is during Samhain. This makes communications with spirits much easier. This is why ancestor dinner is celebrated this time of year and other ancestor honoring rituals are performed. While this is a great time to receive guidance and protection from beloved family and friends for the coming year, we also have to be very careful. Just because you are intending to only speak to your ancestors, doesn’t mean that they are the only ones able to cross that veil. When the boundary is the thin, it makes it possible for negative and positive energy alike to cross and this is why we have to be very careful to protect ourselves from any unwelcome energy.
As the sun goes down on October 31, the veil gets thinner and thinner. In the old days, fires were lit to mimic the Sun in order to trick unwelcome spirits from crossing over. Remember fire is a purifier and, so, it can also be used to purify and rid us of the negative energy from the previous year so that we may go into the new year anew. Later on these fires would turn into candles and then even later on the traditional Samhain would take on a Christianized twist and really loose its meaning all together. Christians turned it into more of a day to prank and play.
There is a lot of traditional information that I can go into here but I will leave that to you to do research yourselves. You could study the three days of the Celtic Samhain, for example if you were interested in Celtic traditions, or how the dead would walk with Hecate if you’re interested in the Greek traditions. You may also want to research its association with the Christian’s All Saints Day celebrated on Nov. 1. You may find fascination reading about how and why Samhain is known as the Witches New Year.
Why is Samhain the thinnest time of the veil? I don’t know. Maybe because this is the marking of the dark days? The death of a year (seasonally speaking) has come and maybe it resonates deeper on a spiritual level during that time? I am not trying to be particularly vague here, it’s just that the Mysteries are very difficult for the mundane physic to grasp in even tiny proportions. How far the average person is willing to look is a personal choice but know that Samhain, is the best time to do it. I am not here to push anyone into believing a certain way; I am encouraging you to find your beliefs. Even if you choose not to communicate with the dead, Samhain is the day to celebrate all that has come before us. Remember it. Honor it. Be thankful for the path laid before us.
Blessed Samhain )0(