Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Wheel or the Year - Samhain

Samhain is the beginning of the New Year (and winter) in many rural areas of Europe. To Witches and Pagans it is one of the great Cross Quarter Days of the eight Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year. To the ancient Celtic peoples the actual time of transition, from sundown on Samhain to sundown the following day, is a "thin place" - a place "between-the-worlds" where deep insights could pass more easily to those who are open to them.  In addition to inspiration, through the portals could also pass beings of wisdom, fun, and perhaps some danger requiring cauton on the part of mortals when confronting them. 

Here are various links to information on this important Sabbat. 

General Information
Samhain - Wikipedia
All Hallow's Eve by Mike Nichols
The Celtic Cross Quarter Day of Samhain
The Celtic Year - Samhain
Samhain: the Eve of All Hallow
Samhain Lore
Celebrating Hallowmas
The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows
Samhain Ritual by Akasha
Samhain Ritual by Wren Walker
Guided Meditation for Samhain
The Polish Autumnal Remembrance of Deceased Progenitors
International Halloween Customs
History of the Jack O'Lantern
Day of the Dead
Ancestral Altars & Rituals

Samhain live in Edinburgh, Scotland
OAXACA: Dia de los Muertos

Loreena Mckennitt - All Souls Night HD
Samhain Night
Samhain Veil
Samhain Eve
Steeleye Span - Samain
All Hallows' Eve - Inkubus Sukkubus
Lisa thiel - Samhain Song
Magica- Samhain