Samhain is just around the corner on October 31st. There are some very poetic reasons to love Samhain, but it is also a wonderful time to take stock of where you are with your personal goals for the year. I like to use the traditional New Year of January 1st to write goals and assess the previous year, and the Celtic New Year of Samhain to look back at the goals I wrote at the beginning of the year, and finish any I haven’t achieved. This year, Samhain falls on a waning Virgo moon, an excellent time to banish disorganization, and so I think I will do a spell on myself to get motivated to finish those goals!
The poetic side of Samhain allows me to reflect on the past year. It has been a personally difficult year, a harsh summer that challenged farmers and vintners, and problems with the economy, health care, and global challenges dominated the news. As Samhain is the midpoint between autumn and winter, it is a good time to reflect on losses and challenges and look within and meditate to see how these events, whether personal or global, can help us to be better people or what good these events have brought into our lives. If you choose to do ritual on Samhain, you might want to write down anything negative in your life that you want to give away or get rid of. Bless the paper and words and thoughts behind them, and burn the paper (using utmost care and safety) to symbolize the challenges leaving your world and being cleansed in the next. It’s also a good time to light a candle for those who have crossed over. With the release, comes celebration of new opportunity and the realization that everything is a Do Over!
Happy New Year and Blessed Be,