Samhain, which is Irish-Gaelic for “Harvest of the Pigs,” is the third and final harvest in the Witches' Calendar as well as the Witches' New Year. It is a time when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is at it's thinnest and we as witches focus our thoughts on increasing our own psychic abilities and to honor those who walk in the Spirit World. The thin veil between the worlds allows us to communicate with our loved ones who have passed on and join with them once more. In ritual, we invite our deceased loved ones to take part in our celebrations, by leaving food and a seat at our table so they may take part and feast with us. Witches gather to celebrate the final harvest with family and friends, we mourn the downward spiral of life, but focus our minds and hearts on what is to come in the future.
To a Witch, this is a powerfully magickal time, and not the fearsome time that some would have us believe. It is a time to release the incorrectness in our lives and project for a future of balance, harmony, joy and health. Witches and their children often dress in clothing and costumes to project out these wishes and spells. For Witches, this is also a time of thanks as we remember all those in the past who fought to win the rights we have today, many of whom paid the ultimate price. We include those who were tortured and killed under the inaccurate definition and description applied to Witches and Witchcraft during the Burning Times. In remembrance, we share the knowledge gained from the past and ensure that truth and wisdom will prevail in the future.
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