Samhain (pronounced sow wen) is the Celtic New Year and the most powerful of all the Sabbats. As the new day begins with twilight, so the new year begins with the twilight going into the dark of the year. This is the most between of all times, not only between the growing and the dying, but also between the old and the new, the live and the dead, the light and the dark. It is a time when the earth prepares to rest. The harvest is over, it is now time for the earth to lie fallow and prepare for the next growing season. As the earth lies fallow, so it is time for us to pull away and into ourselves. It is the time for introspection, for inner work, for story- and self-evaluation. It is a good time for divination work. Samhain is also the time we honor those who have died. As the plants have died, as the animals who feed us have died, so have we died. This is the time when we recognize and honor those who have entered their period of rest and renewal from this life in preparation for their next life. We honor our ancestors at this time – those from whom we have come, those who have gone before. Most of the traditions of Halloween can be traced to the customs and beliefs of Samhain. Keridwen, the Hag, stirs her cauldron and change occurs. This is the time of transformation. The Horned God of the wild things walks the earth and the Green Man rests.

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