Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Witches’ New Year ~ Happy Samhain!



The Samhain Season is upon us, a time to honor loved ones who have passed and to mend old hurts so we do not carry them forward into the coming year.

Now when, the veil between worlds is thinnest, our thoughts turn to those we have lost. It is not unusual for those who have passed to try to communicate with us at this time. Within one week, just before I moved, many of my neighbors told me they had been thinking of Honey, my retriever mix, who had been a beloved fixture in the neighborhood before her death her three years ago.

For Christina and Cristina
Memorial Altars for Loved Ones who have passed

When I do book signings for my young adult novel, Spell Check, most of my readers ask about love and love spells, a major theme in the book. But others are in mourning and ask about loved ones who have died. Samhain is the perfect time to create a memorial for a relative, friend, or pet. In Mexico and Latin America, people celebrate El Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead in November by creating special altars to honor the dead. If you are missing your grandfather, like my fan Christina, or your dog, like my niece Cristina, then create a memorial to honor them. Include a photograph, or items that remind you of them. You may want to light a candle in their honor, for Samhain is about fire. Smoke sends our blessing, thoughts, and prayers to the heavens, and fire illuminates and purifies.   

Love and Light,
Ariella

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