You might think Halloween is just about trick or treat, but it originated – and still exists as – a spiritual occasion. It marks the eve of the festival of Samhain. Which is sometimes referred to as the ‘Celtic New Year’ and our ancestors believed this was an important time for releasing the old and giving thanks for life’s blessings. So step back in time and use these rituals to transform your life today!
See your soul mate
Fed up of being single? On Halloween eat an apple and place the seeds under your pillow. Our pagan ancestors believed that apples were the fruit of love and young women would perform this ritual so they would dream of their future partner. Alternatively, make a tasty treat by coring and slicing some apples. Then fry in a little butter and brown sugar and drizzle with honey, also associated with matters of the heart. Eat while visualizing yourself surrounded by pink light to help strengthen love bonds.
Let go of the past
In folklore, it is thought that at this time of year spirits are free to roam the earth and visit their loved ones. Our ancestors lit fires on hill tops and left candles and lanterns burning in windows to light the path home. You can honour those who have passed away with a simple remembrance ritual that will also help you release the past.
Light a white candle and burn some frankincense oil, coconut oil uses for skin to create an uplifting atmosphere. Gather together photos of lost loved ones and display them in a circle around the candle to represent the cycle of life.
Take each photo in turn, hold it in your hands and say a few words of thanks for the person. When you’ve finished say, “I give thanks for the past and move forward with light and love.”
Kick bad habits
We may think that dressing up as ghosts and ghouls is a modern invention, but the Celts started this practice. They believed that if they wore their oldest, ugliest clothes, they would scare away evil spirits wishing to possess them. You could try creating your own recycling ritual:
Gather unwanted clothes and place them in a pile. Imagine that as you add to the pile, you’re also giving away any bad habits that you would like to get rid of.
Now visualize everything burning in white-hot, cleansing flames. You might want to say a few words like, ‘I release you with love.’ Finally, take the clothes to a charity shop where they can be re-used and transformed!
Pumpkin seeds make a healthy snack and they’re ideal if you’re planning a Halloween party. In the past they were believed to encourage the flow of conversation and they’re also linked to fertility. Leave bowls dotted around the house for people to dip in, and make them super-tasty by drizzling with a little olive oil and roasting with garlic and paprika.