Halloween is the annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31st. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain is a festival that celebrates the end of the harvest season,
and the beginning of winter, also known as ‘the darker part’ of the year. Traditionally this is celebrated on October 31st as it is about halfway between the autumn Equinox and the winter Solstice, based upon the Julian calendar.
Samhain is believed to have Celtic pagan origins and there is evidence it has been an important date since ancient times. At Bealtaine, special bonfires were lit. These fires were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers and there were rituals involving them Like Beltane, Samhain was seen as a limited time, when the boundary between This World and
the Otherworld could more easily be crossed.
This time of year, held the belief that Aos Sí, the ‘spirits’ or ‘fairies’ could more easily come into our world. In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honour the saints. Soon, the Christian day of All Saints incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.
These days, we may celebrate Halloween as a day of activity, where there is trick or treating, getting creative with pumpkins, costumes and candy! But this is a rich festival with a lot of history tied to its beginnings.
But what about the Astrology for today? The Moon in Capricorn merges with powerbroker Pluto, which can find us getting intense about things we aren’t usually bothered by. This could get quite exhausting and cause needless dramas unless we can step back and ease up a bit…