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The Importance Of Samhain

October 31, 2017

First and Foremost, I’d like to wish you all a Blessed Samhain and a Happy (Witchy) New Year!

For many witches, this time of year seems to be a favorite. Cooler weather, changing leaf colors, pumpkin and apple cider flavors, and dressing up in various costumes become popular and often celebrated. But what makes it so special to us witches? This time of year is a time where our differences become popular in modern society and the topic of modern witches often gets published. I find that more people ask me about my practice and witchcraft more during this time of year than any other, even though I widely celebrate all the sabbats. Why is that?

Witches are being portrayed in the media and have been for many years. From movies such as The Craft and Practical Magic to books such as Witches in America by Alex Mar; more people are curious about what it is that witches do and if we’re often portrayed like the roles they read and watch. And with that curiosity brings in the ability to have the discussion of what Wicca, Paganism, Witchcraft, etc. is to you. It opens the door to others and brings more tolerance and understanding to people who would not have the chance before.

Aside from that importance, Samhain is a way to keep alive those who have passed within the last 12 months. Being able to say the name of a loved one who passed helps to keep their energy and their story alive. The veil between our world and the spirit world is thinnest at Samhain; by using this timing with honoring those who have passed (or our ancestors) we can remember where we came from, what they did in their life that inspired you and what you could learn from their life or their actions. There’s a reason you loved them so. Remember to light a candle for them, reflect on your time together (if you wish), or even talk to them. You might just get an answer.

I want to share what happened to me this past weekend in hopes that it would inspire someone who is reading this. Hands of Change had a Semi Private Samhain Ritual at G3 this Saturday (for more information on Semi Private status, click here) where we went into the underworld and connected with our loved ones. It often is an emotional ritual and I have never been disappointed by what takes place at the event. I had a relative who passed away November last year and was specifically looking out for him. I felt he was there and received some messages, leaving me a bit emotional but cleansed afterwards. Then last night at a friend’s house, a group of friends and I gathered (this was not a HoC event) and used an Ouija Board (click here if you’re not familiar with this object). We asked if anyone wanted to talk with us and after receiving a few tricksters, who came through? My grandfather. The message I received?

You judge yourself too much. I’m at peace with no more pain and with my lovely wife.

This to me is the main reason why I love this holiday and this time of year. Of course, the spooky scary skeletons are fun and the thrill of the holiday along with the atmosphere of this time of year makes it magical, but this holiday always reminds me of what I have lost and in turn, what I have gained.

With that said, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with those you cherish.
Ganshmi
Communications Coordinator for Hands of Change


 

We have events coming up! Don’t miss out!

Full Moon Ritual @ G3 – Friday, November 3rd @ 7PM
Please join us on Fri, Nov 3rd at G3 for an adult-focused Full Moon ritual with cocurrent kids’ class. After ritual, we’ll enjoy potluck snacks & goodies. Please feel inspired to bring food or drink to share! Chiron and Glowchylde will be in service. From those able, we ask a donation of $5 per adult in order to cover rental of the space and supplies. Children are free.

NFP Class 7 @ G3 – Tuesday, November 14th @ 7PM
HOC Principals and Practices (Required to take before applying to HoC)
Join us for Class 7, HoC Principles and Practices – this class is required for those seeking membership. This class will enumerate HOC Principles, Practices, and Tradition. It includes a discussion on magical ethics and the origin of HOC’s charter in The Book of the Law. A brief historical perspective on Wicca will also be included. Class Fee $10.

Please email Register@HandsofChange.org to register our attendance!
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