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Samhain, an Ancient Sabbat

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October 31st is Halloween for most Americans, but there are those of us in the Northern Hemisphere who believe in magick more ancient on this day. As the sun sinks and darkness awakes, pagans and Wiccans celebrate Samhain, a Gaelic word, pronounced "sow-(as in "cow")-EEN" or in some dialects, "sow-IN." For those of us who watch the Wheel of the Year spin through the cycles of Nature, 'tis the end of the vitally important harvest season.  Symbolically, the fair maiden of Spring has aged into a Crone, who holds the experience of the entire year -- a lifetime for some beings -- within her head and heart. She offers wisdom and guidance. The lengthening nights usher in a quiet time of reflection on the past year. "The Crone" by Angie Latham (❤️ this image, Angie !) In addition, the veil between the Living and the Dead grows gauzy thin, signifying the time when we can most easily communicate with ancestors and beloved pets long gone.