Tuesday, October 31, 2017
All That Dies Shall Be Reborn
In pagan thought, all that dies will be reborn: Spring follows Winter; Life follows Death. Spirit doesn't die; it transforms and transitions from matter to energy, and back again - from here to there, and back again.
Today, a friend spoke to me of her reservations about Halloween and all its hype. Someone very dear to her died on this date and the practice of dressing as scary ghosts and ghouls repulses her. Me, too. The dead are not ghosts and ghouls; among them, are our beloved.
I shared with her the pagan understanding of Samhain, the Celtic holy day we now call Halloween, as the time in the circle of the year when the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest, when we're even closer to those we love who've died to the physical, where we still reside. I celebrate my beloved dead at this time of year. I forgive them their trespasses and ask them to forgive mine. I know I'll see them, in dreams and most probably, after my crossing, so I strive to keep in touch. My relationship to both my departed parents has grown immensely through our continued interactions in the dreaming.
All Hollow's Eve is a wonderful time to tune into the energy vibe of wishing those we love who've transitioned from the physical continued blessings on their spiritual paths and the assurance of our heartfelt love. It's also a time to let go of attachments to the dead that may cause us unnecessary grief. The veil is the thinnest for the benefit of both sides. I wish you healing dreams to help you connect to those you love across the divide we call death.