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Blessed Samhain

For Pagans the 31st October is the festival of Samhain.  It is the last day of Celtic year, the end of summer as Celts only had three seasons.  It is the day when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest, a day to honour your ancestors, talk to and honour the spirits of those you have lost,  to consider the year gone by and make plans for the new.

Our Samhain celebrations are fairly low key.  Once the last of the trick or treaters have visited, we light candles and talk about friends and family who have gone to the summerlands.  I lay a place at the dinner table for my father who died almost 14 years ago.  We also do a blessing list every year.  To say thank you to the people who’ve been influential in our life for that year and bless them in the year to come.  It begins by opening the list we did the previous year, and then we write a new list which is sealed and not opened until the following Samhain.

However, you celebrate, have a blessed Samhain.