In Mexican culture it is know as the Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos). This is actually a multi-day celebration focusing on family and friends gathering to honor friends and family members who have died and to support their spiritual journey in the afterlife.
|Cempoalxochitl Marigold aka Day of the Dead Marigold|
often appear on the altars honoring the beloved deceased
on this Mexican Holiday.
|Skulls like this one created by Dwight Sims|
also often appear on the altars.
Samhain "is about death and release -- letting go of what has been as we prepare for the rebirth of light at Yule . . . . To move forward in your own life, you must let go of and make peace with the past; you must let that old part of you die." This day marks the time of moving our attention inward as though entering "dreamtime" and "dancing with transformative darkness" (Clea Danaan, 2013). The increasing amount of darkness in 24 hours and the drop of temperature outside supports this inward movement of our energy.
“Healing on the causative or primal level necessitates changing the patterns
that govern experience, and while most people in pursuit of healing
claim to be seeking a state of complete wellness,
this depth of healing is typically shied away from.”
(Loren Cruden, Medicine Grove: A Shamanic Herbal)
As the deciduous vines, bushes and trees drop their leaves may we too let go of those habits that no longer serve us and, of course,