Dani - 2015-10-30 21:35:08Tomorrow is Samhain. You probably are thinking, "Wait a minute, don't you mean Halloween?" Well, it's also Halloween, but Halloween became a thing way later. Most of what we do on Halloween was borrowed from Samhain. And in the US especially during the early 20th century, it became a widely commercial festival involving buying costumes, dressing promiscuously, and the sales of millions of pounds of processed junk food candy. But it just used to be the midway point between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice.
I started feeling quite annoyed with the commercialism behind most holidays. Think about it: St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, Fourth Of July, Thanksgiving (seriously, the celebration of a genocide), and Christmas. It's become a thing now to buy buy buy on those days. To me, they don't really represent anything besides mass consumerism. Especially Christmas. And if you're not Christian, why partake?
Lately, I've become very interested in the annual cycle of seasonal festivals. These are days that fall on evenly spaced out dates throughout the year and they mark natural changes of the seasons. In other words, they represent the earth's organic natural cycles, which have a lot to do with where Earth is in relation to our star, and its tilt. To me, this seems like a much more genuine and important relationship to be conscious of.
There are eight Sabbats observed throughout the year. Two equinoxes, two solstices, and four cross-quarter days (midpoints). Look up the wheel of the year to learn more.
Samhain is special because it is also the Wiccan New Year.