THE FEAST OF
SAMHAIN - April 30
- © OF THE ORDER OF MERCURY
SAMHAIN IS THE MOST SACRED Sabbat of the Old Religion, and it is the time where the veil between the world of the living & the world of the dead is at its thinnest. On this most hallowed eve the Lady Goddess Proserpine & Her consort Lord God Bacchus become part of two different worlds, and are separated from each other. We celebrate the death of our Lord God in His aspect as Bacchus, and we also remember the Sacrifice that Lord Adonis made for us in the Grove...
Our Lord's nether side is Apollyon, whereby He retires from the land during the darker quarter of the year, while His brother Lord Bacchus (Dionysus) rules in His stead. At night, Lord Apollo goes through the western gate into the interior of the heavens, which represents masculine-factors of the psyche melting into subconsciousness. As ADONAI (Lord) of prophecy, Apollo demonstrates to us that oracles are brought from the dark unconscious-land into the light of solar consciousness.
Lord God Bacchus ages & passes over into the Spirit World to minister Light unto the spirits of the dead that dwell in Hades. Finally the time has come to Return to Her one true love, our Lady Goddess Proserpine - with Her hounds - follows Lord God Bacchus into Hades. It is for this reasons, that the 'Ignis Fatus' or 'Lantern' was made popular by the 'Jack-o-Lantern' on All-Hallows Eve, originally a talisman of protection whereby an offering of food should be provided to Lady Proserpines' hounds. As the veil thins, Lord God Bacchus makes sure that only benevolent spirits can pass temporarily into our world until the closing of the veil. By Lord Pluto's agreement, only Lord God Bacchus can determine who enters the world of the living during Samhain, and who does not.
During Sumhain we honour our dearly departed through a memorial service or 'Requiem', and during this service we also give thanks to the Martyrs of our faith who shed their blood for us, so that the Old Ways can live on. It is also common during Samhain to visit the graves of our dearly departed families & friends, etc. It is a time of reflection & gratitude for our Makers, adherence to the will of Earth: to love nature & to fear it, and for the memory & love of our parents & ancestors. In this way, we can honour & celebrate for those of our kin who have gone before, to build & sustain our own cultural heritage & traditions, and to add unique traditions of our own, or to remove any outdated ideals that have not been beneficial. Samhain is a powerful time for divination, and during this most blessed eve, we can invite the spirits of our dearly departed to join in our festivities.
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