Spiritual Halloween. What’s the Real Meaning of All Hallows Eve?
With just a short stroll through any grocery store in October (in the Northern Hemisphere), you’ll be quick to realize what one of the main icons of Halloween has become: candy!
I’m not going to lie, dressing up in costume and collecting free candy from everyone in the neighborhood growing up, made Halloween one of my favorite holidays.
But in addition to candy, costumes, spooky fun and ghoulish decorations…
I bet you’ve sensed or felt deep down that spiritually, on Halloween, there’s something more!
Maybe that’s why you’re here reading this now…
And you’re right!
There is a deeper spiritual significance that underlies the mainstream fascination with Halloween largely revolving around trick-or-treating, haunted houses, Halloween costumes, and spooky fun.
So what is the true spiritual meaning of Halloween?
A great place to find the spiritual meaning of Halloween comes from looking at the origin of the holiday.
Halloweens Origin As Samhain
Halloween’s origins can be traced back to the ancient Celts who celebrated Samhain (pronounced Sow-in).
Samhain was the final harvest festival of the season, celebrated at the exact point between the Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice (Right around October 31st though the exact cross-quarter date for 2019 is November 7th)
Samhain is directly across from Beltane on the Wheel of the Year… So if you're in the Southern Hemisphere, and it's October… Read about Beltane here!
In ancient times, Samhain marked the end of the growing season, the entrance into winter months… And was seen as a powerful turning point in the wheel of the year representing the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
In the wheel of the year cycle; Samhain was the time of death.
The time in which the trees shed their leaves, animals go into hibernation, and the days grow short and cold…
Samhain was a celebration of the ending or death of a cycle, and entrance into the inwardly focused period of rest, and stillness that is winter…
It was a celebration of darkness… And I don’t mean darkness as in “evil”, but rather a darkness that represents the unknown, the void, the subconscious mind, the realm of intuition, and all we cannot logically see or comprehend.
Samhain was also a time when the veils between the realms of the living and the afterlife were said to be thin. Learn more about the thinning of the veil here.
The ancient Celts tapped into this energy with rituals to celebrate death, to honor those in the afterlife, and to gain insight into the darker hidden realms of existence.
Their belief was that in integrating and accepting the darkness… The knowledge and power of the light is also renewed.
The Spiritual Significance of Halloween Today
Now that you know the earliest history of Halloween…
I want to share a little perspective of how you can add a spiritual twist to your Halloween celebrations today.
With Halloween being a celebration of the ending of a cycle and the death of what has been…
It’s a powerful time to honor and release what all has died and moved on from your reality.
Release and Let Go!
The time on and around Halloween is a perfect opportunity to release and let go!
Consciously make an effort to let go of lower emotions, and energies tied to past situations, thoughts, and patterns…
Letting go also includes taking the time to honor and release all that you have achieved in the past year.
Just as can be seen by the trees who are modeling this for us now by losing their leaves…
When you shed and let go of all that has been, and let what has been completed die and fall away… You tap into the power of the cycles of life, and the opportunity to make way for new creative possibilities and opportunities to appear.
Connect with The Realms of Spirit
Halloween is a time in which the spirit world is perceived as being more active. This is not exactly the case, though it is a time when the veil between the physical and spiritual realm is thin so we can become more aware of the activity happening in the realms of spirit.
This makes Halloween the perfect time to consciously tune into the realms of spirit.
This could be honoring your ancestors and loved ones in spirit. Looking for signs from deceased loved ones.
Or just heightening your intuition, and tuning your natural psychic abilities so you can connect with the guidance and insight of your guides and angels.
Learn a simple process to connect with your Spirit Guides here!
Or learn to connect with your ancestors and loved ones in Heaven here.
Keep in mind that this is a time of heightened intuition, and so with awareness, and by staying present and centered in the moment, you can access your natural psychic abilities to connect with the guidance and insight of your guides and angels.
The simple truth of the matter is that you're always guided, but around Halloween it can be even easier to tune in. Clear your mind, tune into the force of love you have access to within and ask:
“Angels, help me to clearly feel and know your presence in my life now. Help me to see my very best next steps so I may align with more joy, love and fulfillment in my life.”
Halloween and Psychic Protection
Because Halloween is a time in which the veils are thin, and many celebrate the holiday without awareness…
It’s a good idea to consciously keep your energy clear and protected, which is really easy to do with a bit of awareness, love, and light.
This is especially important if you go to a Halloween party where people are drinking alcohol, or you go see a scary movie or attend a haunted house or somewhere that fear energies are being generated and called in, or where people are or focusing on the lower spookier spiritual realms…
I do want to make one thing perfectly clear… Halloween is not a holiday to be feared!
It's just wise to give a little extra effort towards releasing what no longer serves… Honoring your intuition, and honoring the incredible life beyond what we can see, and understand from our perspective as being in the physical.
I see Halloween as a great opportunity to welcome the unknown, reflect, release, and bring a little extra magic and intuition into everyday life.
Maybe this year while you’re taking your kids trick-or-treating or passing out candy in your neighborhood you’ll remember:
Death is no barrier to love, and as the wheel of life turns, and death appears…
It is just paving the way for the next cycle of rebirth, where we're reset into an experience that's entirely new.
How do you like to celebrate Samhain or Halloween? Comment below and let me know!
With love, light, and gratitude,