Traditionally, Samhain begins at sundown on October 31st and ends at sundown on November 1st (All Hallows Day). Samhain, to the Celts, was called the Feast of the Dead and the Night of the Wild Hunt. Samhain aptly follows the Hunter’s Moon. Samhain marked the end and the start of the Celtic New Year. The Celtic word, Samhain, literally means “Summer’s end”. This is a time to gather all of the harvests of corn, apples, barley, oats, pumpkins, pomegranates, wheat, turnips, nuts, berries, etc.
Samhain is one of the most magickal times during the harvest cycle because the Gods and Goddesses drew themselves very close to the Earth with their blessings for a prosperous New Year. Bonfire rituals abound during Samhain and magick is most powerful because there is a very close association with the physical world and the spirit world.
~ Merry Samhain ~