I learned about Samhain when I was reading a book set in Ireland. Samhain was Halloween – when the line between the living and the dead is thin. The dead can cross easily back into the land of the living – to visit, to cross over.
Later I learned from my Wiccan friends that it was celebrated for the same reason. That is where Halloween comes from – the ghosts crossing over.
Samhain is when the veil is thin. Those who have passed will come for conversations. I liked that idea – I like that idea. I often feel those who have passed. I have commented to those close to me that each time I have avoided an accident that I feel it is one of my grandparents sitting next to me saying, “hey, see that truck – don’t trust it – hang back or speed up but don’t trust it”. I follow the advice – and keep myself out of an accident that could have been bad. I have no other explanation than that. Feeling that someone is giving me guidance from the beyond. Silly, I know – but truly how I’ve felt.
Maybe it is fitting that yesterday our dog passed through the veil. Maybe his passing was eased by his body – our yellow lab – sitting on the other side beckoning him to come play with him. It is what I hope. And if he is lucky – our grumpy siamese cat was there threatening him while our loving calico cat looked forward to seeing him.
A Wiccan friend of mine has been posting things on Facebook – messages to those who have passed. “I remember you” is the central theme – as is “I feel you”.
While others celebrate Halloween, I think this year, I will mark the day as Samhain. Feels more appropriate. Talking to those who have passed through the veil – when the veil is quite thin. Nothing wrong with talking to the dead – just talking during a time that they are most likely to hear.