Red Ridge X: Halloween – The Veil.

Hello from all of us at Red Ridge X and I hope you are all looking forward to the Halloween period, a great time of the year for many of us.

A Brief Look At Halloween.

Halloween is one of the worlds oldest holidays and is observed in various ways by many cultures. A major element of Halloween is the presence of folk dressed up as ghosts and ghouls accompanied with  pumpkins bats and cats. The main factor behind the time of year Halloween takes place and for the dressing up and the imagery of ghosts and monsters is because it has been long time said that the veil/barrier between the physical world we live in and the spiritual world is at its thinnest. Due to the barrier been thin it is said that spirit and spiritual abilities are at their most powerful and that the spirits can cross over from this world to the spirit world and vice versa. This as led to customs like dressing up in costumes and lighting bonfires to ward off evil spirits. Also Halloween for some is a great time to honor the dead and also a great time to say farewell to any family members that may have pass during the year.

So there is much activity holding on the idea of this veil or barrier been thin at this time of year. What made the ancients think this? Halloween also known as the Christian All Saints Eve is observed on the eve of the Western feast of All Hallows Day. It is said that Halloween originated from the Celtic festival Samhain. Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the Harvest season and the beginning of the darker half of the year. It is said that cattle were led down from the highlands and with this it was the time for livestock to be slaughtered to prepare for food for the winter. As the livestock were slaughtered it is said the bones were used as offerings to help secure a good harvest the following year by casting them on Bone-Fires or Bonfires. The festival of Samhain goes back to ancient times and there are neolithic passage tombs aligned with the sunrise around this time. Some of the earliest Irish literature makes mention of Samhain with many legends and myths centered around this date.

So what is this thinning of the veil? What could influence the ancients into thinking about this time of year in this way? Ancient people that were very observant and due to their lives relying on nature were very much in touch with the natural world.

The Time Of The Thinning Veil.

So around the time of the harvest end is when we celebrate Halloween a time to pay thanks for the food gathered to get the people through the coming winter and a time to sacrifice to help ensure a plentiful harvest the following year. If we were to look at this during these times already we are looking at winter as something to survive a time where the leaves are falling the animals hibernating. The landscape becomes colder and with this an harsh environment to live in. The nights are starting to draw in and soon there will be more darkness than light. For these ancient people living off the land having to survive the elements it wouldn’t be wrong to say that life withdraws (but not completely) from this world and death draws closer. Maybe the view of this time of year this seasonal change is the thinning of the veil.

Day & Night.

To couple with all the environmental changes there is also the changes on the human body. Its well known that the darker nights can effect the mood of a lot of people causing seasonal disorders effecting sleep etc. The people of long ago did not have modern lighting and the type of medication we have to help balance this out and yet as they may have changed the way they lived during winter in response to this human change they would have also recognized this change in mood brought about by the darkness.

I have wrote about some thoughts of mine on a few things i have found when looking at the difference between day and night (other than the obvious) for this please click here. For instance some radio stations are received better at night and that is because during the day the suns light as it penetrates the atmosphere it ionizes molecules and as this does not happen at night allowing a clearer reception. My question is what else can the sun disrupt? what else is clearer at night? or this particular time of year?

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