Samhain is a cross-quarter day, the days that mark the mid-point of the season.
Here at the mid-point we can really see the shift in the seasonal energy. It’s very clear we’re in autumn. At the Equinox the energy was still mingled with summer, our inner & outer worlds swirling around each other; a time of finding balance between the two.
At Samhain its clear that our inner world is overtaking our outer. Day is turning to night as we move into the dark side of the wheel of the year. This is where we leave the outer world behind. This is where the energy turns inward, and things need to die on the outside in order to do that.
Samhain celebrates that Death.
It’s the time of year when we pause to acknowledge the importance of death in the cycle of life. Honor the critical role death plays in your own spiritual journey.
How Samhain Supports Your Growth:
✦ The energy turns prominently inward.
At this time in autumn it’s very clear things have turned inward. You can see it in the trees & the gardens, and you can feel it in your spirit. We’re drawing inward & our inner lives want our attention.
This is the time of year to get comfortable with your inner life. This is where the work is for the next few months.
Make peace with yourself right now. Don’t judge anything that comes up for you. Just feel whatever you need to feel, and practice being an observer. Observe your inner life without judgement.
✦ Embrace the darkness.
This dark side of the wheel of the year reminds you not to fear the darkness. There’s a lot of beauty in these dark days. Embrace it. Magic is born in the darkness.
And as you turn inward, don’t be afraid to look at your dark parts–be an observer. No judgement. What do your shadows want to show you?
What do you see if you gaze unafraid at the darkness you fight to hide? What if, instead, you wrap your arms around those parts of yourself–what if you send yourself only deep, compassionate love?
✦ Release whatever needs to die.
Samhain is the season of Death. This is when the outerworld dies, to make space for new life to be born.
If you are brave enough to look at the darkness, to listen it has to tell you, you discover parts of yourself you need to let go of in order to grow & evolve.
This is where we leave behind the things that we’ve outgrown. Welcome the mystery & the possibilities of the space that it creates in your life.
This is a powerful time for magic & manifestation. What new dreams will be born to replace the leaves that you’ve let go of?
✦ This is a time for serious nurturing.
Being brave enough to journey into the darkness requires really mindful nurturing & self-compassion. This is hard inner work. It requires you to be so gentle & loving & kind to yourself over the next few months.
In perfect divine timing, at Samhain we are entering the feminine/yin side of the wheel of the year.
Yin energy is restful. It’s gentle & nurturing. It’s intuitive & receptive.
This energy is really encouraging you to take deep care of yourself right now. Sleep as much as you can, don’t push yourself. Whatever self-care looks like for you, do that. Don’t judge yourself for how much you need it right now.
Allow yourself to rest, be open to just receive whatever comes to you in this space.
This rest & gentle care is so necessary. Like a restful pregnant mama, you are doing the hard work of birthing new dreams & life for yourself.
Love this article. Thanks!
Thank you for this beautiful reminder of the gifts that death/darkness holds for us.
So nice, deep and helpful article! Really thank you !
Beautiful essay. I’ll reread this many times, good advice for all.
Thank you Joanne!!
Thank you for this. It is very helpful in putting where I am right now into perspective.
You’re so very welcome. I glad you found this helpful!!
Samhain is my favorite time of year! This gave me a new view of it.
I love this, Ruby. Thanks so much for reading!!
What a beautiful picture of resurrection! Thanks for sharing Aimee. A blessed Easter to you and your family. Hugs. Daisie Clarence Marsha
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