Samhain vs. Halloween

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Halloween and Samhain are more than just a day, they are practically a season for many of us. They are also two distinct holidays and offer vastly different experiences. Samhain is not the same thing as Halloween, but I need both of them just the same. [Read more...]

The Veil & The Dread Lord of Shadows

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Samhain is a time to reunite with those who have gone before, and perhaps visit with He who stands at the gates of the Summerlands, the Dread Lord of Shadows. The veil between the worlds is thin and the souls of our loved ones call out to us. [Read more...]

Kirk Cameron Doesn’t Get Halloween (But He’s Not the Only One)

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Kirk Cameron doesn’t know a whole lot about Halloween, but that’s not surprising, most people don’t (including those criticizing him). What the blogosphere and Cameron got right and wrong while discussing the history of Halloween. [Read more...]

Samhain Past: History, Myth, & Mystery

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Samhain was unquestionably a major holiday in some parts of the Celtic world, but how much do we really know about the holiday? Is there anything we can say with absolute certainty about it? Part of Samhain’s appeal may lie in just how mysterious the original holiday was. [Read more...]

The Origins of Halloween Things

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Jack-o’-lanterns, Trick or Treat, and festive Halloween Costumes are how many of us celebrate the night of October 31, but where did all of those traditions come from? Are the things we associate with Halloween ancient, modern, or somewhere in between? A closer look at some of our most beloved Halloween traditions. [Read more...]

Playlist: Samhain

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Music can stir the heart and move the soul. Find out what we’re listening to this Autumn as we prepare to reunite with our blessed dead on Samhain. [Read more...]

Everything Samhain & Halloween (Rituals, Histories, and More!)

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We’ve got you covered for wherever your Samhain and Halloween celebrations might take you. Links to rituals, histories, and all sorts of other Halloween goodies. It’s one stop reading for all of your late October needs. [Read more...]

We Don’t Own Halloween

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Are there bits and pieces of Halloween that most likely date back to an ancient pagan celebration? Sure, I think so, but nothing exists in a vacuum. Most modern holidays have all kinds of layers and are an amalgamation of various cultures, traditions, religions, and market forces (never underestimate the desire to turn something into a money making enterprise). [Read more...]

A Halloween History

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So where exactly did most of our Halloween customs come from? Is Halloween truly an ancient pagan festival or something else entirely. The history of Halloween is full of starts and stops, and contains both Christian and Pagan elements. Learn more about many people’s favorite holiday! [Read more...]

Samhain’s End

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Samhain ended for me sometime near 3:30 am early Sunday Morning on November 4 when I finally drifted off into a fitful few hours of sleep. In past years the Halloween season meant one ritual, trick or treaters, and a giant party. This year the time of All Hallow’s resulted in three rituals, a handful [Read More...]


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