Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A little Halloween history

Halloween orgins date back 2000 years ago to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (prodounced sow-in). Saturday October 31st is the Great Sabbat Samhain and fire festival. Samhain means "end of summer" and is an ancient Celtic festival that celebrates the beginning of winter, marked by death and is considered to be the Witches' New Year.

In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1
All Saints' Day, a time to honour saints and martyrs.

It is believed that the pope was attempting to replace Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called
All-hollowmas or(from Middle English Alholwesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually Halloween.

November 1, the Day of the Dead (also celebrated by some on November
2)the dead were thought to return to earth. People would leave food
on the tables for them and for would usually stay indoors.


BANSHEE- Spirit of females who come to announce the death of one of their
own number, who is living. Best known in Ireland. The Banshee is mevelovent
and can cause fear-when her wail is low and sweet, an omen of gentle death
is the interpretation, but when she gives an angry wail, death will be
will be violent or fruesome.

HECATE-The goddess ruler of the under world, the queen of the witches.
She gave birth to the Titans; as Artemis (Diana),a figure of night,
she was feared by the Romans and Greeks.

As Artemis-Diana the Earth,Selena-Luna the Sky,Persephone-Proserpine Hell

She has three faces;in the center, that of a woman;on the right
that of a horse;and on the left, that of a dog. Her images were
often placed at crossroads.

She protects witches and helps to make their philters.


(c)2009Angie Skelhorn

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