Samhain & Halloween

Samhain

First off, all the stories of holidays, rituals and our history in general, are always distorted, altered, forgotten, and blatantly hidden in some cases either by someone who wants to keep a false belief suspended in the illusion of truth or by someone who wants to conceal information, or change it, so that certain groups or individuals do not become aware of their true origins. This is done for power and control and also gets people to worship the very thing they believe they are against. Example: Christians typically worship Jesus, if you will, but they are truly worshiping pagan traditions of worshipping the Sun. Some could even argue that they are worshipping the Black Sun, Saturn, or Satan, which is a necessary evil that allows the material world to manifest. Saturn is also what leads to the physical hardening of material and the entrapment of sprit in physical bodies.

Samhain

“On the High Priestess tarot card, the Earth Mother, Mother Goddess, or Queen Isis of Egypt, is depicted in-between these two pillars with the moon at her feet. They are said to represent duality and her position between them represents the finding of equilibrium, or balance, in the world. It is the balance between contradictory concepts – left and right – that likely holds the most accurate version of the ‘truth’. The priestess in the tarot card is the goddess and she wears the same horned headdress holding up the disc. This is associated with both the sun and Saturn because when you turn Saturn on its side it creates a symbol that represents the sun – the ring with dot. Saturn is Satan and most have heard of the number of the beast, 666, and you can see the number six represented alongside Saturn, too. Saturn’s north pole has a permanent storm that was photographed by Cassini spacecraft in the form of a hexagon, which is a 2D representation of a 3D square, box or cube. Therefore the cube is important in the worship of Saturn and you can see this worship present in Al-Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca, the location where Muslims are required to make pilgrimage called a Haji. In the center of the Al-Haram is a large square called the Kaaba (sacred house) that participants in the migration are required to form a circle around in worship in the midst of…two large pillars. It is similar to the black Tefillin cube used by Jews; the Zoroastrian temple in modern day Azerbaijan built in the form of a cube; and the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s Temple, which also had ‘twin pillars’. The Christian cross is once again a 3D cube unfolded into a 2D image, and indeed the astrological sign of Saturn is essentially a cross. There is also the Red Sqaure Nebula in the constellation Serpens (serpenTs)…and we are back to snakes and Saturn/Satan.”

“With all of the talk about a cube I also find it very appropriate that what brought life to the machines in the movie Transformers was a device called the AllSpark, which was a cube that contained immense powers to create life as the powerful cub from Marvel called the Tesseract.”

“There is also something called the ‘Yellow Book’, or the ‘Orion Cube’ that was supposedly presented to the U.S. military by extraterrestrial Greys at Holloman Air Force Base in 1964. It is said to be 20x28cm holographic image generator that can reproduce the entire history of Earth.(9) These ‘aliens’ supposedly used this device to produce a holographic image that they ‘claimed was the actual crucifixion of Christ’.(10) Perhaps Solomon’s Oracle, or Cube, is the Orion Cube? It is also interesting to note that the primary piece of a Ouija board is the Oracle which is directed by another force that you are attempting to make contact with. It is a type of conduit between the physical and spiritual worlds and perhaps Solomon’s Oracle is as well.”

– The Grand Illusion Slaves to Perception 

Traditions, people’s beliefs, and their mythologies, especially anthropomorphic images of nature and gods change over time, whether because this is a natural progression into higher and more than less complex forms of thought or because these progressive concepts are pushed by otherworldly beings, perhaps from an angelic realm; indeed it could be a combination of both, and in fact, likely is. Whatever the case there are many people on both sides of the isle today that believe one of the many sides of the following stories. The question is what do you believe?

Samhain

Halloween was not a widely celebrated holiday inside of the U.S. until about 1900. Many of the traditions that we have today came from the Catholic Irish, which migrated in mass numbers to the U.S. in the 1840’s due to the potato famine. When they arrived they brought much of what we understand to be Halloween with them. Many other traditions were then further formulated, altered and created here in the U.S.

How the Irish came to celebrate this holiday goes back much further to a group called the Celts, but more directly to their priests, the Druids. Hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, the Celts inhabited what we now know as France, Germany, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Although many claim the existence and practice of druidic rites to this day, their original teachings have been lost like most religions and secretive groups which, besides from the dogmatic religious ideas, actually conceal and protect highly occult/esoteric wisdom that few have the direct ability to understand. Most, if not all, of the Druid teachings and practices were never committed to writing, but passed down from generation to generation by oral teachings. It is also interesting to note that the term Hollywood likely comes from the Holy-Wood used by the Drudic magicians and priests to make their magic wands to conjure storms and work with/alter nature.

The Celts celebrated their new year on the date we know as November 1st from the Gregorian calendar. This day marked the end of the summer and the beginning of the harvest accompanied by the dark, cold winter. The Celts believed that on the night before the New Year on October 31st, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. They believed that the spirits and ghosts of the dead would then return to earth at this time, a joyful time to some coming into contact with past loved ones, but in some cases they needed to protect themselves from more malevolent forces.

Because of the presence of otherworldly sprits, Celtic priests believed that this made it easier for them to make predictions about the future. These prophecies were a very important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter months. In any respect, some might find this more soothing than other forms of divination used by the Celts including ritual sacrifice and the using of entrails to predict future events. This practice is not at all confined to the Druids though.

This day of October 31st, was known as Samhain (sow-en) or Witch’s New Year, and was celebrated in a three-day festival by the building of huge bonfires where the people would gather to burn sacrifices to the Celtic gods. The number three is always significant in religious trinities and universal aspects of nature. The fiery sacrifices were said to ward of roaming demons and spirits who had crossed over from the other side. On the other hand, fire has a very occult nature to it in that it is looked at as a doorway to the ‘other side’. The worship of fire deities, including fire breathing dragons and lizards, is also very popular and it could be said that those burning these fires and performing sacrifices were actually trying to control or summon more malevolent beings. The Djinn, Djedi, and Gnostic Archons, are all, in some part, described as being luminous beings of fire. These are also the Arabian genies of old.

TIMEOUT: The pentagram is typically seen as a demonic symbol due to, as I mentioned before, the distortion rippling from the church branding it as ‘evil’. In fact, the pentagram is a symbol of defence. It symbolizes the four corners of the planet, the four seasons and the four elements with the human element being the fourth. The pentagram is used in magic ceremonies, but as a symbol of defence for those using it. It also is symbolic of Venus, which therefore associates the symbol with Lucifer, the light bearer, another entity entirely than Satan/Saturn. When using the pentagram there is alway a ‘positive’ way and ‘negative’ way, especially in magical ceremonies. It is no different than using a salt circle when reaching out the the ‘other side’ or performing any type of magical act. The salt crystals act as traps to harness the negative energy in the same way a salt bath can alleviate the stresses form a long day.

During the sacrificial bonfires the Celts also wore costumes, typically animal heads and skins, which were used to ward off evil spirits, but mostly these costumes were also worn while they attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.

Some believe, in particular, these sacrifices were meant to please the sun god Samhain, the ‘Lord of the Dead.’ They also believed that the sinful souls of those who die during the year were in a place of torment, and they would only be allowed to go if Samhain was pleased with their sacrifices.

Some people will say that the Druids, and others, were sacrificing people while others will say they were effigies or animals. Some will say that the idea of sacrificing to a god named Samhain is just a clever story that coincidentally ties in the story with the name of the day. Whatever the facts are, fires were built, sacrifices were committed and much of this still continues to this day right up unto our modern day Halloween, be it performed by Druids or other groups. Even if you don’t believe it, and think that your child dressing up in a princess outfit is just simply too adorable, this does not mean that others do not use this time of the year for malevolent magical practices.

Greek and Roman writings about the Druids dwell heavily on their frequent and barbaric human sacrifices. The ancient Irish texts say little about human sacrifices, but detail the Druids’ use of magic to raise storms, lay curses on places, kill by the use of spells, and create magical obstacles.

Costumes

Ideas and stories of people dressing up in costumes have both European and Celtic roots. As the winter was a frightening time, food supplies ran low, and darkness set in, the days of winter were full of constant worry. Since the line between the spirit world and our world became blurred, and ghosts and spirits would enter our world, many people, fearful of being harmed if they left their home, would wear masks and costumes so that the ghosts would recognize them as other spirits and leave them alone. Similar traditions also consisted of people leaving bowls of food outside of their home to appease the ghosts and prevent them from entering their home.

People also would dress up as the dead to welcome them back into/onto this side/dimension. Another interpretation could be that, as the Ancient Egyptian gods represented both animal parts and human parts, as did the fish gods of mesopotamia and the god Oannes, humans dressing up in the same manner could represent a closer connection with the side of the dead, which, again, is the simple attempt to make the dead feel comfortable.

 Halloween

The one thing that is for sure is that sunset on the morning of November 1st is the beginning of the Celtic New Year.

When Rome finally defeated the Druids in Britain by 47 A.D., they outlawed human sacrifices, and like many ‘secretive’ groups, such as the original Illuminati & Knights Templar, they went underground to avoid persecution from the church. They also combined two festivals of Roman origin with the Celtic tradition of Samhain.

The first of these festivals was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain most likely accounts for the modern day tradition of bobbing for apples, which was an old pagan tradition equated to that of the modern wedding tradition of tossing a bouquet of flowers. The woman who would be able to bite into the apple would be considered the next to get married. The bobbing for apples is actually an ancient occult practice of divination.

Pope Boniface IV attempted to christianize the Pagan Celts when he originally designated November first as All Saints Day and october 31st as All-Hollows Eve.

Irish records speak of a certain fascination the Catholic monks had with these Druids, and soon they became important members the monk’s monasteries. It wasn’t long after that when Pope Gregory the great decided to incorporate the Druids’ holiday of Samhain into the church. It is believed, that he proclaimed: “They are no longer to sacrifice beasts to the devil, but they may kill them for food to the praise of god.”

It was near, or on May 13th 609 A.D., Pope Gregory IV decreed that the day was to be a universal church observance and thus dedicated the Pantheon in Rome to honor all Christian martyrs. This move by the church provided for the pagan celebrations, already taking place, to become a part of the church.

Pope Gregory III (731-741 A.D.) moved this festival from October 31st to November 1st and called it All Saints Day to honor any Saint who didn’t already have a day of his or her own. The All Saints day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-Hallowmas. From Middle English Alholowmasse means All Saints’ Day and the night before it, the Celtic night of Samhain on October 31st, became known as All-hallows Eve and eventually, Halloween. By 1000 A.D. the church would make November 2nd All Soul’ Day, a day to honor the dead.

TIMEOUT: Samhain or Witches New Year (Celts) led to the creation of All Saints Day or Alholowmasse. The night before this day was called All-Hallows Eve (Church), which eventually became what we now call Halloween (Modern). The day after then became All Souls Day.

Trick or Treating

The concept of going door-to-door asking for food and candy goes back, again, to the time of the Druids. As we previously discussed, Druids believed, for the most part, that souls were released upon the earth on Samhain/October 31st; that the line between the spirit world and our world would become blurred.

Many people would set up banquets and sacrifices to these spirits to appease them if they came to their homes such as leaving food on the doorsteps. However, some still feared these spirits greatly and believed that the spirits would place a curse on their home, harm them, or even kill them if the sacrifices they gave did not appease Samhain.

Other stories tell of festivals in England, on All Souls Day, where poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. This practice was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the pagan practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. This tradition, called “going a-scowling”, was later taken up by children who would visit the houses of their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.

Jack O’Lanterns

It was because of the pre-mentioned fear of sprits that the Celts would carve demonic faces into vegetables, such as turnips, and place a candle in them to keep the evil spirits away from their home. This tradition stems form the Samhain fires where participants would take a burning coal and place it inside of the carved out turnip. Some people say that they used pumpkins, but the Celts didn’t have pumpkins, as far as we know; they were more of a North American plant. However, they did have beets, turnips, potatoes and other root vegetables.

The first example of the Jack O’Lantern appearing in American literature was in a 1837 story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, who also wrote The Scarlet Letter. The carved lantern didn’t become officially associated with modern Halloween until around the time of the Civil War. In the more ancient world the lighted Jack O’Lantern came form the celebration of Samhain. Those who attend the large fires would take a burning coal and place it inside of a rooted vegetable such as a turnip to light their way home. One of the most famous stories, though still probably forgotten among the masses is the Irish myth of a man nicknamed  “Stingy Jack.” (Stin-gee)

Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him, but Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Eventually Jack freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year however, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the devil could not come down until he promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.

Soon after, Jack died. As legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heave. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping to his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a covered-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth ever since. This Irish myth began to refer to this figure as “Jack of the Lantern”, and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.

In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and the other wandering spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the Jack O’Lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. This tradition soon shifted to using pumpkins, which were native to America, and which made perfect Jack O’Lanterns.

Superstitions

Although we have heard a lot about the evil spirits and disruptive ghosts entering peoples homes, there is also a less dark side to our modern Halloween. Because the line between our world and the spirit world is blurred, spirits of loved ones also passed through. Some families, feeling especially close to the deceased during this time of the year, would set places at the dinner table, or leave treats on the doorsteps while lighting candles to help their loved ones find their way back to the spirit world.

Other superstitions, such as black cats, have much of its roots in the Middle Ages. During this time, many believed that witches avoided detection by turning themselves into cats. The idea of not walking under a ladder is one of safety, and one that some believe holds roots in Egypt, as they held triangles to be sacred.

No matter what you believe, someone else believes the opposite. Sacrifices take place, divination occurs, children are targeted by whoever it may be, for whatever reason; a hidden hand of manipulation, power, and greed is being exercised because of the inability or lack of care by individuals to become in informed. Nearly 7 billion dollars is spent annually on Halloween, making it the countries second larges commercial holiday.

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