Halloween is thought to be ‘the witch’s new year,’ taking place halfway between the fall equinox and the winter solstice, marking the end of the harvest season. Traditionally, it’s celebrated from October 31st to November 1 with traditions revolving around dark themes: Paying respects to passed over ancestors and making contact with the world beyond the material – it’s said that ‘the veil between worlds is thin’ around this night.
Halloween has such a beautifully mystical symbolism, it’s really a perfect opportunity to mark the cycle of death and rebirth in nature and how it’s mirrored in our own lives! We are constantly rebirthing ourselves as we move through life, and with the year now wrapping up, the evening of October 31st can be seen as an invitation to put to rest ‘past selves’ or phases that have run their course, and open up space for what’s next!
So, I mean, I’ll still definitely get down with a mini chocolate bar binge and an annual Hocus Pocus viewing on Wednesday night, but I’ll also be honouring this time in a more personal way, too. Here are some rituals you might consider if you want to harness the magical vibes of Halloween.
Ask For a Sign
Since ‘the veil between the material world and the realm of the supernatural’ is said to be thin this night, make contact with the other side by asking for a sign. I love how Meditation Guide Ally Bogard explained our spirit guides it in the book Spirit Almanac;
“We can’t always see or believe or even imagine a benevolent, loving an intelligent council of being who care for us and want good for us, but it is a beautiful relationship to build. You can call on your spirit council for support, clarity, direction, guidance, and help to be in the right place at the right time for your highest fulfillment. To create a connection with your council, it is helpful to suspend the notion ‘I’ll believe it when I see it,’ and instead open up your mind to a place where ‘I’ll see it when I believe it’ is true.”
Whether you pull a tarot card and ask for a supportive message, or just mediate or take a mindful walk, make a point to allow the symbolic world to speak to you the evening of October 31st. This is a powerful day to ask for signs.
Reflect On The Past Year
(And See Yourself Finishing It Off STRONG)
We’re so close to the end of 2019, now! Now, we’ve reaped the main ‘energetic harvest’ for the year and we’re ready to retreat a little. Think about all the endings and beginnings that took place in your life over spring, summer, and fall. Honour your growth and work you’ve done with a simple candle ritual.
Get two candles, one black, one white. The black candle will represent your life over the past year, and the white one, all that’s to come. First, light the black candle and reflect on the past 10 months: The lessons you’ve learned, the work you did, the people who came in and out of your life. If you like, spend some time journaling on any major themes. When you’re done, blow out the candle with thanks.
Next, light the white candle and see yourself moving through the world in your power and attracting love into your life every day for the rest of the year. When you’re ready, blow out the flame with optimism.
Release a Toxic Relationship
or Relationship Dynamic
Venus, the planet of beauty and attraction, is in retrograde in Scorpio right now until November 16th, which can ultimately help us get clear on what we really, truly want in love relationships and friendships. It’s a great time to identify toxic relationships dynamics that aren’t serving us. On top of this, on Halloween night the moon reaches its third quarter waning phase, adding to the cosmic support we have for releasing negativity (as the moon diminishes in the sky, we too are influenced to get rid of what we don’t need). If there’s a relationship you need to put behind you, now is the time.
Write, on a piece of paper, all the negative feelings that a relationship you wish to transform brings up. Fold it up and burn it, then toss it into a stainless steel pot or bowl. As it chars and turns from paper to ash, those feelings you wrote down are transformed. Flush those ashes down the toilet because they may have nourished you once, but they’re WASTE NOW!
Welcome Darkness by Creating Some Phone-Free
Space For Your Intuition to Come Through
Halloween is about honouring all things dark, so free up some of the distractions and turn on your psychic awareness by creating an internet-free, electricity free-space for yourself. Light some candles and set the intention to receive any messages you need now.
Whatever you do in this set amount of time in ‘digital detox’ – whether it’s journalling, meditating, yoga, sitting in quiet contemplation, or all the above, the insights that come to you will be more influential than ones you don’t allow the space for, day-to-day. Tapping into your intuition is like a muscle – it gets stronger the more you work on it. Halloween is a powerful night to do this.
Prepare Your Nest
Since we’re about to be spending a lot more time indoors now, take this night to make your space the healthy safe haven you need it to be. Whatever your favourite method of energy clearing may be – burning herbs or palo santo or spraying some crystal water spritz around, prepare your home with a full cleanse and set your intentions for the evening for a healthy, protected space.
Bring Your Community Together
Halloween is, above all else, a celebration. While the themes around it are dark, it’s a time to come together with friends and fam and mark the end of the harvest! Go to Church street and bask in the vibes of this iconic street party, or if you feel like getting real witchy, WITCHfest North is a month-long event that culminates in a witchwalk on the night of the 31st.
In the city, in general, life can feel isolating, even when we’re in huge crowds. Make a point to remind yourself that you don’t have to feel that way! Refuse to head into November feeling cold AND alone.
There’s something about this holiday that really just makes people’s inner child sing. It’s a night to eat too much candy, suspend your disbelief and watch redic scary movies, do arbitrary acts like put carved pumpkins outside our homes and wear costumes. What is life for, if not having a good time? That’s ultimately what Halloween asks. Enjoy all the simple, low-maintenance pleasures it has to offer, and do it with ABANDON! After this night, we head into November, which is easily the quietest month of the year. End harvest season with a bang and let your inner child have some fun.
(Story by Contributing Editor, Kait Fowlie)