TTTE Halloween Special Event

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TTTE Halloween Special Event

$25.00 USD

Historically known as ‘All Hallow’s Eve’ or ‘All Saints Eve’ or shall I call it ‘Samahin’ (pronounced sawin)?

Did you know that our present day Halloween celebration is a descendant of what the pagans (the word ‘pagan’ meaning ‘rural people’) celebrated as Samahin, Samahin meaning November in Gaelic?

This Gaelic festival marked the end of the harvest season, the livestock being driven down from high pasture and the beginning of the winter or the darker half of the year.

The date of October 31st falls approximately half way between the autumn equinox and winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.

According to Irish mythology, Samahin was a time when the doorway to the ‘Otherworld’ (the realm of the living and the home of the deities and other powerful spirits) opened, allowing the spirits and the dead to come into our world. This is the night that the Druid priests and priestesses could and would predict the future, tap into the forces that be and create for the coming winter and beyond.

**This class is in English**

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It is told in many Christian tales that this was a night of large bon fires and animal sacrifice. This ‘sacrifice’ was most likely the tribes ritual slaughtering of the animals they would live off during the coming winter.

When Christianity began to rise in popularity, they had a hard time convincing the pagan people of the new religion and God so they started grafting the Christian beliefs onto the already existing ways.

The pagan’s used this night to worship the spirits of the earth, leaving foods and presents (trick or treat) out for them. They celebrated the earth, the spirits of the earth and took pleasure in the abundance of the harvest.

Christianity was not into this form of being and so began the campaign for what would become Halloween.

Samahin became ‘All Hallow’s Eva’ (all saints eve) where all saints of the Christian church who did not have their own celebration day could be celebrated, rather than the earth, spirits and deities that pagans had previously celebrated. Those silly earth spirits!

And so we come to today where the roots of this celebration are long forgotten by most and instead of revering, worshiping and acknowledging the spirits of our earth, we dress up like them!

Is the night of October 31st a time when the veil between our world and the spirit world more this?

So much has changed in the way we live our lives through mans evolution. We have a great sorted past as a species, some great some not so great.

Can we learn by looking to the past to know why and how we live today or are we better looking to the future to how we can live and what we can know?

Will the future include the spirits of the earth and worshiping of the elements as our ancestors did or will we continue to evolve into the mind of science? 
All I know is that if I were a rural person of earlier times I would have been a great witch who knew the forces of the spirits and revered the earth as the conscious entity it is. OH wait, I am that!


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