“All is well, Halloween is here; souls come to visit, and the living world throws a party to mingle with the dead."
Zsuzsanna Budapest, The Goddess Speaks
The ancients looked to the sky as both clock and calendar. Indigenous peoples lived in accordance with the natural cycles of the earth and held festivals to honor the seasons. The Celts marked Halloween, or Samhain, as the end of the warm season and the gateway to the dark, hidden season of winter - a special time when the boundaries between this world and the unseen worlds could more easily be crossed.
Even in modern Western society, many believe that the "veil between the worlds" is thinnest at this time of year. That communication with one's ancestors and other souls of the departed, as well as beings from other realms - such as the fairy, devic, and angelic kingdoms - is enhanced. That subtle energies can be experienced more readily.
Honor the veil
It's a great time of year to honor your ancestors by creating an impromptu altar in your home. Include photos of friends and family members who have passed into spirit; a candle; a centerpiece of acorns, pinecones and leaves; a trinket inherited from a favorite grandparent - you get the idea.
Or perhaps you've thought about scheduling a mediumship reading - it's a great time of year for it. To make the most of your reading: spend some prayer or meditation time to invite your Spirit loved ones to the session, and to reflect on any situations about which you would like to receive guidance or inspiration.
Peek under the veil
Inner Compass has organized a field trip to Dick Waller's ArtPlace for a special event, Spirit Art Spirit Talk (Tuesday, October 29). Join artist and psychic medium Terry Hatton, along with Joanne Franchina, Rose Vanden Eynden, and even more guest mediums for an impromptu, free, fun, and SPIRITED evening at this fabulous downtown art gallery, featuring Terry's Spirit-inspired artwork and messages from your Spirit loved ones.
If you'd like to develop a closer relationship with your Spirit Guides, don't miss our next Soul Circle, Behind the Veil with your Guides (Tuesday, October 22). When you summon the resources of the Heavens and feel their connection, this new awareness will bring joy to your life.
Touch the veil
Join us for a hands-on, highly creative and magical workshop, Mystic Herbalism: Mindful Harvesting & Concocting (Sunday, October 27), featuring herbalist Melissa Anastasia. Budding herb lovers and seasoned herbal enthusiasts alike will learn how to gather and prepare herbs in the spirit of our elders in this much-requested workshop.
Or perhaps your interests lie more in the unseen world of energy healing? If so, join us this weekend (Saturday & Sunday, October 19-20) for a workshop in Pranic Healing Level One, featuring guest instructor Stephanie Toney. Learn the basics of working with your energy aura in this advanced energy modality: energetic anatomy, preventive healing, self-pranic healing, step-by-step techniques for common ailments, distance healing, and more.
A calendar of veils
As you've come to expect, Inner Compass hosts a variety of offerings to help you celebrate the world of Spirit. Check our Calendar for the latest and greatest. And I hope you'll find something that you feel was created just for you.