For my entry to this week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- Beyond the Veil, I will share my Halloween and Samhain experiences
I decided to split the weekend into two parts- birthday and Halloween festivities on Friday and Saturday, and Samhain reflections on Sunday.
Poland traditionally doesn’t celebrate Halloween (they celebrate All Saint’s Day instead) and despite the many protests in support of women’s rights (among other protests) and the new pandemic restrictions- for a while it looked like I might not be able to celebrate my favorite holiday .
But my partner and I managed none-the-less, and despite some challenges we had a lovely mini celebration with just the two of us! We enjoyed pumpkin carving, orange bubble baths, mummy hot dogs, toasted pumpkin seeds, and Halloween classics (The Addams Family never gets old lol )
After a fun Friday and Saturday, I spent Sunday taking down the Halloween decorations, cleaning up, and baking the pumpkins (pumpkin bread, anyone? )
I had planned to make an elaborate Samhain altar, but I was so exhausted and it was quite late by the time I finished tidying up. I decided to do a simple but meaningful arrangement instead.
Three tealight candles to symbolize the three loved ones I lost this year.
One large candle to represent all those who have gone over the years
A feather to carry my wishes to them
I had a nice meditation as the tea lights burned about the past and how it is so important to enjoy things while they last. I felt good about my weekend celebrations- fun and partying with a loved one but also a quiet reflective time as well. It felt balanced- like, despite all the chaos and calamity around us, everything was okay in that moment
The weird energy in the air I was feeling last week seems to have let up and I am feeling good going into the Witches’ New Year!
I plan to have a soothing cup of tea and spend some time reflecting on the weekend for the After Samhain Tea Time Ritual that @Krissie117 kindly organized.
Whether festive or reflective- I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! May the good energies of the Blue Moon, Halloween, and Samhain continue to bring you blessings throughout the week.
Lots of love- Blessed be!