Turns out my muse was tuned in yesterday while I attended church. I realized while listening to the topic of our service:
Through The Veil that the last three months of the year have themes:
–October equals Through The Veil
–November equals Gratitude
–December equals light
If you think about these three thematic months, you can see a connection I will mke in December with a column that ties them all together. First, let’s look at Through The Veil.
Why do I see October as Through The Veil Month?
Every religious tradition as October as the month when the line between the physical world and the spiritual world is at its thinnest, meaning that this is the time of year when the two worlds find it easiest to communicate with each other. Here is some of what I discovered at service yesterday:
1. We dress in costume to confuse spirits that wish to do us harm.
2. We light jack o lanterns to ward off the spirits that wish to do us harm. Those spirits don’t like light.
Western traditional Halloween has its roots in Pagan tradition. I KNEW THAT. What I didn’t know is THAT PAGAN tradition was born from a Gaelic holiday called Samhain. As with each of these customs, Samhain also tells us that this is the time when the physical and the spiritual collide and combine, making it easy to communicate and witness the other world. It’s a time when angels, sprites, and fair folk are able to cross over.
It’s also a time when the line between those we love who have passed find it easier to communicate. Halloween has always been a time that in my deep consciousness, the one that grew up intimidated by the Catholic tradition of Hell has feared. And if I’m being completely honest, there remains that fear. However, as I have matured in my worldview, as my belief system has changed through the course of this my latest incarnation, I have come to see the world of my faith in a different light. I see this month now, more as a time of year when life and death is more transitory, more fluid. That there is a line that is more open to us, if we choose to see it. I’ve never seen death as a bad thing anyway. It’s just one more travel we all have to take. And I certainly don’t believe it is a permanent state. It isn’t static. Death is just a transition. It is just a sleep, a resting period. Death is a place we go to review our previous life and ready ourselves for our next incarnation. This time of year, October shows us that those who have passed over are NEVER completely gone. Let those who have passed before you, those who shared a connection with you when in the physical embrace you. Embrace this season as it only comes along once a year.
Love never dies.
God/Your Higher Power/The Universe isn’t cruel enough to rip someone out of arms permanently. And this time of year is that proof. Find your own proof and look through the veil.
Be Happy! Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.
Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;
We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying. For there truly is no end.
Martha J Orlando
Definitely interesting observations of these particular months, Chris, and it does make sense. Seeing through the veil – not quite there, but almost, sensing the closeness of the other. Reminds me of the concept of thin places in the Celtic Christian tradition.