Halloween and the Dead —
Halloween is celebrated by millions of people in multiple countries as a fun time for kids and adults alike. Halloween rules the 31st of October, casting its spell, with its historical roots to its modern celebrations. What began long ago as a Druid festival may hold different meanings for different people, but one thing that most can agree on is the fact that no other holiday is as magical and mysterious as Halloween.
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Origin of Halloween —
The true origin of Halloween was to acknowledge and honor the spirit, a remembrance of all the physical lives and experiences souls have had on Earth. It was also a time to aid any soul that might be stuck on the physical plane to go into the light (return Home).
In ancient Ireland, people thought that ghosts and spirits roamed after dark on Halloween. They lit candles and lanterns to keep the spirits away, and if they had to go outside, they wore costumes and masks to frighten the spirits or to keep from being recognized by these unearthly beings.
Witches and Halloween —
Witches and Halloween go hand-in-hand. In the Middle Ages, every witch was believed to own an animal, usually a black cat, dog or bird. They were known as the “old one” and the “Earth Mother,” who symbolized wisdom, change, and the turning of the seasons. Black is a color embraced by many contemporary witches, not for its association with evil, but rather for its magical ability to counteract evil, and neutralize negative energy.
Some believe fairies are drawn together in large numbers on Halloween. They gather to protect children from witches and goblins. For twenty-four hours, these Halloween Fairies protect the children from the un-dead, who try to create havoc among the living.
The Colors of Halloween —
One of Halloween’s traditional colors, orange, reflects the ancient connection to agriculture and its celebration as a pre-Christian harvest festival. Orange, the color of pumpkins and autumn leaves, evoking the spirit of the fall season. It is a lively color that celebrates life.
Many people burn black candles for protection, reflection, yang energy and wisdom. The color black corresponds to the sign of Capricorn. Black candles are used in many cultures to banish negativity. Black candles enhance spiritual energies. An essential oil should be rubbed on the wax of the candle before burning to increase its effectiveness. Saturday is the most powerful day for burning your black candle. Burning of this candle can also help break a bad habit or mark the end of a phase in your life that has not been good for you.
The Jack-O-Lantern —
Another ancient tradition is one of our most famous icons of the holiday: the Jack-O-Lantern. Originating from Irish folklore, the Jack-O-Lantern was used as a light for the lost soul of Jack, a notorious trickster, stuck between worlds. Jack is said to have tricked the devil into a truck of a tree and by carving an image of a cross in the tree’s trunk, he trapped the devil there. His pranks denied him access to Heaven, and having angered the devil, also to Hell, so Jack was a lost soul, trapped between worlds. He whined to the devil that, trapped, he had no light. The devil tossed him an amber, he carved out the first Jack-O-Lantern out of a turnip, put the ember inside of it, and endlessly wandered the earth.
Trick or Treating —
The tradition of Trick or Treating resembles the last medieval Christian practice of “souling” when the poor would go door to door on Hallowman (Nov. 1) receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (Nov 2). Families would give them a pastry called “soul cakes” in return for prayers for the family’s dead loved ones.
Speaking with the Dead on Halloween!
Halloween is the time of year when the veil separating the spirit world from our own is at its most vulnerable. On this day, spirits have an easier time making their presence known. Celestite is the crystal you want for matters involving the spiritual world. It helps users to develop clairvoyant communication skills, which is useful when communicating with these beings of light. Celestite can help create the openness needed to make contact with spirits. Known as a crystal that reveals truth, Celestite shows us that there’s not much separating the spiritual and material realms.
Tips for a Safe Séance —
PREPARE YOUR SPACE: Choose a darkened room. Ideal time for a Séance is around midnight. Have a tabletop with lit black candles (prepared with essential oils), incense is optional, and invite respectful, like-minded people, at least three, to participate. For an added benefit, use a few Celestite crystals around the candles for clarity of thought and to connect the spiritual and material realms.
TIPS: Don’t try a Séance alone until you have participated in a group Séance at least once or twice. Do not use any electrical lighting and all. Cell phones need to be in another room a distance away. Smudging with burnt sage first is encouraged. Have questions prepared in advance. Set up your Ouija board, if you are using one. Always wipe off your Ouija board before and after a Séance with lightly-salted water on a rag for cleansing. Hold hands around the table to start. (More on Smudging)
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The Spiritual Séance —
GETTING STARTED: The purpose of a Séance is to contact the dead. Ask Spirits in a respectful manner to join the Séance. Request that only well-intentioned spirits join the Séance. If you are using a devise like an Ouija board, ask them to speak through the board as you touch it. An Ouija board is the best means to convert the energy of a spirit to words. (If not using an Ouija board, a leader needs to be chosen and the spirit is invited to talk through them.) This is the time to summon specific spirits by name.
CALLING THE SPIRITS: Summon the spirit(s) by chanting in unison: “Spirits of the past, move among us. Be guided by the light of this world and visit upon us.” If you are wishing to contact a relative or friend, you may chant something like this: “Beloved (name), we bring you gifts from life into death. Be guided by the light of this world and visit upon us.”
WATCH AND WAIT: Begin asking questions. Yes or no questions work the best and produce the best results. First ask, “Is there anyone here who wishes to speak with us?” Then ask your questions. Be persistent, have patience and a willingness to discover. Continue the Séance as long as you’re still receiving answers. The Séance will be broken if anyone leaves the circle at this time.
RECORDINGS: Audio Recording Devises are encouraged. This adds another layer of communication. If there were multiple recording devices in the room and you her a voice or a sound, see if it appears on any of the other recorders.
THANK THE SPIRITS: If you sense a negative spirit, say thank you and ask them to leave. Give the Séance closure by thanking the spirits for coming when you are ready to stop. When ending the Séance, always end with a protection prayer.
PRAYER OF PROTECTION: Dear Spirit, Thank you for sharing this sacred time with me. I appreciate the flow of energy I have just experienced. I will use it for my highest good. As I blow out these candles, I close this sacred space, and ask that your protection surround me wherever I go.
Crystals and Communicating with the Dead —
Below you will find a collection of items you will need to communicate with the spirit world on Halloween, or any other day. To start, make a completely relaxing and peaceful environment. You will need some healing incense to cleanse the environment, making it ready for communication with the spirit world. Also, light some candles, we recommend this Blessing Kit – Good Karma which help enhance the sense of calm and clarity.
You will need the specific stones below to act as a gateway to the spirit world. Many people who are experienced with this practice like to arrange the stones in a grid, or in a number of configurations, but simply having these arranged in the center of a table will work.
If you are with others, which is always recommended, start with some meditation. Take time to sweep away the clutter of your every day thoughts, and get to a point of total calm. Picture each person glowing with their inner light. You will imagine the light growing and growing around each person there, then pouring into the quartz (see below).
If you are trying to communicate with a specific entity, ask them to join you. You may ask them questions, and always be polite and respectful. The dead sometimes make their presence known with a flicker of a candle or a slight breeze or change in the flow of the incense. Adding an Ouija board (see below) creates a more direct approach, and is greatly enhanced when used with the crystals present at the same time.
You will need these crystals for communicating with the spirit world:
Celestite will help you create a sense of openness the you need to communicated with the dead. It helps bring out your clairvoyant skills so you can remove the constraints of the material world and to embrace the spiritual world. Surround yourself with Celestite before any communication with the spirit world.
Celestite relieves stress, anxiety, and obsessions. It is a perfect piece to carry for those who are singers, actors or speakers, as the energy will alleviate any type of stage fright or nervousness. Celestite brings harmony and balance, and will assist the holder in finding and maintaining inner peace. Its ability to heighten divine intuition makes Celestite especially useful for Reiki practice.
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This is your primary tool for increasing your telepathy, which is the best method for bridging that space between spirits and the living.
Selenite is a stone of mental clarity. This clarity enables strong decision-making abilities. Selenite is a stone of truth and honesty. Selenite remove energy blocks, It is excellent for enhancing the properties of other stones and for clearing and charging them.
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Quartz works with Selenite and Celestite, boosting the ability of those crystals to open up the spirit world, and it allows your mind to be open to receiving communication from those that have passed into the next dimension.
The Crystal Ball and the Spirit World —
This Obsidian will help bring you back from any journey into the spirit world. It is used for grounding you back to reality, and an important element to exploring the spirit world.
Crystal balls have been used for Séances since at least the eighteenth century and have the energy of harmony and perfection. It should be used in a dark room, with one or two lit candles. The ball brings images to your mind, your third eye, not the ball itself. Crystal gazing is your unconscious and conscious mind acting together. Gazing is a time to let the images flow. Crystal gazing can be done in the center of a table with people in a circle as part of a Séance, or with just one person. Crystal ball gazing takes practice and patience, but with time you will become more receptive and more adept at reading the crystal.
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Gather around the board, if you dare, and unlock secrets from a mysterious and mystifying world. You have questions, and the spirit world has answers — and the uncanny Ouija board is your way to get them. What do you want to know? Grab a friend and ask the board a question, using the included planchette, but be patient and concentrate because the spirits can’t be rushed. Handle the Ouija board with respect, and it won’t disappoint you! Hasbro Gaming, and Ouija are trademarks of Hasbro.
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