Spirituality and the Earth: Ancient festival of Samhain still celebrated in multiple ways
As dusk falls Sunday and hordes of Southwest Michigan kids in costume begin ringing doorbells for treats, many local practitioners of Earth-based spirituality will be gathering in sacred circles, lighting fires and participating in spiritual ceremonies to mark the ancient festival of Samhain (“SAH-wen”).
In Celtic tradition, Samhain (“summer’s end” in Gaelic) marks the beginning of a new year. It’s also the midpoint between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice, considered in ancient cultures to be a powerful time for magic and communion with spirits.
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