Samhain; the veil between two worlds

Today, we have the great pleasure of delving into the enchanting world of Samhain, a celebration that stirs the soul and ignites the spirit. So, gather ’round, and let’s embark on a journey into the heart of this mystical Celtic festival!

Samhain, pronounced ‘sow-in’ or ‘sah-win,’ is a sacred time in the Celtic calendar, celebrated on the night of October 31st to November 1st. It marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, a time when the veil between our world and the spirit world grows thin. Now, if you’re wondering why Samhain has such a profound significance, it was a time of transition, a moment when the boundaries between the living and the dead blurred. It was believed that the spirits of the deceased, as well as other supernatural entities, roamed freely among mortals during this sacred night and the ancient Gaelic people embraced this mystical convergence with open arms.

One of the most iconic traditions of Samhain is the carving of pumpkins or turnips into ghastly faces, now known as jack-o’-lanterns. These lanterns were lit with candles, and their eerie glow was intended to ward off malevolent spirits. What a clever way to keep the spooky visitors at bay, don’t you think?

Now, let’s talk about costumes! Our modern-day Halloween costumes have their roots in Samhain. Celts believed that by disguising themselves as spirits or otherworldly beings, they could better blend in with the wandering entities from the spirit realm. And so, the tradition of donning masks and costumes was born.

But Samhain isn’t all about warding off the supernatural. It’s also a time for solemn reflection and paying tribute to our ancestors. In many Celtic traditions, a place at the table was set for departed loved ones, and offerings of food and drink were left outside for wandering spirits. This act of remembrance ensured that the spirits of their ancestors would look kindly upon them during the harsh winter months ahead.

Now, let’s fast forward to our modern times. Samhain has evolved into the beloved holiday we know as Halloween. The customs have transformed, but the essence of Samhain—the celebration of the season’s change and the connection to the spirit world—remains intact.

In honour of these ancient customs, our Samhain Night Serum encourages you to embrace the spirit of Samhain. At the end of a long day, sit back and take a moment to reflect. Samhain is a time of both merriment and reflection. Embrace the magic in the air, and remember that the veil between our world and the spirit realm is never truly sealed.