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From next sunday to monday (31st October to 1st November) it’s Samhain or Halloween for those who prefer that.

Samhain which means summers end is an ancient pagan festival celebrating the Celtic new year. It is also the Irish Gaelic word for the month November. It is a misconception that Samhain is pronounced Sam Hane and is the name of a Celtic God of death. Samhain is pronounced Sow-en and is the last of three harvest festivals which makes it extra special, cause it is the beginning of the cold, dark and dangerous days of winter. Any food which was not brought in from the fields by the last harvest was left on the fields and not eaten. It now belonged to the fairy folk, and eating it would make you sick. Samhain is still observed by Wiccans and other Pagans for its spiritual significance in the Wheel of the Year, the cycle of holidays that mark transition points in the natural solar cycle. It is a time when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead are at its thinnest, a time for honouring the departed and seeing into the future.

When Christianity came they thought that it was a good idea to put the holiday where holidays already existed, and it was also an attempt to convert pagans and non-believers to Christianity. Many of the pagan traditions, such as Yule with decoration of the evergreen tree, traditions of spring equinox such as decorating eggs was adapted into Christianity with christmas and easter. The holiday of Samhain became All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day, now know as Halloween.

There are also several misconceptions and outright lies that are spread by religious fundamentalists about Samhain every year, in an attempt to get Halloween banned. One of them is that the holiday is of Druidic origin; the Druids were a priestly class of the Celts, but they were a very late manifestation of the Celtic religion. The Celts were practicing their religion for thousands of years before the priestly class of the Druids developed.

If you believe in spirits this is a great time to celebrate and cast some magick spells for love or protection. Otherwise it can be fun just to celebrate Halloween with its common spooky themes. I will honor the dead and well, what I do more is for the future to tell. I have not decided yet. But one thing is sure, I do believe in spirits and will celebrate them.

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Magic vs Magick

It doesn’t matter if you believe or not believe in spells. It has been a part of our history since the stone age and are still a part of many people’s culture today. Maybe the most fitting word regarding the history of magic were written over a century ago by the renowned historian Ozmar in 821 GUE. He wrote:

“The greatest irony is this: that the ancients of our kind were nearer to knowing the truth about Science than those who call themselves scientists today. Science has taught us much and given us new words for old mysteries. But beneath these words are mysteries, and beneath them more mysteries. The pursuit of Magic has given these mysteries meaning and provided for our people great benefits unrealized as yet by science. One day perhaps , a great union will be formed between magic and Science, and the final mysteries will be solved.”

When christianity with its great force of destruction came across the globe they destroyed much of the ancient culture and knowledge. They murdered magicians, witches, sorcerers, shamans and much of the magic disappeared. But some of it survived and the knowledge are spreading today. But there is a difference in the ancient magic and modern magic. The difference can be seen with magic and magick. Magic today is strongly connected to illusions and stage performers. So there had to be a change wich came with Aleister Crowley. The word magick was chosen by Crowley to differentiate his concept from other practices, such as stage magic. John Symonds and Kenneth Grant attach a deeper occult significance to this preference. Crowley definedĀ  Magick as “the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the will”, including both “mundane” acts of will as well as ritual magic. Crowley claimed that “it is theoretically possible to cause in any object any change of which that object is capable by nature”.

If you want to know more about magick I strongly recommend Magick (Book 4) by Aleister Crowley and if you are more interested in magic and illusions just search on google, buy a hat, a rabbit and a deck of cards and practice.

Witches’ lair and spirit-wolf night
Ancient Ones bring second sight
Blood and bones of those before
Help me with this little chore.
Herbs and talc and natural things
At my bidding, safety bring,
North for Earth, and East for Air
I summon Spirit to help me here.

/ Spirit Drum

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