Because Mrs. B is on the East Coast, and I don't get up that freakin early!.. I am posting this Thursday night... for Friday the 16th.
Thank you for following the fabulous Mrs. B's Haunted Walking Tour to visit! She is a doll isn't she? My name is Kristina, and this is my blog. I write about whatever seems to come to mind usually. I hope you will look around and stay a while!
I want to share a little bit about Halloween… and the day that actually started it all. Then I want to share some old-witches tales about Halloween.
Halloween was formerly known as Samhain. The name and the holiday evolved over the years to become what we now know. You may be surprised to learn that Halloween is, to many modern-day witches and pagans, the most sacred night of the year. And contrary to many misunderstandings, Samhain/Halloween is not a holy day of the Devil, (most Pagans don’t believe in the Christian Devil) or an evil holiday. For many cultures, throughout many centuries, Samhain has been celebrated as a harvest festival, a time of mirth and magick, a night of ancestors, as well as a New Year’s Eve celebration. Hundreds of years ago, the Celtic people followed a calendar that began and ended with October 31/November 1st, and they believed that on this last day of the year, the veil between the living and the dead grew very thin, allowing contact across the veil both ways. Many of the traditional decorations of ghosts, skeletons, and skulls have long been used to signify those who have passed before. The same symbols are now used to delight and terrify us!
Over the years, many traditions and old-witches tales were developed for Halloween night, believing that the ancestors who have passed before would help you to divine your future. Many of methods are still around: tarot cards, scrying, crystal balls, runes, etc. Many more customs have not passed the test of time. These lesser known methods of divination were often believed to reveal your future husband/wife/lover. I found them so intriguing I knew I had to share!
- In England, it was once believed that when hemp was tossed over the shoulder at midnight on Halloween, a vision of your future husband/wife would appear.
- To learn the initials of your future spouse, peel an apple in one long piece, then toss the peel over your left shoulder or into a bowl of water. If a letter of the alphabet is formed, this is the first initial of the first name. Repeat for the first initial of the last name.
- To find out how many kids you will have, pluck a stalk of oats on Halloween. The number of grains is the number of children you will have. However, if the top grain is missing, this is a sign that you will lose your virginity before your wedding!
Halloween has such a rich history! It is by far my favorite holiday… and I can’t wait! Also, I promise I’m not nearly this educational on a regular basis! Please come back again and visit!