Samhain was a pagan festival, a very important day for the Celts. One of the solar holidays, the one that marked the beginning of winter, the beginning of a new year. It was the exact opposite of Beltane, the festival of life, of fertility, on the first day of summer. And the theme was, in fact, death.
What is a prayer for Samhain?
A prayer for Samhain is a special prayer you dedicate to those who have passed away to honor them, celebrate them, and let them know you are still thinking of them.
How does it work?
A prayer for the Samhain can work as an easy but powerful way to create a deep connection with the otherworld, the spirits, and the dead.
Why should I do a prayer for Samhain?
The death of nature, the hours of darkness that exceed those of light, the fall of the leaves, the renewal, and the time of rest after the end of the harvest, which reminded us of eternal rest. A way to exorcise the fear.
It was said that the veil between the world of the dead and that of the living, on the night of Samhain, was thinning and that the spirits were free to return to the places where they had lived.
The streets were lit with torches and candles that showed the dead the way back to their world, Tír na nóg, where eternal beauty and youth awaited them. They were left with food at the door of the house so that they could feed themselves, and ritual sacrifices were made to keep any evil spirits at bay, who did not decide to do some “trick” on the living (not exactly the kind that children do today if not they are given sweets, even if this is the modern meaning of the famous trick or treat).
And the renewal was signaled by the rite of fire, which symbolized light. In the houses, all the fires went out.
The villagers gathered on the hills, where druids, the religious and spiritual guides, lit a single, large, bonfire, that of a sacred fire. Together, hidden in the hills, they protected themselves from supernatural phenomena and spirits, in some areas even wearing masks to deceive them. Only with the sunlight did the fires of the houses rekindle, drawing directly from the sacred fire.
Doing a prayer for Samhain is a great opportunity to connect with the darkness and the afterlife, but also to explore the darkest deepest most intimate nuances of our soul.
What is the best time to do it?
A prayer for Samhain should be done on the Samhain night, between October 31st and November 1st. If you can’t do this, keep in mind that the best time to do it is at night. At night is when we can relax and when we are ready to open ourselves to be more receptive and sensitive as we leave the day behind.
How to prepare for a prayer?
These steps below aren’t a must, but they’ll help you make your prayer work.
Light up a white candle
Lighting up a white candle is a great way to keep the evil spirits away while connecting with the otherworld and the dead. It’s also a great way to let your ancestors find their way back to you.
Honor lost ones
If you lost someone you can honor them on Samhain as there are more chances for them to get your messages. You can use a picture of the person you lost and put it on an altar or on display somewhere else.
Just make sure you choose a picture showing this person only.
If you are having some trouble connecting with the afterlife and darkness from a place of openness and acceptance, you should do a cleansing ritual. This might be the right call for you if you are struggling in accepting death as a natural part of our existence.
With a cleansing, you can let the negative associations disappear and truly open yourself to forgive and forget the past and honor those you lost with positivity, love, and kindness. You can go for a cleansing bath or for a smudging session. It is your call. Do what you like.
Prayer for Samhain
“Samhain, Sacred night
Let the veil disappear
I am ready to receive the messages the dead have for me
I am open to you
I don’t fear the darkness
I accept it,
I embrace it
It’s part of us
It’s part of our existence
It’s in nature
It’s in the stars
It’s a circle and these steps are a foundation for the rebirth
Bless me with deep insight
Bless me with messages from the dead
Bless me with acceptance
So be it”
What should you do after prayer?
You can leave the candle and item there as a set altar, letting the candle burn out completely. Alternatively, you can reuse this candle and keep chanting the prayer over more days if you feel the need to. It’s your call! This can be a one-time thing or you can chant this prayer over and over again. Your call! Just make sure you get started on Samhain night.
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