✛ When the thin veil between the worlds is lifted


For Halloween - (No special effect edits these are natural orbs and natural fire.)


We were lucky to experience warm, dry weather this Halloween, so we went for a photo shoot next to a cemetery. I did not dare to actually enter, but the wall you see on the right belongs to the cemetery.



I thought I'd do a little history on the origin of Halloween :) The pictures turned out more unusual than expected, and it may be a bit difficult to see the details of the outfit. The only edits here are filters. The "bubbles" you see are naturally occurring and the fire is natural as well. I really like how the fire stood out in the total dark. The street lights were out that night.


SAMHAIN
Samhain, (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne) means "End of Summer", and is the third and final Harvest. The dark winter half of the year commences on this Sabbat.

It is generally celebrated on October 31st, but some traditions prefer November 1st. It is one of the two "spirit-nights" each year, the other being Beltane. It is a magical interval when the mundane laws of time and space are temporarily suspended, and the Thin Veil between the worlds is lifted. Communicating with ancestors and departed loved ones is easy at this time, for they journey through this world on their way to the Summerlands. It is a time to study the Dark Mysteries and honor the Dark Mother and the Dark Father, symbolized by the Crone and her aged Consort.


Originally the "Feast of the Dead" was celebrated in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the "wandering dead". Today a lot of practitioners still carry out that tradition. Single candles were lit and left in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home. Extra chairs were set to the table and around the hearth for the unseen guest. Apples were buried along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. Turnips were hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits, for this was a night of magic and chaos. The Wee Folke became very active, pulling pranks on unsuspecting humans. Traveling after dark was was not advised. People dressed in white (like ghosts), wore disguises made of straw, or dressed as the opposite gender in order to fool the Nature spirits.



This was the time that the cattle and other livestock were slaughtered for eating in the ensuing winter months. Any crops still in the field on Samhain were considered taboo, and left as offerings to the Nature spirits. Bonfires were built, (originally called bone-fires, for after feasting, the bones were thrown in the fire as offerings for healthy and plentiful livestock in the New Year) and stones were marked with peoples names. Then they were thrown into the fire, to be retrieved in the morning. The condition of the retrieved stone foretold of that person's fortune in the coming year. Hearth fires were also lit from the village bonfire to ensure unity, and the ashes were spread over the harvested fields to protect and bless the land.

"The night is coming the veil is thin...
hear their voices within the winds..."

(Spinning clockwise:)

"Light the fires and chant out loud.
Feel them walk within the crowd...."


"The summer is gone and winter draws near.
The veil will open, welcome them without fear."

(Lighting the fire by the wall:)

...Scattered


(Facing towards)


(Spinning counter clockwise)

"Our loved ones past will soon be among our place. 
See the veil thinning, and you will see their face."


(Spinning counter clockwise and then clockwise...counter clockwise and clockwise, 3 times each)

Repeating: "Our loved ones past will soon be among our place. 
See the veil thinning, and you will see their face."



(Lighting the fire one last time...)


"Embrace the night and let your magic be known,
The truth that is here will soon be shown.
 Celebrate the world within your rites,
on Samhain nights...."




I hope you enjoyed it! Or rather....did not enjoy it haha ;)
If this gave you a good chill, leave some feedback.  

The whole poem (do not read out loud)


Honor those beneath thy feet:

The night is coming the veil is thin...
hear their voices within the winds.

Light the fires and chant out loud.
Feel them walk within the crowd.

The summer is gone and winter draws near.
The veil will open, welcome them without fear.

Our loved ones past will soon be among our place. 
See the veil thinning, and you will see their face.

Embrace the night and let your magic be known,
The truth that is here will soon be shown.
 Celebrate the world within your rites,
on Samhain nights.

Make Up:


My outfit was inspired by the early 1900's

Do not attempt alone
Do not talk to them
Do not be scared

2 comments:

Alina B. said...

Oh my goodness, I loved this post Emi! very interesting. Those photos are so beautiful and mysterious. An the poem is very nice. What happens if you read it out loud. :]:**

Emi longhairedatheart said...

Thank you!! Haha well if you read it out loud you will have to make room for some guests ;P
Glad you enjoyed it! I think the tradition is very magical and so in tune with nature. :)

 

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