I was musing on another thread about Halloween and since it is just around the corner, what do you think about it? I am not going to say any
particular worldview is right or wrong, I just want to know your ideas about it. I have said before that I don't celebrate Halloween (sorry, your kids
are not getting candy from me), because it is a religious holiday for some people.
I am being respectful to those who practice Wicca and Celtic Paganism, and those who are Catholic (As it means All Hallow's Eve). I don't celebrate
November 1 either, because I am not Catholic. I do understand that it is Samhain, but throughout the centuries, a lot of what was celebrated isn't
necessarily what we know the most ancient Celtic Pagans did. I think Wicca is placed under several views, some of which are not all embraced by all
who do practice Wicca. Some are Gardenian Wiccans, while some are eclectic or solitary.
But what has become associated with Halloween are slasher movies (ugh), dressing kids up like dinosaurs and having them go to strangers houses to get
candy. Hmm, it seems the toothpaste companies would promote this, so parents buy more toothpaste.
We associate Halloween with ghosts, goblins, witches (stereotypical images), skeletons, graveyards, and many of those things. How did Halloween become
associated with death? So out of respect for those who celebrate Samhain, how do you feel about the commercialization of Halloween and in your
worldview, does Halloween represent Samhain?
You have to understand that most of what I know about Samhain comes from reading about it, talking to people who claim to practice Wicca and Celtic
Paganism. I don't think vampires and werewolves were part of Celtic Paganism of the British Isles, because those arose from the Carpathian/Balkan
people. How did Dracula become part of Halloween?
But the concept of ghosts didn't come from Celtics, all cultures have a belief in it. So from the perspective that ghosts are energy, as paranormal
investigators believe, are ghosts energy? And if they are, is it energy that hasn't been transferred yet?
I would think if Halloween were the night that most spirits are supposed to cross the veil, because it's very thin on that night, then Halloween
should be the most energy filled night of the year. And if it is, then what would be the outcome of such energy? We don't have nuclear explosions on
that night, so the energy must be very limited. So what do you think, are ghosts energy?
I am just asking what people think. I realize there are many different ideas about this, and I don't think we need to know just what rituals you
perform, if you are solitary, then it's ok to not talk about that. But something definitely associated Halloween with ghosts.
How do you perceive Halloween?
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