Samhain: going Underground

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“I love what you do, how you do it and what invariably happens as a result…   I look at my life changes these last eight years or so of working with you and stand amazed and grateful…. and how wonderful that I have the opportunity to be grateful and tell you so !!”

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“Thank you for an amazing Samhain experience. So much letting go I am still assimilating. Not yet understanding. But open to the joys of love and connecting and my heart open to this amazing existence we                                 have, this amazing journey we share.” 

(Celtic Tantra usually celebrates this  at Wildways, Shropshire in late October or early November on the closest weekend that Wildways has room for us to book).

The precise of Samhain in 2021 is Saturday 31 October.  

At Samhain (Halloween), on the cusp between October and November,  the darkness has really begun to deepen.    The time is  ripe to shed old patterns and long-held forms and surrender to the dark and all it contains.  Traditionally this is also the time to connect with your ancestors as guides for your winter journeying, and to ignite your inner fires as you move deeper into the dream time.

  Samhain (Halloween) stands within the threshold of the dark part of the year.  In modern Britain, the clocks are about to return from Summer Time to Greenwich time, and  darkness to invade the evenings dramatically earlier!  Samhain marks the the completion of descent into introversion, from connecting with the yang energy of the sun, to finding grounding in the yin energy of the earth.    In the woods, it is the time when the sap no longer rises,  when the energy of the trees withdraws into the roots, and when next year’s seeds lie dormant.  Some mammals, such as bears, go into hibernation.  Smaller ones, such as ticks and butterflies, go into completely suspended animation. In many indigenous cultures it is also the time when the shaman visits and consults  with the ancestors, the living remember and put out food for them, and the nation formally honours them. Our ancestors are, after all, those who have already returned to the earth, and who from there can best advise, protect  and inspire their descendants during the “Dream time.” So Dante called on Virgil as his guide through the Inferno.  The time is not without its risks, whether  when it is the dead who re-enter our world to feast this one night with the living (beware the “hungry ghosts” among them!), or when it is the living who journey to the land of the dead, as Odysseus did before he could complete his journey home.   Such mythic journeys undertake, in the words of Friar Lawrence, “a thing like death…That copest with death himself to ‘scape from it,” and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a reminder of how risky such a journey may be.  Yet such encounters also carry a potential for really radical healing — healing at the roots.