The month of October derived its name from the Latin term octo meaning eight, as it was the eighth month of the year under the ancient Roman calendar. However, we know this month to be like no other as the first glimpse of brilliant rusts, golds and reds overtake summer’s greenery.
It is also the season when the mystical veil separating this world from that of the dead, is at it’s thinnest. The ancient pagan holiday associated with this time of year has been known throughout the centuries at Samhain, later evolving into All Hallow’s Eve.
Born from ancient Celtic ritual and belief, Samhain is the celebration of death. Within the world of magic, particularly Wicca and other ancient shamanic religions, Samhain rituals continue today with such traditions as “Dumb Suppers” where place settings are prepared for the dead, and “Samhain Circles” which are held by the living who wish to communicate with those already crossed over to the other side of the veil.
To honor the season, MerlianNews has added a new category which we hope you will find of interest, celebrating the history and fascination of the spirit world, entitled, Mediumship.
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New Items Posted in Merlian News
A Setting for Kindly Spirits Author Barbara Weisburg writes about the quaint Victorian town of Lily Dale — home to a myriad of Spiritualists and psychics in upstate New York.
Oct 8-10: A Weekend with Caroline Myss Omega holds weekend workshop in Rhinebeck, NY with internationally known author, Caroline Myss where she teaches three different levels of intuition: survival (gut instinct), spiritual (divine guidance) and medical (human energy diagnosis).
Indigenous Women’s Conference Teresa Hale, founder and head of the internationally known Hale Clinic, raises questions in connection with the upcoming Women’s Global Conference where she will be speaking.
October 14-17: Global Women’s Gathering Upstate, New York: Conference will focus on the wisdom, insights and philosophies of indigenous women elders from both the Eastern and Western worlds.
What the Bleep Do We Know Merryn Jose talks about a new film phenomena that explains the scientific nature of metaphysics.
Metaphysics in Manhattan Author, Tim Shea, discovers a small metaphysical treasure in the heart of the Village run by students of spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen.
Traveling the Sacred Sound Current The author, Deborah Van Dyke, describes the significance of sound to our soul as well as its ability to create a higher consciousness within us.
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