On Halloween, as ghosts and goblins become more visible this time of year, the veil grows thinner between the world of the ancestors and those who now walk this realm. The earth-based traditions that predate Christianity believed that the end of the harvest was a time of gratitude and thanksgiving when the spirits of the beloved departed would return home to share in the bountiful feast. Death didn’t sever their connection with loved ones, and people left offerings for the departed and candles so they could find their way home.

Only those who have dared to let go can dare to re-enter. Meister Eckhart 

Now we set out lit pumpkins and give the offerings to our children—who just might be our ancestors returning home in their newest expressions. Whether literal or metaphorical, this is a time to appreciate and bring alive once again those who have passed from this world by sharing their stories with the newest generations. Celebrate Halloween with more than candy and dress-up. Create a ritual to honor those who have gone on before us.

Spiritual Contemplation: In addition to dressing up and having fun, remember the spiritual practice to raise a loved one or two from the dead by sharing your memories of them with the next generation. Then this night will be filled with the living departed, and their memory will remain alive. Happy Halloween.

Affirmation: I honor my loved ones who have gone before me!