This evening we are celebrating Samhain (Hallowe'en) in the traditional way. We are gathering in circle to celebrate the crossing of the Veil. This is a time that we honor those who have crossed over to the other side of the Veil, as well as celebrate those who are reincarnating back to this side of the Veil. We will also be blessing personal talismans for the coming year.
Samhain is the ancient Pagan New Year. It was traditionally celebrated during the Full Moon of October (the "Blood Moon"), which honored the life force energies. Blood is our life force in our physical bodies, so it became known as the "Blood Moon". It is a time of celebrating the cycles of life, death, and rebirth.
This evening's circle promises to be a large gathering. I feel very honored to be able to lead such an important ceremony for the people.