To all our supporters and members of the Anime Right, I want to wish you all a Happy Halloween. I am here to remind you that despite through all the chaos and internet drama, there must also be a time to lie back, relax and enjoy some time to yourself…and even spend it with the ones you care about. It has been a month since my last post on this site so I figured now is the time to let us go into some ideas regarding more metaphysical and esoteric topics. Halloween is also the period where the barrier between the natural and the supernatural world is thinning.
We all know that Halloween comes from the Celtic holiday Samhain meaning "Summer's end" and the stereotype from popular media where witches practice their rituals on Halloween where the magic is potent and all the supernatural forces become unleashed unto this world. There is some truth to this concept although it is not as grandiose and exaggerated in reality. Mages and occultists would practice rituals in one form or another which is cross cultural across time. In Celtic circles it is in reverence to the Goddess of death Cerridwen. I did a little bit of research, and i learned the festival may go back all the way to Ancient Egypt in reverence to the goddess Isis. and in ancient Sumeria to the goddess Inanna. We know that Halloween comes one day a year, but in reality in both Christian and Pagan circles, it is a three day event beginning from October 31st to November 2nd. This almost reminds me of the Hispanic holiday "Dia de los Muertos." or "Day of the Dead" where deceased spirits of family members come to the mortal world to visit their families as though they were still alive. The family members would leave their favorite foods and drinks to be consumed by the spirits or eaten by the relatives on their behalf. These spirits are allowed to come back to Earth for two days and they return to the afterlife.
The idea is that life and death are mutually co-dependent on one another and there comes a time where all the spirits both good and bad run loose among the material world. We may not see them, but the energies and vibrations of these spirits are much more potent. It also represent the changing of the seasons from Autumn to Winter. It is also the time to rejuvinate ourselves and recharge for the coming spring, much like the cycles of death and rebirth. This symbolism must also be cross cultural as well if the recurring themes have lasted for millennia. The ancients understood this principle of the transitions from life to death and to life again similar to the day and night cycles and the changing of the seasons.
When they said that this is the darkest time of the year it literally is because we are entering into the time where the days become shorter and the nights become longer. The winter is underway my friends and this is a good opportunity to reflect on ourselves and become better versions of ourselves. A time to plan for the next year and a time to accomplish our goals. I wish my readers well on their endeavors for the magic will always be strong with us.