It’s my favorite time of year…Halloween! I’m sure you’ve felt the chill of an unseen visitor or the faint smell of perfume out of nowhere or maybe you’ve heard a few raps on the attic door as you passed by. Don’t be surprised, it’s Halloween the traditional time when the veil between this world and the world beyond is at it’s thinnest! Now the spirits of those who have passed are free to roam among us!
Have you ever wondered why we dress up on Halloween? Or maybe why we light Jack-O-Lanterns? It’s very simple really; these are tools of protecting ourselves from the otherworldly visitors. We wear mask so that the living and the dead can walk freely among each other without detection. We light the Jack-O-Lantern for safety.
The Jack-O-Lantern is an ancient tool of spiritual protection from ghost, demons, evil and harm. The Celts would carve gnarly faces into gourds, vegetables and pumpkins as a way to scare off anything that went bump in the night.
So if you are feeling particularly spooked this Halloween, and you want to ward off a few unwelcomed guest… carve some fancy pumpkins with toothy grins and twisted smiles. Light a black candle to place in the center and say this little prayer:
“Spirits roaming on Halloween Night,
Unwanted guest that give a fight,
I summon the protection of the Jack-O-Lantern’s light,
Ward off all evil that may elude my sight.”
© Shaheen Miro 10/28/2012