Important Dates: October 11, Columbus Day; the 30th, All Hallow’s Eve; and the 31st, Halloween and Samhain.
Halloween and Samhain
Samhain is a pagan religious festival originating from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition. In modern times, Samhain(a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”) is usually celebrated from October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.”
Samhain celebrates the thinning of the veil between our world and the dead. Similar to Día de los Muertos, Samhain is a time to remember those who have passed. Traditionally, those who celebrate Samhain welcome those spirits that are crossing into our world, as well as sending off lost souls into peace.
There are no set ritual guidelines for Samhain, but many celebrations have these elements in common. Just like Christmas or Hanukkah, every family or group celebrates the Samhain a different way. You can’t find people to agree that gifts should be opened on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning — it’s the same with magical holidays, too!
Halloween is a celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31st. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into scary faces to keep evil spirits at bey. Almost all of these holidays reference the afterlife, and it’s significant that so many traditions picked this day to celebrate, independent of one another. In other words, there is a lot of magical energy flowing on this day.
|DATE||DEGREE, SIGN & MINUTES||TIME|
|New Moon||06||13 Libra 25||07:05 AM|
|Second Quarter||12||20 Capricorn 01||11:25 PM|
|Full Moon||20||27 Aries 26||10:56 AM|
|Last Quarter||28||05 Leo 37||04:05 PM|
|Retrograde Planets||Mercury and Jupiter|
through the 17th;
Saturn through the 10th;
Uranus and Neptune all
month; Pluto through the 5th.
|Sun goes into Libra on the 22nd, the Fall Equinox.|
ARIES – March 21 – April 19
Taking care of your home is a must. You want to change so much. What a fabulous month for changing your approach to issues, concerns and projects. You want to get life going in the right direction and you do whatever you can to get the show on the road. There will be so many opportunities available to you now to change your life journey, if you want to. Taking a big step may be frightening, but if your heart is into it, do what you must do to get positive options in to your life. This is a great opportunity for you to update your look and do something you’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t have the courage to do it in the past. Also, love may come into your life, and if you are already married, then a resurgence of romance should be exciting.
TAURUS – April 20 – May 20
Relationship changes are coming. You seem to be asserting your independence in all types of relationships and careers even though you are super-sensitive at this time; don’t let misunderstandings tear apart good relationships with friends, family or a partner. And, don’t take things personally! You may feel like this is a good time to be more independent and to take on challenges yourself. You can always do what you want to do, but do include your significant other in some of your activities so you will both stay connected on all levels. Don’t get into trivial disagreements and be sure to keep your loved ones first in your life.
GEMINI – May 21 – June 21
Good luck is moving you in the right direction. Be extremely careful about the items you throw away now as you may need them in the future. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t de-clutter your space, home, apartment, etc., but I think knowing what you will be able to use in the near future will save you a few dollars. Don’t spend money on non-essentials. You may be thinking about balancing the extreme parts of your personality and others will see an improvement when dealing with you. Try to keep everything positive and work out logical decisions regarding issues in your life. If possible, listen more and be sure to always keep your word to others.
CANCER – June 22 – July 22
Partnerships are moving forward; however, you may be very confused at this time and may make illogical decisions. You may be irritated and frustrated by things you weren’t able to complete and you could feel as if you haven’t accomplished what you had planned. However, to take your mind off of this, it would be a fantastic time to be a loving parent or mentor to someone who needs to get back on course. Your children or some young children really need your attention, direction and counsel. Give it freely. This is a time for further formal education, lectures, seminars, workshops, or training (for your job or new interest) or any kind of modality to give you the information you desire.
LEO – July 23 – August 22
This is a good time to get all of your important papers in order. Your reputation and career team up as if they were one. You will do very well in your career and may even get a surprise boost in pay. Be sure that you are fair in all dealings and a moral reputation will follow. Others will see that you are an honest person and you will gain their trust in many situations that you hadn’t thought about in the past. You may wish to spend a little more time at home and do whatever it is you want to do in your home regarding clearing the space, redecorating, painting or buying new furniture. Once the new energy comes into your home, it will give you much peace of mind and ambition to tackle anything you’ve been procrastinating on.
VIRGO – August 23 – September 22
Travel and higher education (or perhaps training in some area to gain expertise) seems very important for you. Be open to new relationships so that you can experience many new adventures on your journey in life. This would also be a good time to solidify your hopes and dreams. Take definite steps to reach your goals. They aren’t going to come to you on a silver platter. Even though you may have a few differences, you are smart enough to know that everyone can’t believe in the same things that you do or else it will be a boring world. This is a time where you should get your dreams and abilities in sync with each other so that you can accomplish many dreams that you have put on the back burner.
LIBRA – September 23 – October 23
Your refinement and personality are in a class beyond compare. You like to be well-dressed and appreciate others who take pride in their appearance. You are a genuine caring person who wants to help everyone; be careful not to spend all of your energy on others that you are overwhelmed when you have to take care of your home, career, projects or chores. You are equality minded and love to discuss important issues from a spiritual or philosophical point of view. Joining a few classes would be a good diversion and you will learn more about a subject you have an interest in. Going to foreign lands (within our Covid restrictions) or just take a small vacation near your town, you will certainly learn a lot from others.
SCORPIO – October 24 – November 22
Be passionate about your life now and include all your friends and family in your plans. It will be nice to get together with those you love. Don’t worry about the small adverse instances around you since negativity attracts more negativity. Be thankful for your blessings and more of them will be attracted to you. Your personal appearance is very important to you as well as the respect of others. If you can be a little more flexible in your thinking, you will avoid arguments and confrontations. Dealing with women this month will make you feel fulfilled and happy. Any type of volunteer work would be a welcomed change. You want to help others, but also want your privacy, so again, balance in all things is desired.
SAGITTARIUS – November 23 – December 21
You will have many serious topics to think about like where is your life leading you and how you want to live the remainder of your life. It seems you will be racing around doing a lot of travel, or having a great time with outdoor activities. Even though you are getting back into the swing of things for the beginning of Autumn, you still have many projects that must be completed before starting new ones. You are very open-minded, lucky and optimistic so your exuberance for life will flow onto others. Your excitement will be contagious. Be sure that your family is well taken care of. Short trips or weekend getaways would also be a nice interlude from the work week where you could all relax and enjoy each other’s company. A very good time to be with family, siblings and close friends.
CAPRICORN – December 22 – January 20
Things start to calm down making you feel a bit more relaxed about your issues and concerns. You may have some organizational issues and may not be on not on top of projects. You may have a few issues in taking charge of a project or organization because you don’t want to accept the responsibilities of more than you already have on your plate. You have the potential to be in charge, if you want to, and take care of many issues whether they are someone else’s or yours. You may feel like you are on a roller coaster at times as things change quickly that you almost seem as if you can’t get a handle on them, but you do. You are quite serious this month and may expect that there will be an issue or two which will pull the rug out from under you.
AQUARIUS – January 21 – February 18
Home life and getting your home into shape for the upcoming holidays may be on your mind. At the very least, painting, updating a room’s look or redecorating seems interesting. Aquarians may not exactly know what they are looking for but they do know they need to be financially stable, secure and balanced. You take a lot of pride in your home and this is a time where you can shine. Even small decorative changes and varied accents show your sense of style as well as modernizing your home’s appearance. This may also be a time when you shouldn’t venture out too much. You have too many things to do, so it keeps you nearby. It seems you are always taking care of family and friends but don’t have extra time to care for yourself.
PISCES – February 19 – March 20
Your imagination and creativity are at its peak now so invent or finish something that is important to you. This is a time to participate in the arts, such as music, drawing, painting or singing. There is a lot of thought about occultism, theories, philosophies and dreams. You have too many thoughts and couldn’t possibly handle all of those projects so just follow-up on the ones you think you would like, can handle and want to come true. Be aware that this is a time where drugs and alcohol may be an issue; if not you, those close to you may abuse these addictions.
Rev. Vikki Anderson has been a metaphysical teacher, writer and lecturer for over 50 years. You may make an appointment by text or call 908-887-0052 for a telephone astrology or tarot consultation. www.vikkianderson.net.