A Healing Halloween Ritual

Written By Expert Susan Speaks with Spirit

Halloween, or Samhain, is when the veil between this world and the spirit world is at its thinnest and some believe that it carries with it the help and guidance of spirit and the divine. It's also the season of harvest -- and harvest festivals. Traditionally, harvest festivals were a way to close out this season and transition into Mother Earth’s season of slumber. As the weather turns colder, the earth begins to prepare for her winter’s sleep. But because so many of us are city/suburban dwellers we might feel we have lost touch with the natural world and her cycle. This little ritual can help you reconnect and reflect.

As Halloween approaches, it is a good time to pay off old debts and complete open karma. It is a great time to start manifesting new things in your life. Think about those things you’d like to throw out of your life and those things you’d like to bring in. Begin by writing down those things you’d like to leave your energy. On another piece of paper write down those things you’d like to cultivate into your life. Always frame it in the positive, particularly the things you’d like to bring into your life. For example, instead of saying you’d like to not be short of money, write that you’d like to have more wealth and abundance in your life.

On the evening of Halloween, prepare two candles -- one white and one black. Underneath the black candle, place the list of things you’d like out of your life. Underneath the white candle place the list of things you’d like to come into your life. Practice safety, of course, and be sure the candle holders are stable.

Between the two candles, place a plate with a lovely apple. By cutting the apple in half (horizontally – across the seed casing), the seed casing resembles a pentagram which is a very protective symbol.

Some may view a pentagram as a negative occult symbol, but in fact, it is a very strong protection symbol! It also represents the five sacred elements of air, water, fire, earth and spirit. Next to your apple, place a glass of some beverage (non-alcoholic). You can also place a pretty vase of flowers like chrysanthemums or marigolds between the candles too.

As you light the candles, focus on how light dispels darkness. Focus on how the light dispels the energy of the things you wish to work out of your life and how the light illuminates the pathway to the things you wish to cultivate into your life.

Once the candles are lit, it is the perfect time to pull out any divination tools you have and begin to play. I always have the best time with my runes on Halloween night! It is also a perfect time to get a reading, particularly a mediumship reading as the veil is so thin between the two worlds!

When you are done, snuff out the candles (don’t blow them out). Put your lists into a fire-safe container and burn them with a little sage or lavender. An alternative is to bury them. Take your apple and beverage outside and pour the beverage into the earth. You can either bury the apple (with your lists) or leave the apple out on the open ground for the birds, squirrels or other critters to eat.

Happy Halloween! I hope this little ritual helps you get in touch with the natural world and the spirit world!

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Hi Cristina,

I have had a great deal happening in my life over the last few months since June. My husband declared that he wanted to move out...eventually did this... then declared he wanted to go to Dubai and therefore wanted a divorce and now wants to go to Australia. In between this he wants to continue doing very long run races and climbing mountains... there is no other energy around him (female) so I have been told. I am trying to understand him but still love him and want him to come back home and have told him many times before. I know he still cares for me and understands where his work got in the way of us and continues to care for my parents, keeps asking many questions, but wants me to find a better man for a partner, as he says he is not a good husband and would not make a good father.

I want to know if my husband still loves me and can understand the love we had and come home. All can be forgiven. Can we stop divorce? Will he emigrate? Will we keep in touch? And how will I be for the rest of 2012?
Thank you.

Love and light,
--Marie M

Blessings, Marie M!

I see your husband is not ready or open for the responsibilities of a man raised to be a certain way. He is incapable of really settling down. He is a dreamer and his mind goes in another direction, his rhythm is that of a nonconformist and someone who wants to explore the world and challenge his own physical limits. For this he requires no wife or the day-to-day routine of making a living and supporting a family. The image he has of himself as a man does not fit with society. So as a nonconformist he will probably not change. He has made an effort to change. Even hoped that marriage with you would stop the urge of wanting to take off and breathe in the world. You are correct there is no other woman, and although he still loves you he doesn’t want to have to work and succeed in the corporate or business world, nor does he have the desire to be a husband or father. He never really wanted that but thought marriage would change him. In the end he realized it did not.

He does love you as much as he can, however it’s not enough to maintain a marriage. You’ve done everything possible to keep him by your side, and I see you are even willing to allow him to get all this travel and play out of his system. However I don’t see you waiting for him forever either as the distance will keep you apart. The days will pass and what you felt for him will fade into the twilight and another will come and capture your attention. I wish I could say he will change his mind and come home, but he is a free spirit and I cannot give you false hopes that he will change his mind and cleave to the marriage. He wants you to be free to marry someone who can fit into the lifestyle you want and deserve. In his way, letting you go, is the greatest love he could give you. Because he knows himself and if he stayed by your side you both would end up in an abyss of misery.

You have free will and you are free to keep these doors open for him. But inevitably you will let go as you know that you can do better than wait for someone who will not put you or the marriage first.

My prayers are with you and your family for your complete happiness and success.

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