The pagan year ends with Samhain (pronounced sow-ehn) on October 31st. Samhain is the old Celtic name for this holiday and continues to be used today. As a belief system related to the agrarian calendar, our years reflect natural cycles. The trees around us are in the midst of their annual transition to hibernation. Here in Western Maryland, gardeners are putting their gardens to bed, planting winter cover crops, and enjoying the final harvest of hardy fruits and vegetables. is used for I enjoy spending time outdoors, enjoying the fall foliage, visiting pumpkin fields, and other fall festivals. We know that soon we will be spending more time indoors and the days will continue to get shorter as the year progresses.
At the end of the growing season, pagans also see metaphors for the human life cycle. For us, this means that this time of year involves more ancestral connections. Amazing considering what our ancestors had to survive to be here. Horrible wars, plagues, famines, ice ages, perilous journeys to unknown new lands, and intense challenges in terms of keeping your family fed and protected. We truly stand on the shoulders of giants. Many pagans believe that our ancestors remain with us more than our DNA.We are the hope of our ancestors, and their hands still helped shape our world. and their love is alive and vibrant in a new way. By connecting with our ancestors, we can gain wisdom, support and assistance from those who love us and know us without knowing their names.