by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
(author of Lead Us To A Place ~ your spiritual journey through life’s seasons)
The second full moon within one month is known as a blue moon.
This year, the blue moon falls on the auspicious day of All Hollow’ Eve. This time marks the end of the pastoral year and the beginning of the next year’s cycle, according to the Gaulish Coligny calendar, used by Celtic countries to define the beginning and length of the days, weeks, months, and seasonal festivals. This promising blue moon will be the first time a Halloween full moon has appeared for all time zones since 1944.
Halloween stems from the ancient Celtic holiday known as Samhain and is celebrated all over the world and in different cultures including the festival of All Hallow’s Eve (Ireland, Galic, Britain) Halloween (US) All Saint’s Day (Christian) and the Day of the Dead (Mexico).
October 31 – November 2 is considered All Hollow’s Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day (The Triduum of All Hallows or Hallowtide). This 3-day holiday event is a magical representation of the suspension of time when it is believed a thin wall or veil between earth and the Otherworld is lifted.
These are considered the most powerful days to communicate with spirits, ancestors, and our departed loved ones. Honoring our ancestors and loved ones who have passed, gives us an appreciation for our future. By acknowledging our past, we can better our current situations in life. We can often find the strength to move beyond and embrace our inner power. It is here, that we make stronger, our future.
Metaphysically, the blue moon represents our rare opportunity to fully express ourselves through communication and clarity of thought. This symbolic energy represents a golden opportunity to step out of the shadows and into the favorable light of full fruition. Use this optimistic occasion to open your mind, relay your inner thoughts, and express your budding creativity. This full blue moon can help to enhance our spiritual development and show us the values of our past. The power of our intuition is more prevalent at this time and trusting that intuition will lead us in the right direction.
Symbolically, the light of the full blue moon can illuminate the darkest corners of our world in order to develop our capacity for greater compassion, a better understanding of the world around us, and the ability to “see” another side of you that is more forgiving, further tolerant, and willing to try harder.
Our spiritual sense can have an awakening at this time. By reflecting or looking inward, we can find the capacity to open our hearts as we consciously strive to live with awareness, love, faith, and devotion. This spiritual “health” becomes a condition marked by a decreased sense of fear and the daily experience of more self-love, joy, immense gratitude, and a personal connection with trust.
Use this very special, 3-day event, in order to look deeper. By learning how to express ourselves, we can unveil our true sense of self and our own path to inner peace.
Pulling Back the Veil
Day 1 – Halloween: Making a sacred space of your own, whether it be an altar, meditation space, area for your prayers, or just room for you to breathe, can be a fun and exciting choice. Halloween is a time to remember, honor, and commune with our ancestors. This is the time to light a candle in your sacred space.
You may reflect on those who have passed or who were great mentors or teachers in your life.
You can make them an offering such as food, flowers, money, or prayers. It is their wisdom and history which enriches our lives and gives us a clearer path to follow and emulate. This is a time to let old habits die and to meditate on who we wish to become.
You can journal your thoughts or memories. Perhaps there was a lesson or story you remember that you would like to write about. Write down empowering keywords, or express your creative thoughts, drawing, or lyrics that remind you of them.
If you are in a group setting, telling stories of your loved ones or sharing anecdotes of their lives can be a great way to commune with their spirit and keep their memories alight. You can share a strongly brewed tea or coffee, pass out toys, stones, or jewelry, prayer cards, or poems that honor those who’ve passed.
Day 2 – The second day of Hallowtide is known as All Saints’ Day, All Hallows or Hallowmas, occurs on November 1. It is a principal feast of the church year and one of the four days recommended for the administration of baptism in several cultures.
In some places, All Saints’ Day is a Holy day to honor all the saints and martyrs, both known and unknown. Is there a special saint or martyr you can associate with?
This is also the day to ask yourself for forgiveness. To understand that being self-loathing, insecure, and wracked with worry, will never allow you to find the peace, trust, or the ability to let go of those actions or memories which haunt your psyche.
You may create a circle with votive candles, sea salt, baking soda, dried herbs, or draw a circle on a piece of paper. Within the circle, place a fire-resistant bowl, dish, or shell. With pen and paper, write down the worries, memories, or indiscretions you wish to let go of. Fold the paper and light it on fire. Place it in the fire-resistant receptacle and allow it to burn away. You can meditate over the process. This symbolic release is the first step in forgiving and moving forward.
Day 3 – As the blue moon starts to wane, the final day of Hallowtide is known as All Souls’ Day and is also called the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed. All Souls’ Day focuses on honoring the faithfully departed, especially family members and friends. Like All Hallows’ Eve and All Saints’ Day, family members often attend a gathering or visit the graves of their deceased loved ones, placing flowers and lighted candles there. The souls of our past will remain strongly with us. They would want us to learn the lessons in life that we must master. It is our responsibility to do better. It is within our power to be the best that we can be.
Make a resolution list of 3 items that you will improve on. You can design a daily checklist in your journal or on a piece of paper, where you can acknowledge your progress.
As we strive to become better human beings, we also become more enlightened, spiritually. For when we know ourselves better, we are one step closer to finding our true soul. The person that strips away the material trappings, titles, and outer image, will reveal a more paired down version of themselves and who they truly are.