October 31 is Halloween and also known as All Hallows’ Eve.
Halloween is traditionally the night the dead rise from their graves until the dawn of All Saints Day when they are once more put to rest.
Hence skeletons and ghosts are the theme.
All Saints Day follows Halloween on November 1st each year.
Samhain begins at sunset on October 31 each year.
It is an old Celtic festival which came from the northern hemisphere and celebrates the completion of taking in the harvest and crops.
It indicates the darker days of the year and winter will soon be upon us. Samhain is traditionally celebrated with the burning of village bonfires.
The Astrology of Halloween
Astrologically the sign Scorpio is associated with the end of things, death and the dead.
The animal that symbolizes Scorpio is the scorpion. Not all scorpions are poisonous but many are deadly.
It seems the smaller the species the more venomous the sting. Several scorpions simply paralyze their prey and eat them live.
Every Halloween the Sun is at 7/8 degrees Scorpio.
Trick or treat
Now this is a practice that sticks in my craw.
I love that the kids dress up and have super inventive costumes. This stimulates creativity and their imagination.
I love the streets and gardens decorated with tombstones, spiders and pumpkins. Soma have smoke and eerie music to set the tone for the evening.
Having lived in Africa where hunger is pretty much the norm for many people, the practice of buying candy to give to the kids at the door so they can have a sackful at the end of the night is strangely disturbing.
I would be happier if the kids gathered food for those in need instead.
Maybe I’m still not fully assimilated into life in North America. They do say that resistance is futile.