Originally written last October – I felt the need to repost this piece.
Every year, it seems that the topic of whether Christians should celebrate Halloween or not creates differing opinions – and sometimes bad feelings rise up during debates.
This article is not about opinions. I researched straight from WICCAN sites and Witchcraft sites to get the real scoop: What is Halloween really about and should followers of Christ celebrate it?
I even found a youtube of a woman who had been involved with WICCA aka Pagans, but is now a born again, blood washed Christian. Her ministry is to educate believers as to what WICCA truly is and also to help us understand Halloween and what that holiday means to witches and pagans.
Brethren, this site is not from a Christian vantage point. But this explains so much about the blatant evil of Halloween. I believe that we Christians need to fully understand this:
Witches and Warlocks – Annual Wiccan Holidays
Witches and Warlocks have a right to enjoy holidays too. There are eight holidays on the Wiccan Calendar. These Wiccan holidays are called “Sabbats”. The New Year’s begins on October 31st, Halloween night. It is important to note, that witches and warlocks celebrate their holidays from sundown on the date of the holiday through sundown the next day.
Did you Know? Witches and Warlocks in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate opposite holidays. They celebrate Winter Solstice as we celebrate Summer Solstice. Their Spring Equinox, is our Fall Equinox. And, so forth.
Here are the eight Wiccan (or Witch) Sabbats:
New Years Day October 31st at sundown Also known as Samhain or All Hallow’s Eve. This is New Years on the Druid calendar. The wall between earth and the underworld is thin at this time of year. On Halloween night, the wall opens. Samhain, the Lord of Darkness, rises from the underworld. He roams the world looking for lost souls. It is an evil and wicked night, a perfect night for a witch to celebrate New Years! (emphasis added)
Winter Solstice (December 21st) Also known as Yule. This is the shortest day of the year. And, conversely, the longest night. Witches and warlocks celebrate the birth of the Sun God, as from this point forward the days get longer. Wiccan celebrations include yule logs, yule trees and Mistletoe. Sounds a little like Christmas , huh!?! More on Winter Solstice.
***Please understand that when you see the term “Solstice” or “Equinox” – these are WICCAN terms and the Christian should never celebrate these so-called holidays.
Back to the article:
Imbolic February 2nd This day honors the Brigid, the goddess of fertility, fire and healing. It is also a time of increasing strength for the sun god. This Wiccan holiday coincides with Candlemas and Ground Hog’s Day.
Ostara March 21st This day on the Witches calendar, is the Spring Equinox. The German goddess Oestra, goddess of Fertility is honored. More on Spring Equinox.
Beltane May 1st Previously celebrated on May 5, Beltane was moved to May 1st to coincide with May Day. This is a high holiday in celebration of the god and goddess of fertility. Eggs are a sign of fertility, and a symbol of this day. Early summer warmth is in the air.
Summer Solstice or Litha June 21st This day celebrates the sun god at his highest point. Nighttime has been dominated by daylight. More on Summer Solstice.
Lammas or Harvest Eve July 31st This holiday celebrates the first harvest.
Feast of Mabon September 21st The Autumn equinox has arrived. On the Wiccan calendar, we celebrate the celebration of the birth of Mabon, the son of Mordon, the Goddess of the earth. It is also the harvest festival. More on Autumn Equinox.
Halloween – the greatest most revered holiday for the witches and WICCANS:
It’s absolutely Halloween. And, Halloween is absolutely the best holiday of the year. It is the favorite for many of us, as there is no stress, no overload, and no “Holiday Depression” . It’s just absolutely fun. (Emphasis added)
You will absolutely find the best of the net here. Seen a neat one? Seen a scary one? Seen a fun one? Email it to us to share with others.
Bats, the Bizarre, Dracula, Ghosts, Witches, Graveyards, Ghouls, Haunted Houses, Halloween Movies, Paranormal, Halloween Parties, Pumpkins, Skeletons, Scarecrows, Vampires……. You name it, we’ll take you to it.
Quote for the Day: “Home is where the haunt is!” source
You’ve probably guessed that we want you to have the best Halloween ever, but why stick to modern-day, store-bought costumes and candy? This year, consider looking back in time to the traditions of Samhain (sow-en), the Wiccan and Pagan holiday from which Halloween gets its spooky roots.
As Brian Cain, psychic and Warlock of Festival of the Dead in Salem, MA, describes it: “Samhain, Halloween, is the time that death takes the throne.” (Whoa.) Witches believe in a balance between life and death, and Samhain is a celebration of that — “something had to die, so you could live,” he says. There’s no better time to stop and consider death than when the seasons change, harvests come to a close, and the nights start earlier.
Here’s how modern-day witches mourn their loved ones, contact the dead, and party like it’s 1699 — all in one night.
The night begins with a “dumb supper” — a dinner eaten in total silence. If you’re new to Wiccan practices, this might be the toughest Samhain tradition to get comfortable with. But it’s only when you stop talking that the dead can start communicating; remaining silent will heighten your sense of the energy around you and allow any spirits close to you a chance to make contact.
“We live in a world where we disassociate ourselves [from] death,” Cain tells us. This can be a difficult barrier to cross, he says, but “the power that we tap into when we reconnect with our ancestors…helps us go through that grieving process and eventually reach a stage of acceptance.” Just like with more modern Halloween traditions, scaring yourself a little can have a major payoff. Although the dumb supper isn’t intended to raise actual dead people and bring them to the table, some covens leave place settings open as offerings to spirits.
It’s not all silence and solemnity, though: Happiness and mourning coexist on Samhain, says Betty Turner, psychic, healer, founder of Black Hat Society of Southeast Wisconsin, and owner of Wonderfully Wiccan. “The evening will host times of joy and sorrow, just as it should,” she says. The transition from sorrow to joy, she explains, begins with donning a costume for the subsequent witches’ ball, part two of the evening’s festivities: “Costumes…allow the living to blend in with the dead,” she adds. As far as parties go, a witches’ ball is the best of both worlds — equal parts feast and dance party, it can go into the wee hours, and those costumes are a must. Tradition holds that the night must end with a divination ritual, to take full advantage of the thin veil between the worlds of the living and dead on Samhain. This brings the evening back around to where it began: with an attempt to reach loved ones who have passed on.
ILLUSTRATED BY ANNA SUDIT. How could you party at a time when you’re supposed to be mourning the dead? Turns out, people have been doing this kind of thing for centuries, Cain says. Even back in ancient Celtic communities, Samhain “really was a party for the old gods and the ancestors,” he adds. “People would drink, and they would dance, and they would light fires… It could be a very somber affair, but it depends on your experience.”
So if you’re looking to take your Halloween way, way old-school this year, it can be as simple as having a quiet dinner with friends before hitting the town. Just knowing that this time of year is particularly tied to the past and the “other side” can be enough to make your celebrations feel more significant. Cain adds that “it’s an important time of year to open up that window, but I think it’s something you can bring into your everyday life.”
As you prepare for Saturday’s festivities, keep an eye out for signs of the supernatural or reminders of late loved ones. As Cain puts it, with any luck, you’ll find “a little magic in your life — and realize that everyone you’ve ever loved is with you.” We’ll drink to that. source
******Brethren, we as children of God know that these so-called “departed spirits” of loved ones are demons. It’s very sad to me that these Wiccans believe they are truly communicating with relatives who have died.
Please do not miss the testimony of this sister in Christ. If you have friends or relatives involved with the Occult – I pray that you will be able to have them view the following testimony. This blessed my heart and I know that the video will bless the hearts of other Christians. Hopefully, the Lord will use this to allow the scales to fall from the eyes of those who have been so deceived by the devil.