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Halloween

Trick or Truth?

Jeremiah 10:1-2

Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
Thus saith the Lord, LEARN NOT THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. Deu 12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Deu 12:31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

Deu 12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.

Deu 12:31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

Origins

Samhain: Festival for the Dead?
Eichler, L. (1924). Customs of Mankind, 434.

“The ancient Druids had a great autumn festival which commenced at midnight, October 31st, and lasted throughout the following day, November 1st. Among other things, they believed that on this night, Because of the wicked spirits that the great lord about of death, Saman, called together prowled on this night, they lit huge all the wicked that had been bonfires and kept souls a sharp lookout. Thus it condemned, within the past twelve months, is unquestionably from the Druids that we to the inhabit the bodies of animals. derive belief that witches and ghosts walk abroad on Hallowe‟en...”

Celtic Festival of the Dead
Originally the „Feast of the Dead‟ was Apples were roadsides and celebrated inburied Celtic along countries by leaving paths for spirits who were lost or had no food offerings on altars and doorsteps for descendants provide for them. Turnips the „wanderingto dead.‟ Single candles were were hollowed out and to carved to look like lit and left in a window help guide the protective spirits, and for this was a night of spirits of ancestors loved ones home. magic chaos. Extra chairs wereand set to the table and around the hearth for the unseen guest.
http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/samhainlore.htm

Samhain

Celtic Festival of the Dead
• The Wee Folke became very active, pulling pranks on unsuspecting humans. Traveling after dark was not advised. People dressed in white (like ghosts), wore disguises made of straw, or dressed as the opposite gender in order to fool the Nature spirits.

Samhain

http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/samhainlore.htm

Do Dead Men Tell Tales?
Celtic Mythology, p. 127

the sidh [in Irish folklore, "During this interval [at a hill or mountain where hallowe‟en ] the normal fairies lies open and orderlive] of the universe is all divine beings the suspended, the and barriers spirits of the move between thedead natural and freely among menare and the supernatural interfere, sometimes temporarily removed, violently, in their affairs.”

“After one‟s own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht (May 1st) and Halloween.”

Anton LaVey, Founder of The Church of Satan, referencing The Satanic Bible, p. 96

Terms & Names

(Celtic Origin: Circa 1000 B.C.)

Hallowe‟en

The Druids believed, during Samhain, the Former occultist Johanna Michaelsen reveals, mystic veil separating the dead from the The frightened Celts would masquerade as "Halloween is also a prime recruiting season living opened. Theand Druids thought these demons, evil spirits ghosts, hoping to for Satanists." (Michaelsen, Johanna. Like roamingthe spirits loosedevil on spirits, Samhain went convince roaming they were Lambs to the p. 192) searching forand a body to them possess. another evilSlaughter, spirit, leave alone.”

Witches

“A Witch‟s God...He is...Lord of the Underworld [Hell]...He is named...Baphomet...Lucifer...Baal…”
Angeles, Lyde. Witchcraft: Theory and Practice, p. 60

Hallowe‟en Masks

“The person wearing the mask feels internally transformed and takes on temporarily the qualities of the god or demon represented by the mask.”
Biedermann, Hans. Dictionary of Symbolism, p. 218

Skulls
“An interesting symbol, the skull…is prominent in Witchcraft and Demon worship as a celebration of death.”

Burns, Cathy. Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, p. 388

Bobbing For Apples

“Bobbing for apples was originally a form of divination (fortune telling) to learn of future marriages. The first person to bite the apple was predicted to be the first to marry in the coming year…”
Santino, J. (1994). All Around the Year: Holidays & Celebrations, 26.

Jack O‟ Lantern
“The Jack O‟ Lantern represented a man caught between”
Santino, J. (1994). All Around the Year: Holidays & Celebrations, 26.

“...the jack -o‟-lantern is generally presented “Carved and illuminated by a candle, they in itssymbolic traditional as and a festive euphemism are ofform death the spirit world.” for the death‟s-head, the Thompson, triangularSue nose Ellen. hole and rictus grin being the „dead‟ Holiday Symbols and Customs, p. 25) giveaways.”
Skal, David J. (2003). Death Makes a Holiday: The Cultural History of Halloween, p. 38

“Trophy, charm, or ornament, the human head figured prominently in Celtic life. Warriors hung enemy heads on their houses as a show of prowess, and Druids, believing that the head harbored the soul, placed skulls in sanctuaries to ward off evil.”
National Geographic, May 1977, p. 603

Elementals
“Elementals [spirits such as trolls, elves, pixies] are the principle agents of disembodied but never visible spirits at seances…

Faerie
…fairies…[are] creatures who figure strongly in ceremonial magic and practices of nature worship, or Wicca.”
Burns, Cathy. Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, p.p. 62, 67-68.