October 31st and November 1st are known in many cultures as a time to connect beyond the physical realm. The offering (click the 'play' button above) for today is intended to incorporate several traditions in a connection to and honoring of all of our ancestors. Many cultures believed that the connection between this physical world and the world beyond was heightened at this time, and so held ritual and celebration to connect with and honor those beyond the physical realm. Enjoy the broadcast!
I mentioned that there are several cultures that honor this tradition and have roots back thousands of years. Two that feel particularly relevant are Samhain and Day of the Dead. I've included more information below.
In Celtic tradition Samhain (pronounced saah-ween translates to “end of Summer” and was a celebration of the end of the year. this festival originated about 2000 yrs ago, and was the division of the year between the lighter half (summer) and the darker half (winter). At sOW-when the division between this world and the other was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through. For this reason, many rituals were conducted that incorporated the theme of death and rebirth.
Samhain is typically celebrated by preparing a dinner to celebrate the harvest. The holiday is meant to be shared with those who have passed on as well as those still with us. Set a place at the table for those in the spiritual plane, providing an offering for them upon every serving throughout the meal. In addition to those who have passed, invite friends and family to enjoy the feast with you. Typical beverages include mulled wine, cider, and mead, and are to be shared with the Dead throughout the meal.
Samhain ties us in with Nature’s rhythms. In many places, Samhain coincides with the end of the growing season. Vegetation dies back with killing frosts, and therefore, literally, death is in the air. This contributes to the ancient notion that at Samhain, the veil is thin between the world of the living and the realm of the Dead and this facilitates contact and communication. For those who have lost loved ones in the past year, Samhain rituals can be an opportunity to bring closure to grieving and to further adjust to their being in the Otherworld by spiritually communing with them. However, it’s also a way to appreciate life, when you get right down to it.
Despite occurring at similar times and containing similar themes, Samhain and Halloween actually are not the same holiday. Halloween (short for All Hallow’s Eve), while it has picked up several of Samhain's theme short for All Hallow’s Eve, is celebrated on and around Oct. 31 and tends to be more family-focused. On the other hand, Samhain is more religious in focus, spiritually observed by practitioners.
Day of the Dead~
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, typically begins on the eve of October 31st and/or All Saints Day, the first day of November. Day of the Dead originated several thousand years ago with the Aztec, Toltec, and other Nahua people, who considered mourning the dead disrespectful. For these pre-Hispanic cultures, death was a natural phase in life’s long continuum. The dead were still members of the community, kept alive in memory and spirit—and during Día de los Muertos, they temporarily returned to Earth. Today’s Día de los Muertos celebration is a combination of pre-Hispanic religious rites and Christian feasts. It takes place on November 1 and 2—All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on the Catholic calendar—around the time of the fall maize harvest. While most festivities combine indigenous and Catholic traditions, the Mexican holiday predates Catholic influence, originating from ancient Aztec festivals that venerated gods like Mictēcacihuātl, the powerful lady of the dead.
While every place incorporates different traditions (spicy rum in Haiti, baby-shaped bread in Ecuador) all festivities have one thing in common—a joyful and rich celebration of those dearly departed. This is a time for sharing funny stories about those who have passed, for eating and remembering your great great grandma’s favorite soup, for both cleaning the graves and dancing in the streets. Markets across Mexico spill over with sugary candy, copal incense, pricked paper banners, and mountains of bread. Everywhere everything is flooded with marigolds.
Hello from Mt. Shasta!
Such a perfect topic from the base of this majestic mountain: What is Transmutation?
Lets look at this topic two ways:
First) Transformation and Transmutation
and Second) Invoking the healing power of St Germain and the Violet Flame.
First, Transmutation in light of Transformation. Both powerful concepts that conjure the notion of life altering personal change towards evolution & all good things.
Transformation is very much like a caterpillar to a butterfly, and phoenix from the ashes. In both cases there is something that takes time, it involves chemical and alchemical shifts and eventually the shift happens and poof! it feels like a miracle the day one emerges from cocoon or rises from the ashes. Transformation is such a wonderful process. I offer that it is temporally "slow" though energetically "hot." This means that in this idea, things take time, things take their proper time.. and the process is often viscerally felt ... emotionally.. energetically often an intense feeling or series of events accompany Transformation.
Transmutation is more like an alchemical process or cool combustion process.. it takes into account quantum physics and it instantaneously.
Second, St. Germain is one of many masters who support human understanding of alchemical process of Transmutation. For those who have heard of, interacted with, or used the Violet Flame, this is what St. Germain is offering. The Violet Flame is an excellent example as it is "instantaneous" and energetically "cool". I mentioned cool combustion.. as the traditional combustion process alludes to alchemy but requires heat and time. With transmutation and the violet flame we move beyond the 3rd dimension and in the 4th there is no time, in the 5th there is light, so no need for heat :)
In a simple phrase: Transmutation is quantum physics in manifestation actualization.
I feel the need to explain more on the potential transition from 3d, into 4d and 5d. More soon!
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