Halloween

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Today is Halloween and I wonder what this day means to you?  Is Halloween your ‘High Holiday of Candy’? Is it an excuse for you to throw a party? Or is it something else?

Growing up in South Africa the only ‘trick or treating’ I knew about was what I saw in the movies. In those good old days, Halloween was not celebrated in that part of the world, so I don’t have the same memories, or attachment to this celebration.

Personally, I like to use a special synergy to honor this day. Sometimes it is a synergy I’ve created before, and sometimes I create a new one to reflect where I am that year.  Because I don’t have any childhood memories of ‘trick or treating’ or ‘partying’ to draw on, I need to go a different route, so I like to choose my oils based on what I perceive to be the essence of the holiday.  Then when I use the blend I can pause and reflect on the spirit behind it all.  No doubt, I will enjoy my fair share of candy too, but I really do enjoy spending a few moments reflecting on the deeper essence of the day.

A lot of countries have their own traditions about what Halloween represents and how it should be celebrated. Regardless of where the tradition originated, the one thing that they all have in common is that they honor the spirits of the dead. According to what I found in my research, a suggested origin of “trick or treating” derived from the practice of ‘souling’. This evolved from a pagan ritual and was practiced all over Europe, possibly as early as the 10th Century. It involved going from door to door on or about All Souls Day (celebrated Nov 2) to solicit gifts of food in return for prayers for the dead. Those who failed to supply food would be treated to some practical jokes. In many Christian traditions, All Souls Day was the day set aside to commemorate those who had passed on. All Saints Day (Nov 1) is the day set aside in Christian traditions to honor all saints, also known as All Hallows, and Oct 31, Halloween is the vigil of this celebration.

The tradition of celebrating both All Saints and All Souls is one I know and it is something like to incorporate into my celebration of Halloween. So the essential oil synergy that I use at this time of the year will also reflect, recognize and honor those who have gone before.

Today if you see a picture of pumpkins, witches and black cats, you know it probably has something to do with Halloween. So the first oils that come to mind for me are the spicy ones of Cinnamon and Nutmeg, just what you would use to flavor a tasty pumpkin pie.

Interestingly enough in Dr. Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing Repertory Cinnamon essential oil is connected to the Death-Rebirth Miasm, so that would possibly make it a very good choice for my synergy. According to Dr. Berkowsky ‘the cinnamon type, has, in a broad-sense, undergone a rebirth in his life in that he felt compelled to remake his image in his own eyes. He struggles with might and main to effect the “death” of his doubt-filled self, so that he may be reborn as an individual who is secure in his self-worth.’   On a Subtle level, Cinnamon can help transform sorrow into happiness.

Other oils I will consider adding include

Benzoin – can bring for comfort and psychic protection.
Bergamot – which is uplifting and eases grief. It can help to open the Heart Chakra and allow love to radiate.
Black Pepper – is excellent for transitions and courage.
Cacao – to represent the chocolate so prevalent on this day.
Cypress – helps to ease the pain of loss, and is used for transitions (death) and protection.
Lemon – helps to clear and cleanse a room/space. It helps to alleviate fears of emotional involvement and promotes joy.
Rosemary – for remembrance (as a nod to All Saints and All Souls Day).
Sage – has often been associated with longevity and even immortality. It is also thought to help connect one to Ancestral memories.

You might also like to check out the blend I created last year – Halloween in Essential Oils.

Whatever you choose to put into your synergy I wish you all a very Happy Halloween!

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By |2019-04-24T16:56:15-07:00October 31st, 2018|Aromatherapy, Seasonal|Comments Off on Halloween