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Samhain 2016: Traditions And Rituals For The Pagan New Year

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2016 | Religion

In late October and early November, many witches, Wiccans and other pagans around the globe celebrate Samhain, believed to be an ancient Celtic festiv...

Halloween: Feasting On The Dead

Mark Liebenow | Posted 10.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Liebenow

In this season of celebration, we are reminded that life is short, and death often comes unexpectedly. We have today to grieve, but we also only have today to live.

The History Of The Jack-O'-Lantern Has Roots In Irish Folklore

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.19.2016 | Religion

A spooky carved pumpkin makes for a festive Halloween decoration, but the tradition played a much more vital role for the people who first practiced i...

All Souls' Day 2015: Dates, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.15.2017 | Religion

Once the Halloween candy has been counted and the costumes stored away, many religious people around the world enter into a time of remembrance for th...

All Saints' Day 2015: Dates, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.31.2015 | Religion

After the revelry and fanfare of Halloween comes a day of honoring the Catholic saints. Learn about the history and traditions of All Saints' Day belo...

Samhain 2015: Dates, Traditions And Rituals Of The Pagan New Year

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.27.2015 | Religion

In late October and early November, many witches, Wiccans and other pagans around the globe celebrate Samhain, believed to be an ancient Celtic festiv...

Halloween Dreams and Visions

Paola K Amaras | Posted 10.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

What is it about October? When the balmy days of summer yield to the crisp, colorful days of autumn; when the warm breezes give way to brisk, howling ...

We're Not All Witches: An Introduction to Neo-Paganism

John Halstead | Posted 10.01.2016 | Religion
John Halstead

A lot of the coverage of Paganism tends to be sensationalist and tends to focus on Witchcraft and Wicca. But not all Pagans are Witches or Wiccans.

Jaweed Kaleem

Why Death Is On The Minds Of Many Major Religions | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion

As his friends in Milwaukee don costumes for Halloween parties this weekend, 23-year-old Felipe Beltran will be observing a different tradition around...

Daily Meditation: All Souls

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

13 Songs to Get Witchy to on Halloween

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

For me, experiencing the richness of this season entails brewing spicy teas, gathering with other nature spirituality practitioners, meditating and listening to lots of witchy music.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Samhain

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion

In late October and early November, many Pagans and Wiccans around the globe celebrate Samhain, believed to be an ancient Celtic festival in celebrati...

Here's The Spooky Truth About Halloween

The Huffington Post | Christine Dalton | Posted 10.28.2014 | Comedy

Candy and costumes, ghouls and goblins, tricks or treats. Halloween in a nutshell, right? NOT. SO. FAST. Sure, all of these elements embody modern...

Remembrance for the Witches

Annie Finch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Annie Finch

This year the cords are strong, and many days after Samhain I can still feel the ancestors' timeless spirits very near, vibrating and creating sweet light and wide perspective for me as I navigate the roughs and shallows of this complex and finite life.

A Disruptive and Inconvenient Realization

Teo Bishop | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Teo Bishop

Simply put, I'm feeling called back to the worship of God in Christ, and I can't deny it even if I wanted to.

So a Priest Attends a Seance...

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

Intrigued by the quirk factor, by the mystical quality of the place, I decided to go with a friend to a séance that was part of the festival, and before I go any further, I probably should say this: I didn't go with high hopes. I didn't really think a medium could communicate with the spirit world.

A Hindu Halloween Lament

Vineet Chander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Behind the compromises and negotiation of clashing cultures, there lie important questions about assimilation, accommodation, and appropriation; minority communities growing and evolving in a multi-faith world; the interplay of power, normativity, hegemony, and identity.

Celebrating Wicked: Samhain 2013

Grove Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Grove Harris

The 10th anniversary of mega-hit Broadway musical Wicked is in full swing this Samhain- perfect timing.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Samhain

Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion

Autumn has arrived, and with it comes the advent of Samhain, a Gaelic holiday celebrated by Pagans and Wiccans, which is the year's third and final ha...

PHOTOS: 10 Fire Festivals Around The World

Cheapflights | Posted 01.10.2013 | Travel

As clocks turn back and the days get shorter, peoples around the world strike their matches almost in unison.

Acts of Beauty and Compassion: Samhain 2012

Grove Harris | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Grove Harris

I love being called to acts of beauty, which reminds me that we are making the future in this moment, and infusing it with beauty is actually incredibly practical. No matter how intense the challenge, we can respond with creativity.

Samhain: May The Silence Open Your Heart

Teo Bishop | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Teo Bishop

In the silence of Samhain, the silence we choose for ourselves and that we incorporate into our observance of the High Day, we enter into deeper relationship with all that is and has been.

Samhain 2011: Celebrating Our Ancestors And The Earth

Grove Harris | Posted 12.31.2011 | Religion
Grove Harris

We are all going to die. Death is a transition into mystery, into spiritual realms, perhaps to feed ongoing life on earth, perhaps to journey further in spirit, perhaps both. Perhaps neither. It's a mystery.

Spooky Secrets: A Brief History of Halloween

Chris McGowan | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home
Chris McGowan

Halloween no longer retains the sense of awe and wonder associated with Hallows Eve and Samhain in the past, yet it remains an intriguing, still-evolving ritual that fuses a wealth of folk beliefs and cultural traditions.

The Halloween Dilemma: Should Christians Trick or Treat?

Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion

Can Christians celebrate Halloween? It's a question that comes up every year for Christians who get 'spooked' by the idea of their children dressing ...