Ghosts and ghouls of every age, come and welcome to our new page!
Happy Halloween all of you magical spooks and specters. It feels SO good to be back. We have taken some time, disappeared back into our mist shrouded forests, hidden glens and isolated castles, and emerged reborn and reinvented.
Welcome to the Shield of Destiny!
I have so much to share with you and, of course, I will. In the coming months we will reestablish our ties together, commune to higher purpose, and delve into all things magical and fantastical.
More on our journey in tomorrow’s post. For today, let us have fun with one of my favorite days, next to my birthday…which was two days ago, in case you were interested.
Happy birthday to me!!
But, ahem, I digress. Anyway, back to the magic that is Halloween. I have some fun facts to share with you all, just to add to your spirit of the day. See what I did there? Spirit of the day…get it? Spirit…Halloween…Spirit…? Is this thing on?
Here you go:
- Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
- “Souling” is a medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul cakes.
- Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
- The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.
- According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.
- Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain.
- Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.
So, there you have it. Some spooky facts to enlighten your knowledge on this mystical night. Thanks to factretriever.com for the info assist.
So, keep your sage close at hand, avoid wandering into shadowy woods, and beware the things that go bump in the night. But, most of all, HAVE FUN and BE SAFE!
And now, here’s your quote of the day:
Halloween wraps fear in innocence,
As though it were a slightly sour sweet.
Let terror, then, be turned into a treat…
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