Recently I was having an interesting conversation with a good friend and fellow High Priestess about how the energies of this Samhain season to be all “helter-skelter” for many of us, making for rather difficult moments at times. To quote her comments:
I think there’s something about this Samhain season causing serious rifts between people who otherwise get along just fine. I’ve had to deal with a friendship turned sour, and so has a good friend. I’m talking with someone now who has asked me to intervene in a community issue – something I have refused to do in the past, but this time feel it is appropriate and necessary for me to get involved. You are one of many, many who’ve told me similar stories that all occurred THIS MONTH. Something more is happening than the usual Samhain veil thinning.
Indeed, something more does seem to be happening. This appears to be a particularly tumultuous time for many of us. Another Pagan friend did point out that it’s be expected considering the circumstances:
Nothing occurs in a vacuum. Given all the political unrest, I would expect a certain amount of anxiety to spill over into our spiritual lives.
Ahhhhh yes. Point well taken. It’s a presidential election year, and we can hardly expect Samhain energies to be complacent at such a time. And let’s face it – religion hasn’t done the best of jobs at staying out the political arena this year.
I have to confess that I am finding those Samhain energies to be packing a big wallop for me personally. Earlier this month I got into a major disagreement with a local Pagan that basically escalated into a shouting match resulting in a “wanting nothing to do with each other” estrangement. And recently I had a not-so-pleasant exchange of words with a good friend I’ve known for several years.
Mind you, I’m not saying that these conversations can or should be totally blamed on the Sabbat. I have to hold myself accountable for my conduct, for which I must admit to feeling embarrassed and ashamed. And yet, there definitely seems to be something going around that’s bringing out the worst in me – leaving me feeling like a ticking time bomb…ready to explode at the slightest provocation.
I’ve noticed it in others too – not just in my own conversations with them, but in observing how others are interacting with one another. Comments on Facebook, exchanges in forums, statements made in emails. Everyone seems to be edgy, everyone seems to be irritable…snapping at one another and basically trying to do their best to keep from lunging at each other’s throats.
When I mentioned this with my own Pagan group, the response seemed to be mixed. Some reported experiencing no particular rifts, while others agreed with me:
You are so spot on. Funny that you mention it as I almost told you the same thing earlier, but for some reason bit my tongue. My sister and I talk about it at great length. We have both even said that if things keep up it’s going to make for an interesting Samhain evening especially with the full moon 2 days before.
One of my fellow Pagans, while not saying that he has personally experienced all the upheaval, did offer up an interesting perspective:
I have been told this is a common occurance for the Samhain season; it’s a very raw energy with the lessons attached to it having a harsher edge. Considering it is the season when the curtain is at the thin point and the hibernation and inward trek is setting in for most people, then things certainly will be more chaffing and raw. After all – the thinner the curtain gets, the more flows through…and it’s like two currents coming together. I think in the old tales the terrors of the Sidhe were not so much the Sidhe themselves, but rather the energy from their realm pouring out in torrents into the mortal world. That would overwhelm most people, even if it was just once a year.
Indeed, I can imagine that the energy pouring out from the other realm would be terrifying for some, and at the very least unsettling for many.
So how do we deal with it? I’m not sure I have any easy answers…I’m not having the best time dealing with it myself. Some of it you just have to work your way through the best you can.
But at the same time, as I have said to others – it is important to recognize and acknowledge this “change in the air,” and understand that these changing energies can effect us. We need to breath, to center, to ground ourselves. And we need to always remember to work from a place of compassion.
And if all else fails, just remember to fasten your seatbelt – it’s going to be a bumpy ride!