Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Thinning Veil

Today is Samhain. It’s New Year’s Eve for some of us and it’s one of the most sacred of holidays.

It’s also the night when the veil between the worlds of living and spirit is thinnest. That makes it a really good night for spirit contact. Even if you don’t try, someone across the veil just might be trying to get your attention. Keep alert.

If you want to contact anyone who’s crossed over, always say a prayer of protection first as you never know who might be cruising the currents. If you are going to open yourself up to contact, be safe. To do it simply ask God or your favorite Higher Being to extend his/her loving protection around you.
You can also add this declaration: “Only those beings who love me and work with me in the light may come to me.”

Be firm. Mean it.

Do this if you’re going to dust off any divination tools like an ouija board or dowsing rods.

Eat well. I posted earlier about foods associated with Samhain and offered a recipe for my Nightshade Casserole. If you’ve been meaning to try it, why not give it a go tonight? You don’t have to, but it would dovetail nicely with the holiday.
And set an extra place at the table for any spirit who stops by.

Whatever you do tonight, be it Trick or Treating or doing a reading, enjoy it. Get right into it and don’t come back out until you’ve had all the fun possible. Enjoy the night.

Happy New Year.


the Bag Lady said...

Just may try your casserole tonight, Leah.
We never get many visitors on Hallowe'en, which may be a Good Thing!

Anonymous said...

Contact with real spirits and eating nightshade casseroles sounds like a much more authentic way to celebrate the season than handing out fun-sized Snickers bars to children dressed up as over-merchandised cartoon characters, but, well, I'll have as much fun as I can!

Reb said...

By the time I am finished in the rental office all the little beggars will be home stuffing their faces. I don't care for the bigger ones, so I will just be enjoying some telly.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Leah,

In the spirit of the holiday and the season, I am making pumpkin pie with the grandkds today and we will eat far to many sweets, but I spoke to my daughter in law and I will make your casserole this weekend for all of us.

For those who observe Samhain--may the experience be fulfilling.

Happy Halloween.


Hilary said...

I think I am going to try it out tonight. I have everything except the potatoes but I'll stop off at the store while I'm out walking soon. I won't tell the kidlet about the eggplant because he won't even try it. And for the same reason, I'll have to leave the tomatoes out of half of it.

I'll also set that extra place. Not because I believe, but because you do, and it's your recipe after all.

Thanks for sharing. I'll let you know how it turns out. :)

Travis Erwin said...

Me and casseroles do not get along, but I do hope you enjoy the holiday to its fullest.

Leah J. Utas said...

dfBag Lady - Enjoy it and let me know how it turns out for you.

Crabby - Have fun.

Reb - Do what works for you. It's not everyone's night to howl.

dfTerrie - Pie with the grandkids sounds like a lovely way to spend the day. Thank you for your Samhain wishes. I'm curious to hear how the casserole goes for you.

Hilary -It's very thoughtful of you to set the extra place. Good luck with the casserole and I'm eager to hear about it.

Thanks so much, Travis.

Hilary said...

Well I cooked the casserole, and it's a good thing I set an extra bowl. I added the feta cheese and retuned it to the oven just about the time kidlets started coming to the door. I headed across the street to chat with neighbours for a few minutes while I left my son in charge of handing out candy. I was offered a drink but declined because I'd not eaten yet, and told one of my neighbours about what I was cooking. I brought out the extra bowl for her. Another neighbour caught a whiff of it and her eyes lit up. She'd not eaten yet either so I went back and got another bowl for her. So three of us enjoyed it immensely! My son wouldn't touch it and cooked himself some hotdogs instead.

It was absolutely delicious. I'm glad I made a lot because I suspect the leftovers will be even better.

Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.. my neighbours thank you too! :)

the Bag Lady said...

Well, the Bag Lady should have gone to Hilary's house 'cause her cowboy got called to work, so no point in cooking something, right? Will have to wait now until he's home again. (perhaps in the spring...:)
Hilary, you didn't make Raspberry Butter Tarts for dessert?
Sheesh. (just kidding. sorta. No, really.)

Leah J. Utas said...

Hilary - Thanks for trying it and I'm so glad it was a hit.

Hey Bag Lady - You can always make a small grade version for yourself.

Hilary said...

Bag Lady, with all those treats around my house, you figure I should just add more calories to the hips.. I mean.. to the mix? I think NOT!

But next time I set and EXTRA, extra setting for you... and you can bring the tarts. ;)