The Thinning of the Veil at Samhain


Although Samhain has now officially passed (although it does remain as the Irish Gaelic name for the month of November), I still receive questions about Samhain, when it should be celebrated, what it means from an energetic/intuitive perspective, and how to celebrate it.

I received a great query through my website last week that I wanted to share here, along with my thoughts. And I would love to hear your perspectdive on this, in the Comments area!

The Question
The article of ‘The Cailleach’, you state, ‘and the time of year when the veils between the worlds are said to be the thinnest.’

I was wondering exactly when this will be. On October 31 or November 7? Thank you.

My response
The expression “thinning of the veils” is often used at Samhain but few clarify what it means for them.

My thoughts? I believe there are many planes of existence in our Universe (physicists offer string theory to explain the various dimensions of the multiverse), separated by their unique vibration and frequency, yet co-existing in the same “place”.I believe that when those frequencies are similar, we connect with that world… if we wish to.

As mediums or intuitives, we sometimes describe our connection with other planes and worlds as tuning in, which is a very apt description. We tune in to frequencies, just as we would a radio. If we connect to a strong signal, we hear words and music. If we can’t find a frequency, we hear static and noise… and just the hint of organized sound.

Natural frequencies do shift and change, just as we can raise or lower our own frequencies. At certain times of the year — the move towards the stillness of Winter, for instance, as the Earth shifts on its magnetic axis — and in certain locations (magnetic vortices, ley lines, etc), those frequencies have shifted ever so slightly to allow us here in the physical plane to more easily access the other worlds. At these times and in these places, the vibrations of our world connect with the vastness of Flow and the Spirit world. The veil lifts… becomes more porous.

And there is another factor to connection:  intention.  Many cultures around the world celebrate the harvest and the coming of winter at this time of year, honouring their ancestors, giving gratitude, and lighting bonfires and candles to honour the importance of light (Father Sun) in our lives. There is a massive global focused intention and awareness. I believe the energy of that global intention also effects the vibrations, lifting the veil even more.

But to answer the question directly… !
I tend to celebrate Samhain on the “true” date, which this year was earlier this week, on  November 7th. And quite frequently I celebrte both, as I did this year.  On both days, I celebrated and honoured my ancestors, and communicated with them.

But I also don’t believe that the thinning of the veils is a digital, all-or-nothing event, restricted to just that specific Samhain date — whether we celebrate on the traditional date or the true date.

Nor do I believe we are bound to honour these special days on the calendar date(s). We have busy lives. We juggle work, family, school, commitments…. and our energy.

If the date/time doesn’t work for you, celebrate when you can.
Believe me, Spirit won’t mind at all! 

Just like we have, for instance, the Full Moon energy for roughly three days, we experience the thinning of the veils over a period of time.

As the energies of the Earth start to quieten and draw in after the Autumn Equinox, we start to approach and embrace the Dark (hidden, not bad!) energies of Winter, the energy and wisdom of An Cailleach, and the gradual thinning of the veil between the worlds, peaking around Samhain aka “Summers End”.

The yin, deep, receiving intuitive energies of An Cailleach are increasing in us too… just as they are with our world. So not only is the veil thinner, but our intuition is also stronger, increasing our ability to connect.

So, for me, the week(s) before and after Samhain are all very powerful times for connecting with Spirit.

What are your thoughts on this?  Comment below.

Le grá,
(“With love” in Irish Gaelic)


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Transforming with Autumn energies


Over a year (and over time), so many changes and transformations take place in Nature. And the alchemy of Nature can happen so quickly by adding — or diminishing — the elements of earth, fire, air and water throughout the year.

In Autumn…
Green leaves turn to reds, golds, purples
Berries and nuts ripen and fall
Some animals prepare for winter hibernation
Plants and trees draw down their energies
Birds and marine creatures migrate

In Spring…
Tree renew with bright green buds and leaves
Fallen acorns root and become young oaks
Animals give birth
Sap rises in the trees
Dormant plants renew and grow

Our ancestors were tuned into the seasons too — preserving foods by canning, drying and fermenting in the autumn; planting and spring cleaning in the spring; indoor crafts and repairs in winter …

How do you change with the seasons?

How does your energy shift?

What transformations are happening in YOUR life as we move towards Samhain in the Northern Hemisphere and Beltaine in the Southern Hemisphere?


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Dancing with the energy of our Souls


As we approach the Equinox on September 22nd, the theme for our monthly journey with Grandmother Moon is Balance and Harmony.

Someone recently suggested to me that this was an impossible task. He asked, “How can we humans have perfect balance when the Earth itself achieves it only twice a year?”

That may be true… but are we looking for perfection? For absolutes?

Perhaps we are looking for agility… learning to dance with the energy of our Souls… to waltz and whirl with the energy of the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth as their (and our) energies flow from Yin and Yang, from Yang to Yin…

Nothing is static… everything changes, transforms…

These shifting energetic states teach us how to adapt, how to flow, how to experience the world in different ways…. and how to accept all of these as natural, neither good nor bad, just as they are.

Each allows us to delve into our Sacred Contract with our Self… to manifest it in light and shadow, rising and falling, Yin and Yang, Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine…

Know YOU, Be YOU, in all your varied energetic states… Expanding, contracting, at rest, in balance… changing and transforming but always connected to Self.

That, to me, is Harmony and Balance.

In the words of poet Nayyirah Waheed (from “Nejma”)

“the truth is
you were born for you.
you were wanted by you.
you came for you.
you are here for you.
your existence is yours.

Yes 🌙


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Embracing Autumn: entraining with Mother Earth

I am currently participating in a #100DaysOfRitual challenge on Instagram (you can follow me there @innerjourneyevents or follow my challenge posts by using the tag #IJE100DaysOfRitual). I love this challenge, as I get to share not just the special rituals I follow (such as those at the Full or New Moon, or on special days in Wheel of the Year such as Lughnasadh, Beltaine, etc), but the simple things I do to bring (back) the  magick and the sacred into my life.

Today is Day 29/100, and I am gathering autumn leaves… and yes, “officially” it is still summer, as many of us accept the first day of Autumn as the Fall Equinox, which this year falls on September 22nd.

But in the Celtic Wheel of the Year, and in the northern hemisphere, the arrival of Autumn actually starts earlier. From the Summer Solstice in June, the daylight hours begin to decrease each day until they reach their shortest duration at the Winter Solstice. Lughnasadh in early August is traditionally recognized as the First Harvest of Autumn, followed by the Second Harvest of Mabon (the Fall Equinox) and then the Third Harvest at Samhain, also marking the start of Winter.

One of my rituals has always been communing with Mother Earth every day… I love entraining with Her energies… noticing the subtle changes as She moves through her cycles, her seasons. And today I see more and more fallen leaves of vibrant reds, yellows and magenta… and I am starting to notice those Autumn aromas.

Some people run at the sight of those changing leaves… The end of summer! Oh No! But not me 🌞 I just think… time to harvest, time to start preparing for Mabon (Fall Equinox), time for the trees (and us!) to start turning inward, to rest, to prepare for Winter and the eventual return of Spring.

And, for me, time to start gathering leaves for a new ecodyeing project!!!

To each her/his own. 🌞

How do you feel about the coming Autumn
(or Spring, if you live south of the Equator)?


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Releasing hoocha in the Waning Gibbous Moon

We have now moved from the Full Moon to the Waning Gibbous Moon, and the Moon’s energy is becoming more Yin and less Yang. It is moving inwards, releasing.

This is a time for organizing, consolidating, conserving…. and yes, completion. It is during the Waning Moon that I focus on decluttering. This is always good for the soul and for clearing hoocha, stagnant energy (hoocha is Quechuan for “heavy energy” and part of Andean shamanism), from one’s space and person.

But how do you know when you’re done?

In many ways this quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry describes it best, talking about perfection:

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

I guess I’ll keep at it… There is still plenty to take away!



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Releasing with Fire in the Blackberry Moon

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There are so many names for the Full Moon in August ranging from the names of First Nations people — Fruit Moon (Cherokee) and Sturgeon Moon (Algonquian) — to those of England (the Grain Moon and the Corn Moon), and the Lightning Moon as named by some Neopagans.

Whatever we call it, I love these Moon names. They mean so much more than just “the August Full Moon” because they relate to the people who named them, to their environment, to their culture, to what they are growing or harvesting.

I often think of August as the Abundance Moon or the Canning Moon. The first of the three Celtic harvest feasts was celebrated in early August (Lughnasadh, aka Lammas). The fields and trees are ripe with fruits, grains, vegetables, and herbs. There is the abundance of Mother Earth everywhere, and it’s time to start harvesting that bounty and start preparing it to last until the next spring: canning and preserving, making jams, and creating medicinal tinctures and infusions to combat our winter ailments.

This year, I’m calling it the Blackberry Full Moon, because I am now foraging that luscious fruit and delicious leaves and starting all kinds of blackberry preparations – tinctures, infused brandies, jams, teas, and using the vines for basket-making.

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The Full Moon Elements

The Full Moon, which arrived at 2:26 AM Pacific Time this morning, and was in Aquarius on arrival, an Air sign. Our Sun is in Leo and those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are definitely feeling the summer heat as well! But, the Moon moved very quickly into a new energy, Pisces, at 9:34 Pacific Time and will be there for the remainder of the Full Moon period.

The Full Moon is at its peak of Yang energy, fully emerged and expansive, reflecting the light of the Leo Sun.

Bask in the Moon Light!

Stand up for who you are!

And connect with that Fire, that passion, that energy, to help you finalize and manifest your projects for the month.

Fire needs Air to thrive and burn, but you may feel somewhat out of balance with this energetic elements, and with the Air and Fire pulling you in different ways.

The Air/Aquarius element can show up in many ways….I’ve been chatting like mad in this Air energy (literally, filling the Air with words and laughter). Air can be inventive, curious, heady but also restless… Air drives us to find answers, get data, solve problems. Air might need the balance of Earth to convert those brilliant Air ideas into something solid, to manifest and ground them.

The Fire/Leo element is also very Yang… outward energy, inspiring, emotional, dramatic, and at times extreme. Fire is transforming. Fire is passion… and sometimes does not a very strong filter or tact!

If both your Air and Fire elements are excessive, consider bringing a little Water energy or Earth energy into your Full Moon ritual for balance. But if you truly want to release, use that Air and Fire energy to consume that which no longer serves you…. convert it to ash and blow its particles to the wind.

Soul Questions for the Full Moon in Week 3

In the Medicine Wheel reading that we began on the New Moon, we have now reached the Direction of The West and now ask the question “What is transforming?”… How perfect for that Fire energy of Leo!

Correspondences For Week Three 
Direction: West
Element: Water
Soul Question: What is flourishing?

At this Full Moon, I also invite you to really connect with your own elements – the Air, Fire, Water and Earth within you – because they are all strongly influencing this part of the journey. Look at each element separately and then how they relate together, by asking further Soul Questions such as:

  • What is in balance?
  • Which element(s) might need a little calming influence?
  • How can you use those elemental energies best this month, as you continue the journey you started with Grandmother Moon?
  • What do you have to address as we move forward towards Mabon (the Autumn Equinox) with brings us to a balance point in the year: the Equinox, where Day and Night are equal, where the Yin and the Yang of the Earth are in balance?

For this Full Moon, I would suggest using Air and Fire in your release ceremony – smudging with sage or incense followed by a release ritual using the Fire element.

Your Fire Release Ritual

Last year, I shared a simple Full Moon Fire Release ritual on this blog, and you can find it here.

This ritual can be done in Circle with others, or as a solitary practitioner.

The image used in the Full Moon in Aquarius photo is titled
One More Gift For The Full Moon” and was created by LadyNevada
and shared for the public on DeskTopNexus.


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Be the Wild Air


the element Air…

the breath of life…


the wind of the East…

breathe it in, deeply and fully…

listen to the wisdom of Air…

Air brings the outside world into our inner world and connects us to Spirit…

Air releases our inner world to the outside world, so it too can feel our beauty and energy…

step out into Nature and breathe in its primordial wild power and awaken that within you…

be the wild air

thank you, Air…

Photographed at Howe Sound, BC.

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