No wonder it’s a time we associate with death, the afterlife, and the unknown.
Of course, these things can be frightening, and it’s healthy for us to let ourselves have an outlet for this fear by making light of it with scary movies and Halloween costumes.
But death, the afterlife, and the unknown can also, if we let them, be comforting.
With the aspect of our consciousness that is logical and linear, we can’t fathom this idea. But with the aspect of our consciousness that is sensual and eternal, it is as natural as the turning of the seasons.
To peer courageously through the veil and evoke the sweetness and magic of the season, you might like to try any or all of the following ideas sometime between now and November 1st.
Copal and/or Sweetgrass Incense
Burning copal incense helps create a doorway of light to the Otherworld and makes the veil even thinner in the most positive of ways. It can enhance your intuition and ability to communicate with and sense the Great Beyond. It also helps unwind and heal old traumas so that we can make peace with the past and move calmly into the future.
Sweetgrass incense summons sweet and positive spirits into the space, and is even more effective this time of year because the veil is already so thin. It also helps us access our awareness of the infinite nature of existence.
Altar to (a) Deceased Loved One(s)
As in the Dias de los Muertos celebrations, start with a framed picture or picture of your deceased loved one(s) (human or otherwise). Adorn the altar with marigolds and chrysanthemums. You might also add things that remind you of them, or that they loved, such as favorite candies, fruit, flowers, food, beverages, scents, clothing, reading material, games, etc. Light candles (and perhaps incense) on the altar while you are home, and celebrate the life and spiritual essence of this beloved being (or beings).
Although the altar pictured is elaborate, feel free to create a very simple altar – all you really need is a photo and a candle or two.
(Note: Don’t eat or drink any of the altar items later – the idea is that they are presented as offerings to the transitioned loved one, and that the loved one will imbibe the essence of the food/beverage even if they don’t actually consume them physically. Instead, when you dismantle the altar, discard the edible items responsibly.)
Casual Ritual for Peering Through the Veil
After dark, light candles and turn off all electric lighting. If you like, light incense and perhaps play relaxing and evocative music. Recline comfortably, close your eyes, and gently set the intention to go beyond the veil. From a feeling place (rather than a thinking place) sense the expansiveness of your being and connect with your infinite nature. Notice how comforting and sweet the Otherworld can be.