When the summer goes to its rest and ghostly spirits run free, along with witches, fairies and goblins. The souls of the dead (especially of family ancestors) were believed by many cultures to be roaming about.
Give your offering of fire & flame with this cute little Apple Barrel Candle
Throughout Europe “apples, apple peels and even pips have long been used to peer into the romantic future.” And when early European colonists brought the first apple trees to North America as seeds — also known as pips — in their pockets, these customs came with them. Bobbing for apples was one of them. In one popular version of the game, girls would secretly mark apples before tipping them into a barrel of water. Apples float, and as the girls’ potential sweethearts ducked to catch the fruit with their teeth, future couplings were determined — or foretold. The specific connection between apples, fortune-telling and Halloween goes back to the Celtic festival Samhain. It fell around the end of our modern October, and marked the end of summer, the end of harvest and — revelers worried — perhaps the extinction of life itself.
To encourage the sun deity to return the following year, fires were lit to drive off daemons: and on no account were household fires allowed to go out that night, or evil things might gain an entry. Incidentally, if your fire flame turns blue, it’s said that an other-worldly being has entered the room.ancient Celts burned huge bonfires into the night and tied apples to evergreen branches. Gifts of fruit and nuts, and animal sacrifices were offered to the gods.
A time to remember the dead, including Ancestors, The Beloved Dead, and Familiar Spirits. Burn to honour yours and to bring protection to your household on this dark night.
Limited when they are gone they are gone.