If winter did not come there could be no pathway for spring. The sunset brings darkness over the land, yet the Sun must go down, or how could the world sleep, and the Sun rise again.
Time destroys and it also renews everything continually. It remains unaltered, unassailable, the creator, preserver and destroyer.
Within our bodies is an unseen seed that is unconscious of change or decadence and needs to return to the source of its existence. This seed is born from the present and returns to the present. Coming from darkness it returns to darkness.
Nature is not everything, NOW comes from outside of nature, unseen, unheard. Nature is seen, and manifests every colour and sound. NOW appears in the material world through the four elements of fire, water, air and earth, or the womb of the Universe that gives birth to all forms.
At Samhain we celebrate the life, the year or the moment of the hero, who completed the circle between their intention and the results of their endeavours. We honour their struggle with their own habits, to achieve through experience the ability to act, feel, think, love, know and to serve.
We leave behind the selfish motives that we used to profit from nature and from others.
We leave behind the need to have friends whom we use to make us feel good about ourselves and also our enemies who represent those things we cannot accept about ourselves. We do not need to blame, ridicule and make fun of someone else to make ourselves feel better. On an emotional, mental and spiritual level we use others for our own benefit. We have built a social system based on self interest and self protection.
We have created the scary fun of Halloween in an attempt to belittle our fear and guilt about not taking responsibility for the world of unfairness we have created.
Samhain is about drawing a line on the past and calling it dead. It is the struggle to attain the results that is important, not the result itself. Seeking excessive profit, Power over others, not sharing, holding back diversity and transparency are all motives that drive unhappiness, disease and poverty.