|Temple's Ancestral Altar, 2010|
The sacred Wheel of the Year has turned once again and we find ourselves at the sabbat known as Samhain, believed to be a Gaelic festival where one's ancestors are honoured as well as the gateway to the dark half of the year is opened. In our modern times, it has been linked to being the "Celtic New Year" thanks to the writings of Sir James Frazer and Sir John Rhys.
Referred to a Goidelic, Samhain maked the end of the harvest and it was believed that any crop that had not yet been gathered in was now the property of the Death Hag. With bonfires being lit, the celebrations were said to last over a period of several days, being a "last hoorah" before the coldness of the Winter months set in.