a repost: A Black Woman-Owned Company That Employs Youth and the Formerly Incarcerated Will Replace Flint’s Corroded Water Pipes

I approve of this story. Big props to this company for stepping up to the plate in not only correcting this intentional, blatant atrocity but employing brothas who would not be able find work under “normal” circumstances.

-The Melanated Man

 

Article posted on Truthout.org (click link for original)

By Lauren Longo

The Flint water crisis has dragged on for over three years now, leaving residents to rely on bottled water for drinking and cooking while they await clean water. But one black woman and her business may finally end the injustice.

At the end of March, the state of Michigan agreed to pay up to $97 million in combined federal and state funds to replace Flint’s corroded water pipes. The state will have three years to replace any lead or galvanized steel pipes for at least 18,000 homes.

A federal judge approved the agreement, which also entitles residents to have their water tested for lead four times a year, as well as access to free bottled water and filters.

“For the first time, we’ve been able to have a federal court enforce the state to do the right thing,” Flint resident Melissa Mays told All Things Considered, “which is to replace the pipes that their agencies and their administration broke. And now the people can start to see progress.”

WT Stevens Construction, a black woman-owned company, will lead that progress. One of four companies contracted to replace the city’s contaminated pipes, WT Stevens is the only one owned by a black person.

W.T. Stevens founded the family-owned company in the 1990s, and when he died, Rhonda Grayer began running the company with her seven siblings. The company is a state-certified lead-abatement contractor, which started replacing the city’s water lines in 2016.

This will be the biggest project the company has ever undertaken.

“I will tell you that it is really exciting and the most important part of it is the opportunity to employ people who may not have had other opportunities,” Grayer told The Hub Flint.

But replacing the water pipes isn’t WT Stevens’ only contribution to the community of Flint. The company has added 20 employees to handle the project’s workload, including ex-offenders and youth in order to provide training and opportunities to these specific populations.

Flint residents comprise about 60 percent of Grayer’s team, so this project is definitely about more than a paycheck for them.

“They’ve had firsthand experiences with the water crisis,” Grayer told Mic. “This is the community in which they live and when they’re on the job they see that they’re helping residents they know.”

And Grayer thinks her dad would be “very, very proud” of the work that they’re doing.

The crisis in Flint began when city officials wanted to save money by switching the city’s water source from Detroit to the Flint River. The government then failed to treat the water with an anti-corrosive agent, so the water corroded the city’s lead pipes, essentially turning tap water into poison.

The government’s actions have been called an act of environmental racism against the city’s mostly black residents.

Last summer, scientists finally considered the water safe for bathing and hand-washing  — but not for consumption.

And as of March, Flint residents were expected to start paying the full cost of their water, even though it is still unsafe to drink without a filter. More than 8,000 Flint residents now face foreclosure for outstanding bills on water that is still, after over three years, toxic.

a repost: New DNA Proves African Americans Are In Fact Indigenous Aborigines Of America – Better News

Some of us are already privy to this knowledge. To the rest of us this knowledge may have never crossed our mind. Nevertheless, it’s STILL contrary to the popular opinion that still infects our grade schools, universities, and perpetuated the mainstream media to this day. It’s always refreshing to be reminded of this piece of knowledge. Can’t lie, makes me feel good inside! Enjoy your day, melanated family!
-The Melanated Man
Article posted on Better News (click link for original)
New DNA Proves African Americans Are In Fact Indigenous Aborigines Of America

New DNA Proves African Americans Are In Fact Indigenous Aborigines Of America

Malcolm X once stated “Aborigine. Which means what? Black Folks.” Then he later went on to say “You and I are Aborigine.”

 

Malcolm X stated that the rock landed on us after he returned across the waters because he learned new things. He learned that the rock had truly landed on us, and that we were from these lands.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. also stated, in his I Have A Dream speech that we are held in exile in our own homeland. Now we have a lot of scholars out there, and individuals are missing the point. How can you be held in exile in your own homeland, without it being your own homeland?

The tens of millions of Black Americans, or rather Indians, who ‘disappeared’ after 1492 did not all die in the ‘holocaust’ inflicted within America. Hundreds of thousands were shipped to Europe and Africa as Indian slaves.

The whole slave trade story was given to all of us in reverse. A mass colony of Africans were not shipped from Africa to America. The truth is that Black Indians were shipped from America to Europe!

They were then shipped from Spain to Africa as commodity for African resources. These Black Indians, now mistaken as African Americans, were shipped back to America and classified as “African Slaves.” This part of our history is what the school systems fail to mention in history programs.

The American Colonization Society was an organization formed in 1816 with the purpose of transporting free African Americans, or rather Indian Slaves; classified as Negros back then, from the United States to settle on the west coast of Africa.

During the decades, the society operated and transported more than 12,000 people to Africa, and the African nation of Liberia was founded.

The term African-American, to refer to all black people was endorsed only since 1988, but was against the desires of the majority of black people. In fact, the term was endorsed by only five people; including Rev. Jesse Jackson and Ramona Edelin leading the charge, as a result of a gathering called The African American Summit, without the input of the majority of black people.

Author Avis J. Smith went to the District court in Washington, D.C., to stand against this term, as well as against the notion that a small group of powerful individuals should be able to compel the masses into adopting it.

The systematic destruction of the Native Americans, or rather Native Indigenous Aborigine people, and their entire way of life was not only one of recorded history’s greatest tragedies, but, as with the slave trade, deeply spiritually wounding to all involved.

 

Did You Know? Africa’s OWN Natural Nuclear Reactor

 

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From the Melanated Man:

I was reading an article earlier today discussing how the Fukushima disaster that occurred back in 2011 is continuing polluting the Pacific Ocean with radiation. I reposted another article about this topic maybe a little over six months ago. Both articles mention the devastating effects of the radiation pollution within the Pacific could certainly last for thousands and thousands of years.I wondered how it could be possible for the Earth, which is a living being itself, could recover from not only this travesty, but the other massacres and constant poisoning that are  byproducts of  mankind’s MAN-ipulation.

Thus, I was more curious on the subject of nuclear energy.

I consider myself to be a scientist by way of my civil engineering degree, and I have worked within a coal-fired power plant before. I understand the power plant process: coal  is intensely heated to boil purified water into piping-hot steam, which spin the turbines that generate your electrical  energy. Wallah. 

Nothing more, nothing less.There isn’t that much of a difference between  a coal-fired power plant and a nuclear power plant…

…BESIDES THE FACT that nuclear power plants are HEAVILY guarded for obvious reasons, and there is radioactive waste involved.

All in all, one uses coal and the other uses the nuclear reaction between plutonium and uranium to heat the water into steam to spin the turbines. I was little unfamiliar with the nuclear reaction process between plutonium and uranium. So I did some research on it.

Oddly enough, I came across this article:

2-Billion-Year-Old African nuclear reactor proves that Mother Nature still has a few tricks up her sleeve

Check out these links  as well:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/natures-nuclear-reactors-the-2-billion-year-old-natural-fission-reactors-in-gabon-western-africa/

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-nuclear-reactor/

 

This was an incidental find on my part. I did not even know there was such thing as an “natural nuclear reactor.”

Found in Africa…THE MOTHER LAND…OF ALL PLACES!!!

Yet I was not surprised either. Like the Good Book says, “there is nothing new under the sun.”

Contrary to what the hell Massa, the powers-that-be may be claiming to be the newest technology these days.

AND AGAIN…it came from the African continent no less.

Mmmhmmm.

There should not be any more reason to wonder why the African continent has been constantly raped and abused of its resources, human and non-human. ALL MODERN TECHNOLOGY AND THE KNOWLEDGE TO BUILD IT COMES FROM AND IS SUPPORTED BY THE AFRICAN CONTINENT!!

Check out: A Reblog: Facts on Coltan

Facts are facts, people.

Once I learned of this natural nuclear reactor in Africa, naturally I assumed since Mother Earth knew how to create her own nuclear reaction (a natural means in electrical energy generation procedure, anyone?) that she knew how to get rid of the waste created from that nuclear reaction. 

Does that make sense to YOU?!!!!

It definitely makes sense to me.

So how much should we really be concerned about the waste that was caused from the Fukushima incident? Granted, the electric energy that is generated by nuclear power plants is done by ARTIFICIAL MEANS. That ARTIFICIAL WASTE produced from that ARTIFICIAL NUCLEAR REACTION will obviously have a different, possibly catastrophic effect on the planet and its inhabitants.

BUT…once again, if Mother Earth is a living being, is it also possible that she can self-correct herself over the course of time if we treated her the way she was meant to be treated in the first place?

I think so.Personally I believe Mother Earth to be highly-intelligent organism.

Hue-mans, specifically my Melanin-Dominant brothers and sisters, definitely have the ability to  self-correct and rid ourselves of the ARTIFICIAL, EUROPEAN LIFESTYLE we have been accustomed to and return back intune with Nature, with Mother Earth.  I’m pretty sure Mother Earth intrinsically knows how to clean herself and return her roots as well. \

My Melanin-Dominant brothers and sisters, we have to stop feeding the beast, THIS ARTIFICIAL EUROPEAN PARADIGM, for that to happen. We have to cease our participation in the madness so it can DIE ONCE AND FOR ALL!

Remember…Participation = Validation

We have the strongest connection to the planet out of any group of people, Melanin-Dominant brothers and sisters. We have to lead the pack in this endeavor. Our Melanin-Recessive brethren, who are leading the pack, continue to go against the grain and damn us all to Hell in the process. Mother Earth definitely has the ability to overcome the wrath, but it may come at the cost of riding itself of the parasites.

Many of us are demonstrating parasite behavior…THAT MUST END IMMEDIATELY FAM!!!

Let’s get back to where it all started, where it was intended to be in the beginning.

That’s the only way we will totally achieve the freedom and liberation we deeply desire!

 

 

Peace and Love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man

 

 

 

 

 

a repost: Gucci Mane 2016 was something to remember

 

Article posted on ThyBlackMan.com (click link for original)

I’m not a big rap fan nor do I even keep with the current state of the genre (or ANY genre for that matter in this day in age), but I found this very inspiring. I was impressed not with the change Gucci Mane made detailed by the article, but also the change the writer made himself. I can relate 1000 times over! It’s good to see others like myself, and maybe some you reading this, have struggles that mirror my very own and overcome them with huge success. 

Makes me tear up a little…

 

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In 2015, I was a 23 year old workaholic who was 274-78 pounds and quite unhealthy. I ate out at least four times a week and didn’t get any sleep because of anxiety issues. I relied on food as a coping mechanism to deal with the rigors of working 11 hours a day. While of course it tasted good, I didn’t realized the effect it was having on my body mentally and physically. A trip to the doctor on June 13th 2015 changed me, as I realized I was unhealthy and unfit. I went on a rampage that summer, working out every single day while eliminating processed foods every day but Saturday. 20 pounds slowly turned into 30, 30 into 50 and 50 into where I sit today, 211 pounds with 60 plus pounds lost altogether. I changed my life physically, which altered my dynamics mentally. Looking back, I would do it all again if I could see how I’ve impacted the lives of others.

Which is why Gucci Mane’s weight loss, a number one record in Black Beatles with rap duo Rae Sremmurd and abandonment of drug and alcohol use is a testament of how far he’s come in rehabbing his body and his mind. There was a time Gucci Mane posed as a 280 pound behemoth; frightening, scary, diluted and drugged out. He had classic records and the pop culture vultures who roam websites such as Complex, Noisey and Pitchfork were fascinated by him.

But inside, he was a wreck; relying on drugs and alcohol to stimulate his mind and spirit for 17 years. He readily admitted he was a drug addict, marijuana, alcohol, ecstasy, prescription pills and cough syrup were his drugs of a choice. It made him numb, non existent. Rap’s boogieman made a fortune not being true to himself. The drugs and his erratic behavior landed him in prison for his longest stint; two-and-a-half years starting in 2013.

Gucci Mane used prison to rehab his mind and body. The withdrawals from drugs hurt him at first, but soon, his mind would get stronger. He worked out, read and prayed, shedding the weight and getting rid of the belligerent rapper tag that preceded him previously. When he was released in May of this year, his drastically different appearance made fans question whether or not Gucci was cloned. What comes off as a insult, was taken as a testimony of the power of self-help, therapeutic resources by Gucci Mane.

The moral of this article, is that we all have the power to change ourselves if we really wanted to. It’s easy to stay in a comfort zone where our reality is filled with feel-good, easy and no challenges. It’s hard to look yourself in the mirror and say you need to change. With change comes with being uncomfortable and being uncomfortable brings over-thinking and self-doubt. But once you break through those self-imposed walls, the road to change begins. Gucci Mane could have been the rapper we loved when he was released in May; an overweight druggie whose erratic behavior was a byproduct of his addictions.

He could have still been the rapper whose insecurities were clouded by his tough-man act. Instead, he decided to change and reinforce a new identity. One who works out, eats healthy, reads and speaks English so fluent he sounds Harvard-educated. He decided he was going to change his mind to change his life. And if you’re struggling with addictions and vices you feel you can’t break, remember that Gucci Mane did it. So you can, too.

Music Editor; Brad Washington

Did You Know?: “The Deck of Cards”

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From the Melanated Man:

Another post on the true meaning of one of America’s favorite play toy: the deck of cards. From Poker to to Tunk to Spades, the deck of cards is a staple we truly enjoy.  But like many things, it’s original purpose has been forgotten.

Take it from here Dr. Afrika…

 

Per African Holistic Health by Llaila Afrika:

The Caucasians have reduced the deck of cards to a play toy. they are African in origin and had the symbolism of Egyptian Tarot cards and African astrology and spirituality. The cards were used to teach astrology, astronomy, mathematics, divining, spirituality, and to diagnose and treat diseases. A deck of cards has…

Two Colors: Red and Black; active and passive; positive and negative; Male Principle and Female Principle; Masculine Signs (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Feminine Signs (Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces).

Four Suits: Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades; the four elements (fire,water,air, earth); the four seasons.

Twelve Court Cards: Kings, Queens, Jacks; the twelve months of the year.

52 cards: The 52 weeks of the year.

13 Cards in each Suit: The 12 signs of the zodiac and the sun; the body of Osiris that was cut into 13 pieces (dis-membered, so we must re-member).

Values of Numbers: Seven and nine. The number seven (7) is the center of each suit. Ancients believe there were seven planers. They are heavenly forces (seven planets) that symbolize Chakras; Ma’at and the Seven Halls of Osiris. There are seven days to a week. The number nine (9) as the last single number. The Cycle of experience; the number that includes all planets; and is the highest digit. After nine, there is “0” and the sequence starts over with “1.” There are nine holes in the body (umbilical navel hole is closed.)

The Joker: The “remnant of days” beyond the logical seven times fifty-two, to total our required 365 1/4 days for the Sun’s travel in the solar year. This is more fully explained in the Mystic Text Book. the Joker is the “highest” symbol in the deck. Usually pictured as fate in a fools clothes. It is rejected or “played wild” in Caucasian card games. Its true significance is identical with that of the “0” or “Fool Card,” in Egyptian Tarot. It also symbolizes “1” day that is part of the 365 1/4  day solar year. It is the spiritual element that completes the earth’s existence (365 days).

Basic Characteristics of Personality or Disease

Fire Sign Hearts=Aries,Leo, Sagittarius

Earth Sign Spades=Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Air Sign Diamonds=Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Water Sign Clubs=Cancer,Scorpio, Pisces

 

Quality of Personality or Disease

Cardinal (Outgoing, initiators, aggressive, illness) = Aries (Hearts), Cancer (Club), Libra (Diamond), Capricorn (Spade).

Fixed (resist change,originators, severe disease)=Taurus (Spade),Leo (Hearts), Scorpio (Club), Aquarius (Diamond)

Mutable (flexible, versatile, healing is fast) = Gemini (Diamond), Virgo (Spade) Sagittarius (Heart), Pisces (Club)

 

Suits of Cards

The order corresponds to the Seasons: Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades or Spring, Summer, Harvest, Winter.

 

The next time you decide to jump into a game of Spades or Texas Hold Em’, remember what that deck of cards truly stands for.

 

 

Peace and love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man

Did you know? : For Enjoyment or Healing-The True Nature of your favorite Playground Sets

From the Melanated Man:

 

So are your favorite playground sets really for your enjoyment?

 

Per African Holistic Health by Llaila Afrika:

 

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The “sliding board” is actually the African “negative gravity ionic device.” This instrument usually had an electromagnetically charged board and 12 (or 24) magnet charged steps. These steps (chakra planes) were used to recharge the positive chakra while the board was used to stimulate the pineal gland and increase circulation to the brain. The patient would slide down the board head first and/or feet according to the type treatment of necessitated. (Pg xxxix to xl)

 

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The “swing” is another ill-named African healing instrument. The horizontal bar would support the swing; the bar would be suspended and attached to vertical support posts (three posts), which were arranged in a pyramid shape. The posts and the horizontal bar would be charged by magnets. Thus, the patient would swing through the electromagnetic force field; the alpha-gamma rays and the pyramidal energy field would cause a polarization of energies on a psychic and physical level. This is a Pendulum Pyramidal Healing device. (Pg xl)

 

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The “see-saw” or African Electromagnetic Adjustable Alignment board is an ancient healing device. It was arranged in a circular sphere according to the organ being treated. The alpha ray energy angular were used. The board was placed on a pyramid pivot with crystals or metals as a counterbalance for the dis-eased patient. Then, the patient would be caused to “see-saw” according to the rhythm vibrations of the dis-eased organ. This would result in polarization of the dis-eased organ. The internal organ vibration adjustments caused by the electromagnetic force field of board, pyramid, crystal and ionic wave force excited the healing care. (Pg xl)

 

From a metaphysics perspective, here is the difference between the African-conscious mindset versus European mindset:

In the hands of the African-conscious individual, these things have a meaningful purpose, to heal.

In the hands of the European-minded individual, these things have no purpose worthwhile at all but to perpetuate the idea of enjoyment and killing time.

 

Hope you enjoyed this piece of information!

 

Peace and love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man

Did you know? “Bowling”

 

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From the Melanated Man:

 

Excerpt taken from African Holistic Health by Dr. Llaila Afrika

“Bowling” is an African healing and diagnostic and divination instrument mistaken for a game. Actually, it is the pyramidal and divining egg device. the so-called pins (chakras) were placed in a pyramid shape, each pin representing an organ, fate as well as spiritual, mental, emotional and social state. The diving egg (bowling ball) was programmed with the aura of the patient (a witness of cloth or hair was used.) Then the ball was rolled to strike the pins. Next, the healer would read the pins based upon how they fell, the direction they lay in and according to astrology and what matrix they formed. Finally, the healer would then program the ball (egg) ans strike the pins (chakras) in order to change fate or find a remedy.

 

Seek to learn something new each day on this earth.

 

Peace and love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man

A Shout Out! Get to know “Sevananda”

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From the Melanated Man:

This is my favorite store in the world! Well, maybe Atlanta. The unique Sevananda Natural Foods Market.

“Seva” means selfless

“-ananda” means bliss and joy

Website: http://www.sevananda.coop/

467 Moreland Avenue NE

Atlanta, Ga 30307

It is a natural foods store in the Little Five Points district that has been around since 1974!!!  They sell vegan and vegetarian local foods, organic foods, non-GMO foods, and a heap of herbs, grains, supplements, incense, candles, etc.

I wonder if they have always been that kind of store or if it was a progression…

For them to be around this long I am surprised it’s still not as well known as it should be. I guess since the general consciousness of the population regarding food has been raised over the last 10 maybe 15 years I think the popularity has risen considerably in that time frame. I have never experienced a natural foods store like. Part of the reason is that the store has a very Afrocentric, conscious vibe to it, and most of the staff is melanin-dominant, and friend as well! I love that fact! The store is also co-op. So you can become a member-owner if you choose to, like myself.

You get six shares, $20 a share, which you can pay yearly, all at once, or a couple of shares at a time when you start. As a member-owner you can voice your opinions,be on a Board Committee,  vote the Board of Directors who are in charge of the governance of the store, or be a candidate for one of the Board of Director’ position yourself. As a member-owner, you have an opportunity to attend educational ans health classes hosted by Sevananda. Annnndddd there is a 10% monthly discount for member-owners, an additional 5% discount for those who are 65 and older each time you shop there!

Everyone who I have met that is owner-member and/or involved with Sevananda seem like they really care for  its welfare. That’s something that is uncommon in this corporate wasteland. I looked at the amount food co-ops in general there were listed and their were no more than maybe 25 co-ops in the country alone! That’s truly a shame. There may be more that’s not officially recorded, but it does not help if people don’t know they exist.

This may be a more common avenue to take for when more  people start to wake up and  change  their eating habits. Melanin-dominant people, we need to embrace the co-op format in our own communities. There are a very  few pockets of us who have community gardens and that’s good, but it needs to be more commonplace. This type of format could spill into other areas of commerce for us, where we can start to build those self-sustaining communities that we’ve been clamoring for, that at one point we did have. Bring our talented brothers and sisters back from European suburbia to serve their people.

Anyway…I just wanted to give a shout out to Sevananda. If you’re ever in the area stop by and check it out.

Peace and love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man

Did you know? “Chess” and “Checkers”

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From the Melanated Man:

Excerpt taken from African Holistic Health by Dr. Llaila Afrika

The games of “chess” and “checkers” are extracted from an African divination and healing device call Draughts. This device looks exactly like chess except the so-called board has 27 squares, which are laid out in 3 rows of squares with 9 columns. Each column of nine squares represents the nine energy forces (Chakras) of the individual respectively; nine columns for the body, nine for the mind, and nine for the spirit. The so-called playing pieces were placed in a Terra Cotta Bowl or cloth bag and mixed by shaking. Next, the pieces were removed (without looking) and placed on the board from right to left. The pieces have meanings similarly to “tarot cards.” These diving statues (pieces) once placed on the board were read to diagnose the illness, social problem, emotional issues and prescribe treatment.

 

Seek to learn something new each day you have on this earth.

 

Peace and love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man

Did you know? The True Meaning of Halloween, or “Samhain”

 

Everything is so commercialized these that we tend to forget that all things have an origin. Halloween included. I don’t condone the Westernized version of Halloween, where we encourage our children to give back to the system i.e. keeping the “drug companies” *cough* Nestle, Mars*cough* in business, preventing dentists from becoming obsolete.   But I do agree with the original (“pagan” to the uninitiated) roots. It’s a time to reconnect with ancestors who have passed into the next realm. If you are still attached to commercialized religion, I ask that you keep an open mind. At some point we have wake up peoples!

 

Article taken from All Our Devotion (click link for original article)

What the Heck is a Samhain?

By Jeanine DeOya

A lore that has been adapted in the United States, and many other countries, is the celebration of Halloween. Halloween, or “Hallow’s Eve”, “All Hallow’s”, “Holy Eve” or “Hallowmas” were some of the names given by the Catholic Church, around the 8th century, for a holiday they celebrated the night before “All Saints’ Day” (the celebration of the Catholic Saints). Just like other Christian holidays taken from pre-Christian Pagan celebrations, Halloween is the secular name for the European Sabbat called “Samhain”. Many of you may have heard the word Samhain before, but may not have known what it was about. Let me try to explain. Samhain is what Pagans, Witches and Wiccans celebrates while the rest of the world celebrates Halloween. Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) and also called Witches’ New Year, is an ancient festival which dates back further than 2000 years. Samhain means summers-end. The ancient Celts believed that summer ended at sunset on October 31st.   During that time they celebrated the change of the season by gathering around bone fires and dancing and feeling the vibrations of the seasonal change. This was the time of the third and final harvest of the year; so, much of the celebration was a thanksgiving festival to the goddesses and gods for the year’s food yields.  Many celebrated in festive garb or costumes.

The other part of ancient Samhain lore is the unveiling of the Otherworld. The cooling air is representative of the thinning of the veils between the worlds, including the veil between the living and the dead. The aspect of the Pagan Horned god is said to wane during the last summer days. During Samhain the Pagan Lord travels through the underworld and awaits rebirth before spring. Ancient Celts believed that spirits can either peer or travel through the thinning veils into the world of the living. Celts would dress in costumes to fool the spirits so not to be haunted by an unwanted ancestor or evil incorporeal being. Offerings of food and libations were placed outside doors so that the spirits would take the offerings and by-pass the homes instead of coming in. This is where the tradition of Halloween costumes and the offering of treats came into play.

Samhain Night

Because the veil between worlds are so thin Witches and Pagans believe that Samhain is a time of psychic clarity and divination—to see what is normally hidden. Much meditation, astral travel and psychic reading is performed during this period. Self-exploration and examination are the common workings since many believe this period is conductive to introspection and seeking the “darker-self”—the inner-self that is unknown. Many Pagans refer to the lore of both Inanna and Persephone. In each of their stories both goddesses journeyed into the underworld and made self-discoveries. Many Pagans look to other dark goddesses when seeking the darker-self, including Oya, Hecate, Lilith, Sekhmet, Auset, Cerridwen and Psyche just to name a few. In African Lore the goddess Oya travels between worlds, and especially the world of the dead. She is said to be the intermediary between the spirits and the living. Her aspect is present during Samhain.  Others may do spiritual workings with Papa Legba since he is the caretaker of the sacred crossroads, and he also controls communication between the spirits and the living.

Many others view this time as “the Feast of Samhain”. During this period people leave a place setting(s) at the table for a beloved Ancestor(s). To many this is a period of Ancestor  veneration. Some will even use this time to summon ancestors, spirit guides and angels to aid them in their lives. Some Pagans leave milk, honey, cakes and other offerings outside to appease the spirits with hopes that dreams, wishes and desires will be granted.

Personally Samhain is indeed my favorite Sabbat, and this time of year is the most beautiful. The colors of orange and gold and yellow and red reflect in the brilliance of the trees, as well as the season’s harvest. The air cools with the fresh scent of mums and other fall fragrances. On one warm day I have actually smelled the aromatic scent of heated brown leaves under direct sunlight. Because of the cooling air my dreams are deeper, more meaningfully, and more frequent than before. I find myself often in lucid dreams. This is much more desirable than my summer dreams, which were akin to watching a movie screen in a cerebral haze.  Dreams are connected to the psychic and astral plane, and are a good indicator of changes in surrounding energies.

During this time the Witches or Pagans are feeling their power, because their lower 5 senses are much more stimulated, their neural transmitters are firing more intensely, and their third eye widens with the thinning of the veil. Because of this many may be doing fastings and or meditation to increase their abilities. Pagans have a deeper kinship with animals, totems and familiars on Samhain, because they too can sense the changes, feel the veil, and ride with the earth rhythms. The most potent circles are Samhain gatherings. All psychic pores are open and all souls cry out to be heard through the veil, and by the Ancestors. It is the best time for making personal quest and journeying for inner attainment. So when you hear someone ask what the %#@&!  is a Samhain? Just tell them it is a 2000 year old story that has stood the test of time, space and the Otherworlds.