Throughout history, Halloween has signified more than just a corporate holiday celebrated by children eating candy and adults partying in silly/slutty costumes. Across ancient cultures around the globe including Celtic, Roman, Indigenous Americans, and more, the night of October 31st into November 1st has been known as the day when it is the most possible to make contact with the spirit realm / the deceased. This idea of the “thinning of the veils” stems back thousands of years across numerous ceremonial traditions, such as All Hallows Eve, Samhain and Dia de Los Muertes.
In this week’s episode of Lucid Planet Radio, I learned all about the origins of numerous Halloween traditions (think: Jack-O-Lanterns, Costumes, Ghosts, Candy, Bobbing for Apples and more) with Judika Illes, one of the foremost authorities on witchcraft, the magical arts and the occult. We also discussed what it really means to be a ‘witch’ and practice ‘magic,’ including spell casting and divination.
Whether you believe in ‘magic’ or not, you can still create and participate in your own personal rituals to maximize the power of this very special night. According to Judika, the stroke of midnight on the night of Halloween is the “witching moment” of the year where any spell, wish, card draw, divination, or intention will be magnified.
Essentially, this is an excellent time to search for answers and spur on the transformation in your life. On this yearly night of power the phone-line to other realms, our deceased loved ones, our spiritual guides and our highest self is OPEN and taking callers! So, get all of your candy and trick-or-treating out the way before midnight and treat yourself to powerful ritual at midnight.
I’ve always wondered why Halloween can have such a mysterious, sexy vibe, why it spurs legions of people to wear provocative (aka: slutty!) costumes, myself included. I was shocked to find out from Judika that for generations, Halloween was actually considered to be a ROMANTIC holiday, akin to Valentine’s day! This was also a potent time to cast romantic spells. Old Halloween postcards like this one from the early 20th century seem to confirm this perspective on Halloween.
According to Victorian lore, to find your true love, stand naked in a dark room facing away from a mirror, holding a candle. Then, on the stroke of midnight, legend has it that when you look over your shoulder at the mirror, you will see the face of your true love reflected back at you! Note: Doing this at the club probably won’t work!
2. Meet me at the Crossroads
There is also an ancient Pagan Halloween ritual for Divination, or, finding answers to pressing questions in your life. Find a crossroads, which is a place where two streets intersect and is thought to have a concentration of power. Think about the important life question and the answer you seek- Judika explains that the most specific questions will beget the most accurate and helpful answers. At the stroke of midnight, listen to the first words or phrases that you hear, and these will be the answer to your question.
Alternatively, if you do not have access to a crossroads or prefer to stay indoors, Judika recommends using a radio (or television if you have no radio) and playing with the dial until the stroke of midnight. When midnight occurs, the first words you were on that radio will give you an answer.
Judika also wanted me to remind our listeners that nothing is ever set in stone- If you hear good news, that is great, but if you hear bad or ominous news, this does not necessarily mean that something bad will happen, but it is a warning. We always have free will and the ability to change the course of our lives.
After the new moon in Scorpio on Oct 30th, the moon on Oct 31st will be small, but it will be waxing (meaning that it is in a growth stage). During the waxing moon, it is advisable to ask the universe for things that you wish to GROW (such as money, love, hair, etc). Judika explains that simply standing under the moon at the stroke of midnight on Halloween will help raise your psychic vibration, and that this is an excellent time to empower any wish for something you hope to build or grow in the coming months.
The moonlight on Halloween also offers a wonderful opportunity to cleanse and re-charge your crystals. Judika recommends putting your crystals in a bowl of water (so long as water does not damage them- for example, do not put Selenite in water!) and leaving them outside during this time. Then you can drink the water, or anoint your body with it. You can also bottle this moon water and drink it later when you feel you need a re-charge. If you are a Tarot or Oracle card reader, pulling cars under the moonlight at the stroke of midnight will also be especially powerful.
4. A Bite of Forbidden Fruit
Given the rich symbolism of the apple (both in terms of the forbidden apple of knowledge, and the poisoned apple of snow white) it is perhaps not surprising to learn that the apple also takes roots in the ancient traditions of Halloween. In the Pagan tradition, the apple has traditionally been a symbol love and of ‘knowing.’ In Roman times, Halloween was the celebration of the goddess Pomona, the Apple Queen. This is where we derive our traditions like bobbing for apples, which was once part of an old, sacred divination ceremony.
Judika explains that we can integrate these old rituals by making a wish on Halloween night while holding an apple in our hands. Focus on what you want to transpire: Be it health, job success, clearing your debts, finding love, or bringing peace or reconciliation, and so on. Visualize this wish and allow yourself to feel happy and calm. Then at the stroke of midnight on Halloween, take a bite of the apple!
5. Spirit Whispering
If you believe in the ability to communicate with spirit guides or deceased loved ones, the ‘thinning of the veil’ on Halloween offers the perfect opportunity to do this. When asked what is necessary to reach out to the other side, Judika explains that RESPECT and GOOD MANNERS are paramount. Holding gratitude and humility in your heart is key, as well as eschewing fear. If you are holding a fearful vibration, you can attract beings that feed off of fear, rather than love. So if you are going to do this, please be sure that you are coming from a place of respect and love.
Judika explains that no special spell is necessary to do this. First, ask for the type of being you are looking to connect with (such as your deceased loved one, or a type of spirit guide). Using specific, non-general language, visualize the questions you have in your mind’s eye, or write them down. Then, create a small offering for the spirit(s) in question. Judika recommends using a bowl of water with a large surface area (this can absolutely be moon water or crystal water as discussed earlier) as well as a food offering for the spirit that you will not consume. If you knew them, then offer something they liked during life (such as a favorite candy or tobacco). If you did not know them, think of something you would appreciate as an offering of food. Crystals are appealing to spirits and can also be incorporated into this ritual.
Whatever ritual you decide to participate in, just remember to keep an open heart and to express your desires in a specific and clear way. For much more, listen to my interview with Judika and check out her numerous books on witchcraft and the occult!
And…If you see me naked at a crossroads, biting an apple with a mirror and a bowl of crystal moon water, just know I will be wishing you a very Happy Halloween!!!!
6 Year Old Finds Fossil In Family Garden That May be 488 Million Years Old
Children have a natural fascination with rocks, with many of us having spent some days as children standing awe-struck at our museums or science centers looking at dazzling arrays of stones, or learning about the different types that can be found out our local beaches, parks, or hiking trails.
However, none of us managed to make the sort of discovery that one young boy in the U.K. did.
Siddak Singh Jhamat, known as Sid, found a fossil in his garden that dates back millions of years.
Sid found the fossil in his backyard garden in the town of Walsall using a simple fossil-hunting kit he received as a gift, reports the BBC.
His father Vish Singh was then able to identify the fossil as a horn corral that dates back 251 to 488 million years with the help of a Facebook fossil group.
“I was just digging for worms and things like pottery and bricks and I just came across this rock which looked a bit like a horn, and thought it could be a tooth or a claw or a horn, but it was actually a piece of coral which is called horn coral,” Sid explained.
“I was really excited about what it really was.”
His father Vish added:
“We were surprised he found something so odd-shaped in the soil… he found a horn coral, and some smaller pieces next to it, then the next day he went digging again and found a congealed block of sand.
“In that there were loads of little molluscs and sea shells, and something called a crinoid, which is like a tentacle of a squid, so it’s quite a prehistoric thing.”
The father believes that the distinctive markings on the fossil make it a Rugosa coral, meaning it could be up to 488 million years old.
“The period that they existed from was between 500 and 251 million years ago, the Paleozoic Era,” Vish said.
“England at the time was part of Pangea, a landmass of continents. England was all underwater as well… that’s quite significant expanse of time.”
Researchers Find 50,000-Year-Old Frozen Body of Extinct Woolly Rhino in Siberia
Researchers in Siberia have stumbled upon the 50,000 year-old remains of a rare woolly rhinoceros that was trapped in permafrost.
The remains of the woolly rhino were excavated from the Abyisky district of the Sakha Republic. The rhino was first discovered by a local in Siberia named Alexei Savin, Business Insider reported.
Savvin stumbled upon the remarkable find walking near the Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia, Siberia last August.
It’s worth noting that this woolly rhino was found close to the site where a previous baby woolly rhino named Sasha was discovered back in the year 2014. Woolly Rhinos were once believed to have been prevalent in Europe, Russia and northern Asia thousands upon thousands of years ago until they ended up extinct.
Paleontologist Albert Protopopov of the Academy of Sciences of the Sakha Republic unveiled that the baby woolly rhino would have been approximately three to four years old when it died presumably from drowning.
The only other woolly rhino thus far that has been discovered in these regions — Sasha — was dated to be from around 34,000 years ago. However, Protopopov suggests that the newly discovered body could be anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 years old.
However, despite the body being there for so long according to Protopopov “among other things, part of the internal organs are preserved, which in the future will make it possible to study in more detail how the species ate and lived.”
Protopopov further added, “Earlier, not even the bone remains of individuals of this age were found, not to mention the preserved carcasses of animals. As a rule, these were either cubs or adults.”
A fellow paleontologist Valery Plotnikov from the Academy of Sciences further adds, “We have learned that woolly rhinoceroses were covered in very thick hair. Previously, we could judge this only from rock paintings discovered in France. Now, judging by the thick coat with the undercoat, we can conclude that the rhinoceroses were fully adapted to the cold climate very much from a young age.”
Isaac Newton’s Secret “Burnt” Notes Included Theory That Great Pyramids Predicted Apocalypse
Sir Isaac Newton, one of the most famous scientists of recorded history, left behind a large body of work that is still vital in our understanding of the world today. However, as with many public intellectuals, he also had plenty of work that was never shared with the public, even after his death.
Now, for the first time ever, some of these unpublished notes are being auctioned off, and these notes contain some of his most wild theories, and includes his thoughts on the occult, alchemy, and biblical apocalypse theory. Newton was known to dabble in the more esoteric realms of study, but very little written evidence remains about his specific thoughts on mystical topics.
Some of the remaining manuscript notes are currently being auctioned by Sotheby’s. The notes have been through a lot, and are obviously burned. The auctioneers claim that the notes were damaged in a fire that is believed to have been started by a candle that was accidentally toppled by Newton’s dog, Diamond.
According to the auction listing, “These notes are part of Newton’s astonishingly complex web of interlinking studies – natural philosophy, alchemy, theology – only parts of which he ever believed were appropriate for publication. It is not surprising that he did not publish on alchemy, since secrecy was a widely-held tenet of alchemical research, and Newton’s theological beliefs, if made public, would have cost him (at least) his career.”
The notes currently have a leading bid of £280,000, the equivalent of about $375,000.
In the notes, Newton speaks on some far-out topics that would surprise modern thinkers. For example, Newton’s notes include a theory that ancient Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza predicted the apocalypse. While it is unclear what logic he used to get to his conclusion, the theory began with his study of how the pyramids were designed according to an ancient Egyptian unit of measurement called the royal cubit.
While studying the pyramids and the cubit, Newton believed he developed an insight into sacred geometry, which somehow aligned with the apocalypse predictions in the bible.
“He was trying to find proof for his theory of gravitation, but in addition the ancient Egyptians were thought to have held the secrets of alchemy that have since been lost. Today, these seem disparate areas of study – but they didn’t seem that way to Newton in the 17th century,” Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby’s manuscript specialist, told The Guardian.
“It’s a wonderful confluence of bringing together Newton and these great objects from classical antiquity which have fascinated people for thousands of years. The papers take you remarkably quickly straight to the heart of a number of the deepest questions Newton was investigating,” Heaton added.
Interest in alchemy and mysticism was not unusual for serious scholars at the time, in fact, it was recognized as a legitimate field of scientific study.
“The idea of science being an alternative to religion is a modern set of thoughts. Newton would not have believed that his scientific work could undermine religious belief. He was not trying to disprove Christianity – this is a man who spent a long time trying to establish the likely time period for the biblical apocalypse. That’s why he was so interested in the pyramids,” Heaton said.