can you believe that the month is already over and halloween is already here? it seems like time went by so fast! i am so happy with how i’ve celebrated spooky month. i am sad to see that the halloween decor has to leave now…until next year! i hope you all have a spooktacular day. 👻
I made a Halloween group chat where we can talk about Halloween, but it’s also a positive mental health awareness space!! I’d love to chat with you all so let’s keep the chat respectful! If you would like to join, send me a message and I’ll invite you! 🖤🎃🖤
(I could be wrong on any of these, correct me if I am.)
Hekate was goddess of witchcraft, necromancy and ghosts. On every new moon, she would be left a sacrifice at the crossroads for her and the spirits that came to our world.
In Arcadia, there was a festival called the Lykaia held every year. Every nine years, human sacrifices were made and mixed in with the regular feast, anyone who ate the meat was rumored to have turned into a wolf. The only way to turn back was to not eat human flesh for another nine years.
Icons of medusa were placed among some buildings as a symbol of protection.
It’s said that ghosts really love blood, being that it’s something we kind of need to live and they CRAVE life.
The Greek god of sleep lived in the underworld; which gives horrifying implications.
The Greeks had a creature similar to succubi, these sexual demons were called empusai.
Depending on the cultus, it was thought that earthquakes were caused by the giant father of monsters, Typhon, who was said to be so big his head brushed the clouds.
There were a couple of goddesses and figures who were witches. Medea was a witch who aided then later hated the hero Jason. Pasiphäe was a goddess married to king Minos, who cursed him for his affairs. Circe (or Kirke) was a goddess known for turning men into pigs (a true femenist icon).
Unknown to most, Halloween as is celebrated in the west, is a Catholic “holiday”! Though it is still celebrated by a few other churches (and slightly differently in the East), the dates and meanings of the triduum we celebrate this week were solidified by the Catholic Church.
October 31st is the Vigil of All Saints Day, or - Hallow’s Eve. A day to prepare for the coming feast day, it is also used by many to remember our mortality and death (Memento Mori!) and to fight against the wickedness of the devil. Pray for humanity’s salvation from hell, and invoke the intercession fo St. Michael to ward off evil and temptation!
November 1st is All Saint’s day, or - All Hallow’s Day, a day to pray for the intercession of all the saints and to glorify their martyrdom and sacrifices for God. The Saints are our inspiration and what we should aspire to be, look to them in their holiness and try to emulate their love of Christ.
November 2nd is All Soul’s day. A day to pray for the souls in Purgatory, that they may be united with Almighty God in Heaven and free from the bonds that keep them from purity and holiness.
Fun fact: The word “Macabre” comes from the book of Maccabees, referencing the martyrdom of the people slain.
Memento Mori everyone! Remember, you will die, it is inevitable.
All I want to do is wear some red lipstick and kiss a marble statue on the cheek. I want to grave rob whilst listening to a song in my head. I want to chant poetry to the night sky and feel like a distant beast is listening. I want to slowly descent into madness and have the earth take back my body.