Happy Halloween and a Blessed Samhain!

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WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN AND A BLESSED SAMHAIN!

SAMHAIN: THE ANCIENT CELTIC FESTIVAL THAT SIGNIFIES THE END OF SUMMER (THE LIGHT HALF OF THE YEAR) AND BEGINNING OF  WINTER(DARK HALF OF THE YEAR) IT WAS BELIEVED THE VEIL BETWEEN THE LIVING AND  OTHER SIDE THINNED ON THIS DAY AND SPIRITS CROSSED OVER AND WALKED AMONG THE LIVING. IT WAS A TIME TO HONOR ANCESTORS AND LOVED ONES WHO PASSED.

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WHAT DOES HALLOWEEN/ SAMHAIN HAVE TO DO WITH ROMANCE YOU ASK?

Halloween was also a time, when spirits might give messages to people. In some areas, it was traditional for unmarried girls to pour molten lead into water. The shape that the lead took when it hardened was seen as a clue to the professions of their future husbands.

A traditional Scottish form of divining one’s future spouse is to carve an apple at the stroke of midnight on Halloween in one long strip, then toss the peel over one’s shoulder. The peel is believed to land in the shape of the first letter of the future spouse’s name.

Unmarried women were told that if they sat in a darkened room and gazed into a mirror on Halloween night, the face of their future husband would appear in the mirror. However, if they were destined to die before marriage, a skull would appear.

Trick or treating

The tradition of dressing in costumes and trick-or-treating may go back to the practice of “mumming” and “guising,” in which poor people would disguise themselves, not only to hide from evil spirits, but so they could go door-to-door, asking for food. Early costumes were usually disguises, often woven out of straw, he said, and sometimes people wore costumes to perform in plays or skits.

The practice may also be related to the medieval custom of “souling” in Britain and Ireland, when poor people would knock on doors on Hallowmas (Nov. 1), asking for food in exchange for prayers for the dead.

 

 

 

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About B.J. Scott

With a passion for history and romance, I always have several exciting works in progress. Each manuscript offers a blend of passion, adventure and where appropriate, a dab of comic relief. Carefully researched historical facts are woven into the storyline, providing a backdrop from which steamy romance, gripping plots and vivid characters—dashing alpha heroes and resourceful, beguiling heroines you can’t help but admire—spring to life. I also write contemporary, paranormal, time travel and romantic suspense. After several years in the nursing and child and youth work fields, I met and married my knight in shinning armor and he whisked me away to his castle by the sea. Actually, it is a century old home in a small town in SW Ontario, Canada, on the shore of Lake Erie, where we reside with our four dogs and a cat. While born in Canada, my ancestors were from Scotland, Ireland and England. Perhaps the reason for my fascination with anything Celtic. In the fourth grade, I discovered the work of C.S Lewis, and was hooked on books. While I dabbled in writing for many years, I began to pursue my writing dream in earnest when I completed the first book in my Fraser Brother Trilogy, Highland Legacy. Like all authors the road to publication was not smooth and there is always something new to learn. When I got my first contract, I was thrilled and grateful to my husband, family and friends for their support. One book spawned three and the Trilogy was born. Thanks to the readers. Without you there would be no need for authors or new books. When I am not writing, working at my childcare job or on my small business making had braided Celtic jewelry, Beaded book thongs and assorted other swag and gift idea, you will find me reading, camping or antique hunting. I am a PAN member of Romance Writers of America, World Romance Writers, Celtic Heart Romance Writers, Savvy Authors and several writer critique groups. I am also a proud member of the Clan Scott Society
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