SAMHAIN (Summer’s End)
The Celtic New Year and “Festival of the Dead”
“When the sun’s power wanes, and the strength of the gods of darkness, winter, and the underworld grows great . . . On the night of Samhain, the door to realms beyond mortal comprehension is opened, the veil between life and death is at its thinnest . . . It is believed that at this time of the year the souls of the dead can walk among the living . . . This night (October 31) and all of the first week of November once blazed with ritual fires, upon which the early Celts symbolically burned all the frustrations and anxieties of the preceding year.”
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This reminds me of the “Cremation of Care” ceremony at the Bohemian Grove, which includes the burning of a mummy-like effigy named “Care” at the foot of a 40-foot-tall concrete owl.
[Some believe the Great Owl at the Bohemian Grove represents Moloch. (Moloch is the god/demon of child murder.) Some believe the Great Owl represents “the ability to see in the dark” and is associated in that sense with the All Seeing Eye. But it obviously has some hidden meaning.]
To purge themselves of worldly concerns, members of the elite Bohemian Club (a private club of influential men which meets annually in Sonoma County, CA) participate in a “Cremation of Care” ceremony.
Cremation of Care Ceremony at the Bohemian Grove
Lighting a torch and turning towards a funeral pyre, the High Priest says: “Great Owl of Bohemia, we thank thee for thy adjuration.”
The High Priest lights the pyre and continues: “Well should we know our living Flame of Fellowship can sear the grasping claws of Care, throttle his impious screams and send his cowering carcass from this Grove. ‘Begone, detested Care, begone! Once more we banish thee!’ Let the all potent spirit of this lamp by its cleansing and ambient fire encircle the mystic scene. ‘Hail Fellowship! Begone Dull Care! Once again, Midsummer sets us free!”
[Is this a cleansing of conscience for members of secret societies -- an “absolution” for sins/crimes against humanity? And what is this “all potent spirit” that cleanses with ambient fire?]
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Satanists established October 31 as an “All Demons’ Night” -- “All Hallows’ Eve” -- a festival and major “sabbat” for Satanists and witches.
A sabbat is “a secret rendezvous of witches and sorcerers for worshiping the Devil, characterized by orgiastic rites, dances, feasting, etc.”
FORMER QUEEN OF BLACK WITCHES