Tuesday, October 18, 2005
A Halloween Tradition
Bobbing for apples is an ancient Halloween tradition.
The idea is that the girl who can bite the apple using only her mouth will be the next to marry. (This ties in to the old Adam and Eve thread. ie. The girl with the fruit from the tree of life weds with the hero.) If she could bob the apple on Halloween, she would then go look in a mirror where she would see the face of her lover revealed.
Another custom, was for a girl to peel an apple, being very careful to peel it all in one long ribbon. She would then throw it over her left shoulder. The shape of the peel on the ground would form the letter of the name of the man she was destined to marry.
Halloween may have evolved into a costume wearing fun nite, but it began as a celebration of the harvest, and preparation for the long cold dark days of winter.
The spook aspect comes from the idea that as we shift from the days of warmth to the days of cold, the veil between our world and the spirit world is thinned. Costumes were donned to ward off the spirits.
So have fun with the costumes, but take a moment to celebrate the harvest of your life. Think about snuggling in for the great dreamtime of winter, and reflect on the seeds that you plan to sow in the coming spring.
And don't forget the apple ladies...It is the symbol of feminine wisdom and marriage.