What does this mean? Well first let me explain what the “Veil” is. It is the energetic barrier and boundary that separates the spirit realm from the physical one. This border ebbs and flows, thickens and thins. During this time of year, it is thinner which means it is easier for Spirits have an easy time transcending and walking between the realms.
Why does the Veil thin? There are a couple reasons. The first being that water weakens the Veil. Ever wonder why England and Ireland seem to have so many hauntings? Or why Spirits are often found in cellars? It’s not just because of the length of time the area has been settled or because it can be dark and spooky… these places are damp. And as we all know, the fall is damp. Hence the weather plays into the increased Spirit activity.
Another reason, and probably the more powerful one, is that with the Day of the Dead, Halloween, Samhain, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (all occurring this week) we honor and celebrate those who have passed. In some traditions, they even go as to invite those in the Spiritual realm to return and walk the earth again. The prayers and rituals are invitations to the other side and weaken the veil.
Hence the reason you may be feeling presences now. Your loved ones are coming to visit. It is important to know, however, that our loved ones aren’t the only ones that reside in the Spiritual realm. Our pets go there so you may hear the pitter patter of your long lost kitty or puppy; Faeries live there, and when they visit you may find your keys missing as they like to play pranks; the Angels visit sending “sparkles;” the Spiritual realms is also inhabited by a number of other creatures (some of which can be foreboding).
I’m pretty sure I met one a few Halloweens ago. It was our first Halloween in the house and my husband, a Halloween junkie, was so excited! He left work early to get ready to hand out candy. He dressed up in one of his spooky get-ups, turned Pandora to the Halloween station and waited. Five, Six, Seven o’clock came and went. With no kids to be seen.
Disappointed and deflated, he finally left his post around 8 o’clock because he had to run to the bathroom. By this point, Pandora had been switched off and we were watching Netflix. I’d gotten into my jammies and was enjoying a nice glass of red wine.
When he left his post he muttered, “You’re on candy duty. Not that it matters… no one is coming.”
But, he was wrong. It was during those few minutes he was in the bathroom that the doorbell rang.
A little startled I stumbled up and made my way the door (half expecting to find one of my new neighbors standing there). But nope, there was a werewolf greeting me.
This single trick or treater, obviously an older kid (he was easily 6 foot) stood standing in the doorway and made me a little uneasy. One he seemed to be a little old for trick or treating… And, it struck me as odd that he would be out by himself… I dismissed these thoughts thinking, well it is free candy.
But the trepidation didn’t leave as I continued to approach the door. For he continued to stand there, but said NOTHING. No trick or treat. Or Happy Halloween. I was met with just a grunt. I tried to shake it off and did my duty, I placed the candy in his bag… which resulted in another grunt (I assumed a thank you). And trying to lighten the situation, I chirped “Happy Halloween” and walked away.
When I resumed my position in my comfy chair, blanket around me and glass of wine at the door, I glanced at the front door and was unnerved when I saw him still lingering in the doorway. Where he let out another grunt and then ambled off.
Moments later when my husband came out, I recounted the strange occurrence mentioning he almost didn’t feel human. He was bummed he missed our one trick or treater of the night. He also found it odd that he saw no one on the street, despite having the visitor just moments before.
For weeks, this encounter creeped me out. So when I had the opportunity to talk to my neighbors I mentioned how we were disappointed we didn’t get more than one trick or treater and that it was odd that it was an older kid. She responded, “Yeah we don’t get kids on this street. We are out of the way. I’m surprised you even had the one… I didn’t get any this year!”
Her response made me question… Was this werewolf a person, or could it have been a Spirit transcending the worlds? We wear masks and make up on Halloween to conceal our identities and protect us from spooks. And they conceal themselves from us. Was this really a spook I encountered? If so, what could he have wanted?
In the end, I guess I’ll never know. But it does make always make me wonder, who is really under the mask? Enjoy your Halloween….