Daily Angel Oracle Card: Jack-O’-Lantern ~ Protection, from the Halloween Oracle card deck, by Stacey Demarco
Jack-O’-Lantern ~ Protection:
“Oh Jack! Oh Jack!
Let me carve my protection
Shine your fire outwards
Evil rejection and reflection”
“Halloween wouldn’t be the same without the carving of pumpkins into scary jack-o’-lanterns. Glowing menacingly from porches, dinner tables and doorsteps everywhere, Jacks actually have a rich history and a spiritual bent.
The original term for a jack-o’-lantern was a will-o’-the-wisp, an old British term. The will-o’-the-wisp was a small bundle of sticks used as a flame or torch. The Celts, the Irish and those living in the Scottish Highlands all carved winter vegetables – not just pumpkins but also parsnips, carrots or beets. The time around Samhain (Halloween) was of course when the Fae and goblins were said to be roaming wild and so the lanterns were intended to be both scary (scaring off the undesirable) and to light the way in the dark.
Today, carving pumpkin jack-o’-lanterns has become an art in itself and a true icon of Halloween. Intricate designs both scary and funny can be found in almost every home that celebrates the holiday. Both electric light and candles now illuminate the inside of the lanterns.
Know that you are protected and that you are capable of creating the life that you want, and that the Universe supports you in this should Jack shine his light upon you. Boundaries are important to teach people how to treat us and drawing this card indicates that you may wish to renew the ones you have or to establish new ones.”*
~by Stacey Demarco
Who can resist the magic of the pumpkin on this day of Samhain, when the veil between the realms is at it’s thinnest. Pumpkins at your doorstep or entryway will scare away the evil spirits and protect you and your family. Yet this is a day of fun as well, of costumes and candy and running through the night.
There is nothing evil about today, nothing truly scary. It has become commercial just like everything else; but it is a day of powerful magic and a wonderful day for meditation, contemplation and connection between the Earth and the Universe. Get outside if you can, walk through the forest and admire the changing leaves, the misty air and the damp earth… or whatever environment you happen to live in! Tilt your face to the sky and present your palms to the cosmos; take in the energies of the stars and the moon. Feel the amplified connection to the higher dimensions and use this opportunity to connect to your angels and guides, the ascended masters, and all higher beings. State your intention clearly, and make it for the highest good of all involved. Breathe the magic of the day in.
Light a candle and create some sacred space in your house today with flowers and leaves. Celebrate the harvest season and send gratitude. Connect to your pets, spending some special one on one time, helping them to feel safe and secure during the chaos of trick or treating. Set some intentions towards the relationships in your life right now; is there anything that needs to change? Commit to making those changes first within yourself; allowing others to follow suit.
Blessed be this day of Samhain.