As is true with most American holidays, Halloween has a complicated patchwork history. Now known mostly for slutty nurses, free candy and horror film re-makes, Halloween originated in Europe in the late fall as a time when crops were harvested and livestock were killed in preparation for the upcoming winter; hence, it was seen as a cusp period between the living and the dead. People feared that spirits could be awakened and activated during this crucial period so there were group festivities where people wore masks to appease the saints.
Of course, it is no coincidence that Halloween falls during the month of Scorpio every year. Scorpio is the sign of death, rebirth and transformation. In essence, Halloween represents each of these things. By throwing ourselves into the spirit of Halloween by watching a horror movie or visiting a haunted house, we confront some of our own fears of the unexplained, the unimaginable and death. Even being surrounded by the crass ghosts, goblins and mummies of Americana Halloween serves it’s purpose as a time in the collective consciousness when we actively acknowledge and make peace with our own representations of death and the afterlife. And in a sense, every time we confront and move beyond some of our fears, we are reborn… stronger, wiser and more aware.
In the most obvious sense, Halloween represents transformation where we literally become something else through costume. Perhaps something totally different from who we are.. or perhaps a reflection of another secret, hidden part of who we are. Scorpio has the keys to the secret psychological underside to each of us.. and often the ‘costumes’ of Halloween are just the perfect excuse to let our well protected image die for a little while and explore the wilder, sexier, darker side of who we are. In fact we should make of point of doing this the entire month of Scorpio! Just leave the French maid costume at home…