sugar skull with orange flowers for dia de los muertos

Halloween isn’t the only holiday associated with spirits this fall. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday (el Día de los Muertos) that is celebrated by families who wish to welcome back the souls of their deceased loved ones for a short reconciliation. It’s recognized in contemporary Mexico as well as those of Mexican heritage around the world. The fete takes place each year on November 1st and 2nd and includes food, drink, and (believe it or not) merriment such as music and dancing. Living family members also leave offerings such as the deceased’s favorite foods at their gravesite, or on the ofrendas inside their homes.

The History Behind Day of the Dead

The origins of the Day of the Dead go back approximately 3,000 years when rituals were being performed to honor the dead in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. At this time, the Aztecs and Nahuas were living in what we now know as central Mexico. They believed that when someone died, he/she went to the land of the dead (Chicunamictlán) and only after enduring nine challenging phases would they reach the final resting place known as Mictlán. Loved ones would leave food, water, and other offerings on the graves of the deceased. It was like a way of helping the dead get through a difficult journey while honoring them at the same time—this is how the contemporary  Day of the Dead began. 

In ancient Europe, similar pagan celebrations honoring the dead also took place in the fall. Some of these traditions endured the rise of the Roman Catholic church which made them two minor Catholic holidays known as All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which are also celebrated on the first two days of November. 

Talking to the dead is actually quite common. In fact, it’s important to recognize and respecting spirits—especially if you wish to communicate with lost loved ones. Let’s take a closer look at how the Day of the Dead translates into the spirit world on your turf, no plane tickets required. 

How to Communicate With the Deceased.

If you always wondered how to communicate with the dead, the answer is there’s more than one way. The method you choose to use is based on comfort level, but each one serves the same purpose: to connect you with the deceased. 

Dreams

If you’re seeing a deceased loved one in your dreams, it’s not a coincidence. In fact, this is probably the most direct way for the living to enter into the spirit world. The dead may connect with you through messages, insights, and even solutions to your problems—but you have to pay attention. Sometimes such visits are a way for the deceased to say goodbye to a loved one who is still alive. If this happens to you, you’ll feel it and it can feel extremely comforting. 

Traditional Methods: Ouija boards, mediums, séances

Ouija boards may remind you of your high school sleepovers, but they are actually a traditional method of communicating with the dead within the occult (secret) tradition. Séances and mediums are two other traditional methods which predate Europe’s conversion to Christianity and were preserved by brave individuals whose lives were literally at stake to continue these practices. Luckily today we can freely use these methods to communicate with the dead. 

  • Consider Conducting a Séance

While many people choose to hire a professional spiritual advisor such as a medium to conduct séances, you can actually try to pull one off yourself. But what is a séance you ask? It’s when a group of people get together and attempt to contact a deceased spirit led by a channeler called a medium—or you if you’re up for it. If you wish to conduct a séance at-home, make sure you:

  1. Choose good company
  2. Make ample place for spirits by choosing an open space for the session
  3. Find a proper mode of communication (think ouija board or pendulum)
  4. Don’t have any expectations
  5. Choose a ritual that speaks to you—do your homework
  • Book a Session With a Medium 

The fastest way to get in touch with the spiritual world is by booking a reading with medium because they have a specific gift of communicating with the dead. While it’s different for everyone depending on their situation, the main benefits of a mediumship reading include closure, receiving answers, comfort, the ability to heal, a lessening of grief, and a form of spiritual counseling.  While not all psychics are mediums, all mediums are psychic. The difference is that psychics rely on their intuition to collect data about one’s past, present, and/or future. This is achieved by reading the recipients energy field, which sometimes involves connecting with spirit guides. They oftentimes incorporate other forms of divination such as tarot and astrology. The purpose of a psychic reading is to receive guidance, inspiration, or a fresh perspective about matters relating to love, relationships, career, health, personal growth, and more. A medium, on the other hand, connects with the recipient’s deceased loved ones via psychic ability. Despite their psychic powers, a medium doesn’t provide intel about your love life or career path. 

Your Intuition: Sensing what the Dead are saying

It’s not uncommon for people to feel some sort of presence beside them, which can typically be comforting. While gut instincts are almost always correct, start to observe your environment. Are you experiencing certain sensations, even when you’re by yourself? When you speak out loud or to yourself, do you feel as though your message was received. Tapping into these emotions and trusting your intuition can help you be more open to communicating with the deceased. 
Ready to communicate with a deceased loved one? Check out our directory of psychic mediums and then do your homework. Along with looking at factors such as credentials, areas of expertise, and reviews, you then have to make sure you’re comfortable with and trust (use your best instincts) your medium as you’ll be opening many spiritual doors during your session.

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