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Mythic Monday ~ Portal Days




Portals intrigue me. I tend to photograph doorways when I travel. I also write about doorways into other worlds. So I chose to explore them further for my Mythic Monday post.

A portal is just a doorway. A portal ‘day’ is a gateway…To another reality, another plane of existence, ‘heaven’, or perhaps a parallel world.

One of the most famous and celebrated portal days is All Hallows Eve (Samhain). The Celts believed this was a magical day when the spirits of the dead could return to our world. It’s a beautiful belief that your loved ones can return and make a connection on this day. So beautiful in fact, the following day was named All Soul’s Day or All Saint’s Day depending on your faith.

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that traces back three thousand years to their pre-Hispanic ancestors. It is a national holiday. (banks and government close for the day!) Families visit their dead family members in the cemetery.  Shrines are constructed and decorated with  their favorite foods, drink, flowers and trinkets.  All of this, in hopes that it draws their lost family member closer to them on this day.

Many cultures have a strong faith and belief in these days when the doorway opens between worlds. The Obon festival in Japan, Gai Jatra in Napal, and the Qingming in China.

The Mayans constructed an elaborate calendar system that incorporated portal days.  They strongly believed these portal days were doorways into a higher spiritual world. A day of strong spiritual energy exchange between worlds. Wouldn’t that be ‘heavenly’? The stars aligned for these scheduled spiritual days when the planet is showered with unconditional spiritual love.

July 17th and 18th are Mayan portal days this year.

Maybe, if you are open to it, you will have an inspired thought, breath of clarity, or perchance you will dream of a passed loved one.

What are your thoughts on portal days? Have you had amazing dreams or inspired thoughts that you believed were plucked from the heavens?

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6 Responses to Mythic Monday ~ Portal Days

  • Sandra Sookoo says:

    Interesting scene. Wonder where she’s going?

  • Cool how people have always been interested in “other worlds” …maybe that’s partly why books like Wizard of Oz, Chronicles of Narnia, and Alice in Wonderland are such classics 🙂

  • This is a fascinating post. I haven’t thought much about portals but I didn’t realize they were so common across the world. I love the Day of the Dead holiday. It’s always fascinated me. Plus, I love the skeletons.

    • Maryellen says:

      Thank you Alison! I had a Latina friend in high school that started my skeleton collection. Every year for Day of the Dead, I get a new skeleton for good luck 😉
      Glad you came by for a visit!!

  • Ginger says:

    Ah! If they could all just be Portal Days!
    On these days, seems that mystical happenings abound in my mediations.

  • Ginger says:

    Ah! If they could all just be Portal Days!
    On these days, seems that mystical happenings abound in my meditations.

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