Bringing to life Halloween’s ancient history |

Bringing to life Halloween’s ancient history

ANNA BLOOM, Of the Record staff

By training, Judith Rasoletti is an energy healer with an alternative therapeutic practice, largely based on invisible forces. The profession, which relies on a sort of mystery to sooth emotional and physical ailments, has led her naturally to study the annals of ancient mystery traditions.

Among her favorite traditions is Halloween, and this Friday, she will give a lecture, "Halloween: the scarry, the furry and firey," at the Summit County Library. Rasoletti says the event will be both educational and interactive, integrating the symbols of the holiday, from ancient to modern, and from Mexico’s Dia De Los Muertos to trick or treating.

"There are all sorts of symbols that can bring you to a greater awareness of death and rebirth and the cycle of nature," she explains.

Rasoletti celebrates the day as a time to be aware of the fruits of the earth, and the apparent death that comes with harvest season. It’s a time a time when the souls of the dead can enter into heaven to make way for the rebirth to follow, she says.

Born in Switzerland, Rasoletti has a special understanding of old-world Europe. Instead of Halloween, she prefers to call Oct. 31 "All Hallows Eve," in honor the Irish holiday that she says evolved from a Celtic tradition she estimates to be 3,000 years old.

The American tradition of trick-or-treating is not lost on Rasoletti, however.

"I love to be around children in costumes it’s great to see them being able to act out their fantasies good and bad," she says. "Hopefully I will find a good party to go to in Park City this year."

Judith Rasoletti, Ph.D., will give a presentation about the tradition of celebrating the festival of All Hallows Eve and how it dates back to the ancient cultures of the Celts, Aztecs, and Hindus. Many aspects of the ancient lore, including its symbols, will be covered. The presentation will be given at the Summit County Library auditorium in Kimball Junction on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. Contact Dan at (435) 615-3947 for more information.

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