)O( Honouring all endings & those who’ve gone before us

Samhain (pronounced /ˈsɑːwɪn/ SAH-win or /ˈs.ɪn/ SOW-in[1]Irish pronunciation: [sˠaunʲ]) is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. It is celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November, which is nearly halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.

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A year of beauty. A year of plenty.
A year of planting. A year of harvest.
A year of forests. A year of healing.
A year of vision. A year of passion.
A year of rebirth.

This year may we renew the earth.
This year may we renew the earth.

Let it begin with each step we take.
And let it begin with each change we make.
And let it begin with each chain we break.
And let it begin every time we awake.

Chant from the
Reclaiming Samhain Celebration
“the night when the veil is thin that divides the worlds…when the harvest is gathered and the fields lie fallow. The gates of life and death are opened and to the living is revealed the Mystery: that every ending is but a new beginning.”
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Pagan-and-Earth-Based/2000/10/The-Witches-New-Year.aspx#kR1WAleFmHD0XlDx.99
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Blessings )O( Dear ones – far and wide.
Today we welcome -the realization that with every ending there is a new beginning. We open our arms to the season of Winter.
It is a time to let go of the growth that has come through the active seasons of spring -summer- fall and step into the season of ‘reflection’.
As the darkness grows each day we spend more time indoors and have more opportunity to turn our attention towards the inner landscape.
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It is my first time creating an alter for this sacred time. I have thought of it often but never actually created one. This year I just really wanted to honour this time for its roots in true sacred ceremony. It is easy to forget the true ORIGIN of the things we do. We often have to go and dig deeper – We are all welcome to go beyond the ‘seen’ but few of us really get in touch with that ‘inner calling’ that get’s us to look deeper. I am hoping that each year this ceremony grows – building on the last.
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It’s interesting to me that this celebration of honouring the dead and death lines up with our Sun entering Scorpio. This is totally Scorpio energy terrain the- life -death – rebirth cycles. It is the sign of regeneration. Death brings renewal.
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 Here’s 3 tips to create your Samhain/Haloween alter and ritual to add a bit of SACRED to this season’s celebration )O(
  1. Create an alter in your home honouring all those who’ve walked off this Earth – be they family, friends or your animal companions. Gather pictures and keepsakes and decorate this sacred space. Light a candle(s) and tell stories or simply think of them, honouring their memory. Give thanks for their presence in your life and they gift that they were. Gaze into the candle flame, envisioning the renewal you want to support your own life, community and the world. Ask the spirits for their guidance from across the veil. Share your visions in writing or art.
  2. Create an offering of food, drink, tobacco, and even candy. The spirits often miss the ‘earthly’ treasures we take for granted. The things that make us human are the things those in the Spirit world seem to miss the most. Let this be a lesson and honouring ALL that is sacred on this Earth.
  3. Give blessings if you give out treats of any kind, think of the candy or treat to be an offering to the ancestors, who return as young ones of a new generation. Imagine that with each treat you give you are also giving a blessing. We are honouring then, those who’ve come before us and those who are coming behind us.

For some ‘Halloween’ history  >>> http://www.paganspath.com/magik/samhain-history.htm

The day of the dead >>>http://www.mexicansugarskull.com/support/dodhistory.html

Honouring our ancestors >>> http://www.lindaneale.com/Ceremonies/honoring-our-ancestors

 

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I offer up smoke for all my relations. Hand TO Heart.

Whatever you Do – have fun – be well!

 

 

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