|Friendly Pumpkin, (c) Anders Lagerås, used with permission|
Friday is Samhain, the Witches' New Year and the Feast of the Beloved Dead.
It's the time of year when many of us honor those who have gone before, remember our beloved dead, recognize our not-so-beloved dead and let them go, mourn (and celebrate) endings, welcome new babies, welcome the presence of new people in our lives, and celebrate new beginnings.
Many Pagans feel that this night, the veil between the worlds, between the living and the dead, the seen and the unseen, is thinnest. Witches have a saying, "Who is remembered, lives." In Roses, Too! Tradition, Samhain is a time when we honor our ancestors, physical and spiritual, and cultures which have nurtured us.
Queries for Samhain:
- How are you marking your endings, your losses, the deaths that have happened this year, the deaths that have happened in the past that are still with you?
- In what ways do you do to honor your ancestors and those who have gone before?
- What foods have come to you from them? What ordinary, everyday things? What special-occasion things?
- What gifts from those who have gone before do you pass down or share in the world?
- How are you welcoming new babies and new people who have come into the world or your life this last year?
May your Samhain be blessed.
May these next weeks between the Feast of the Beloved Dead and the Rebirth of the Sun at Yule be a time of rich darkness for you.