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Samhain (pronounced sow-en) is a Celtic earthen holy day of endings, beginnings, ancestors, liminality and death. It is a point in the wheel of the year marking the end of the harvest season, of working, doing, tooing and froing, and the beginning of winter, resting, and the dreaming, unbellied side of the year. It is said that Samhain marks the beginning of the year for the ancients that honored it. Samhain is also a threshold time when the veil between the world of the living, the day to day as we know it and the world of our ancestors, the spirit realm, the unseen, is thinnest and therefore more accessible.
It is a stopping point.
A pause between the world of the seen and the unseen.
It is at this portal place we shall begin this composting season’s Circle.
This Samhain and throughout the cycle I invite you to:
Treat the stories you are soon to meet as guests. Make space for these soon to be met guests in your life, your home, your heart. Clean your home space, or a cupboard, bake a cake, brew a pot of tea, pour yourselves a nip, light a candle, sing a song, open the door, a window – don’t just think about it, actually physically do it…work with any of these suggestions and/or what feels right, and engaging for you.
You can start this 'welcoming' process days ahead, hours or moments before we meet to listen to the stories. What can you offer to invite the stories in to your life?
Two primary intentions/energies we’ll be working with throughout the cycle are
Awake with Nature and Regeneration.
Between Samhain to Winter Solstice we'll be aligning with:
ancestors (blood, soul & land), those that stand a league deep behind us,
and our shadow/dark twins.
Listen in as the veil thins and our loved ones come tapping on our bones. Draw them in, feast them, create an ancestor altar, connect with them in a way that is meaningful to you. For me – I’ll be preparing much loved foods my Grandma, Grandpa, my Dad, and now, this Samhain my Mom - my newest blood ancestor, relished.
Myths and deep folklore are allies in navigating both a dialog with our ancestors and times when thing fall apart - the composting times, the dark hole times.
To each of you, to us and all on this brave journey!
Samhain resources if you wish to explore more:
Book - Ancestral Medicine by Daniel Foor
** the links will be live within 48 hours of each live/online circle