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Samhain

Samhain

As we gather to celebrate Samhain on 30 April, All Hallows Eve or Halloween, we can look around and see the last harvest is safely gathered in and stored for the dark months ahead, and the wheel has turned to the time of the Hunter. This is the mid point between equal night and day, and the longest night of the year. This is the fitting start of the new year, a time to recollect who we are. As we look back to the ancestors who have brought us to where we now stand, and inwards to our fears, we act with courage to face the metaphorical journey of life to death to new life, and the understanding of the shadow time. This is the Crone’s time, and with the Lord of the Shadows, She is the passage from life to life that all must take. We have reached the time of introspection and visiting the shadow in us all, as the wheel turns to the darkest time of the year. We move with love and strength into this opportunity; we gladly give up that which is no longer required, and the act of release brings its own returns. It is the time we welcome our ancestors and forebears to be close as we traverse to the shadowland and return. Traditionally, pumpkin or turnip lanterns were carved and placed in each window to ensure the path was lit for spirits passing through. This is a great activity to do with friends and children, producing as wide a variety of faces as those assembled. It is also time to visit the graves of loved ones and place halved apples there. When you cut an apple horizontally you find a pentagram in the centre formed by its seeds. Apple blessing: I call upon the Goddess and God to bless this fruit to be the food of the dead. Let any who visits find sustenance in this apple whose centre reveals the pentagram and reminds us of the promise of the Crone; of the passage from one life to the next. May the Spirits who pass here move on refreshed.

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