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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Your Samhain/Beltaine Musings
What have you been musing about at this time of the changing seasons? What lessons have you learned? What hopes do you hold for the future? How will you honor/mark/celebrate the Holiday? If you have rituals, poems, stories or links to seasonal lore and/or activities, feel free to share them here.
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| Life And Death And Lessons Learned ||Oct 23rd. at 7:17:46 am EDT|
|clio (York PA) ||Age: 29 - Email |
This Samhain will be the first I will truly celebrate with ritual (as I am still studying and learning), and this Samhain will be truly poignant for me. My beloved maternal grandmother passed away in July, at the age of 94. She will be remembered, as will my uncle and my cousin who passed away in 1985 and 1995 respectively. So too will I remember my paternal grandmother who passed in 1993.
The loss of my beloved family members over the years has taught me a very very valuable lesson: Life is precious and should not be taken for granted. I make it a habit to tell my loved ones as much as possible how much they mean to me.
My Samhain ritual is still taking form in my mind. I will be interested to see how I feel when it is complete.
| New To Samhain ||Oct 23rd. at 10:50:21 am EDT|
|Nicholas Wagner (Live Oak, Florida) ||Age: 18 - Email |
I have just recently begun taking an interest in paganism/wicca. I am still trying to get used to all the new ways of celebrating. I love holidays, and paganism sure has plenty. I am really enjoying this Samhain season. As a matter of fact I just recently performed my first ritual. It was a harvest ritual thanking deity and spirit for its bounties. Although it was a little rough around the edges, I think the God and Goddess understood. I asked them to bear with me as I stumbled through. This time of year has always been my favorite...even before being interested in paganism. I love the changing of the leaves, the crisp fall air, that wonderful pure feeling that engulfs me during these months. Plus it's a nice break from this Florida heat. I think besides rituals I will be honoring my deceased grandfather, whom i was very close to, and other people that have passed away that i was close to. I have been talking to my grandfather, lighting candles for him and saying numerous prayers to him. I think about him all the time, and the Samhain season has made me think about him even more. I will also be attending my first public ritual this year, which I am very excited about. I am not sure what all will go on, but I will find out. This is also a great time of year to party, and I will do just that.
| Celebration ||Oct 23rd. at 11:24:59 am EDT|
|Laura (England) ||Age: 19 - Email |
I am looking forward to the coming year and letting go of past experiences and troubles in my life. Samhain is a time when I feel I can concentrate most on what I want to have learnt from my experiences. I want to be able to give thanks to the god and goddess for everything that I have and for the ability to heal myself and other people.
I think I will be doing a small ritual with my sister, a nice feast and a good chant should go down well.
Blessed be and good luck
| Be Yourself ||Oct 23rd. at 11:57:55 am EDT|
|Ravenwolfe Dreamwalker (Wyoming) ||Age: 45 - Email |
I still carve a pumpkin, spice hot cider, and dress in costume(I go as myself), and go trick or treating! Well, not actually door to door,but in spirit!
The rest is too solumn to share, but we all face the season in our collective individualism!
| The Darkness Gathers ||Oct 23rd. at 12:55:36 pm EDT|
|Michael Humble (North Louisiana) ||Age: 45 - Email |
People in ancient times, feared the coming of winter. Life was hard, Even in the "greenwood", subsistance was pretty much hand to mouth. and the sunset of the year could only promise a thining of the margin of life. meany of the young ones, and old, would fall to the shadows of winter. The samhain rituals of the time, were not just for fun, they were a real attempt, to fight back the monsters of their world, and times, born from the human spirit, the will to servive and to protect loved ones, these workings were infused with the power of the spirit, and thus became truely majickal. There is much death and destruction in our world of today, I fear this time it is more than just a change of season, but a turning of a greater wheel, I will spend the morning of oct. 31st, visiting the graves of my mother, and my cat Opheala, both of whom left me this past spring, and cme the night I will slip off into the wood, set quitely by a small fire, and listen for the angel's voices on the wind. I hope they bring good news. Happy samhain everyone...and Blessed Be
| Endings And Beginnings... ||Oct 23rd. at 5:08:20 pm EDT|
|Seeker of the Owl (Michigan) ||Age: 39 - Email |
The summer has ended and winter soon begins.
I will spend time honoring those who have gone to the summerland, dreaming and setting goals for the new year, getting rid of useless baggage I picked up in the previous year, communing with the Lord and Lady, eating harvest soup and bread. The pooches and kitties get their own little pumpkins. All that after the children are done trick or treating.
Then the next morning, my two malamutes and I will be hiking the trails. Fall and Winter are very lively and busy seasons in our house. So even though summer has ended, with all it's colors, warmth, brightness and abundance, the winter gives us just as much only in a different way.
| Ancestors Remembered ||Oct 23rd. at 7:36:28 pm EDT|
|Jennifer (Vermont) ||Age: 35 - Email |
On Samhain I will be sharing my children's genealogy with them once again, and regale them with tales of "those that came before." We plan to have a meal which incorporates foods from the different nationalities that make us, and of course, set a place for any spirits that wish to join us. My children will trick-or-treat, and will leave an offering of candy on our doorstep before they go to bed. After, my husband and I will light the small Samhain bonfire, reflect on the past year, and ask the spirits to honor us with their presence - to guide us with their wisdom.
Happy Samhain and Bright Blessings to one and all!
| Samhain Plans ||Oct 23rd. at 8:44:49 pm EDT|
|Gwenhwyfar (Elmira, NY) ||Age: 31 - Email |
As the sabbat quickly approaches I find myself wondering how another year of my life could pass so quickly by. My goal for this new year obviously is to downsize my commitments and try to take time to smell the roses.
As usual I will dress-up, visit my loved ones resting sites to commune with them, pass out candy to trick-or-treaters, hold my feast and invite any ancestors to attend with myself and my cats, and then at midnight say goodbye to the old year and its' pitfalls and hello to the New Year and ask the Goddess and God to guide me safely toward my goals.
Blessed Samhain to everyone and stay safe!:) )0(
| My Halloween Plans!! ||Oct 23rd. at 11:03:07 pm EDT|
|Lil' Shinigami (New Milford, New Jersey) ||Age: 15 - Email |
Halloween,or whatever u wish to call the holiday,i am going to mostly be w/ my covent and doing rituals to bless the Goddess & God, and to protect our friends and family. I also plan on dressing up as a gal in a covent...(sry not good @ describing the oufit!!)get my candy, bless the candy I give out to the little kids,and do a few spells!!! I am looking forward to this day!!! Happpy Halloween!!!!
| A Time Of Change ||Oct 23rd. at 11:50:43 pm EDT|
|Silver Butterfly (Edmonton, Canada) ||Age: 19 - Email |
This Samhain season is different from the ones of the past. This past year has been a full of lessons for me, both in the magical realm and the everyday realm. I've found a lot of things out about myself but like everything in life there was a cost to these lessons. I experienced the death of a relative, and I also was put in situations that needed me to rethink the ways that I look at my life and the world around me. This Samhain, I intend to reflect on the things I've learned. I plan on probably dressing up and handing out candy. Later I will look back on the lessons I've been taught and the events and people of the past year to leave it behind. I plan on welcoming in the new year quietly and without much fanfare. Have a wonderful Samhain everybody.
| Two Samhains ||Oct 24th. at 8:31:29 am EDT|
|Charlayne (Friendswood, Texas) ||Age: 45 - Email |
Our family celebrates Samhain a bit differently. My coven will have their rememberance this week since Samhain night falls on Thursday (our regular class night). It's a traditional Samhain ritual and feast, with all the memories of those who have passed on before us.
Next week, actual Samhain night, is always a "family time". It's my 9th handfasting anniversary, my daughter and son-in-law's fifth wedding anniversary, my son-in-law's birthday and we always have a family Halloween Party that night.
Having been dubbed the "Addams Family" by friends, we always have lots of food, dress up, greet the trick or treater's, decorate the house (this year, as last, it's at my daughter's) and we have a blast with our friends and chosen family.
Samhain itself is a time of rememberance and for families. In our celebrations, we are building our own memories to give to our children, grandchildren, and friends. The bigger the party, the more memories are built in.
Last year my son-in-law spent the night "painting" the teens who were too cool for real costumes with fake blood (karo syrup and food coloring) so that at least they LOOKED like they tried to have a costume. We had so much fun.
This year will be even bigger and better.
| Yay For Holloween! ||Oct 24th. at 2:00:13 pm EDT|
|Waking Iris (Iowa) ||Age: 18 - Email |
I loved holloween even as a kid. When asked in class what our fave holiday was, mine was always holloween. X-mas isn't my fave 'cause my birthday is Dec. 4. Talk about getting gipped on gifts. But anyway, Holloween,which is easier to pronounce than Samhain since it's all pheontic (sp?) like, is my fave holiday mostly because it isn't quite as comercialized as all the others. "What!?" you say, "you've got to be kidding me!" but it's true. You will probably never see a "Holloween Favorites" cd come out. Or be bombarded by the need to spend hundred's of dollars on everyone else, not to mention always in the store that plays the WORST music over the intercom. Sorry folks, but some carols are best left to the family where you can pretend that it sounds bad only 'cause lil' Johnny hasn't grasped the idea of pitch yet.
All in all, Holloween is great. Fun and cheap. My kind of holiday.
I will be spending the holiday in my dorm in silent prayer and reflection. It's been an eventful year for me and I have a lot to be thankful for, not to mention plenty of hopes for next year. I will have my fun with friends first of course, then retire to be alone. I can't wait. It's been awhile since I had an excuse for some solitude.
"A dream is a wish your heart makes, while you're fast asleep." Dream well friends.
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