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Posted: Nov. 17, 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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| Samhain ||Oct 27th. at 6:46:19 am EST|
|Auralia LVX Interna (Sweden) ||Age: 28 - Email |
Now is the height of autumn...such a short season but so impossibly beautiful. The leaves which adorn the trees near my home are brilliant...bright hues of gold orange and red. The wind blows hard in from the sea and the days are dark and oh so cold...nature preparing for the long great sleep. The first magick that I ever worked was natural magick...an endless source of inspiration.
I will build an altar to the dead...honoring my grandparents, a dear friend I lost as a child, and my mother in law (whom I never had the privledge to meet here on earth).
I will go to the market and hunt out the delicacies of the season...chestnuts, sugar pumpkins, swedish apples, root vegetables, dark leafy greens...and cook up a large feast for myself and the ones i love, making sure to set a plate outside my door for wandering spirits.
Of course I will carve a jack-o-lantern...
And make merry with my friends...
The rest is solemn and secret...
I also celebrate Hallowmas on November 1. This is a day of quiet rememberance.
Make a place in your heart for the dead, and offer to them your love.
| Samhain, Beltaine, All Hallows Eve, Falloween, Halloween ||Oct 27th. at 1:12:07 am EDT|
|Perrin (Hades) ||Age: 26 - Email |
Merry Meet All.
Regaurdless of what name this holiday has, it is one of the few that even I observe. Baphmisto always enjoyed a good feast, but thankfully His tastes and ours are not the same. This festival has a special meaning to me given my current location. I was working in Golden when the infamous Hayden Fire broke out, at fisrt no one payed attention to it, but then it got larger, sweeping homes, animals, plants away as if they were not there. As my luck usually ran I had an empty gas tank, decided to walk home, and then I heard metal scraping on metal, for the Reaper was scraping on my car door. I was just starting to smell the fire when He asked for a small favour, and I agreed to it, but there was one catch I could never go home again. The Reaper was having problems getting His horse to breathe as it was unused to our altitude. So I had a lemmon in with my lunch, and rubbed that gently around the nose of that fine jet black steed, and to my suprise, it was alive, but hungry enough to eat the lemmon. This was not good as the horse chocked and died before I could get it out. The Reaper was in a bit of a hurry, so I gave Him the keys to my van, and off he drove. Thirty feet later He walked up to me and was most displeased with my attitude towards Him, and wanted to bring me to the lowest Hell he could find, but settled on this limbo instead.
He did want to pass this along, He no longer rides a horse, but a hearse with a V-12 which uses human blood for fuel. It can not eat vegitables any more, He advises you to give them to the little kids, instead of sugar.
| The Hunt ||Oct 27th. at 12:24:31 am EDT|
|Wren (TWV) ||Age: 51 - Email |
The Darkest Night
Has come around
The bay of Hounds
The only sound
As star-white steeds
Race through the wind
And branches rattle
And dry leaves spin.
Pierces the moon
Swords held high
Against the gloom
Wheels of fire
Roll on by
As shields are raised
Against the sky.
Gwynn ap Nudd
In white and red
Heads the Hunt
Of the Ancient Dead.
Into the realm
Of darkened light
A mighty Band
Is in swift flight.
The night holds both
Beginning and end
The wheel has come
Full circle again.
The past and future
Come into our sight
As all becomes one
On this dangerous flight.
Between the heavens
And the earth
The way now opens
To bring forth
The Hosts of those
Who passed before-
Hush! They come riding now
Through the open Door!
Dark Wild Hunters
Racing the year
And time stands still
As past and future appear
The dark and the light
Bound together again
On this Samhain Night.
| Samhein ||Oct 26th. at 4:22:41 pm EDT|
|Lily (Labrador City, Canada) ||Age: 20 - Email |
I've been thinking about the past a lot as we come closer to Samhein. Contemplating on the many things that have changed in this past year for me and the things that have stayed the same. I've also been thinking a lot about people (and animals) that I care about that have passed on, not just in the past year, but through out my life.
I've learned that I need to face my troubles head on instead of running from them, realize my limitations, and to accept help from others.
The hopes that I hold for the furture are much the same as everyones hopes. World peace, end of world hunger, etc... But I also hope that the people in my life (and all people) can just be happy and accept that everyone has to follow their own path.
I plan to spend my Samhein honouring their memories in a private ceromony. I also plan on thanking the Goddess for all the gifts that She has bestowed upon me and the strength that She has given me in this past year. I also want to say a final goodbye to the person I used to be.
| Big Changes ||Oct 26th. at 11:16:39 am EDT|
|Rigel Star (New York City) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I will be celebrating by moving into a new apartment! This is a big step because my old apartment came with a lot of problems and a lot of baggage. This is a new chance for me to change my life and I am looking for forward having a small sabbat in my new home!
| All Hallows For Us -- Froma Mixed Religion Family ||Oct 25th. at 9:48:49 pm EDT|
|Kathryn Moondancer (United States) ||Age: 21 - Email |
Our happy little home is a mixed religion family, and what we do for all hallows is do a harvest feast thanking the divine for the things we have recieved throughout the year, tribulations included as they are learnign periods for us. We also thank various members of the family, living or not, for their copntributions to our life. Then we get dressed up and go trick or treating for a few hours before it gets too cold, and afterwards usually go to a friends house to celebrate and play games such as Dungoens and Dragons (even letting the kids 5 and up play as the things they dressed up as!). If you think this is sort of interesting, wait until yule/xmas!!
| Im Getting Ready...and Im Looking Forward To It... ||Oct 25th. at 8:44:10 pm EDT|
|Silver-eyed Kimberleigh (Detroit) ||Age: 16 - Email |
I will bear witness to the events which take place around me
and I will be more aware now... Ever since the recent death of my
Cousin I am making sure i attend some things in his honor.
He and i shared a connection of the same beliefs so i hope this
holiday will make him proud of me and let him know i still
will continue beliving in him and that he will come back to me one
day. I will give myself to the holiday once again and surrender
my soul to it, give him the proper burial he deserves from me...
| Samhain/beltane ||Oct 25th. at 7:59:52 pm EDT|
|dan (indiana) ||Age: 65 - Email |
hi.............the rain soaking farm land the full moon the leaves of many colors all make me realize my crone and I look forward to dying and then rising again fresh and new forever.
| Hellos, Goodbyes, And The Like ||Oct 25th. at 3:47:36 pm EDT|
|Janet (Virginia Beach VA) ||Age: 38 - Email |
I have been contemplating the Triple Godess this Samhain. My dad is in the final stages of emphysema--additionally, we lost my dad in law very quickly (from diagnosis to death, 20 days) of brain cancer last month. Yes, some sadness, but more, seeing mercy from the Crone. Thankful for Her wisdom when we lack it....Feeling very close to my 12 yr old son, who is going to his first ritual with me this Samhain...and feeling close to my 16 year old daughter who has chosen her path (non Pagan) after a week long stint in the hospital with major depression...grateful for the Mother for my children---all three, to include the ever active 17 month old daughter...I am going to do a "Dumb Supper"...we have decorated the house for Samhain and am looking forward to the ritual next week....
| Hmm... ||Oct 25th. at 2:50:29 pm EDT|
|Urytevaera (Canada) ||Age: 21 - Email - Web|
With the death of 2 family members since 2000 and a friend that
died only 16 days ago I have really pushed anything related to
death away from me.
The past couple of days though, my thoughts have been turning around.
I have noticed that there is good in the bad that I have seen; death has
brought our family closer (something I thought wasn't possible),
seeing people die that are around your own age makes you realize
that there is still soo much that you can and should do every day.
I don't know what I will be doing exactly for Samhain but
I do know that I won't 'push out my heart'...perhaps a ritual, or a
prayer or even a poem.
I will not forget the things that I am being
taught this year from my soul;
it will all definately be written down.
| Change ||Oct 24th. at 8:56:51 pm EDT|
|Debbie (Upstate New York) ||Age: 47 - Email |
This is my favorite time of the year. I think about my family and friends and bless them with all the peace and happiness they deserve. I remember friends and relatives that are no longer here and hope that on this night they honor me with a visit. I learned that even the youngest child has something to teach. Blessed Be.
| No Witches Here! ||Oct 24th. at 7:52:46 pm EDT|
|Diama White (Wayne MI USA) ||Age: 46 - Email |
Our holiday will be quiet and simple.
Just to share something: we are all going to dress up for Halloween where I work. My boss, a zealous Carasmatic-Catholic, has asked that no one dress scarey. No mummies, wolfmen or witches. I asked her, "What makes that day different than today?" One of these days I will come out of the broom closet.
)O( Peace to all in this happy season!
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