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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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| Bracing Myself For Another Go On The Wheel ... ||Oct 21st. at 12:30:04 am EDT|
|Rev. Jeva Singh-Anand (Sioux City, IA) ||Age: 36 - Email - Web|
Here in Siouxland, the Pagan community is completing a turn of the wheel. We have done much to establish a positive public presence in our community, and our efforts have been rewarded by the media and by interfaith groups; they have invited us to take our place in this community as an established religious congregation. Now we must brace ourselves to accept this responsibility with power and dignity.
Our Samhain celebration will be a public event. It main focus will be worship, of course. But it will also be a social event -- and a community action event.
As far as honoring our beloved dead and our ancestors is concerned, I hope that our work this year has pleased them. It is in remembrance of their love and their sacrifice that we have done all these things, and it is only thanks to them -- their power and their guidance -- that we have been successful.
It is my hope that we will continue to listen with our hearts and souls to their wisdom, that they guide us away from petty feuds and unworthy ego-displays, that they refocus us on our mission and the work that still lies ahead.
| Living In The Summer Land ||Oct 20th. at 11:36:05 pm EDT|
|Maire (Kapa'a, Kaua'i, Hawaii) ||Age: 44 - Email - Web|
To us, it is the time of the Ancestors and the Beloved Dead, and we honor them by speaking their names and sending love and remembrance through the veil. Last year we built a small boat and placed a representational shrouded being within it, set it afire and placed it in the river where it ran into the ocean. (all biodegradable ingredients) as we sang "Set Sail.." It was beautiful! This year we will celebrate and honor the dead on the Lunar Samhain, the New Moon in Scorpio, on Nov. 4th. The mead we brewed at Lughnassad is ready and bottled- mango, island honey and oranges all grown right here. Living in the Land of Ever Summer, and sitting in the Western Tower, we feel especially close to the Land of the Dead... and the sea that is crossed to the land of the ever young, in Irish family tradition. Even here, the Earth quietens and gentles herself as She prepares for a time of rest. True the seasons change more subtly, but the wheel does turn! As it is a strange concept to be honoring the coming of winter "cold", we mostly work to honor the seasonal significance as well as connect in with all the other circles all over the Earth, and add our magickal workings to the others who do the same. In this way, we bless the Earth, and help to turn the wheel again, and again.
Personally, I've been feeling deeply the dying of the year, the time for turning within and searching more deeply for the ways I can do the work of Goddess and God. Though I have been a Priestess for many years, I often still feel like I barely know anything about all there is to know, and feel and do! I plan to use the longer nights to read and study, journey, drum, chant and deepen my connection, and immerse myself in the ocean as often as possible to be blessed by Her Holy Waters! Blessings of the new year!
| Halloween ||Oct 20th. at 10:37:24 pm EDT|
|Danielle & James (Texas) ||Age: 21 - Email |
Well, for one, we're so glad that the seasons have changed. We live in Southeast Texas and it gets VERY hot here! We look foward to the dead time actually. I'll keep it short and simple.. James, our House, and I plan to celebrate the day of Halloween enjoying ourselves and preparing for the sabbat that night. Preparation is big, first we have to set up a place for the dead in the woods, and clear out our outdoor area. THEN we have to prepare the flying ointment (yes, I'm serious), and at the stroke of midnight, we should be in the Meadows of Elfame celebrating the Old way while our bodies lie on the ground. Hopefully we'll be swept away by the Wild Hunt and journey on its frightening path until we can take no more. :-D
| Important... Goddess Needs Us All! ||Oct 20th. at 9:15:15 pm EDT|
|Kim (New York) ||Age: 17 - Email |
Hello everyone. i work at a small wiccan store. all of us had similar dreams about the goddess... she needs us... she spoke directly to my employer, Susanne, about how she needs to somehow gather as many witches as possible to support her in times of need. she requested that witches everywhere support her by chanting:
The earth shall not turn to dust
The eagles will always be free
The sky will always be fresh
The water will always be pure
The ground will not be dust
The earth will be strong again
She will breathe
She will live in harmony and peace.
well... i know this may sound very odd... but i needed to get this out to as many people as possible... its not much to ask for, and i hope you join us in praying for Her. Thnak you from the bottom of my heart.
| Hmmm. ||Oct 20th. at 9:09:00 pm EDT|
|Shel (Toronto) ||Age: 29 - Email |
Greetings, fellow posters, and a special hello to fellow Wiccans in Toronto,
The past year has been a difficult one for me, and it's engulfed me as nothing else (even my faith) has, but I've emerged from it happier and healthier and more determined than ever to be the person I know I can and should be. Nowadays I reflect on what I've become and how I can turn my new self outward and do my part to help people find the beauty of the world in these shaky times.
On a less serious note, I should drink more mead. :D
Brightest of blessings, everyone.
| I Learn At Samhain ||Oct 20th. at 9:01:06 pm EDT|
|Derrick (Rocky River, OH) ||Age: 16 - Email |
Being as I'm a 'newbie' at the great world of Pagandom this is my first Samhain, however there have been many years that I have watched histories of many Pagan religions. So, for now, I try to learn as much as I can about Witches, Druids, and other interesting topics on channels like the History Channel and Discovery Channel to help me learn my legacy.
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