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Article ID: 3694
Age Group: Adult
Posted: November 5th. 2001
Witchvox Samhain Blessing for 2001
by Christina Aubin
The season's change and so do we, summer's end calls for winter's start. Samhain has arrived, giving notice that the end of summer and the rapid descent into winter is upon us. The journey from the light through the darkness, into memory both bitter and sweet, through life's hopes and dreams, into the veiled recesses of death is at hand. For it is the time of ancestors, of loved ones gone, of lives changed and events altered - it is the time of the final harvest.
World events that have transpired make this Samhain especially poignant this year, for we collectively have experienced great loss -- loss of innocence, loss of confidence, loss of sanctuary from the world's events -- an overwhelming loss of life. We find ourselves no longer armchair witnesses to world events but disinclined participants -- slammed into the real time of these events instantaneously as the first plane hit the first tower. Life has changed and so must we.
So many left this realm, that fateful day, to begin their journey through the Western gate. To be received in the arms of the Crone, there She will care for them in the loving way only a grandmother could, guiding them, healing them, rejuvenating them, preparing them to once again initiate a journey through the Eastern Gate. Through the western gate we all must pass, like a river to the ocean. Life into death, into life again, a path we all must take.
The feast we share with our ancestors will include some new participants -- although we may not be related through blood and bone, we are related in our humanity forged through the lifeline of shared events. We are no longer isolated individuals without any connection but adjoining individuals with global connections, we are all apart of the web of the life.
Yet while we begin our swift decline into the shadows of the year -- the southern hemisphere begins her rapid ascent into summer's grand illumination. Reminding us once again that through the shadows we must go -- to emerge once more in the luminous gaze of life. Life is a never-ending process, spiraling through life, into death, into life once more -- each spiral, the refinement of being, as individuals, as groups, as a collective. Even in death we find the seeds of life, in sorrow the seeds of joy, in pain the seeds of delight, in remembrance the seeds of knowledge.
Hand in hand life walks with death, as summer walks with winter, as the north journeys with the south, neither one separate and yet not unified, neither occurring without its counter. In hand with our northern Samhain is southern Beltane, which speaks to remind us that in the hand of death we will find life -- without one there cannot be the other.
Those who have touched our lives forever change us, we find that contained within a fleeting moment is eternity and in eternity is the moment. Each action, each deed, each thought ripples outward like rings on the water, each leading to another and to another forever.
Let us use these potent pivotal points in the wheel to reaffirm life in action and deed --honoring those who went before us by creating a glorious future from the past, building on their actions, their deeds, their sacrifices and their accomplishments.
To Our Blessed Ancestors, of blood or not, may we honor you with lives well lived, deeds well done, and actions well thought, for you are the foundations upon which all futures are built.
A Blessed Samhain & Beltane to all!
The WitchVox Staff
The Witches' Voice Inc.
Samhain - 2001
Samhain Blessing composed by Wvox Staff Member Christina Aubin (Email).
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