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A Time for Death and Darkness, but Also Revelry

It’s that time of year again! Samhain, also known by its Christian/English name Halloween, one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world and a long time favorite of Pagans. Traditionally, Samhain has been regarded as the start of winter and a time when the veil between the worlds of life and death weakens. Morbid stuff, you’d think, but despite these dark themes Samhain has also been a time of great revelry and celebration. After all, who doesn’t love a good ghost story?

In honor of this most hallowed of seasons, we’ve collected all of our posts on Samhain and related themes for your easy perusing. We’ve also brought together links to other websites we thought you might found interesting. And with that, happy hauntings :D !

-Aryós Héngwis

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...There is no “veil” between the worlds. We are always in multiple dimensions, and the veils, when there are any, are all in our heads! What is sacred today on Samhain is our communal decision to come together and venture beyond our imagined fail-safe points. Take your mother’s, sister’s, daughter’s, lover’s hand and walk bravely up to Death. Introduce yourself. Say hello.
     What a wonderful and holy time to practice leaping over the edge of Surrender into the dark juiciness of all Unknown. Death is just a doorway between particle and wave, and every particle of our being dissolves into wave every nanosecond of our existence—and then collapses back into the same old, same old who we think we are. NOT if we pay attention! Not if we think who we are is pure consciousness and out of that mystery decide to shapeshift ourselves into beings with great wings, beings shining with internal light, beings who dance an open spiral around the limits of death and life.
Miriam Dyak © Mother Tongue Ink 2015

Miriam Dyak (Seattle, WA) All my life is poetry. Close to 60 years of writing poems, journals, books and not about to stop. I am a Social Artist, Voice Dialogue facilitator and teacher, dream weaver, gardener of souls. miriam (at) miriamdyak.com
Paula Franco (Buenos Aires, Argentina) shaman woman, visual and visionary artist, teacher in sacred art, writer & poetess, astrologer, tarotist, creator of goddess card and mandalas book. 

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My Samhain Superstitions

Oh, it's not as if the Sun wouldn't rise in the morning if I didn't do them.

But, of course, I do them anyway.

As one does.

 

That the house be clean.

That I and my clothes be clean.

That the gas tank be full.

That the bills be paid.

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A Samhain Guide to Vegetarian(ish) Monsters

 

In the season of Samhain, the mainstream culture turns it's skittish eye rather apprehensively toward death. For many pagans, the cycle of life and death is more integrated into our daily understanding. But as a child of my culture, I have always adored "Halloween." And since I have always had a bit more than a streak of Goth in my personality, I wanted to celebrate the season by sharing some rather RomantiGoth poetry  and fiction from the vegetarian masters. For starters, there is Percy Shelley, who may have been one of the first to anticipate what moderns call the "straight edge vegan" scene after discovering the philosophy in 1813.

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A Simple Samhain Ritual and Spell

Happy Samhain, all!

Blue Moon Circle held our ritual and feast last night, and had a wonderful time. I thought I'd share our simple ritual with you, in case you needed a little inspiration. As always, we had candles to light in honor of our ancestors and anyone we'd lost in the past year or so. (Sadly, with four of this, that added up to a lot of pets this time.)

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As the calendar moves through October, our local theater options tend to turn toward plays with darker themes.  Early in the month, I was privileged to see two beautifully realized musicals that turn a shaded eye onto humanity’s condition.  The first was Sweeney Todd, the classic tale of the murderous barber of Fleet Street.  The other was a surprise: a powerful stage musical adaptation of Disney’s animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame (itself adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel).  

Both of these musical feature pious, powerful men who become villains in their thirst for even more power and control over a woman who is unlucky enough to catch their fancy.  In both cases, these men result to a scorched Earth policy to force themselves upon the women they lust after, all the while maintaining an air of haughty propriety - a sense that everyone should be like them, and those who are not are unfit to live.  And yet, each show features an intense musical number where the pious villain breaks down in his weakness, turns to mush, then commits to his vile course of exploitation and murder.

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