Holidays are not my thing. If you come to my house, you won’t see cute fall leaves (unless they are on the ground) or other holiday decorations. It has never been my thing. It seems like a lot of effort for little meaning or return.
Halloween has a lot of mischief, candy, horror movies, and bad images for witches.Even as a child I didn’t like this holiday.As an adult and a Pagan, I’ve found other ways to honor the season.
Today leading up to Halloween, our Earthy Thursday focuses on that spooky scary staple -- trees! Famous trees, top 10 trees, old trees, guerilla trees, the Halloween tree.
A solitary Scots Pine nicknamed "the Lonely Tree" has been named "Tree of the Year" in Wales. One caveat -- the tree blew over in hurricane-force winds last winter, and is now at the center of a campaign to save its life.
Halloween is this week. The kids will be dressing up as ghouls and goblins, witches and monsters. The world will be on a sugar high for the next week or so. Mainstream America will be watching all the scary movies they can find and treating the paranormal as freakish.
During a car ride with my mother, I was making conversation with her when she said she didn't like this time of year. I said why not - thinking Fall is my favorite time of year and I adore the weather, the colors, the season. She came out with "all the talk about witches and other bad things." My immediate response in my head was - hey wait a minute.
Happy Monday, Beagle fans! It's Airy Monday, celebrating the Element of Air and the realm of the mind. Today, we are concentrating on looking deeper at the "Halloween" witch, including Witch's hats; nude on a broom; reclaiming Halloween stereotypes; academic studies of witchcraft.
Where does the Witch's Hat come from? According to this essay at Salon, the high-peaked hat may have originally been a medieval attempt to identify Jews (who were then associated with devil-worshippers and witches.)
Ah, Halloween. The enchanted time when all the witches, ghosties, and creatures of the night are encouraged to come out and play. It has always been a magical time of year for me personally, ever since I was a tot. I can readily tell you what I dressed up for on this beloved holiday, since I was four. (4 years: Mickey Mouse.) Halloween has enjoyed quite the resurrection, and it is the perfect occasion to throw a theme party. Since I am the original theme party gal, I can happily throw some suggestions your way to make yours unique, and anything but run of the mill.
Yesterday, my friend Erick DuPree posted a very thoughtful piece on embracing the secular Halloween and avoiding the ancestor reverence that is so important to many pagans and witches this time of year. In a very touching way, Erick discussed his troubled history with his father and his wish to separate himself from the misogyny and racism that permeates his family line. That same misogyny and racism is likely to pollute the family line of every person of European descent, including myself, so that is a decision I can fully understand.
Yet, I feel like there are still reasons to do ancestor work. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve never been very good at ancestor work. I have an ancestor altar at which I pay my respects daily, but I don’t do nearly as much work contacting my family on the other side as many other witches do. I’m just processing my own thoughts as a person who (I think) shares a similar family history and was touched by Erick’s comments.