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Samhain in the South: Honoring our Beloved Dead

As the Wheel of the Year turns and I begin to feel the veil thinning once again, I’m reminded of one way the beloved dead are honored throughout the South. Drive through the countryside, and you’ll likely see church signs announcing “Homecoming and Decoration.” It’s an invitation to those with relatives buried in the church cemetery to spruce up the graves, put flowers on them, and enjoy a potluck meal, sometimes referred to as “dinner on the ground.” Though meals are usually served in a fellowship hall now, that term originated from spreading out picnic blankets and dining on the cemetery grounds.

I’m sure you can see some parallels with our Samhain traditions and Dia de los Muertos. A major difference is that southern churches tend to hold decorations in May rather than October. I find that interesting, since May is also a time when the other side is more accessible. Beltane and Samhain are opposite each other on the Wheel of the Year, and both carry that liminal, otherworldly energy in different ways.

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Before proceeding to describe the nature of the archetypes, I want to return to the structure of the psyche which I discussed in a previous post. In that post, I depicted the structure of the psyche as an iceberg. Jung describes the psyche using other metaphors, including a building and a plant. Both of these analogies bring the discussion of archetypes down to earth, so to speak. The connection of the archetypes to the earth or to matter is of special interest to earth-centered Pagans.

 

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Wildcrafting Herbs - Know Your Roots!

 (photo of Burdock plant by Christian Fischer)

It is early October as I write this. Farm stands and store shelves are groaning with local produce; glowing pumpkins of all sizes and colors, varieties of apples, apple cider and pies, jams and jellies made from local fruits and berries, broccoli, garlic, fennel and grapes, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, beets, cauliflower, chard, celery, kale, leeks and lettuce, mushrooms of all kinds, onions, parsley and pears, potatoes, peas and turnips. Local fruits and vegetables displayed in rows like rough jewels to be taken home to be cut, refined and processed.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Ms. Hopman, I second that! There is a definite patch of skunk cabbage in the swamp behind our house, but I had no idea that skunk
  • Elizabeth Creely
    Elizabeth Creely says #
    Lovely! I enjoyed reading this and appreciated the distinction (and warning) the difference between False Hellbore and Skunk Cabba
  • Beth Sage Owens
    Beth Sage Owens says #
    And another thing maybe someone has some advice for me in? Are monster-truck sized, 3 year old horseradish roots still good for br
  • Ellen Evert Hopman
    Ellen Evert Hopman says #
    I have no experience with three year old horse radish roots. Best thing would be to dig one up and taste it!
  • Beth Sage Owens
    Beth Sage Owens says #
    The locals around here tell me that roots can be harvested in any month that has a "R" in it's spelling Quaint, but somewhat true.

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