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Halloween… more than it seems

companycoming013Here’s a little something I wrote a few years back about what I saw one Halloween night.

Ghosts, Goblins, Witches and the whole lot … I also saw cheerleaders and football players.. I saw cowboys and Indians.. I saw a princess or maybe 2.. I saw fairies and angels and firefighters and doctors .. I saw monsters and goblins  and vampires too… and then I looked past the costumes and wow did I see some really cool things. I saw families together having fun, laughing and playing as the night grew dark. I saw the love between mother/father and child… parents that made the night about having fun and being a child. I saw costumes lovingly made .. I saw the patience and time it took for those costumes … made or store bought. There were parents who made sure their child got to be who they wanted on this one day of the year.

Does it really matter in this day and time how this night originated and from which group of people or religion may have started any of it? As it is today .. it’s a collection, an infusion of many backgrounds, many religious beliefs as well as family traditions and lets not forget the media. All of these things have made it what it is today and now it is up to you, each individual to make it what YOU want it to be.

For the most part I saw Halloween night being one of family love and harmony… there was no fussing about what gifts to give or buy… there was no bickering about whose house to go to for you go to all of them. There was no dollar amounts being brought up and it wasn’t even about who had the most expensive costume.  At this time of year, on this night… better doesn’t always mean more expensive!

To me as a child Halloween was far better than Christmas! There was nothing I had to worry about except how I dressed.. and I could be anything in the world I wanted to be this night and no one would say how ridiculous… because the more ridiculous the better it seemed to be.

Halloween to me is the true meaning of being a kid… allowing your imagination take over and then there’s the CANDY!!!! It can’t get any better than that!

Many Blessings,
ravensig

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Beneath the Samhain Moon

IMG_3847Halloween Night 2013

Last night I danced beneath the Samhain Moon. It wasn’t quite what one might think a dance beneath the Samhain moon might be. There were no spooky spirits flying about, no black cats and scary bats, no goblins, no ghosts. There were no mystical chants, no candles burning bright … just me dancing beneath the moon light. Let me explain a little more about my Samhain night….

There I was standing beneath the crescent moon in a misty fog when I was taken by the hand and guided down a path. I wondered where I was being guided and why but I  did not hesitate and I did not fear the journey ahead of me. I felt safe and secure, so I took the strangers hand and I put one foot in front of another and I walked slowly and calmly down this path. I wasn’t sure where I was or where I was going but something inside me knew this was a path I must take. Suddenly the stranger stops and turns to me, looks me in the eyes and with a mutual understanding we began to dance. No words were ever spoken. We danced and danced, twirled and swayed to music that wasn’t even there. The scene was all dressed in shades of gray with a reflective lake just to the right of the path and the crescent moon directly above. There was a low lying mist of mystery that danced along with us as the night passed. I kept wondering what this was and what it all meant. There was such a feeling of calm and peace that surrounded us and filled my entire being. I could not have been more at ease than I was this night.

So who was this stranger in the night?

To my surprise I found that it was none other than LOVE itself. What a great feeling this was. I was granted the most magical night of all. To dance with love through the night, ending with a sweet embrace of knowing that Love is always with me. It is the seed that is my beginning and that has grown as I have grown through the years and that shall continue with me when my Earthly days are gone and together we return to the light.

UPDATE – October 2015

I guess what I should add to this story … now that it is 2 years later and makes it all the more magical… At the time of this vision, my life was completely void of love. I felt heartbroken every day. My spirit was in pain but I had hopes.. I have always had hopes that the pain would someday fade away and that love would prevail. The universe saw me suffering and made changes to my life so that I would no longer suffer that kind of pain I was making myself endure for so long. I am filled with gratitude to the Universe. Love is no longer a dream… love is inside me and with me and all around me.

Many Blessings,
Waya

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Samhain – Celtic New Year

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I thought I would share with you first a bit of history and then a ceremony you can do to welcome in the Celtic New Year.

First, here’s a bit of history:

Samhain (pronounced Sow-en), dates back to the ancient Celts who lived 2,000 years ago. Contrary to what some believe, is not a celebration of a Celtic god of the dead. Instead, it is a Celtic word meaning “summer’s end.” The Celts believed that summer came to an end on October 31st and the New Year began on November 1st with the start of winter.

At sunset on October 31, clans or local villages begin the formal ceremonies of Samhain by lighting a giant bonfire. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, and danced around the fire. Many of these dances told stories or played out the cycles of life and death or commemorated the cycle of Wheel of Life. These costumes were adorned for three primary reasons.

The first was to honor the dead who were allowed to rise from the Otherworld. The Celts believed that souls were set free from the land of the dead during the eve of Samhain. Those that had been trapped in the bodies of animals were released by the Lord of the Dead and sent to their new incarnations. The wearing of these costumes signified the release of these souls into the physical world. Not all of these souls were honored and respected. Some were also feared as they would return to the physical world and destroy crops, hide livestock or ‘haunt’ the living who may have done them wrong.

The second reason for these traditional costumes was to hide from these malevolent spirits to escape their trickery.

The final representation was a method to honor the Celtic Gods and Goddesses of the harvest, fields and flocks. Giving thanks and homage to those deities who assisted the village or clan through the trials and tribulations of the previous year. And to ask for their favor during the coming year and the harsh winter months that were approaching.

Now that you have a little bit of history… here’s something you can do yourself to celebrate the Celtic New Year and cleanse yourself of the past and prepare for the days to come.

On two sheets of parchment paper you will make 2 lists: 

The first list will be of all things you don’t want or no longer need in your life. Be specific!

The second list will be of things you want to keep in your life and things you would like to see coming into your life. Again, be specific. 

You will take the “Keep” list, roll it up, tie it with a ribbon and place it in a safe place for the year. You will then take the “Get Rid of” list and burn it in a fire. Watch that list burn and imagine all the things on that list burning out of your life with it. Be sure while you do these acts that you do them with love in your heart. You don’t want bad karma, mojo or intentions intertwined with your ceremony. Do all things with love. You don’t wish for bad to come to anyone or anything in your lists … you just no longer want or need them in your life so you should wish them away with love and kindness so that the parting be an easier transition for all who may be involved.

And as with all ceremonies you should take time to yourself to reflect, prepare and ground yourself before beginning. Cleanse the space, yourself, your mind and body before the ceremony. 

Many Blessings,
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