Skip to main content

Samhain.

Samhain is the New Year for those who follow the old ways.

I opened the windows on the west side of the house, and put candles in the windows for my mother and my grandmothers. I made the foods we ate for Mabelle's funeral feast: Hot chili, cornbread and apple crisp.

I swept the porch and re-set the wards on my doors.

I cleaned and dusted my altars, and removed things I didn't need anymore.

Part of closing out the old year is thanking the earth for another bountiful summer, preparing to be inside for the coming months by simplifying, and and laying aside your strength and supplies for the fallow season to come. Remembering your ancestors and those who have passed and what they taught us in life, and continue to teach us in visions, dreams, and memories.

Letting in the New Year demands embracing the darkness that approaches: the winter is a time of rest and recovery, and of moderation. When supplies are low, rationing is indicated. (This is why the two major fasts (Advent and Lent) of the Christian calendar are in the winter.)

Samhain is also the time of letting go of things you don't need personally: acknowledging seasons that have passed, and preparing the earth for the next spring. People, patterns, and thoughts that no longer serve you. Let them go, with open hands and good will. Thank them for what they taught you on the way.

The newly cleared ground may look bare, but there is an awful lot of work happening unseen, underneath, and in the environment around that is critical to the next spring. The ground has to freeze for some seeds to sprout.

What a metaphor for personal growth!

At Samhain, you also set your intentions for the following year:

I intend truth. (No more tolerance of shenanigans!)

I intend trust. (Risk, and know the universe will provide.)

I intend balance. (Today's work is enough.)

I intend rest. (Do only what I can.)

I intend laughter. (Until it hurts.)

I intend presence. (Be with people.)

I intend compassion. (For myself and others.)

I intend to be for my body. (It's the only one I have, no returns, so getting right by it is the only choice.)

So I embrace the winter and the coming dark, the rest and the recovery.

As above, so below, So Mote It Be!











Comments

Popular posts from this blog

It is safe to say that you are Settling in Your Relationship? That is the Question

In our lives we meet a wide range of individuals yet not all are good with us thus this is the reason it is so elusive an accomplice throughout everyday life. You can adore a wide range of individuals, yet that is not quite the same as what makes an incredible accomplice. At the point when you genuinely love someone so much that you're willing to work to be a superior individual and that other individual is eager to do likewise for you, that is the point at which you have enchantment in a container.

The inquiry is would you say you are settling? Do you have all the fixings expected to make your relationship work, are you in-adoration, do they rouse you to be better at everything - a superior individual, a superior mother or father, a superior sister or sibling, child or little girl, do they regard you, do they tune in, are you explicitly fulfilled. Let's be honest, a relationship and additionally marriage can be extremely long and you must like the individual as mush as you lo…

Mignardise.

After my engagement was broken off, my brilliant therapist led me to a conclusion that was hard to accept, but necessary:

"I know I have to consider just dating, and not taking it all so seriously."

He said, "I support that."

So I did.

I've been out online since late last summer and I've seen a lot of people, talked to a lot more, and have begun to figure out what works for me and what doesn't. I talked to EVERYONE, just to hear the stories. Sex workers, married guys, older ones, younger ones, blue collar, polyamorous, all of the varieties of -sexual (most of which are indistinguishable to me). I describe myself as a "casual dater" although apparently that has an acronym now: ENP-NPP which stands for "ethically non-monogamous, no primary partner." It's what we used to just call casual dating - everyone is seeing other people until you decide together that you aren't.

I was proceeding easily down this road and all was going perfect…

From Grief to Gratitude

We live in a world so averse to suffering that avoiding feeling is practically a vocation. But when I avoided the darkness, I realized I had to seek out ways to experience it that I could control. Emotion phobia is a thing. But the need to feel is real.

The brilliant Miriam Greenspan comments:

"We fear our emotions and devalue them. This fear has its roots in the ancient duality of reason versus emotion. Reason and the mind are associated with masculinity and are considered trustworthy, whereas emotion and the body are associated with the feminine and are seen as untrustworthy, dangerous, and destructive...But despite our fear, there is something in us that wants to feel all these emotional energies, because they are the juice of life. When we suppress and diminish our emotions, we feel deprived. So we watch horror movies or so-called reality shows like Fear Factor. We seek out emotional intensity vicariously, because when we are emotionally numb, we need a great deal of stimulatio…