MOOD | GLITTERING
“We work the magic of glue, drive the nails, mend the holes. We save what we can, melt small pieces of soap, gather fallen pecans, keep neck bones for soup. Beating rugs against the house,
we watch dust, lit like stars, spreading across the yard.” From Housekeeping by Natasha Trethewey
The light is different this time of year. The low slant of golden color comes from Earth’s tilt as it relaxes back and away from the sun. There is so much magic in this glittering light that autumn tasks take on an otherworldly hue. In the coming days I will be harvesting before a first freeze surprises, shoring up the house for the coming winter, listening to the crunch of leaves underfoot as I collect items from nature for an autumn tableau. These are rituals I welcome and look forward to.
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To help you begin preparing for Samhain and All Hallow’s Eve, I’m providing a little history of the holiday, along with ideas for your autumn tableau or altar in this week’s blog. May these golden days shower you with all their glittering light.
All my love, always.
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SAMHAIN | A CHRONICLE
There is a nebulous moment when the veil between the living world and the spirit world thins. As it draws close, we can feel it. Just before the clock strikes midnight on October 31st, we are given a moment to intuit more than at any other time during the Wheel of the Year—Samhain.
Pronounced Sow-an, and from the Old Irish word samuin, it is a word unto its own. It is a name created specifically for the festival day. Irish mythology was always a spoken tradition, which means there are a few different variations of its spelling.
Celebrated for the entire day, it marked the beginning of winter in Gaelic Ireland. The earliest known writings about the festival first appear in the 10th century. However the Coligny calendar, a bronze tablet engraved partially in Gaulish, the language of very early Celts used during the Roman Empire, marks three nights of Samonios.
The Coligny was a type of ancient almanac and Samonios occurred for the Celts at the end of summer. Historians differ on what this imposes on the origins of the word Samhain, as the Roman calendar contained just ten months, not the twelve we are used to now.
THE SAMHAIN ALTAR
An altar is an intimate expression of your experience with this celebration. It is a personal space for items which are meaningful to you and which serve to recall this moment in the rotation of the earth. The Samhain altar can become an elaborate tribute to nature, the dark, the beginning of the next Wheel of the Year, or to your ancestors.
There are no rules, only suggestions based on those who have come before us. Here are some things you may wish to gather to get started—
• A dark colored cloth suggestive of the night, perhaps with a bit of shimmer.
• Items to represent all the elements—earth, air, fire, water. Some soil, a feather, your candle, and a small bowl of water are simple selections.
• Gourds and pumpkins, apples and leaves of course!
• A cauldron or other open pot or vessel. Perhaps filled with sweets!
• Found feathers of the raven or crow, and bones or skulls of any creature.
• Fetish animals of the night such as bats, owls, or cats.
• Stones of obsidian, onyx, moonstone, selenite, and carnelian.
• Your tarot deck, and photos of your beloved deceased.
• Personal spiritual items such as deities, amulets, talismans, or images.
• Something to represent both the feminine and masculine.
Above all, make it a delight to gather items and create your altar. Simple is lovely. As is over-the-top elaborate. Let it be who you are.