I feel a little mourning. What with the month-long festivities (both online and watching homes gradually become spooky labyrinths for trick-or-treaters), it all abruptly comes to a close and Christianity takes over the holiday (as with other sabbats.) I am not bitter.
Well, not completely. It's strange. I wasn't raised in a magical family, though many of the women on both sides of my family have tendencies toward magical work. Yet, I still feel a little slighted whenever the Pagan sabbats are overshadowed by the adaptations of Christian holidays. Perhaps it is my past lives speaking through me; feeling the oppression of the Church even now? Perhaps it is the frighten prospsct of the Health Care Reform Bill shutting out the well-being and choices of women based on their patriarchal beliefs? Whatever it may be, I need to overcome the feeling and enjoy each and every sabbat for what it is: the joy of life and the ever constant flowing circle it traces.
We are with you Crone in your season of death and sadness, as we have all lost those we love.
We are with you God in the Summerlands, as we all will wend our way to complete the circle.
We will all meet in the Summerlands someday.
So, anyway, today is All Saints' Day, and tomorrow is All Souls' Day. Both Christian versions of Samhain. The first is a celebration for loved ones lost that acheived Christian perfection in this life and have moved on to Heaven. The second is a day of work; prayer for those that have passed but did not make this life as it should have been according to the Bible. Those praying pray for the souls in Purgatory. (All of this info was read on Wikipedia.)
So, really, as you can see, the death of the God and the sadness of the Crone left behind are the building blocks of All Saints' and All Souls' Days.
Interesting side note: Leaving the heat so that passed souls on thier journeys might be warm on Samhain is something people used to do, other than merely leaving out food or lighting their ways. This is something I did not knw until this morning. This becomes especially interesting now. I woke up to my heater aflame. (I have a little gas heater hanging my wall in the living area.) Due to unseasonably warm (totally trick-or-treating weather!) air yesterday, I had no reason to turn my heat on. At least now I know why I was so hot last night. Also, it is lovely to know that my Aunt Kathy, and any spirits that may have been joining her made themselves at home!
Here's something kinda fun! Looking through my books this morning (though I could have slept in, I woke at 7:30, which, incidentally is now 6:30!), I saw The Hidden World of Birthdays book staring back at me. I haven't looked at this tome since it was given to me in a box of books of which someone was getting rid. How strange that it was talking to me now! So, here is what I have decided. Even if I have nothing to say, I will post a blog everyday until Halloween next year. In them, I will type out the attributes and other info about people born on every day of the year, according to this book! What fun! So I shall begin today.
Gem: Turquoise (Are you a material girl? This stone will help you find what you desire.)
Flower: Nasturtium (You are patriotic.)
Astral Color: Black (for protection, birht and beginnings)
Color Need: Red (for energy and stamina)
Apparel Color: Wine (for energy)
Frangrance: Cinnabar or other Mediterranean/Orient scents (for passion and unpredictability)
Tree: Walnut ("You are unusually helpful and always looking for constant changes in your life.")
Instruments: Oboe, French horn, flute, piccolo, clarinet, piano, organ
Bird: Bird of Paradise ("you will shine and love extraordinary circumstances.")
Symbol: Crown (dignified)
Health Scent: Strawberry (promotes self-esteem and love)
Favorable Foods: Barley, beef, black figs, buttermilk, carrots (these are for health, not flavor)
Lucky #: 2, 4
Best Months: January, July
Best Weekday: Tuesday
Best Month Days: 4, 5, 23
Lucky Charm: "a new penny in your shoe"
Most Compatible Signs: Cancer and Pisces
**Again, this information was taken directly from this book. No copyright infringement intended. I didn't include all of the info, but rather, the quickest of which to make note.