Archive for October, 2009

Hello world!

This is the beginning of this blog and is also the start of a new pagan year. Our year ends and is reborn on this date, so this blog is most appropriate to start at this time. I hope that this will be mostly about tradition and about myself. I am not sure how much of myself will be in this blog. It is my desire that this be a public blog, so that may limit what I say or maybe give me a chance to be who I wish to be.

It is always a dilemma of how much to give, how much to reveal, should I delve into a cloak of secrecy or can one be totally open and exposed. We will see what is to be revealed.

Advertisements

All Hallow’s Eve

The Celtic name for Halloween is Samhain (pronounced SOW-en). Samhain is a pagan/wiccan holiday celebrated October 31st through November 1st. In the old times, a bonfire was lit and tended through the night. It marks the end of the year or harvest time and the beginning of the darkness till the return of spring, which is signified by the pagan holiday, Beltane.

During Samhain, the veil thins and pagans can contact their ancestors and loved ones who have passed over into Summerland (Heaven). Feasts were often held on this day, place settings were made for those who had passed over as an invitation to join together at the “Feast of the Dead”, as it is frequently called. Food and drink were often left out for the visitors from the, “Otherworld”. The modern day Halloween tradition developed out of the pagan tradition of old.

Many pagans and wiccans consider this a serious holiday as it should be treated in an honorable manner.