Saturday, October 29, 2016

Seasons, Part 1

     As I have been reading in Celtic Inspirations: Essential Meditations and Texts (Inspirations Series) by Lyn Webster Wilde, the Celtic calendar is punctuated by seasonal festivities.  One that is coming up soon is Samhain, celebrated on November 1st.  For some, this is the start of the Celtic year. 

     This is when the days are getting shorter and the nights longer, and we feel that as darkness reigns, we are drawn to darker things. We remember our loved ones who have passed and contemplate our own death.

     At this time, the Celts would slaughter animals and preserve the meat for the winter.  We consider the coming winter and the challenges it brings.  Are we prepared?

     This is also a time when the veil between the Otherworld and our reality is thin.  Some practice divination, some share myths or scary stories, others commune with the ancestors.  In Scotland, those who are born around the time of Samhain are said to have the "sight."

(photo courtesy of


No comments:

Post a Comment