I would to Thank all of you who put images (into -onto -upon) the internet that make it easier to share what is going on in my bean . Now , with saying that I will share some of these images that I have found on the internet or some images that I have created . Sharing with you items concerning the this time of season . Since the last quarter of the Moon is close and since Halloween in around the corner and...since Samhain will immediately follow here are a few things I think you might enjoy .
One quick note : A lot of people think that Halloween and Samhain are the same they are similar in many ways with the exception of conversion .Yet again it is in many cases it is a matter of opinion , too me they are not . Halloween is a Christian twist of the old ways . Samhain is the old ways .Simply put .
All Saints day .( All Saints Day was created by the Christian church to honor all the Christian saints instead of honoring the Gods and Goddesses and the dead of the old ways ) Halloween is commonly celebrated by children dressed in costumes to fend of evil spirits and solicit candy and treats .( Wow! talk about and confusing twist ) Like many Christian traditions they were altered from older faiths and religions to create their so called one true religion . It was meant to replace any Samhain rituals performed . You know back when they were trying to convert everyone to the Christian God instead of the Gods and Goddesses worshiped by the Pagans ,Wiccans ,Celts and Druids etc . If you go back far enough the human race worshiped Polytheism .( That's many Gods) and through time some converted to Monotheism .( One God) While doing so they over lapped old ways to make the conversion to the new religion easier . Such as .....you see soul cakes were the treats traditionally baked and given as gifts for the spirits of the dead .(basically from my understanding they are much like a shortbread cookie ) and soulers were the children and the poor who would go around saying prayers for the dead of the givers of the cakes .However ,
Samhain is October 31st -November 1st it marks the halfway point between the Autumn equinox and the winter solstice it is aligned with the Samhain sunrise . Samhain marks the time of preparation for the dark half of the year . Where the Goddess sleeps and the Lord of the hunt reigns. Rituals were performed to ensure the safety and survival of the long winter ahead . Offerings of food and drink would be left for the spirits of the souls of the dead . Spirits were thought to came back seeking hospitality of those left behind . Feasts were prepared and life is celebrated . Over time Samhain and All Saint's Day were merged to create the modern Halloween .
I am sure many of you knew that already , just put in there for those who may not of known .
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Dates of :
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January 23 January 9
February 22 February 8
March 23 March 8
April 21 April 7
May 21 May 6
June 20 June 4
July 19 July 4
August 21 August 2
September 16 September 1
October 15 September 30
November 14 October 30
December 13 November 29
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Glyphs and Runes ( to me ) work the same they are meant to be cosmic symbolic forces that are divinely revealed to us which operate on all levels of all dimensions providing guidance , protection and divination for all of life's situations . Some are older than others which can stand the tests of time and others can be created by one's self to make them more personal to you and your needs . You can read Hedgewitch by Silver Ravenwolf and the exercises in it will help you to create your own Runes .I love to read and my collection of Magical books is vastly growing although many of the books I find just repeat a lot of the same information verbatim witch...( teehee) I can find a bit vexing , but what can you do ? The Craft is a personal entity unto itself in many cases . When you are Solitary you go by what feels comfortable and right for you at that time and at that moment .I use the books I read some what as guidelines . You can take a bit of this and a bit of that and create your Magic . It is when you are in a Coven that the Rites and Rituals that are practiced become more so set in proverbial stone .Please take no offense if you are in a Coven and that is your path then that is great for you and your Coven . I just mean things are more set in a group then alone . Speaking as a Solitary Practitioner that is .
As far as Halloween goes . I am Wiccan but I still like to decorate and I still take part in the "Norm" of activities from time to time . So , I do . I do what feels good to me . I do not worry about what others in the Craft OR out of the Craft may have to say because it does not affect me . I decorate my home and my spaces the way I please . It brings me comfort and joy as well as those around me or whomever may enter my home and my spaces , after all is that not what Magic should be . Creating and changing one's environment to suit your needs /wants ? As long as it harms no one your good . But , really someone will almost always take offense in something or other . People right ?
Now . Samhain there is something One can get behind . Reconnecting with loved ones that have gone on to Summerland . Those who have went before you . The celebration of their memory , that long felt need to reach out and touch those who are gone from sight but not from your heart and being . Samhain to me is that special time of year set aside to spend just with them . You can have a Dumb Supper where you make a wonderful meal and set a place for them and you enjoy and sit with them and reflect upon earlier times . Here are some things I found while surfing the web . I hope you will find them interestingly entertaining in a matter of speaking . for many some will tell you of Samhain , some will teach something you something new ,some well, some are just fun .
If you notice I will try to pick things with the site attached somewhere in the image so you can cross reference it if something catches your eye .
Brightest Blessings to you and yours hope you enjoy .... Love and Light to you and yours
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