11.01.2014

Samhain: An Inner Revelry

            The brightness of Summer is waning; time to let go as the leaf does when it falls to the ground                                             in its sacrifice to the future.  How do you become nourishment for your coming seasons?

It's that time of year again when the veil thins, as it does during the in-between times, like dawn and dusk.  This time, Samhain, being half-way in-between Autumn and Winter.  A dusk of the year.


Rainy Pumpkin Harvest

A time of harvests, literal and figurative; a time of going within, going underground, into the darkness; a time when we move from the riot of summer's yang:  heat, activity, light - to the calm of winter's yin:  cold, stillness, dark.  A time to honor our ancestors, those who came before; to harvest what we and our lineage have sown...

In this time, as in others, altars, fire, and nourishing foods 
are wonderful tools for presence and transformation.

  
I like to make altars including items that remind me of where I have been, 
items to reflect what I am currently undergoing, and most importantly, where I wish to move to.  
All of time in this instant, remembering the future...


A photo of my late, great, great Aunt Lucy - a major presence in my life - graces my altar.

Fire is a wonderful tool to burn away the old, making space for the new.  The chill in the night air this time of year makes it perfect for a bonfire.  But even if you do not have the space for an outdoor fire, a simple candle can bring the purifying magic of fire to you.  Light one and sit with it.

My hubbie next to a soon-to-be-lit bonfire we had the pleasure of communing with.

Since I heat with firewood, I have the regular occasion to burn things in order to symbolically release them.  We just had our first wood stove fire of the season last night and I always enjoy this first one, for many reasons, one of them that all the bits of paper I put in it over the warm season get burned away (my version of paper shredding when certain things just shouldn't go in the recycling for other eyes to possibly see).

As we burn away the old, with external fires, and with our internal metabolic fire, we make room for the new.  What we bring in makes what we are tomorrow.  This includes food and other things we consume: thoughts, what we set our eyes upon, the energies of the people and places around us, and so on...
Choose wisely.

 Sweet Potatoes from the Garden

Root Vegetables are very grounding, 
helping to keep our feet firmly connected to the Earth, rooted,
 as we begin to go within to explore this coming dark time.



Enter the Gate to you Inner Worlds, much is waiting for you there...




May Joy be the result of your explorations into the dark, however difficult the path may be.




Garden Harvests:  Nourishment for the Soul.




Entrance to my Kitchen
Looking out into the Greenhouse
Why then have to be human?
Oh, not because happiness exists,
Nor out of curiosity...
But because being here means so much;
Because everything here,
Vanishing so quickly, seems to need us,
And strangely keeps calling to us...
To have been
Here once, completely, even if only once,
To have been at one with the earth -
This is beyond undoing.
– Rainer Maria Rilke



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4 comments:

  1. you are a beautiful gift to the world, thank you.

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  2. ...and your friendship Rusty was past nourishment, part of the harvest I now reap...full circle, always cycling.... Miss you!

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