happy samhainOctober 31, 2006
As I got up this morning and pulled on my brown and orange striped shirt, then pulled my skull tree t-shirt over that, I remembered why I like this day. It’s joyous and sad, all at once. Today is a celebration of those who have gone before and those yet to come. Today is a celebration of the quiet in our souls and the work of our bodies. It’s a harvest festival. It’s a cup of hot tea. It’s a slice of pizza with friends. It’s a howl at the moon, sometime just after midnight.
Samhain (pronounced sow-un, commonly) is the word for November in the Irish language. The Scottish Gaelic spelling is Samhuinn. The same word was used for a month in the Celtic calendar, in particular the first three nights of this month, with the festival marking the end of the summer season and the end of the harvest. A modernized version of this festival continues today in some of the traditions of the Christian All Souls’ Day, the secular Halloween, and in folk practices of Samhain itself in the Celtic Nations and the Irish and Scottish diasporas. The name is also used for one of the sabbat feasts in the Wiccan wheel of the year.
The rest of the article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain
So, today, when you all don your costumes, eat a ton of candy and/or get really trashed, think of the time to come. Think of the quiet in your soul and mind. Take that hang-over or belly-ache tomorrow as a sign that its time to chill out for a couple months. Besides, we all gotta stay warm, yes?