Monday, November 1, 2010

Samhain Festivities

I hope you all had a Happy Halloween and Samhain!

We had a very mischievous Mischief Night on the 30th, with our annual Hallowe'en party, which I am pleased to report had a great turn out! One of my former Coffeebucks coworkers even came by with two of her friends and the 4 of us made merry... perhaps a bit too merry, as my head and belly told me yesterday morning.

Our festivities yesterday were low key. We spent the day napping, watching horror movies and getting the candy ready for the droves of trick or treaters we were sure we'd get. By 7:00pm we had answered the door twice, handed out candy to four kids and only two of them were in costume. There is still way too much candy in my plastic candy cauldron this year.

However, the lack of trick or treaters had a plus side as we had saved the carving of our annual jack-o-lanterns for sundown. No knocking at the door meant we were free to carve to our heart's content.





Since we neglected to take our annual Halloween photo at the party, we took a bunch of silly photos with the pumpkins. This is my favorite one, I'm thinking it's frame worthy:


When Joe retired around the witching hour to get up for work this morning, I stayed up a while longer to sit down and perform my Samhain ritual. For the first time in a very long time, I felt called to cast and work within a circle. I welcomed my elemental brethren and bade farewell to the Sun and welcomed the Crone into my life once more. With all of their energies around me, I released the things I wished not to bring forward with me by black candle flame. To fill the void, I contemplated what I wished to call to me and welcomed it with the flame of a white candle.

I felt so drained afterward that I didn't do my annual 12 cards wheel of the year tarot reading, instead opting to crawl under the warm covers of my bed and snooze away the first few hours of the New Year.

14 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great Samhain. Your jack o' lanterns are beautiful. Happy New Year and Blessed Samhain.

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  2. What a wonderful way to spend Halloween and celebrate Samhain. Your pumpkins turned out great! And I love the picture of you two with the pumpkins.
    Blessings to you both!

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  3. Your pumpkins are amazing! Samhain blessings to you!

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  4. Wow, that witch pumpkin looks so wonderful! I made my Jack too but mine was soooo simple:)
    Hope You had a great Samhain!:)

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  5. Your pumpkins are awesome! I'm really, really happy you had such a wonderful Samhain!

    Blessings to you and yours,

    Lyn

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  6. What a great night!! I love your pumpkins. I have recently begun to work more within the circle as well.

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  7. Happy New Year, my darling! I just love that pic of you two & your jack o' lanterns! =D Very frame worthy indeed! ^-^
    I'm happy to hear you had a nice day, night & holiday in general. *hugs*

    xoxo

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  8. It sounds like a wonderful weekend! Such wonderful pumpkins too!

    I just wanted to ask if you could pop over to my blog when you get a moment, I have a little something for you :)

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  9. ~good morning...i l♥ve the last picture...you two are beautifully glowing!! hey...maybe we were wishing at the same time!!! though i went for 3...hehehe...happy belated samhain blessings to you...may it be a wonderful year ahead...filled with only good health and blessings aplenty...you do deserve just so...much l♥ve and light upon you always~

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  10. Wow - interesting comment you made about being called to cast a circle. I don't normally go through all the ceremony either, but I, too, felt compelled to cast circle.

    I just felt it was important that I do so...all will be revealed eventually. :)

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  11. Great post, Just loved it.

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  12. We didn't get many trick or treaters either. It looks like you had a good time anyway. Love the pumpkins!

    p.s. I have some awards for you on my blog if you're interested.

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  13. sounds perfect. I did my tarot, but as I have been trying to release things each month (or day in some cases) I didn't do that ritual. I'm trying not to have so much mental "stuff" to burn at the end of each year.

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  14. I love your witchy pumpkin! It looks great! And I gave you a blog award as well!

    http://sunmoonearthandstars.blogspot.com/2010/11/id-like-to-thank.html

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