Happy Autumn! It’s that time when Spirit paints the countryside with colorful leaves, houses are lined with pumpkins, mums and halloween decorations and hot cider and cinnamon on these cooler nights never felt so good. As the earth starts to prepare to sleep and winter begins her approach, it’s a time to find comfort, warmth and gather resources to be ready when it’s time to spring forward a few months.
Anyone who knows my journey, understands the areas of my challenges for the past few years. Health and finances have been intricately connected. My heart has had to take a hard look at what I thought love was supposed to look like…and what love really is. There has been loss of pets and friends who have made their transition and were a part of my joy and support system. It’s been a stripping down of many old layers and of my comfort level, to push me to accelerate seeking truth, passion, healing, my value and attend to my mission in this lifetime. It has been scary, humbling, frustrating–yet there has been light, hope and beauty, as well. When my heart opens up and I can feel joy and sense Spirit in the smallest of signs, that the impact of peace and presence manages to penetrate such an intense moment…I have learned how powerful and profound the little things are. Life at its core is simple. Our souls and the Divine are always communicating with us. We need to learn to pause, learn to receive…and wow, a big one…have faith and trust.
If your Life has been feeling like you are in a car, in the passenger seat and hurling out of control, you are probably living more spiritually than you ever imagined. It’s a time for great change in this world. And with great change, comes chaos and destruction. You are a spiritual warrior and yes, this is a battle. The battle is in not surrendering to fear, not living a life somebody else decides for you, not settling for a mediocre existence. It’s about really, finally, reaching deep inside and deciding what do you want to create in your Life and then creating it from integrity–true to yourself. It’s about going with flow during this harrowing trip, but it’s also about not settling, believing you are worthy of the best and yes, you have choices.
Your Soul chose this journey. And if you are reading my blog, you probably chose a challenging journey. There is always a bigger purpose, a larger picture that we’ll be shown when we are ready. Maybe it’s when we surrender to Spirit…or maybe it’s when we truly recognize and stand in our power, instead of always giving it away. But you will see it, you will know it. For this month it is a time for finding comfort, a time for storing our energy: taking stock of what resources we have, making a list of what resources we need. It may require us going out of comfort zone at some point to ask for help, try a new direction, seek a new source of support. Take the time this month to get a clear picture of what you want to create for yourself and how you need to change or develop to make it happen. Watch your negative thoughts, know you do have the right to be happy, grant yourself permission to cut ties with all that no longer serves you and brings you joy. I have faith in you and send you blessings and light.
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There are many ways to celebrate Samhain. Here are a few:
- Samhain Nature Walk. Take a meditative walk in a natural area near your home. Observe and contemplate the colors, aromas, sounds, and other sensations of the season. Experience yourself as part of the Circle of Life and reflect on death and rebirth as being an important part of Nature. If the location you visit permits, gather some natural objects and upon your return use them to adorn your home.
- Seasonal Imagery. Decorate your home with Samhain seasonal symbols and the colors of orange and black. Place an Autumnal wreath on your front door. Create displays with pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, acorns, and apples. Set candles in cauldrons.
- Ancestors Altar. Gather photographs, heirlooms, and other mementos of deceased family, friends, and companion creatures. Arrange them on a table, dresser, or other surface, along with several votive candles. Kindle the candles in their memory as you call out their names and express well wishes. Thank them for being part of your life. Sit quietly and pay attention to what you experience. Note any messages you receive in your journal. This Ancestors Altar can be created just for Samhain or kept year round.
- Feast of the Dead. Prepare a Samhain dinner. Include a place setting at your table or at a nearby altar for the Dead. Add an offering of a bit of each beverage being consumed to the cup at that place setting, and to the plate, add a bit of each food served. Invite your ancestors and other deceased loved ones to come and dine with you. To have this as a Samhain Dumb Supper experience, dine in silence. After the feast, place the contents of the plate and cup for the Dead outdoors in a natural location as an offering for the Dead.
- Ancestor Stories. Learn about family history. Contact one or more older relatives and ask them to share memories of family members now dead. Record them in some way and later write accounts of what they share. Give thanks. Share what you learned and have written with another family member or friend. Add names of those you learned about and wish to honor to your Ancestors Altar.
- Cemetery Visit. Visit and tend the gravesite of a loved one at a cemetery. Call to mind memories and consider ways the loved one continues to live on within you. Place an offering there such as fresh flowers, dried herbs, or a libation of water.
- Reflections. Reflect on you and your life over the past year. Review journals, planners, photographs, blogs, and other notations you have created during the past year. Consider how you have grown, accomplishments, challenges, adventures, travels, and learnings. Meditate. Journal about your year in review, your meditation, and your reflections.
- Renovate. Select an area of your home or life as a focus. Examine it. Re-organize it. Release what is no longer needed. Create a better pattern. Celebrate renewal and transformation.
- Bonfire Magic. Kindle a bonfire outdoors when possible or kindle flames in a fireplace or a small cauldron. Write down an outmoded habit that you wish to end and cast it into the Samhain flames as you imagine release. Imagine yourself adopting a new, healthier way of being as you move around the fire clockwise.
- Divinatory Guidance. Using Tarot, Runes, Scrying, or some other method of divination, seek and reflect on guidance for the year to come. Write a summary of your process and messages. Select something appropriate to act upon and do it.
- Divine Invocations. Honor and call upon the Divine in one or more Sacred Forms associated with Samhain, such as the Crone Goddess and Horned God of Nature. Invite Them to aid you in your remembrance of the Dead and in your understanding of the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. If you have lost loved ones in the past year, ask these Divine Ones to comfort and support you.