31 October, 2011

Happy Samhain

The fields are harvested and bare,
And Winter whistles through the square.
—Anne Mary Lawler

All freezes again—
among the pines, winds
whispering a prayer.

Despite growing up Catholic, I've always thought there was something to the Celtic holiday of Samhain. The ancients had a good thing going by formally observing the end of the harvest. In not only Celtic culture but also in Mexico, it is a time when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead gets just a little bit thinner. Who can resist lighting some bonfires, telling stories of the ancestors, or offering up some goodies to a loved one who has passed away?

So tonight, I'm spending a few hours in the dark, saying good-bye to the Light. We'll see you again at Beltane.

Happy Samhain (and Halloween) from Bungalow 312!

1 comment:

meg said...

There IS something about observing the seasons/solstices - preparing ourselves for the changing weather and light.

It doesn't hurt that we are also moving into prime knitting season!