Samhain: Celebrating Death and Birth

by Kaliani on October 11, 2011

Diving into the dark and celebrating death—the end of the harvest, falling leaves, birds migrating, picking fruit, and animals gathering stashes for the winter months. Many cultures understand this time of year to be the deathing time of year, and Halloween night, the time when the veil between the worlds is thin. We bring our fears out into the open, have a good scream and laugh at all the things that scare us. It’s a time of letting go and celebrating the fruits of our labor over the year. At our Samhain ritual this year, we will be calling forth the Krone or Hag, the honored elder wise woman, healer, counselor—in our culture she is denigrated to the iconic Halloween witch, but was once revered. The tribe listened to hear the wisdom that her years of experience carried.

I’ve been reflecting a lot on birth and death, given the huge amount of change that’s occurred in my life this year from diagnosis and surgery, to recovery, moving from Burgundy St., and now selling the house where I raised my son. All of it required different sacrifices and surrender, hard work, and letting go of the past. I jetisoned what felt like tons of weight. And, in the empty space, wonderful new creations are springing up. And for the first time in many years, I attended two baby showers in one month! Celebrating birth in the midst of the season of death. Cycles following cycles. All part of the natural rhythm. Not opposites, but the turning of the wheel in constant motion. And soon, I’ll get to hold two new souls who were brave enough to chose being born at this time—one boy, one girl. My reassurance that life goes on.

Creating the void (the desire, intention, the creative spark) gives the Universe a task, a cup to fill. So, in this season of letting go, do it joyfully, with gusto, let it just fall away, like a falling leaf, knowing that it creates the void, the infinite field of possibilities through which the Universe creates. This year in particular, make it a point to find some judgment, a criticism, a critical way of thinking that you no longer wish to carry forward into the new world, the new consciousness being created, and let it go. Experience the lightness of being that comes from forgiving yourself and others, and creating the space for something new to arrive.

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Celestial Elf October 14, 2011 at 2:52 am

Great Post, I thought that you might like my machinima film of
The Song Of Amergin, A Samhain Story,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aZsoPRqWqw
Blessed Be By Stone and Star,
Celestial Elf ~

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