I had a wonderful Samhain with loved ones. My husband and I carved pumpkins, with the help of Bee (who enjoyed scooping out seeds and guts). I used some of the insides to make pumpkin orzo for dinner the day of. My sister and niece visited and, since the little ones can walk, we tookContinue reading “Samhain with Family and Friends”
Weretoad and I had another fun evening carving turnips, an old Irish Samhain tradition. I carved a face because I’m old fashioned. My husband, who is often more humorous than I am, couldn’t come up with any ideas, so he decided to label his vegetable. Last year, I was given a pumpkin carving kit, andContinue reading “Samhain Turnips – 2014 Edition”
When life gets busy, I tend to feel that my spirituality comes out of focus. Socializing, driving from place to place, and my day job all distract me from my studies. Being a mother and keeping my home is exhausting. So often, I find myself snuggled in a bathrobe, on the couch, watching something on Netflix.Continue reading “Fast as an Oak Tree”
This is my favorite time of year, so naturally I’m over the moon when it comes to sharing it with my little one. It’s hard to enjoy traditions, old or new, with an infant, however. This year is a whole new experience! She’s able to interact with the world around her, so it’s a greatContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Autumn Fun with a One Year Old”
I’m ashamed to say that I never read the late Adler’s groundbreaking book, Drawing Down the Moon. The news of her sudden death moved me to order it immediately. I needed to read it; I needed to honor one of our community’s elders – now ancestors. I had admired her as a journalist on NPR, nowContinue reading “Honoring Margot Adler”
On Saturday night, Northern Rivers Protogrove gathered to celebrate Samhain and honor the Ancestors. We decided to have the rite indoors as the rain and cold were quite intense. We are aiming to be more family-friendly and we wanted the little ones to be safe and comfortable. I used to look down my nose atContinue reading “Samhain with Northern Rivers, 2013”
I keep seeing or hearing people discuss how they feel Samhain and/or Halloween should be celebrated. Some say it’s too scary; others that it isn’t scary enough. Some call for more reverence for the ancestors; others feel the holiday has become too somber in Pagan culture. Those later folk embrace the carnival nature that secularContinue reading “Samhain Harmony”
Some of you may remember that I have an ancestor from Ireland buried right here in Watertown. I try to visit with an offering each Samhain season. This year felt particularly important because of my late grandfather who worked so hard to find and preserve her grave. I now honor both through this tradition.
What a cute (and kid-friendly!) project! I can envision folks making a new ghost each Samhain to represent a loved one who has passed away. It could also be a wonderful way to decorate an ancestral altar in October and November. DIY Finger-Knit Ghost Garland | Pretty Prudent. Have fun!