Hello Dear Ghosties, Ghouls & Goblins!
Whether you celebrate this Spooky Night as Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Samhain (pronounced Sah-wen), a time to honor Ancestors or those accused of ‘witchcrtaft’ in “the burning times”, the gateway to All Saint’s Day or Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), as a time of deep introspection, or a thinning of the veils between the worlds, as a time to welcome in the harvest or simply a day to lock your doors and turn off the lights,
May you celebrate in JOY AND SAFETY!
Please amp up the kindness and care on this night on which may of our young folk are out an about!
And to add (I hope) to your fun, entertainment or curiosity, here are a few seasonal videos:
Any of you old enough to remember Caspar the Friendly Ghost?
Pumpkin carving master James Hall explains pumpkin carving in 13 spooky levels of difficulty:
What is Samhain? A bit about the Pagan Holiday in Irish Folklore:
Dia De Los Muertos (Day of th Dead) is NOT “Mexican Halloween”:
Some serious talk on Honoring Ancestors - Luisah Teish, an author, storyteller, and priestess of the Ifá/Orisha faith of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and the African Diaspora (and one of my dearest mentors): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z5VbCAJZ5A
What is All Saint’s Day (Christian, for kids), with donuts:
The Birth Place of Halloween – Archaeologists from University College Dublin have completed the first excavations of a hilltop enclosure in Ireland reputed to be the birthplace of Halloween:
Some History on Witches and Witchcraft:
Soothing music for Witches:
Beautiful chant by Native American artist Chinoa, from her album “Spirit of Salishan” – Ancestors Honor Song (you can buy her music on Amazon https://music.apple.com/us/album/spirit-of-salishan/275052549 ) but here is the link just to listen:
Any maybe my favorite – a silly Witchy dance to get you out of your chair:
So, whether you celebrate in fun and frolic, somber honoring, wild abandon
or a decidedly closed door to your privacy,
A Blessed Hallows Eve to Us All!
In Light & Shadow,
Rev. Maya Massar