A Blessed Samhain

 

In the words of House Stark- ‘Winter is coming’. The sun is setting earlier and the mornings are moving well past ‘nippy’ to positively chilling. However winter’s approach also signals the Sabbat of Samhain, the time to honour the ancestors and prepare for the coming hard, cold months. To our predecessors, winter’s approach carried a greater sense of urgency than it did today. We live in the modern age of heaters, electric blankets and supermarkets- we don’t share the same sense of foreboding when we feel the mornings grow cool.

A Samhain altar

Today we exercise the ideas and themes of preparation and endurance of winter in a more philosophical way. In most Pagan traditions, we see winter as a time for spiritual growth, for drawing inward and working on ourselves. However, that’s not to say we become hermits and social recluses. Pagans all over the country will come together to celebrate Samhain in their respective covens and groups, much in the same way our pagan predecessors centuries ago would come together to celebrate and honour the season and its spiritual significance.

So as we move into winter, and in the coming days, honour our ancestors and dead, we can remember that one day, we will be somebody’s ancestors too. Decades from now, there may be others who are honouring you and the life you lived. It could be your life story being recanted as lessons for future generations, it could be you who is invited to the empty seat at the table, and it could be the accomplishments of your life that are held high. So it begs the question of what legacy are you going to leave for your descendents to honour; what are you going to achieve in this life that will leave a lasting impression on future generations?

With that, I wish all of Penton’s readers, bloggers and contributors a blessed Samhain…

May the ancestors deliver blessings on you and yours…
May the new year bear great fruits for you…
May your granted wishes be as many as the seeds in a pomegranate…
May the slide into darkness bring you light…
May the memories of what has been keep you strong for what is to be…
May this Samhain cleanse your heart, your soul, and your mind!

 

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