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We have come to very important point in the cycle of the seasons. Samhain is the doorway to the sanctum sanctorum. Beyond this doorway lies the deep cavern of the Earth Mother's womb, the creative abyss, from which grows all that is intuitive and contemplative and natural on this earth.

For the ancient Celtic peoples, it was the beginning of the new year, and a huge ritual bonfire was used to burn away the images of the old year, freeing the people from the fears and worries of the past.

On this day, the world of our physical reality and the world of spirit reality come together and communicate. This has given rise to Halloween, and the masquerading as ghosts and goblins. In ancient days, the costumes were actually the horns and skins of game animals, which were worn to show respect for the life that had given itself so that the tribe might survive.

Samhain marks the end of a cycle. The seed now begins its time of gestation in the rich dark earth.

 

From The Essene Book of Days by Danaan Parry
© Earthstewards Network Publications, Bainbridge Island WA

 

Samhain is generally observed around November 1, close to
midway between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice.

Astronomically the true cross-quarter day
of Samhain now falls on November 7.

Read more about Samhain

View the Earth's orbit around the Sun and this day's position on the Earth Clock at Archaeoastronomy.com,
a fascinating site that takes you into the realm of our Earth's planetary rhythms. Enjoy!

 

Artwork:
"In Autumn's Womb"
oil on canvas, 18 x 24
©1999 Mara Friedman
New Moon Vision

 

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