It is autumn once more! The season of golden leaves, chilly air and carved pumpkins! It is my favourite season. Autumn by no means regarded so colourful the place I come from, so I’ve a honest appreciation for all the colours autumn’s skilled brush leaves on every little thing right here in Vancouver. I really like waking up within the morning to absolute mist engulfing my neighborhood, or listening to the crunchiness of the dry leaves adorning the sidewalks and breaking underfoot. Even the solemn black crows look extra in place in autumn. The romanticism and melancholy of coats and gloves and boots warms me one way or the other, and my secret need of desirous to unfold the fallen leaves, lie down on the bottom, and transfer my legs and arms frantically to make leaf-angels all the time resurfaces after I exit for walks.
October for me is synonymous with Halloween. I’ve by no means celebrated Halloween, which is a pity often because it seems like a lot enjoyable; one very amusing manner of unleashing your creativity whereas being with your pals and bloating on sweet on the similar time… to not point out the Halloween recipes and decorations! However previous to transferring to Canada, October for me was Samhain; the Gaelic Harvest Competition, identical to Might was Beltane. Not as a result of I’m a Celt or as a result of I’m a Wiccan, I’m neither, however just because after I was youthful I used to be fascinated by these two issues, and in a manner, nonetheless am.
Samhain (Pronounced Sa-wen– Gaelic rocks!) is one in all 4 medieval Gaelic festivals. It marks the tip of the harvest and continues to be celebrated as we speak by Pagans and Wiccans as one of many 4 large Gaelic Sabbaths. It is also nonetheless thought-about in Celtic cultures because the Celtic New 12 months. The date of the evening of Samhain is, as you might have guessed by now: October 31st! The demise of the solar and the start of darkness is marked by Samhain, a time when the gates between realms are open and spirits are free to wander and cross thresholds for a couple of hours earlier than the gates are shut once more. The church calendar has its personal day related to Samhain, and that day is Hallow’s Day or All Saints’ Day on the first of November. The 2nd of November is All Souls’ Day, a day to recollect the lifeless.
So how was Samhain celebrated again within the olden days?
Animals had been slaughtered for meals, and their bones tossed into enormous bonfires which had been lit in villages. BoneFireplace, are you able to now see the place the phrase ‘Bonfire’ comes from? The fireplace was thought to alleviate the ache of souls caught in purgatory. Folks would stroll round carrying scary costumes and masks, in an try to appease to evil spirits and maintain them at bay. Children would spend their time carving faces into turnips and leaving them on their doorsteps, one other manner of averting depraved spirits. It was widespread within the nineteenth century for kids to go “a-souling” in Samhain, gathering choices for deceased souls. Knockings on doorways they’d supply music, pranks, and amusements of all types, all in trade of treats, a drink or cash. Sounds acquainted, would not it?
Fortunetelling was additionally a part of the festivities, with fruits, eggs and nuts used to divine one thing concerning the future; a partner’s identify, the variety of kids you had been going to have, the place you had been going to stay, and so forth…
In all probability probably the most distinguished of all Halloween costumes and decorations, is the Witch. Again within the day, witches, or these poor girls accused of sorcery had been regular girls who did not gown a lot otherwise than these round them. In sure cultures, witches had been thought to put on earth colours, browns and greens and even gown like fairies, all attributable to their associations with nature and with different supernatural realms. So if that was the case then, the place did this inaccurate and insulting picture of a cone-hatted crone on a flying broom come from?
Nicely, the colour black is often linked to darkness and evil within the West! It’s mentioned by some that pointed hats alluded to the satan’s horns and that is how that conical headwear grew to become related to evildoers. In spite of everything, the best manner again then to sentence somebody and switch everybody on them was to affiliate them with Devil. Carrying conical hats was additionally an indication of vulgarity and backwardness as these hats, as soon as modern in Europe, had been out of the blue being worn by peasants. Historic finds additionally painting the lunar searching Goddess Diana, revered by some Wiccans and Neo-pagans, as carrying a pointed-hat embellished with solar and moon symbols, and it’s recommended by students that some 3000 years in the past, wizards and sensible males wore these hats.
Disney’s Merlin out of the blue involves thoughts…
Okay. I must cease with the cartoon references. However you get the purpose.
It is price mentioning that the few Wiccans I’ve met in my life who really practiced the craft had been individuals very a lot in tune with the world, who held the earth within the highest regard, and for whom I’ve super respect. I perceive why lots of them can be troubled by these unjust perceptions of witches.
Possibly I will make it a primary and play with some concepts for costumes and Halloween decorations this yr. How younger do you must be to go trick or treating?
A blessed and pleased Samhain… I imply, Halloween!