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31 October 2012 a post by Karen Wellman. 0 comments.

Remembering the dead

Samhain, at the boundary of summer and winter, is a time to look forward and back. As the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, it is a time to tell stories and remember those who have been important in our lives and who are no longer with us. Tradition says Samhain is a time when the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead is one that can be crossed and spirits of the dead can communicate with the living. Human emotions about death are complicated, so maybe our ancestors who told stories about their dead at Samhain found that, in weaving tales, they had found a way of making sense of those feelings. More ...

31 October 2012 a post by Steve Hollinghurst. 11 comments.

Putting the horror into Halloween

I am likely to get some callers this evening and have some fun size sweets ready. They will be children wearing costumes; perhaps a ghost, or a vampire, or a witch, or a zombie or Freddy Kruger or Jason in a hockey mask. And the list could go on. I know some Christians are worried by this and view such costumes as a celebration of evil. I also know contemporary Pagans celebrating Samhain who feel this trivialises an important festival. So who put the horror into Halloween and is it a trick or a treat? More ...

07 November 2011 a post by Sally Diana. 2 comments.

Samhain Skeleton Leaf Reflection

As the autumn leaves fall and decay we begin to sense the year passing away, the nights noticeably lengthening and a certain sense of things dying. More ...

31 October 2011 a post by Bruce Stanley. 0 comments.

Thin Places, Scarred Times

Here's a meditation for Samhain, the Celtic name for Halloween, which takes the reader on a journey through the darkness and back into the light. More ...

31 October 2011 a post by Steve Hollinghurst. 4 comments.

All Hallows Ritual

This a ritual to mark All Hallow’s Eve or Samhain in the Celtic calendar. It weaves together the themes of this season; remembering those who have died and also facing the reality of death and fear of the unknown world beyond this one. This ritual draws on Pagan and Christian elements within a Christian communion and has been used as a group ritual. However elements of it can also be used by individuals wanting to mark this festival. More ...

31 October 2011 a post by Pauline Warner. 2 comments.

Mary, Mary quite contrary

If I see a sign on a door which says Push, I always Pull. And vice-versa. It seems that I am just a natural rebel who can never do as I am told. A clear instruction compels me to do the exact opposite! More ...

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