Posts Tagged ‘samhain’

Leah Whitehorse guest post- New Moon in Scorpio 2016 : Ghosts

October 30, 2016

The New Moon occurs at 17:28 (UT) on the 30th October 2016 at 07°Sc43′

After all the noise of the last Aries Full Moon, this lunation feels intensely quiet. The Moon and Sun conjoined in Scorpio brings conscious and unconscious together and in this moment of inner alignment, we’re plunged into the darkest reaches of the self. In these shadowy places are our greatest fears and passions. It’s the terror of death and sometimes the terror to really LIVE. Scorpio rules those kinds of endings that are absolutely final, the loss that we must grief for and accept. It rules that heady moment when there is only skin against skin and nothing in between you and your lover. There’s nothing insipid about Scorpio, what it feels, it feels down to the bone. It’s raw and unbridled and has a curious magnetic compulsion that draws us deeper…

This New Moon falls just before Samhain/Hallowe’en as well as All Souls and All Saint’s and the Mexican Day of the Dead. At this time of year, as the nights begin to draw in and the foliage withers and dies, Death comes knocking in the form of little kids dressed up in scary costumes and we carve pumpkins to shoo off ‘The Devil’. Horror films play on a loop and Mars square to Uranus in this chart is like the electric shock of surprise as the big bad leaps into view and you fall giggling in a heap, hair still standing on end. Death and fear are uniquely bound. It’s fear of the unknown that gets us but Scorpio knows that the path of the unknown is the one to take, especially as the Moon and Sun are sextile the North Node, pointing the way towards evolution.

Those of us who practice a spiritual tradition may visit the grave of loved ones or create ancestor altars to honour those who have passed. Asteroids Memoria and Photographica oppose this New Moon so going through old photographs and stirring memories may feel challenging but also offers great healing during this time.

This lunation is conjunct Mercury who in Roman mythology was a psychopomp, escorting the souls of the dead to the heavens. Mercury’s close proximity to this Moon means that maybe we’re talking or thinking about those who have passed – or talking with them. The Moon and Mercury are both trine to Neptune so this Moon is a spiritual communion between ourselves and the other worlds beyond. Whether the connection is to the deceased or to deities, angels or guides, the veil between the worlds is even thinner than normal at this time of year. Dreams now may be especially vivid and spirit contact too may come through the dream state. During this lunation, we’re called to listen to the space between the sounds, the whispers of the soul. Communication of all kinds lingers in the ether and if we are receptive, there’s much we can learn. Listen to your intuition.

The Moon is on the Sabian symbol :-

A Calm Lake Bathed In Moonlight

Make time for reflection. Not only is there the opportunity to connect with souls who once trod the Earth but other old ghosts may come calling from deep within the psyche. Don’t be afraid. These spectres of the past are part of your history. Send back healing to bygone years if necessary. There is nothing to control, nothing to fear. In life and death, all is well. Make peace with your ghosts.



Samhain Full Moon TONIGHT  

October 27, 2015

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RDNA Archdruid guest posting from Arlington Cemetery

November 3, 2013

“Strength in Frailty”, a Samhain Meditation 2013

Chapter the First
1. Samhain is upon us, and I was surrounded by a colorful reminder of the demise of all things.
2. There is no greater matter which weighs upon our existence than our non-existence.
3. One could go on forever about how we will not go on forever.
4. An unpleasant subject for some, but unavoidable. Here are my thoughts today.

Chapter the Second
1. My missive to you is brought by the marvel of the internet.
2. The paragon of mankind’s achievements. Symbolic of our strength in frailty.
3. All the electrons of the internet, accumulated, would weigh less than the matter of one grain of rice.
4. A splendid creation that is one high-altitude EMP away from oblivion.
5. We each consume an immense quantity of organisms (including grains of rice) in our struggle to stay alive, until we too feed the efforts of others, both with our body, and the works of our mind and heart.
6. Even the greatest of us walk this earth, just one heart beat from death.

Chapter the Third
1. Man’s creations and knowledge would decay and disappear from the face of the earth in 5000 years without maintenance after an apocalypse.
2. In our 5 million year history, the last 50,000 have been startling to our fellow beasts, the last 5000 have been recorded in furrows of fields, and the last 500 have been mind-boggling prolific in culture, and the last 50 years have been white-hot in production.
3. Death is a great demotivator for the gloomy, and a terrifying spur to inspiration for others to feverishly materialize their dreams and leave a mark on the world before their inner-clock rings out the unexpected deadline.
4. The drama of mankind’s march through history is breath-taking in billions of private and public acts, at once tragic, comedic and romantic, lost by the passage of time, with or without an audience.

Chapter the Fourth
1. Yet we continue. We create. We reproduce. We teach.
2. As animals teach hunting and grazing techniques to their young, we pass our culture and traditions to our next generation of understudies to take our place.
3. Oh, the strength and bravery in the face of our frailty and temporality.
4. The uncertainty of our future, the fuzzy recollection of where we came from.
5. The clarity and preciousness of our current moment, irreproducibly unique.
6. Here, huddled together, our bickering seething mass of humanity , spread thinly over the face of the world, ever crowding out room for other actors in the global ecosphere.
7. We, the humans, chewing the scenery and shouting our parts in a poorly coordinated psychodrama.

Chapter the Fifth
1. What role will I play? What will my final lines be, before I too shuffle off this mortal coil?
2. And will there await me applause, jeering, stunned murmuring, or an empty theatre?
3. I give you no answers. That would be spoilers.
4. I can only hope to later hand you a fragile blossom that has sprung from the dead slumber of the frozen ground, and share its message of renewed hope from long suffering despair.
5. Samhain. A new act in the sacred drama has begun.
6. The curtains and veils are lifted momentarily again.
7. I must step between them and perform.
8. Will you join me and Them as we gather again for a repeat tour de force?

Rest in peace… rest in peace… rest in peace….

By Mike the Fool
Archdruid of Arlington
Day 3 of Geimreadh, Year LI
November 3, 2013 c.e.
Written in a dark cave under Arlington (Metro Station).
Dedicated to all who have passed on in the last four seasons.

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Sermon first appeared at Facebook.
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Samhain wisdom from the Crafty Kitchen Witch

October 31, 2013

Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave …and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

by Mary Elizabeth Frye – 1932

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The veil between worlds thins. Ancestors visit. Beloved and not so beloved dead are close enough to touch.

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What will you let in, what will you banish, before the wheel of the year turns deeper into the winter’s dark?  Choose wisely.   Leap high over the fire.

  Seeds of spring are tucked in now to rise again after the season of sleep.  On the other side of the world they are already rising.

Make room.

Special Samhain Treat

November 1, 2009

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This is a link to where I have uploaded the latest issue of the Druid Inquirer, a free offering from the Reformed Druids of North America.

Mike put it in a members-only Yahoo group, RDNAtalk, instead of the usual place, but I’d like to get it to more viewers.

The occasion is that 1) Mike the Fool’s website is migrating away from Geocities this month so they aren’t available there until his new ‘org’ site is established,

2) it’s damn good, as usual, and pertinent to some of the ethnocentric squabbling I have been stepping in at Usenet’s alt.religion.druid

3) Dark Roast Press went into the erotic romance end with
Samhain’s Embrace by Jesse Fox,  (out of print, 2014)
as well as the all-ages horror business with Chris Newman’s
Tales from the Uprising,
and AP Miller’s
All Hallows Eve.  (out of print, 2014)
So I am in the mood to share.   New Dark Roast link

What would the ancestors want? is one timely question that arises in us now. They mainly want us to keep our DNA going, I reckon. But what else?

That has been tossing like salad in my head as I reread George Orwell and the Stargate Chronicles of McMoneagle.  And I hope it won’t be too costly to inter what is left of me when the time comes.  I do want to be recycled.

Samahain Hits me in the Press this year!

October 31, 2009

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