Month: October 2017
Southern Hemisphere Beltane October 31st
Most Pagans coincide with the seasons. While October the 31st is Samhain in the Northern hemisphere, it is time to celebrate the coming of summer and the Great Rite here in the Southern Hemisphere. Feasting and celebrations give opening to this wonderful festival of fertility. Our spring carnival (Melbourne Cup) held on the first Tuesday of November showcases some of the most beautiful rose gardens that Melbourne has to offer.
Below is a link of the Pagan Festivals and their locations held Australia wide for those interested.
Another link below identifies the Southern Hemisphere dates.
In the beginning it all seemed a little confusing, however as I become more and more in tune to the rhythms of Mother Nature I allowed myself to listen while she spoke to me. Now I wait and listen for her call. She will let me know when and where. There is only one rule and that is her rule, as without this rhythm that she has gifted us, all would cease to exist.
Blessings to the Earth Mother, The Great Goddess of Fertility and the union that she has with The God, as without either we would be nothing.
Many Blessings to all
Samhain: Halloween, Winter Nights, All Hallows Eve – October 31st
Samhain (*Note: Samhain is pronounced sowen, soween, saw-win, saw-vane or sahven, not sam-hayne)
Halloween, Winter Nights, All Hallows Eve – October 31st
Other names for Samhain include Samhuin, Samain, Saman, Oidhche Shamhna, Hallowe’en, Halloween, Hallows, Hallowtide, Shadow Fest, Allantide, Third Harvest, Harvest Home, Geimredh, Day of the Dead (Feile na Marbh), Feast of the Dead, Spirit Night, Candle Night, November Eve, Nutcrack Night, Ancestor Night and Apple Fest.
The History Behind Samhain
Samhain is known by most folks as Halloween, but for many modern Pagans it’s considered a Sabbat to honor the ancestors who came before us, marking the dark time of the year. It’s a good time to contact the spirit world with a seance, because it’s the time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest.
Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary says, “The timing of contemporary Samhain celebrations varies according to spiritual tradition and geography.
Samhain is Pagan Christmas
Samhain is not everyone’s favorite sabbat, but it is truly the season of the Witch. Halloween Witches dominate holiday displays, and it’s the one time of year the rest of the world seems to truly embrace the supernatural, the unexplained, and the occult. These aren’t all Pagan things necessarily, but they often feel Pagan or at least Witchy.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2017/10/samhain-is-pagan-christmas/#WHP7uPmg5pda3CLm.99
Samhain Season: 4 Ways I Work With the Dead
I’m of the mind that the dead are present in various forms all year round. But now is the season when we think about them the most, probably with good reason.
Many traditions believe that the veils (a metaphor describing the separation between this world and the next – or others) become thinner not at just this time of the year, but at another as well. This second instance would be in the time-frame of Beltane, which is opposite on the wheel of the year -if you follow that model. That may seem odd, but it’s really not if you think about it.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2017/10/samhain-thoughts-4-ways-work-dead.html#io051duDqG0jE2DK.99
Let’s honor our ancestors.
The Festival of the Dead or Feast of Ancestors is held in many cultures around the world. For centuries people globally have been honoring their ancestors. The reverent devotion expressed by their deceased forbears through a culturally prescribed set of rules and observances. From Japan, China, Korea to Nepal, Peru, Mexico, India, Scotland, Ireland and Cambodia are to name just a few.
The ancient Greeks, Romans, Persians, the Pacific and Tongan Islands, Africa and Native America till this day continue to recognize the honoring. These religious traditions have remained steadfast and are usually practiced among cultures who have strong ancestral reverence.
I take this time of the year to remember all the people in my life gone. I build a little remembrance alter, give them an offering, light a candle and allow myself to slip between the veil.
Happy all Hallows Eve.
A link with an insight on how people around the world celebrate their ancestors.
Hypatia Of Alexandrea
Wheel of the Year for Both Hemispheres
Another type of Ancestor
The Murder of- Hypatia of Alexandrea.
The story of Hypatia of Alexandrea is only but augmented in the plethora of accounts recorded towards the accusations of women in history for beguiling through satanic wiles. She clearly set the rhythm of what was to follow as the genocide of innocent men, women, children and animals in the thousands. Wide spread mass hysteria targeted these innocent that were supposedly an organized threat to Christendom in the 16th to 18th Centuries.
Hypatia was born in the grand and epistemological city of Alexandrea in Egypt dating 370-415AD. The daughter of Theon the Greek a philosopher and mathematician. Hypatia gained respect in her own right as an astronomer, Pagan philosopher in Neoplatonism, mathematician and civil leader who encouraged logical and mathematical studies. She invented and perfected astronomical calculating instruments that are still used today.
Her story begins with the familiar condemnations conducted by the hypocrisy of the Christian Church and their Fathers. Accusing this beautiful intelligent woman of sorcery. Dragging her into the streets of Alexandrea. The Christian mobs in their hysteria, stripped her naked, took oyster shells and scraped her skin to the bone. While she was barely alive she was then set alight. They commenced to scatter her remains in the streets of Alexandrea as a warning to others (Women). All this because she was a beautiful intelligent woman or in the eyes of the Church a Witch.
The link below explains her story in more detail.
The link to the movie
Written By Hypatia Of Alexandrea