HONORING HALLOWMAS

HONORING THE HOLY DAY OF HALLOWMAS (SAMHAIN)

Saturday, October 31

May you be like the moon; Undone and remade a thousand times; Always returning home to your opening heart.

In the forest, Earth is changing. Waters are singing. Alder leaves drift in the wind and pattern the damp earth. Darkness and cold increase and the green force dies back as the strength of all that is returns to its inner source. We, too, return to our core, listening deeply.

Hallows” means threshing floor, where the wheat was separated from the chaff, where we let go of what is no longer needed for our growth. Something dies. Something new begins. For the Celts, this Holy Day was the Shining Portal of Winter and marked the passage into the New Year.

REFLECTION FOR THIS HOLY DAY What are you shedding at this time? What no longer serves you in your growth? Using the elements of fire or water, name and release what it is you are letting go.

DWELL WITH THIS INTENTION:

Do not fear change. Change is the mystery at the ore of evolution. We consciously and willingly break open. We break open to love again and again. Moving through forms and layers and levels of loving break us open again and again even as we let go of love again and again. With each passing from of loving we learn to transcend smallness. We learn to cast off too small form of loving as we cast off old skins. All that is lost is a form grown too small.

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On Fall Equinox Morning

On Fall Equinox Morning

The smoke has cleared.

The air smells sweet

forest bathed in rain and sun.

 

I walked in the garden

(with one walking stick!)

Try not to see only what is out of control

what you would do

if you were able,”

I told myself.

 

The plants are aglow with green.

They can not help themselves

so full of life are they.

Suddenly, I am drenched

in green

in Beauty

In aliveness

I am still here!”

Earth said.

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FALL EQUINOX BLESSINGS

In the process of soul making, we can visit our depths over and over, and with each turn of the spiral, gain deeper wisdom and peace.” Hallie Austin

At Autumn Equinox, day and night are once again equal—for a moment balanced—but the winds and rains bring change as the leaves fall and Earth’s green mantle dies back. We travel with the seasons into the dark cycle of the year, knowing that Balance is to keep step with Change. I

In this Autumn Equinox   of the year 2020, we are being asked to go deeper than we have before to find our own Strength and Wisdom—to find the Light that guides us through the dark. For many, the six month journey from Spring Equinox to Fall Equinox has been difficult—filled with stress, fear, grief, anger, discouragement, hopelessness…It has asked us to use all our spiritual “tools” to keep our Balance.

For me, this time was highlighted by one of those “in the moment” accidents, that left me in pain and unable to walk for three months. I learned surrender, I learned to ask for help, I learned gratitude, I learned a lot about discouragement, and I learned to face some of my deepest fears. (And I pondered how do you practice being present in the moment when you do not want to be in that particularly moment? )

Now, at this time of Harvest, take a moment to look back on the terrane you have traveled from Equinox to Equinox. What has this time honed in you that you wish to harvest and “preserve”? Don’t forget to express your gratitude for the harvest you have been given.

What are the ideals or principles that guide your way through the Darkness?

​As for the Letting Go of Fall, I love Wendell Berry’s lesson on Autumn.
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PRAYER OF ACCEPTANCE by Wendell Berry

Eternal One who circles the seasons with ease, teach me about Earth’s natural cycles of turning from one season to another. Remind me often of how she opens herself to the dying and rising rotations, the coming, and the going of each of the four seasons. Open me today to the teaching of the season of autumn.

When I accept only the beautiful, and reject the tattered, torn parts of who I am, when I treat things that are falling apart as my enemies….

Walk me among the dying leaves, let them tell me about their power to energize Earth’s soil by their decomposition and their formation of enriching humus.

When I fear the loss of my youthfulness and refuse to accept the reality of aging…

turn my face to the brilliant colors of autumn trees, open my

Spirit to the mellow resonance of autumn sunsets and the

Beauty of the changing land.

 

When I refuse to wait with the mystery of the unknown, when I struggle to keep control rather than to let life evolve…

Wrap me in the darkening days of autumn and encourage

me to wait patiently for clarity and vision as I live with

uncertainty and insecurity.

When I grow tired of using my own harvest of gifts to benefit others…

Take me to the autumn fields where Earth shares the

bounty of summer and allows her lands to surrender their

abundance.

When I resist efforts to warm a relationship that has been damaged by my coldness….

Let me feel the first hard freeze of autumn’s breath and

See the death it brings to greening, growing things.

When I neglect to care for myself and become totally absorbed in life’s hurried pace….

Give me courage to slow down as I see how Earth slows

Down and allows her soil to rest in silent, fallow space.

When I fight the changes of unwanted, unsought events and struggle to keep things just as they are instead of letting go…..

Place me on the wings of traveling birds flying south, willing

to leave their nests of comfort as they journey to another

dimension.

When I fail to say thank you and see only what is not instead of what is….

Lead me to gather all the big and little aspects of my life that

have blessed me with comfort, hope, love, inner healing,

strength and courage.

\Maker of the Seasons, thank you for all that autumn teaches me. Change my focus so that I see not only what I am leaving behind, but also the harvest and plenitude that my life holds. May my heart grow freer and my life more peaceful as I resonate with and respond to, the many teachings this season offers to me.

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LAMMAS BLESSINGS

BLESSINGS ON THIS HOLY DAY– LAMMAS

from Wanderland Rainforest Sanctuary and Iseum

The Earth Mother is the mysterious power that awakens everything to Life…” (3rd c. Rome)

This mid-summer Holy Day is a celebration of Summer’s fruition, the “first harvest.” At this time, we give gratitude for the Beauty and abundance of Earth. She is the goddess we live with every day. From Her we receive the gift of Life. From Her we understand the magic of Regeneration. In Her we see Beauty, Intelligence, and Design. She is called by many names. Her European names include Urth, Hertha, Eartha, Erda—Earth. She is so present that sometimes we forget and think we don’t need Her, or that She exists simply for us to use.

On this Holy Day take time to walk gently on the Earth–become aware of Her, breathe in Her Beauty and abundance, Breathe out your Gratitude and Love. Practice this awareness throughout the day. May you walk in Beauty.

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LAMMAS BLESSINGS

BLESSINGS ON THIS HOLY DAY– LAMMAS

from Wanderland Rainforest Sanctuary and Iseum

The Earth Mother is the mysterious power that awakens everything to Life…” (3rd c. Rome)

This mid-summer Holy Day is a celebration of Summer’s fruition, the “first harvest.” At this time, we give gratitude for the Beauty and abundance of Earth. She is the goddess we live with every day. From Her we receive the gift of Life. From Her we understand the magic of Regeneration. In Her we see Beauty, Intelligence, and Design. She is called by many names. Her European names include Urth, Hertha, Eartha, Erda—Earth. She is so present that sometimes we forget and think we don’t need Her, or that She exists simply for us to use.

On this Holy Day take time to walk gently on the Earth–become aware of Her, breathe in Her Beauty and abundance, Breathe out your Gratitude and Love. Practice this awareness throughout the day. May you walk in Beauty.

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