HONORING THE HOLY DAY OF HALLOWMAS (SAMHAIN)
Sunday, 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. This year, wind and rain made the trees dance and the creek roar. Leaves swirl through the air and pattern the wet Earth in gold. Cedar has shed its reddish tips covering decks and porches. The scent of cedar blows in the wind. The electricity goes out– a sudden reminder that we are heading into the darkness . The green mantle of Earth dies back and returns to its inner source. For the Celts this Holy Day was the Shining Portal of Winter and marked the passage into the New Year.
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.
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 core 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 form of loving we learn to transcend smallness. We learn to cast off a too small form as we cast off old skins. All that is lost is a form grown too small.