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halloween history

Hello My Lovelies,

Couldn't miss this opportunity to wish you a Happy Halloween and to wish you Happy Hauntings at the start of the Yule season.

In one of her marvelous books that explore the legends behind the seasons, the author of The Old Magic of Christmas, Linda Raedisch, proclaims:

"You don't have to be a Christian to fall in love with the Christmas season. We've all seen those stickers urging us to 'Keep the Christ in Christmas'. I choose to interpret these in the most positive of lights, as a call to Christians to use the season as a means of more deeply exploring their faith. Pagans can do the same. Despite what you may have heard, the old gods and goddesses are not so easy to pick out in our modern festivities, but what a joy it is when you do spy one of them hanging around the punch bowl or riding in with the mistletoe."

Enchanting, both the dark and light tales of the season. Just curl up with a book and a mug of cocoa or mulled cider. . . what a way to spend your midwinter nights!

 

This is the time of year when the veil between the earth and the Other-World is at its thinnest -- the time when contact between the inhabitants of each is not only possible, but likely.

Best keep your eyes open and your ears peeled, especially if you walk about in the night (or even anytime when your attention is fully distracted by your electronic devices!) You might run into Hecate, the Greek goddess of the Crossroads (scary intersections where outcasts and thieves were often buried in ancient times).  She was known to often travel with a following of ghosts (the newly dead wanting to return to earth) and other social outcasts. No wonder she was both honored and feared as the protector of the oppressed and those who lived "on the edge".

Of course it is Hecate, best known as in role as the Goddess of Witchcraft, that we associate most with Halloween.


Halloween's just around the corner, so it's time to reflect on the meanings of the myths of Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft.

Meet the goddess Hecate and her myths by clicking here: Hecate (Caution! Leave the stereotypes behind--she's not what you're probably expecting.)

The Goddess in so many of her incarnations has an uncanny way of showing up this time of year. She is often cleverly concealed in our holiday traditions, and 'tis the season to be looking for her. You're invited  to visit our telling of the History of Halloween recounting some of the pagan origins of our customs.

And while you're at the site, feel free to shed all those masks that you wear
and discover the goddess you really are. Check out:

Nipping on the heels of Halloween comes the season that we all love and dread--the "High Stress Holidays"-- that time of year when all wise women smack hundreds of post-it notes throughout the house, each one a reminder to "Remember to Breathe"! . . .

and the truly wise ones give up the impossible dream of achieving perfection and just set about taking it easy and enjoying the whole affair!

There seems to be a common thread that runs through many of the stressors that women face in modern life. . . and that thread is the message, "be conventional" or "do it the way things should be done, or ought to be".

There are a few special souls who don't have to behave that much differently on Halloween and Lynne's one of them (as you will probably surmise from this photo of my friend Lynne).  She's a consummate lover of life and does a pretty good impersonation of a wild and witchy woman herself this Halloween.


Here's a rowdy prayer to the Goddess for the full expression of our divine nature in all its gorgeous glory!

"O Goddess, You who give us so much love and pain mixed together that our morality is always on the verge of collapsing:

I beg you to cast a huge-assed love spell that will nullify all the dumb ideas, bad decisions and nasty conditioning that have ever cursed the wise and sexy virtuosos out there.

       

Remove, banish, annihilate and laugh into oblivion any jinx that has clung to them, no matter how long they've suffered from it, and even if they've become accustomed or addicted to its ugly companionship.

And please conjure an aura of protection around them so that they will receive an early warning if they are ever about to act in such a way as to bring another hex or plague or voodoo into their lives in the future."

 

We thank Rob Breszny, the Free Will Astrologer, for his permission to use the poem. He calls it "Prayer For You". You can read 'A Prayer For You' in it's entirety at Rob's site, though we insist on calling it:
The Wild Woman Prayer

Wild Woman, you really don't have to act crazy -- just give yourself permission to be yourself. (If it helps, just try remember that everybody else is already taken.)

Honor the goddess in YOU!

 

In closing,

Have a
Smashing Samhain and a Happy Halloween!

Sharon

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