Tag Archives: Samhain

Samhain: Living in Fire Country

Samhain/Dia de los Muertos/Hallowe’en. Home…safe: two of the best words in any language. Are there any more precious, especially to those without either or both? The Kincade Fire, the largest in Sonoma County history, also forcing the county’s largest ever … Continue reading

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Redwoods: Samhain in the Silence of Giants

Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, Halloween: This time of year, observers variously honor their ancestors and deities, or thumb their noses at the Grim Reaper while whistling through the graveyard. It’s during this season that the fading light reminds us how … Continue reading

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Bats in the Garden for Halloween

Samhain/Halloween/Dia de los Muertos marks the end of the harvest season, and needed time for honoring and mourning the dead – especially acute this year. And as we’re harvesting the last of our pumpkins, it’s time to start planting new garden … Continue reading

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Pumpkins for Day of the Dead

Halloween, Samhain, Day of the Dead: this most important holiday commemorates the end of the harvest season, and the start of the fallowing of the earth as it rejuvenates in slumber until the following year. Fortunately, recent rain brought us a harvest with … Continue reading

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Bats – Small Harbingers of Halloween

October’s end brings the traditional last of the harvest: as the growing season ends, with it the Wheel of the Year winds down, and it’s time to store provisions and prepare for winter. To reflect on the past year, and to … Continue reading

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Feast of All the Dead

The wheel of the year turns so rapidly…and now we find ourselves already at All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, Samhain, a festival marking the end of harvest and the coming of the dark, of winter. This is the pagan new year, and falls … Continue reading

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Day of the Dead

This holiday – along with Halloween/Samhain – has long been one of my favorites; now it is always bittersweet, remembering my mother, who passed away over a year ago. Pagans of many cultures and eras have embraced the season’s winding … Continue reading

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