Thursday, November 6, 2008

Another Winner From Oleg Volk

And on Samhain, no less.

EDITED TO ADD: No, strictly speaking, Samhain is not Halloween. Samhain occurs at the cross-quarter day when the sun is at 15 degrees in Scorpio. It is a Greater Sabbat (or solar-cycle holy day), some say the greatest. It is our New Year, marking the beginning of winter in the old European agricultural calendar. It is the last Sabbat of the Waning Year. Yule, occurring on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, is the quarter day when the sun is at 0 degrees in Capricorn. It is the first Sabbat of the Waxing Year. In the Craft, all endings contain within them a beginning, and all beginnings contain within them an ending.

At Samhain, the veil between the worlds is the thinnest. We remember and honor the Ancestors, the Old Ones, the Mighty Dead, and the Beloved Dead. As a celebration of the last harvest, it is when we examine what we are reaping from our choices in life. What is good, we keep. What is not good, we send into the fire, the Cauldron of transformation. We can then use the energy and resources freed by renouncing our destructive habits and behaviors, our foolish choices, to make our lives and our world better.

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