The Samhain’s Sirens Will Rise and Sing Again
About a month and a half ago, Kallan Kennedy, asked me if I would like to participate on a project that would celebrate the approaching Witches’ New Year. I almost said no. If you’ve read my blog lately, you already know that I had enough on my personal and professional plates to need at least 31 extra hours on each day. But for many reasons, I said yes…
The most important of my reasons for accepting Kallan’s proposal, might be explained by Kourtney Leaf’s take on this holiday. She said, “Samhain is my connection to those I’ve lost. Young, old, friends, family, even those I may not have known in life. Samhain is about respect, remembrance and most of all love.” http://multifacetedexperience.blogspot.com/ I needed to be nudge into a place where I could fire up the new and say goodbye to the old. In the brilliant words of Renee Olson aka Sosanna, “The 31st is a day of celebration and new beginnings. As Mother Earth changes her robes and prepares for winter, this day is a rebirth, a catalyst for the New Year.” http://confessionsofamodernwitch.blogspot.com/
I was also inspired by the magic of All Hallow’s Eve. That which Danielle Suplicki acknowledges as “Fondest childhood memories, fearless joys and make believe. Grinning jacks, cackling witches and the dead dancing all eve. Threshold of a new year, time of in between: the magics of Hallowe’en!” http://thewhimsicalcottage.blogspot.com How do you say no to that? Or seeing it through the eyes of Rommy, I wanted to be part of anything that truly celebrated the “time to revel in imagination and examine the dark places of it at leisure. [I needed to join a group that wanted to help the world]. Remember that [Halloween] is a ‘between time’ as well; [that] imagined is not necessarily unreal.”
For most witchy-hearted people, Sam Curtin included, “The day of October 31st is not only a holiday. For [her], it’s a time when the air is full of magic, the veil is thin, and the energy is abundant.” http://anthrobum.blogspot.com/ A time when neither home relocation nor hurricane can keep magical blood from singing in the veins and dancing until the Earth Mother smiles. Bella Foxglove said it well, “Samhain means many things to this atypical witch, but I can say with confidence that Samhain represents the doorway in which I step through to finally return to myself each year.” http://bellafoxglove.blogspot.com I needed to be me again, and I stepped through the veil.
This holiday of ours, is as complex as the souls that celebrate its mysteries. Take Loren Morris’ words as an example, “When I was a child, I was horribly skinny and geeky. On Halloween, I could be something else; someone else. Today, Samhain is for introspection, shedding masks and being myself.” http://www.etsy.com/shop/SagasCottage. This is a season for all. Eliora says, “The spirit of Samhain represents the magickal thread flowing throughout my CRAFTwork. The magick of Samhain is that It truly embodies the facets of my Path: Beginnings/Endings, Death/Rebirth, Joy/Sorrow, Darkness/Light, Desire/Gratitude.”
Kallan, The Samhain’s Sirens Amazon—trust me, she won that title—shows her October 31st passion through her “Samhain Season Alphabet Stew: Ancestors, Bonfires, Caramel, Decorations, Evanescent, Fae, Ghosts, Hallowed, Imbibing, Jocularity, Keening, Lamentation, MorRhiogan, Necromancy, Occult, Pumpkins, Quickening, Ravens, Spooky, Traditions, Unicity, Vaticinations, Witches, Xenagogue, Yearning, Zoomorphic.” http://mypaganworld.blogspot.com/
You are probably wondering, what about you Magaly, what makes All Hallow’s Eve special for a Wicked Witch Writer? Well, you’ve already read the answer. If not reread the last six paragraphs. I love and rejoice in the diverse and uncanny energies of the Witches’ New Year because it embraces new and old, flesh and spirit, man and nature; it takes the monotony of black and white and blesses us with beautiful grey sparkles that inspire people to celebrate life, death, and the joys that take place in-between. http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/
On behalf of all the Samhain’s Sirens, I want to thank you for dancing to the beat of our witchy song. And do mark your calendars; next year, when the veil begins to thin, when Nature’s dress claims those beautiful golds, oranges and reds, and when everything seems possible, the Samhain’s Sirens will rise and sing again ;-)
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From Kallan to all of the Sirens: Thank you all. What we dreamed up in the Summer, has come to it's fruition in the last Harvest of the Season. You are awesome. Here's my song for all of you: