Saturday, 31 October 2009

The beginning and end!

Samhain, pronounced sowain, means the beginning and end of things, the year and the wheel. It begins as soon as it gets dark on the 31st of October and generally peaks at around midnight when the veil between this world and others are at their thinnest. Superstitious people used this to their advantage and carried out all kinds of rituals including eating an apple at midnight while gazing into a mirror to see their future spouse, gazing into a dark mirror or bowl of water to see their future and invoking dead spirits to tell their fortunes. This has always been problematic though as spirits have a sense of humour too, and not all spells work out the way we would expect them too, so as the saying goes, 'Be careful what you wish for.'

In the Pagan calender it was believed that tonight was the beginning of the wild hunt. When the horned god rides with his hounds and gathers the souls of those who linger and those who are unwary. Modern Pagans set themselves a challeng to represent the hunt and try to have it completed around the time of Samhain or very shortly after. This can be anything based around nature, as in clearing an area of litter, tending to plants or something more complicated and personal. This time of year can be as general or personal as desired. For me, my favourite all time movie is Hocus Pocus, as it sums up modern expectations with the darker more unpredictable side of magic. Often we dabble in things we know nothing about, hmmm sounds like human nature to me!

This morning was foggy and very atmospheric. I loved the little drops of water on the nettles

and Hawberries.

The Magic Road was truly magical in the mist.

Tonight, I threw on the stripes for an evening Trick or Treating!

How cheesy is that picture? Thank you daughter :)

She looked a lot better than me though. Here she is with her best friend (in the hat) :)

And then what all good Witches love at the end of the evening. Feet up with a glass of mulled wine :)

Oh, and lastly, the disappearing hamster. Magical!

Does anyone else think he's grown. A lot!!!

I hope you all had a magical evening and that the coming year brings all that you could wish for, with a safe and warm Winter ahead. May your store cupboards be full and your provisions be plenty :)


Pixiedust said...

Love the tights!!! :o) Sounds like you had a nice evening. xxx Pixie xxx

Jasmine said...

What a beautiful post. Tank yo for visiting. I think I'll b back ee too :)

thesnailgarden said...

Hi Yarrow, I had missed your old blog and just happened upon this new one. I'm glad to see that I wasn't the only one in strippy tights recently. I started off as The Worst Witch, but ended up as Nora Batty, as my tights were too big! lol Lovely autumn photos, best wishes Pj xx

Yarrow said...

We did have a great time and thanks for the nice comments, guys :)

Nice to see you PJ, I'm slowly catching up with everyone :)

Elizabeth Rhiannon said...

Okay, I thought I was the ONLY one that liked Hocus Pocus :) It's a fun movie that I enjoy every year at this time. I also LOVED your pics, am envious of your English autumn and loved your stripey tights...I've been wanting some for years! Looks like you guys had a great time, in tune with this wonderful season ;) Stay well!

Yarrow said...

Thanks for dropping by Elizabeth. I love Autumn too, it's just so golden and misty and windy..... I could go on :)

Tammie Lee said...

Thank you for telling me how Samhain is pronounced! I was trying to figure it out last week and longed to hear someone pronounce it. There is so much about the ancient celtic path that feels like home to me. This has my attention. Your photos are wonderful~