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From: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon10/31/12 6:48 PM 
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Samhain.-.Halloween .Blessings!

Be well this night and be blessed!

We have reached the third and final harvest. The warmth of Summer is only a memory; the cold and dark of Winter approaches. A perfect time for celebration!

Samhain or Halloween may also be referred to as the Eve of all Hallows, Hallowmas, Day of the Dead, Feast of Spirits, Third Harvest, Samonios, All Souls' Day, All Saint's Eve, Martinmas, Celtic New Year, Samhuinn, Celtic Winter, Samana, Festival of Pamona, Vigil of Saman, Vigil of Todos, Santos, and The Witches New Year.

Samhain, meaning "Summer's End" in Gaelic, has several popular pronunciations. "So-en" is probably the most popular 'correct' choice. Others are "sew-en", "so-vain", "sav-een", "shav-nah", "sha-ma-ayn", "sahm-hayn". It is the New Years Eve of Celts and Druids and for many who call themselves "witch", including Wiccans. For some, the day marks the end of the rule of the Goddess and the beginning of the rule of the God.

Some Christians celebrate the day as the eve of All Saints' Day (All Hallows). "Halloween" is a contraction which comes from "All Hallows Eve" --> "Hallowe'en".

On Samhain night the veil between the our world and the world of spirits is thought to be very thin. So, Samhain or the Eve of All Hallows is nearly universally viewed as a time for honoring the dead and, even, possibly seeing them. (Some people believed you could go to a graveyard and, at midnight, see the 'ghosts' of those destined to die in the coming year wandering about.) In the Celtic tradition it was believed that all who died had to wait until Sanhain before crossing over to the the world of the spirits. It is believed by some that the future can be more easily seen at this time.

The practice of carrying a lantern carved or masked to show a scary face to ward off bad spirits in such places as graveyards may be fairly old. However, since the pumpkin is strictly a new world plant, carving one to make a "Jack-O-Lantern" for Halloween is clearly an American invention. Most likely, the name comes from the moralistic tale of Jack, a clever scamp who, having tricked the devil into rejecting his soul, is welcome in neither Heaven nor Hell. So, he wanders endlessly carrying a hollowed out turnip (or pumpkin) as a lamp with a lump of Hell's coal lighting his path.

Going "Trick or Treating" on Halloween night is chiefly an American idea, too. It combines European masquerades and the late medieval Christian practice of "souling," when poor folk would go door to door seeking food in return for prayers for the dead.

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Activities

Carve faces in apples and pumpkins
Make a Jack-O-Lantern
Cook up a Samhain pumkin pie
Honor the dead, remember those you loved who have passed on
Display a collection of photos etc of loved ones who are dead
Set a place at the table for the departed
Place a light in the window to guide the dead

Give food to travelers (or to 'trick or treaters')
Leave food outside as an offering to the dead
Wear costumes and Go trick or treating
Give out candy to trick or treaters
Watch scary movies

Have a bonfire
Mix up some hot mugwart tea
Scry by the fire, smoke, or your scrying mirror
Some clans do testing for psychic and magickal talents on this night.

One tradition is that burying apples in the hard-packed earth "feeds" the passed ones on their journey.

In Belgium an old custom was to prepare "Cakes for the Dead" small white cakes or cookies. A cake was eaten for each spirit honoured with the belief that the more cakes you ate, the more the dead would bless you.

It was also customary to light a fire on the household hearth which would burn continuously until the first day of the following spring. (In lots of places this made good sense because by All Hallow's Eve it was cold and people needed a fire anyway.) Huge bonfires were lit on the hilltops at sunset in honor of the old Gods and Goddesses and to guide the souls of the dead home to their kin.

Samhain is a fine time for getting rid of bad habits, too. Write down bad habits and weaknesses you wish to be rid of on a piece of parchment. Meditate upon how much better off you will be once rid of the weaknesses; then, burn the parchment.
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Foods

Gingerbread, cakes for the dead, pumpkin pie and other pumpkin dishes, cranberry muffins and breads, apples, corn, beets, turnips, hazelnuts, cider, ale, herbal teas, and mulled wines are appropriate, as are meat dishes.
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Herbs and Plants

Acorn, Oak, Apple, Arborvitae (Yellow Cedar), Corn Dittany of Crete Fumitory, Hazel, Mullein, Nightshade, Pumpkin, Sage, Turnip, Wormwood, Mugwort, Gourds, Sage, Allspice, Catnip, pomegranites
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Symbols

Jack-o'-Lantern, Balefire, Besom, Masks, The Cauldron, Waning Moon.
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Gemstones

all black gemstones, jet, obsidian, and onyx.

From ...

http://www.angelfire.com/on/wicca/Samhain.html
http://www.tylwythteg.com/wheel.html (nice music)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween 

http://altreligion.about.com/library/weekly/aa101502a.htm
http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Samhain
 
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From: Kirsten (koshugi)11/23/12 5:12 PM 
To: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 25) 
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Did you have a good one?
 

 
From: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon11/25/12 11:11 AM 
To: Kirsten (koshugi)  (3 of 25) 
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Wow! wb, Mel!

Samhain was okay this year. Kind of missed the right mood; but, we did get some trick or treaters!

We staged a nice family get together for Thanksgiving-Christmas. Besides having a good time a plus is that getting the Christmas decorations down from the attic got taken care of and the outdoor lights are up.

What things have you been doing? Keeping up with archery and karate?
 

 
From: Kirsten (koshugi)11/25/12 11:43 AM 
To: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 25) 
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It's great to see you SiFan! I've switched from Karate to Budo Taijutsu; I'm having a lot of fun with that. We haven't done archery for a while, but I think I'm getting enough physical work from the martial arts and working in Receiving at work. *lol* I'm glad you're doing well. :)
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From: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon11/26/12 7:39 AM 
To: Kirsten (koshugi)  (5 of 25) 
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"Bo Taijutsu" has a smooth artistic sound. How is it different from Karate?

Maybe with martial arts and working in Receiving, archery is not so important for exercise. Still good to be skilled with such a classic a weapon, though. Besides, it's relaxing to be outside; kind of like golf.

We've been doing useful stuff like getting pets situated. The parakeet (Asher) had his cage moved up a few links on the chain-- for a bit wider view; and the fish (Reese) got moved to a place with more sunshine coming in. Some thanksgiving leftovers went to feed outside cats and possums that come around.

Somehow Christmas feels a long time away right now. What do you think?
 

 
From: Kirsten (koshugi)11/26/12 4:01 PM 
To: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 25) 
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Budo Taijutsu is a form of Ninjutsu (Ninjas.) I work in a store, so it seems Christmas is coming with a bang! *lol* Winter Solstice is on a Friday this year. That's handy for most people I would think.

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From: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon11/27/12 4:23 AM 
To: Kirsten (koshugi)  (7 of 25) 
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Budo Taijutsu is a form of Ninjutsu (Ninjas.)

So, you get to use all sorts of weapons! Bet you look tough in your ninja outfit.

I work in a store, so it seems Christmas is coming with a bang! *lol* Winter Solstice is on a Friday this year. That's handy for most people I would think.


Working in a store would give one a more on-the-scene view. What place do you work?

Yes, having Solstice, the 21st, fall on a Friday is perfect. There's a whole weekend for the end of the world to arrive!


 

 
From: Kirsten (koshugi)11/27/12 7:28 AM 
To: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 25) 
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I work at Sears. :D Yeah, I work and have my combatives class (our instructor teaches it too) on that Friday; will have to watch out for the loonies!
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From: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon11/30/12 2:04 PM 
To: Kirsten (koshugi)  (9 of 25) 
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Gosh, Mel; on that day you're gonna be wired to wipe up on any End of the World smartass who crosses you!

This siggy by Long2BeFree ... Hop to Full Circle!

 

 
From: Kirsten (koshugi)11/30/12 6:03 PM 
To: SiFan DelphiPlus Member Icon  (10 of 25) 
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LOL I like your Froggie!
 

 
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