We will have a small fire-ceremony at the Fireside Lodge; if you would like to give something to this fire please send it to me (email@example.com) . It could be something you would like to let go of, or a vision for the future that will be empowered by the heat, some words of forgiveness that will be honoured by the flames, or a prayer that will go to the universe by riding on the smoke …
After the light and darkness were still in balance at the Autumn Equinox in September, it is now time to step into the darkest time of the year – until the moment when the Sun (the light) – is being reborn at the Winter Solstice. Darkness and death are important and necessary in the Celtic understanding of the years’ cycle; First of November is the start of the Celtic New Year.
The dark phase affirms new birth. Going through a time of reflection, remembrance, looking inside, connecting to your essence, letting go, seeking forgiveness – all these are necessary parts of starting the New Year, which then makes space for new visions and refreshed life-energy.
The time of darkness and death also calls us to honour our ancestors; many people visit cemeteries and put flowers down. But the power of ancestral work is about much more than remembering your known relatives. You can go way back in time, and not only explore your blood-ancestry, but also your spiritual belonging.
Many say “the veil is thin” in the time of Samhain – meaning that it is easier for us to connect to the invisible world, to the non-ordinary reality. Our society still remembers this – but does not really know what to do with it. An accepted way of acknowledging it is dressing up and going to a Halloween party as a fancy ‘ghost’. Some additional ideas: