Blessed Samhain Greetings

It’s just before dusk, and the great wheel has turned to another Samhain.  Another time of rememberance and thanksgiving for our ancestors and all those who have passed on before us.  A time of reflection and recollection, a point to take stock, to remind ourselves who we are and where we came from.  To give thanks to all our ancestors, those we can remember, those we know about through other members of our family, and those whose names are now lost.  We remember them and give thanks: their decisions and lives have ultimately lead to the creation of our own.

At this time, I especially remember those who died serving their country or their people.  For Asatru these include the Einherjar, the honoured dead, who wait for the final battle having been personally chosen for their actions in life.

Hail to those who ran in, so that others could run out
hail to those that served, hail the fallen, hail the Einherjar

A sinple way of honouring those who have travelled on, whether friends or family, is to talk to them as if they were there with you, or write them a letter or card.  Tell them all the things you have been up to this past year; share all your news just as you used to.  On this night, it’s easier for them to hear you, and for you to hear them.   Even lighting a candle by their picture or name written out, in remembrance is a way of honouring them.
A spot of mead doesn’t hurt either – or maybe that’s just my interpretation 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Blessed Samhain Greetings

  1. Hail to you all on this Samhain Eve. May you be safe from the Wild Hunt and enjoy another year of health and happiness.I raise my glass of red wine to you.Blessed Be.

  2. Hi all.

    I hope your Samhain was a good experience. I celebrated as I usually do, with some reflection and it never ceases to amaze me how thin that veil really is between here and there.
    I took my parents up to Stanton Moor (they aren’t pagans) just for a walk in the daytime. OK, so it was a bit blustery, but it’s just so lovely up there isn’t it. I know it’s Samhain, and I know the nine ladies is as perfect a place as anywhere for celebration, but it really did get me thinking…..were all the people lounging in the circle and smoking and drinking, leering at ramblers really a good representation of pagansim? Were they pagans at all, I wondered? There appeared to be several “camps” of people up there, not worshipping together, but fractured and seperate. The ones “occupying” the stone circle were young (nothing wrong with that of course, we all were once) and were making the place quite unfriendly. The other “groups” were well away and to the west of the circle. Seems that even though we’re not christians, we too can’t find it in us to come togther at times of worship with common values eh? My parents were quite disgusted at the mess and that they felt intimidated by this group of “neo-pagans” to the extent that they would not go near the circle as it was occupied by around 10 of them, sitting about drinking and smoking in amongst the stones. A couple of them actually made fun of us as we headed towards the stones and continued to leer at us as we walked on towards the king stone. It was so obviously not a religious experience for them to be there and more about something quite disconnected from the God and Goddess.
    As pagans I guess we all have a reverence for nature? And instead of “churches” and buildings we have just the remnants of the ghosts of our past, the nine ladies being one of those whispers. To see them being treated like a oddity in a chill out room at a scruffy nightclub was sad. The ashes from a couple of big fires, like huge inkblots on a masterpiece, made the site look dead, abandoned, uncared for.
    I’m sure al lthe people up there were not the same. I’m sure some of the “groups” were tidy, thought about what they were doing, cared, and cherished that site like a christian would cherish westminster abby, but there were a number up there who didn’t……..if they were pagan at all?
    So, I guess that what I’m saying is that the more “popular” parts of paganism seem to attract the least popular participants don’t they?

    Light and love to all of you.

    Ben

    • Hi, Ben. I don’t often comment on here, simply because when I do I tend (as I do on my own blog) to degenerate into opinionated ranting. But I’ve got to say, you raise some important questions.

      I’ve been visiting the Nine Ladies for many years and I’ve always found it a very peaceful, restful – and sometimes powerfully eerie – place. I’ve no doubt (well, I’ve some doubt, but for appearance’s sake I’ll try not to look too crotchety) that most people who visit the circle and similar places do want to treat it with respect. If this isn’t out of any spiritual compulsion, then it’s because it’s a construction that’s survived the ravages of time for several thousand years.

      But, for some reason, there are those who honestly seem to believe that the people who sited those stones all those millennia ago did so just so that twenty-first-century layabouts would have somewhere to go and have a piss-up. I see everything from walkers sitting on the stones to have a picnic to the full-on vandalism of… I don’t know what I’m supposed to call them. Pagans, are they supposed to be? Nature lovers? Hippies? The 99%? Whoever they are, I see them pitching their tents with complete abandon all over the circle clearing, amongst the trees and even, on one occasion, in the centre of the circle itself. And I see the aftermath of their all-night ‘celebrations’: the smouldering fire pits; the burned-out plates of corrogated metal; the litter (some of it quite unsavoury).

      And, like you, I do wonder why. I wonder what gives them the impression that this sort of behaviour is okay; that just because there isn’t any realistic likelihood of legal sanction, what they’re doing must therefore be acceptable. Like you, I’m sure, I wouldn’t dream of treating a church, or a mosque, or a synagogue like that. And religion aside, I wouldn’t treat a library, or a swimming pool, or any other public space that way either.

      But when there’s one of me, and dozens of them, it’s difficult to know what one can do. – Tiro

    • Hi Ben,Amalasuntha and Tiro, I haven’t been up to Nine Ladies since the parkng space on the back road was filled in with large boulders making the treck from the lower road a bit of a pull for Roger and myself. Even a few years ago I noticed a lack of reverence for the Sacred Space and I’m sorry to hear that it has got worse. Is there anything we can do about it? Probably not. I will send thoughts of forgiveness to the sad people who treat the area with such disrespect, in the full knowledge that the law of Karma will eventually catch up with them. Blessings to all. Newboldwitch.

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