Good morning my loves. I am working on my coffee and Little is other wise entertained so I thought I would take the time to let you know our plans for Samhain/Dia de los Muertos/ Halloween.
This Saturday we are planning on going to the pumpkin patch and putting Little in her costume to pick out her pumpkins. we did grow a few in the back yard but they are small and the kind you use to make pie. which means they may be pie or soup before the big day comes.
We really start activities on the 23rd. This week of activities if for the most part based on the writings from Margie McArthur in her book WiccaCraft for Families. I really like this book not just for families but I think all Wiccans/ Witches can benefit from it. I like to do the time remembering in two parts. One just for me at the altar and one as more of a family discussion at the dinner table. The Family table is so important in so many ways. If having a sit down family dinner is not something you normally do try it for this week. This is a great way to pass down family history and family legends. If you do have children it is a good time to teach them about the family they come from by sharing the stories with them. As for the dinners they can be as fancy or plain as you like. No matter what the fare try a dinner by candle light either just for the final dinner or for all nights. It gives that added something special.
October 24th Festical Prelude and Night of the Seers. Put up the seasonal decoration and set up the family shrine/ Dia de los Muertos altar. Carve Jack O’ Lanterns. over dinner spend time remembering ancestors and other historical figures who have dealt with the supernatural or who have foreseen the future.
October 25 The Night of Heroes and Martyrs. Tonight remember those in the family who have fought and/ or died for their convictions. Be it religious or otherwise.
October 26th The Night of Artists Remembering those who spoke of the old ways through art, music. literature or who’s work evokes magic. A good night to each bring a poem to the table to share. be it from you, an ancestor, or just a poem you like.
October 27th The Night of the Nurtures. Remembering the countless family members that have nurtured and preserved. Who took care of those in need in good times and in bad times.
October 28th the Night of Remembrance for Family Pets. They are family too. take time to tell silly stories about them and remember them fondly.
October 29th The night of Remembrance of Forgotten Ancestors. try to find out more about your family talk about what you know and what you don’t know. what do you think their day to day lives were like? Pull out (or start) some genealogy and see if you can learn about someone new to you on your family tree.
October 30th The Night of the Recent Dead. If your loved ones are buried near you, you can plan a trip to the cemetery earlier in the day. If not that is ok, mine are not. dinner and after dinner can be spent looking at pictures and telling about their lives. perhaps holding personal artifacts you may have.
October 31st Fire Festival This is a night to honor all departed souls. hold a prayer ceremony for souls undergoing purification. Relight the hearth fire and pilot lights. Have a midnight dinner and set an extra place. (more on this day in a later post)
November 1st pack up all the items from the family shrine into a box to be cared for and preserved. Do any clean up or tweaking of decorations that you need to do.