Monthly Archives: October 2012
October 24th Festival 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.
The above is What is written in my Book of Days and BOS.
Also a good day to read The Raven by Poe with or without kids.
today on the way home I stopped at a local gas station. Ok so it’s not your typical gas station its this crazy awesome place, but I thought I would share some of my loot. From left to right Organic Free trade lemon mate tea, Gluten free bagel chips, localish (100 miles) brie, fresh made dolmas. I also got some amber dragons blood incense there. Ah California how I love you.
We are working on a new rhythm. Part of this is due to the new season, and need for more indoor activities and part of this is due to the fact that Little is now 3 and so able to do so much more. I by no means have it figured out, but today is Wednesday and Wednesday is adventure day as well as bird class day. These two things go well together.
Today we did bird class here. The first bird we saw was a gull so that is what we picked to learn about today. We saw 3 different types of gulls, and decided that they are birds that are not really scared of people. Which cued the retelling of the time we went to the zoo and the seagull that dive bombed the kids for their food.
At any rate This makes a very nice classroom.
Today is the start of our Samhain/ Dia de los Muertos/ Halloween week. It is kind of like prep day. We start to bring out decorations and the items we use to remind us of those that are past. We can talk a little about the person represented or sometimes I will just take a moment to reflect on them if Little is not in the listening mood.
This year I added this bride and groom for my maternal grandparents. We lost my grandmother this year and my grandfather a few years ago. My Grandparents met in the army and my Grandfather reportedly told his friends after their first lunch together that he was going to marry her. He always called her his bride.
Now that Little’s birthday celebrations have past (and boy were there a lot of them) I am turning my face to the next celebrations on the horizon. First up Samhain/ Halloween Dia de Los Muertos (day of the dead) week of celebrations.
I would like to start with my yearly rant about why these holidays are important. The very fact that they are so celebrated should speak a bit about the power of them. Not to mention that many churches go on hyper overdrive to have “harvest festivals”. This is a time to remember that Witches are very much real and have been a long part of our history. Our Fear of powerful women, and men, our greed of their knowledge can be seen far to often in history. Want some truly scary reads for this time of year? Read about the witch hunts. This holidays are important because they force us to varying degrees think about witches as people.
Next part of my rant is for the pagans (I am sure none of you) who do this whole “I walk the Old Path, Christianity stole all our holidays and everything traces back to the old Celtic holy days” sing song. This doesn’t usually get under my skin so much as I hear the following argument/ theory. which is some sort of version of Samhain is the real holiday we are celebrating every thing is based on it. oh really? what about Day of the Dead? Well Christianity stole from us and have all souls day and when Spain conquered Mexico they brought that holiday which the natives adapted. Yeah nice theory though utterly wrong! The Natives already had an ancestor festival long before the conquistadors.
point to both is that this is a good time to look at some history and learn your stuff instead of mindlessly repeating things you have not taken the time to look up. And by they way when you dismiss my ancestors holiday, it is just as if someone told you your holiday was made up and not real. So how does that feel?
ok rant over!