Monday, October 27, 2014
Traditionally Samhain - modern Halloween - was a multi-day festival marking the last harvest of autumn and the beginning of the Celtic winter season. Its modern Welsh name - Calen Gaeaf, "first day of winter" - reflects this. For us here in Front Range Colorado, the seasonal dynamic is apt; the last few days have been surprisingly warm, but tonight we are expecting a hard frost. The multi-day aspect is with us, too - Chokecherry celebrated Samhain yesterday with a beautiful public ritual at the home of one of our members, while other groups are celebrating next Saturday. And of course, there's mundane Halloween in the middle, plus various other private and public parties. All in all, it's truly Samhain week - a last celebration of abundance before the cold and dark of winter set in. Enjoy, and don't forget to set your clocks back next weekend!