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     Updated 23/10/2014

     Samhain – pronounced “sow – inn” and known presently as Halloween – is celebrated from sunset to sunset on 31st October to 1st November.  It is the most important Fire Festival or Sabbat on the ancient Wheel of The Year calendar.

     “Samhain” has been variously translated as “first frost” or “Summer’s end”:  opposing suggestions with the same meaning.  It is the name for November in ancient and modern Gaelic.

     Samhain lies between The Autumn Equinox and The Winter Solstice.  It marks the death of the year and the end of the annual agricultural cycle.  Many ancient cultures throughout The Western Hemisphere regarded Samhain as their New Year’s Eve.

     Samhain is the third and final harvest on The Wheel of The Year calendar.  After Lughnasadh (grain and cereals) and Modron (fruit and vegetables) herding communities drove livestock back from Summer pasture to be housed or slaughtered for winter, furthering the festival’s associations with death.  The eighth century scholar, Bede refers to November as the “blood month”.

     According to ancient beliefs the mythic courtship of a god and goddess symbolised the eternal rotation of seasons.  At Samhain the Goddess, in her crone or hag aspect, midwifes the waning or sacrificed God into the Underworld where he will journey until his rebirth at Yule with the promise of Spring. 

     Crone Goddesses, such as Celtic Ceridwen and Greek Hecate, ease transitions and guard borders and crossroads.  They are keepers of arcane wisdom and herbal lore who are associated with broomsticks (for cleansing thresholds) and cauldrons (for brewing natural medicines).  Halloween “witches” are a modern remnant of this frequently misunderstood ancient archetype.

     Sexy Halloween witches owe their style to The Morrígan, the Gaelic Dark Mother or Raven Goddess  who presides over death and battle – akin to the Scandinavian Valkyries.  At Samhain The Morrígan mates with The Dagda (the Gaelic All-Father) to bring creation from chaos.

     Samhain is considered a liminal time; when the veil between the mortal and the preternatural realms – the living and the dead – is at its thinnest.  Ancestors are remembered and honoured with a variety of worldwide customs that continue to this day, such as the Mexican Dia de Los Meurtos or Day of The Dead.

     Costuming for Halloween is an ancient tradition with many possible origins and purposes.  Celebrants may have daubed themselves with ash from ritual bonfires or disguised themselves to confuse, deter or even consort with mischievous otherworldly creatures before parading from house to house to collect donations for the Samhain feast: the likely origin of trick or treating.

     It wouldn’t be Samhain without a pumpkin lantern.  The gourd was the first domesticated plant species and has been used for carving for thousands of years.  Pumpkin lamps were carved with fearsome faces as festival decorations; to light parades and repel unwelcome spirits.  Jack o’ Lantern was another name for will-o’-the-wisp; strange but naturally occurring flares of marsh gas.  Jack o’ Lantern evolved into a folkloric hero who tricks The Devil in a variety of tales.  Barred from the afterlife he roams the world forever, carrying a single ember from the fires of Hell in his pumpkin lamp.

 

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     The wise and insightful Kathy Hughes, from Turtlephoenix, has been kind enough to introduce our own cartomancer, Lily Wight to the Oracle Of Shadows & Light.

     This enchanting fortune-telling deck, comparable to The Tarot, was devised by Lucy Cavendish and Jasmine Beckett-Griffith.

     Kathy (KH) drew a four card Hidden & Revealed Spread for Lily (LW) and you can see the results below…

Position 1.  What Is Hidden? ~ Ghost Of The Pumpkin Patch

KH:  This little girl is your inner child.  She is asking you to count your blessings.  I have the feeling that when you are overwhelmed you forget your inner resources; your impeccable aesthetic sense, your childlike sense of wonder and play and, in low self-esteem moments, you forget your purity and kindness.

LW:  The mournful expression on the ghost girl’s face perfectly captures my tendency to put myself last on my list of priorities.  The modern world is demanding and complex so it’s easy to feel lost, small and insignificant.  Your compliments have helped me to feel better already!  I need to take better care of my inner child.

KH:  She also wants to remind you that you don’t exist in a vacant field.  If you did you wouldn’t be so busy.  You have loved ones to delegate tasks to.

LW:  The Ghost is insubstantial; not really present.  This card has touched on the difficulties of feeling morose and disconnected.

Position 2.  What Is Revealed? ~ Carnivorous Greenhouse

LW:  Another hostile environment!

KH:  You are an extremely curious person who wants to drown in awesome, beautiful things.

LW:  Oh yes, I think my blog reflects that, but those particular “lilies” look dangerous.

KH:  You have trouble saying “no”, because you are a kind, loving person who wants to nurture everyone.

LW:  I sometimes get called “Mama” at work because I try to look after everyone.  Those plants look likely to bite the hand that feeds!  I went to the library recently to look for a book about learning to say “no”, but I didn’t take it out because I thought I’d be too busy to read it ~ that’s sadly ironic.

KH:  If your own sanity and health don’t convince you to give yourself a break and learn to say “no” maybe this will:  if you spread yourself too thin you can’t give your loved ones or interests the attention they deserve.

LW:  I need to weed out the plants that are likely to bite.  Perhaps I’ll go back for that book after all.

Position 3.  Why Am I Drawing This To Myself? ~ The Angel Of Time

LW:  The background looks like the background of my blog.

KH:  I look at The Angel Of Time’s eyes and I see a woman who likes a challenge.

LW:  If I’m the Pumpkin Patch Ghost on the inside then this is who I would like to be on the outside.  I feel at my strongest when I’m free to write and work on my creative endeavours, but the card says I’m working too hard.

KH:  You like to study everything and get to know everyone.  You want to make time your bitch (pardon my language)!

LW:  You’ve got me.  I’m a control freak.  I come from an academic background.  It defines me more than anything else.

Position 4.  What Should I Do Now? ~ Angel De Los Muertos

LW:  Now that is synchronicity!  Dia De Los Muertos (the Mexican Day Of The Dead/All Souls’ Day) is my birthday.  I already feel this card is telling me to simply be true to myself.

KH:  When I see the Angel De Los Muertos in this spread I see her as the opposite of the Ghost Of The Pumpkin Patch.  They are very helpful to each other.  Angel De Los Muertos is warm and extroverted and Ghost Of The Pumpkin Patch is cool, introspective and shy.  They balance each other.  If you take time to be introspective, to sit and do nothing, or take a long walk, or do some quiet yoga, colours will be more vibrant to you, textures warmer.

LW:  There is a very consistent and specific message in this spread.  I try to do too much and end up feeling lost and misused so life is a constant struggle for balance.  The cards evolve to show me at my best and suggest I could actually achieve more by taking on a little less.

KH:  You’ll be better able to separate the gems from the beans in terms of how you want to spend your time and enjoy your active times more because you will know yourself better.

LW:  Separate the gems from the beans – I love that.  Thank you so much, Kathy.

     If you would like a reading from Kathy Hughes contact her via the following;

     https://turtlephoenix.wordpress.com/

     https://www.facebook.com/Turtlephoenix?fref=ts

NEXT WEEK ~ Tarot Masterclass With Kathy Hughes & Lily Wight #2

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Memento Mori

love this group, follow the link for more info on them

“La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly rebrands our annual juried group exhibition, LALUZAPALOOZA. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Over 9,000 submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, animators and working gallery artists had to be sorted-through, and we’ve finally narrowed it down to 125 or so artists. The official piece count is awaiting verification, but you can bet that it will be another (tastefully) jam-packed, salon-style exhibition. There are some familiar names from our ever-growing roster of feature artists, but an overwhelming percentage of the work comes from a brand new batch of undiscovered, emerging talent.!

http://www.laluzdejesus.com/shows/2012/Kitschen-Sync/Laluzapalooza2012-index.htm

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     Updated 15/03/2014

TeacupTease

Hey everyone, this is a blog that will talk in general about fashion, t-shirt design, and the small business that I own (teacuptease) with my girlfriend (Taylor). A little about the direction of our shop, we are vintage clothing, as well as accessories, t-shirts we designed ourselves, and clothing that has been made a piece of art (pic related).

Taylors skeleton dress [sold]:
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For a look at some of the current dresses/inventory at our shop, here is the etsy url: http://www.etsy.com/shop/teacuptease

Thanks for reading!

-Edin

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