Category Samhain/Deep Autumn

Seeing the Apple Isle

It is the role of the Priestess to part the mists, to enable vision of the “Apple Isle”, which is a name for the realm of true knowledge: the hidden depths of every present moment. It is a knowledge of the hidden depths of the self, other and all – in deep time and space. […]

We are the Ancestors: May We be Interesting Food

Our present lives are formed by all who came before us. We are in-formed by them, whether conscious or not. In PaGaian Samhain ceremony as it has been done traditionally, participants are invited to remember the ancestors in this way: Let us remember our ancestors, those who have gone before, whose lives have been harvested, […]

Threads of Gold in the Compost

There are threads of gold in the compost, if one has the vision for it. And we may take the golden thread, exclaim the strongest natural fibre known – our creative selves, our imaginations – for the building of a new world made sacred, of our conceiving: yet beyond our knowings, across the vast Darkness between […]

The Passing of Last Summer’s Growth

  The ‘passing of last Summer’s growth’ may be a metaphor for the passing of all/any that has come to fullness of being, or that has had a fullness, a blossoming of some kind and borne fruit, which has been received: and it may be in hearts and minds, an event or events, that were […]

A Poem for the Dark Seasons

CRONE Sliding into the Old One’s merciful Darkness –   into Her unknown blanking out of previous understandings It is an act of mercy It is an act of love.   She covers me with her  Darkness   The blood that fills this space, this Womb is not for death it is for life.   Drawing […]

Song of Hecate

a perfect Samhain contemplation by Bridget McKern 1993 (to be read uproariously) let birds out of cages! let bitches bitch! and dogs be dogs screech and moan to the moon let crows de-feet the plastic surgeons and cry “faarck” to the open sky we will have age in all her beauty. rivers of tears and […]

Conceiving, Imagining … the New at Samhain

In the PaGaian version of Samhain/Deep Autumn ceremony participants journey to the Luminous World Egg … a term taken from Starhawk’s The Spiral Dance (p.210), where she also names that place as “The Shining Isle”, which is of course, the Seed of conception, a metaphor for the female egg: it is the place for rebirth. […]

We Are the Ancestors

… for the current Samhain Season (in the Southern Hemisphere), as well as the planetary meltdown we witness: may we remember a deeper story always present. This was originally published in Gaian Voices Volume 6, Number 1 & 2, 2008 (by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.) In the last couple of years two significant friends of mine have passed, trans-formed. […]

Beltaine/Samhain @ EarthGaia November 2016

In our everyday sacred journey around Mother Sun – the “Turas”[i] of our Planet Earth – our orbit is now moving us into the Seasonal Moment of Beltaine/Samhain: the cross-quarter between Equinox (Spring S.H./Autumn N.H.) and Solstice (Summer S.H./Winter N.H.): that Moment will be at is 23:42 “Universal Time” on the 7th November … that’s November 8th 9:42 EST Australia – […]

Transformation (a poem)

Transformation   Completely dismantled – all the stock taken out of the cupboards. Strip them bare Pull apart my knowings – rip them open, let the connections be severed.   Expose all the parts, every cell to the sunlight   de-toxify throw away move it all around mix it, mix it skim the dross   […]

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