Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Let it begin with each step we take

Sunday night I attended the 18th annual Vancouver Reclaiming Spiral Dance. I've gone to this public ritual on and off for the last 11 years and I always get something out of it.

The first year I went was especially powerful for me because during the meditation portion of the ritual I was able to connect to my Dad, who had passed on 12 years before. It was a very healing and cathartic experience and I look forward each year to passing through the thinning veil to connect with my beloved dead.

This year was the first time I've participated in the Spiral Dance while pregnant; with the Peanut I was out of town for the ritual and held a private ritual where I felt and welcomed her spirit into my life. I can still sometimes feel her spectral hand inside mine; a sensation that stuck with me as I traveled back through the veil after my visit to the Summerland that year. At the time I thought I was welcoming her spirit to come within the new year; little did I know she was already nestled inside and her hand was there in mine to tell that secret instead. My trip to the Summerland wasn't as specific this year as with the Peanut or my first trip. I felt the pull of more than one spirit when I stepped onto the shore and instead of a one on one or small gathering I felt enveloped in joy which was exactly what I needed.

The spiral this year was very energized and energizing; our intentions as well as the greater work of bringing healing to our earth fed into the cone and I could feel the room vibrating at the end with the energy and joy that the dance had built up.

I'll be keeping my personal work simple as usual. I'll take a moment to honour my beloved dead again on Samhain night and I'll be working some divination to see what's ahead this coming year. I like to use the time between Samhain and Yule to consider what seeds and goals I want to give birth to over the new year. One of those goals is to start incorporating a permanent altar space. How do you celebrate the new year of the Witches?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom: Giveaways

Not that I'm in any shape to wear one of them right now but Mrs B's first contest of the day is pretty snazzy:
Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom: Giveaway from Crazy Dog T-Shirts!: "This giveaway is from Crazy Dog T-Shirts! The winner will receive their choice of t-shirt!

Dragonfly's Laughter has some amazing Heating pads and up for grabs today are a pair of lovely earrings:
Giveaway from Dragonfly's Laughter: "This giveaway is from Dragonfly's Laughter! The winner will receive Ocean Side Earrings!

There's a lot of beautiful creepiness going on in Agony's Decay:
Giveaway from Agonys Decay's Creepy Crafts!: "This giveaway is from Agony Decay's Creepy Crafts! The winner will receive their choice of ring from the shop!

I've been contemplating getting a cute little apron, ever since the Peanut got one for her birthday two years ago!
Giveaway from Apron Frenzy!: "This giveaway is from Apron Frenzy! The winner will receive a Halloween Half Apron!

More Earrings these are simply fantastic:
Giveaway from Talog Witch!: "This giveaway is from Welsh Witch Emporium by Talog Witch! The winner will receive a pair of Samhain Earrings!

Plus the Haunted Blog Tour destination is chock full of fabulousness: I'll be joining her following
and the guest blog is worth a read

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Veil Thins

This year (and last year too); I've noticed that my dreams this have been featuring some of my beloved dead. My cousin who passed last spring has been a frequent visitor as have grand parents and others. Last year the I could feel the veil thinning too. I've been trying to keep track of what is said during these dreams and to be honest; waiting to see my Dad in one or more of them. Samhain marks my annual meeting with him in the Summerlands, I look forward to sharing that time with him under the apple trees.

In the past; before we moved into a house and were living in an apartment building the thinning of the veil didn't feel so immediate throughout the month and any contact I had with my ancestors took place at the Samhain ritual. I have to say that I prefer the gradual opening to the one night approach since it reminds me that the year is a wheel that turns progressively through out the seasons.

What about you? Do you feel the veil beginning to thin too?