Today is Halloween, or Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) in the Pagan calendar. For the last couple of weeks lots of scrapbook pages with a Halloween theme have been appearing on SBF and Daisytrail.
Most have taken the modern viewpoint to this festival and ranged from cute to quite creatively scary, but I decided to create a double page that summed up the meaning of this sacred time for me.
Images - Flickr.com CCbySA HM Hedge Witch (Castlerigg Stone Circle); CCby H.Zell (Hazel images); Flickr.com CCby2.0 spcbrass (candle); Hubble.org (Moon); Apples off the 'net; Chrysanthemum yellow - my photo.
In pre-Christian days this was the time of commemoration of the beloved dead, as the Wheel of the Year turned towards winter.
You can learn a little more about this festival here and here. The Celtic Connection site has lots of interesting information if you wish to investigate the Old Ways further.
For me, the candle still burns on my altar tonight, along with the Frankincense, and will be lit each night until the 7th November, in remembrance not only of my late beloved father, but all the other loved ones, human and animal, who have gone before on the Great Journey, including those most recently, Selene and Marian.
I ask the blessings of the Goddess and the God upon each and everyone of us and look forward to the next great festival, that of the Winter Solstice or Yule.