Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The Day After- a post mortem

I hope everyone had a very happy Samhain. Mine didn't turn out exactly as planned but was lovely all the same. We had planned a walk across Dartmoor to Wistman's Wood. This is something we've attempted on several occasions and have been thwarted every time. Either we set out too late and lose the daylight, or the mists come down so we can't see where we are going or...well there's always something. So when my husband woke this morning still feeling ill we decided to take the hint and postpone the trip until later in the week. Instead I spent the day curled up watching grey clouds scud across the sky and reading Sage Woman which I was lucky enough to win a copy of in a draw over at Witch Blog a while ago, and which with perfect timing dropped through my letter box yesterday morning.

The rains put paid to my ritual plans for last night. I prefer working outdoors and don't usually let the weather put me off but I do find it a little difficult to keep candles lit in the rain and as candles featured rather strongly in my plans I had to have a re-think. What should have been a garden ablaze with candle light, each one representing a loved one, or ancestor; my Garden of the Dead, became my Kitchen of the Dead instead! I now have much respect for generations past who had no choice but to cook by candle light. With so many candles burning in my kitchen I couldn't bring myself to turn on the electric light but my eyes were definitely complaining by the time I dished up.
We didn't get any trick or treaters sadly, most children here are encouraged to only go to the doors of people they know. Although when I took a walk up to the shop to buy some cider to mull there were plenty of happy children in fantastic costumes. I met a very sweet little witch, about three years old, who kept tripping over her besom and a merry band of demons, devils and goblins.

I rather like that aspect of Halloween. I like the dressing up, the silly stuff. I was reading Aine's post over at The Deepest Well and it got me thinking. My husband would disagree, (you'll find his rant here), he thinks that going along with all the commercialism associated with Halloween waters down the sacred aspects of Samhain.  I can see his point but I think celebrating Halloween is important for children. Treated properly and with care (and I guess that's the real issue here) it can introduce an awareness of death and help them to face their fears. I'd like to see Samhain treated with more respect, of course I would, but at the expense of fun? I'm not sure I would. Children today have few of the freedoms I had as a child, their self-expression seems to be stifled at every turn. Halloween is one of the few times of the years when children can really be children (albeit under a watchful parental eye) and it would be a shame to see that curtailed.

I was going to ask my husband if he had anything to add but I can't find him. Oh, there he is, out in the garden digging a hole big enough to hide in ready for Christmas. :-)

1 comment:

  1. Tell your husband to dig a bigger hole, I may come and join him. The BF has started talking about "more christmas lights", and I am afraid. ^^