THE SONG OF SAMHAIN (1 November to 31 January)
I am the hallow-tide of all souls passing,
I am the bright releaser of all pain
I am the quickener of the fallen seed-case,
I am the glance of snow, the strike of rain,
I am the hollow of the winter twilight,
I am the hearth-fire and the welcome bread,
I am the curtained awning of the pillow,
I am unending wisdom’s golden thread.
The Winter quarter of Samhain brings the gifts of restoration and renewal, as the cold weather closes in, so the soul is led to more reflective depths.
It is traditionally associated with the remembrance of the ancestors, with the coming of death and the conecption of new life.
In the human growth cycle, Samhain corresponds to the period of old age when wisdom, freedom of spirit and clarityare experienced.It is a good time to celebrate the lives of all wise elders, all those whose action and ideas have brought resolution and peace, all holy ones whose sacrifices have brought new life and opened spiritual thresholds to all.
Activities for Samhain/Winter
Practice introspection, meditation, contemplation, drawing upon the peaceful sanctuary of this season.
Remember your ancestors and celebrate their wisdom.
Cut back old growth in the garden and burn or compost it. Dig over the soil in preparation for the Spring.
Be active, with like-minded others, in recording, preserving, living and learning about the ancient wisdom of indigenous peoples, especially those in your own land.
As you travel through this land of Winter, relate your spiritual journey to the wisdom of this season.
(From Celtic Devotional, by Caitlin Matthews, published by Gill and Macmillan, 1996)