Salem says Hi!
Another October 31, and another turning of the wheel. This time of year means different things to different people. For many, it’s Halloween. People kit themselves out in fancy, silly or frightening dress and beg for candy or go to parties. Everywhere you look, you’ll see ghosts and goblins, super heroes, vampires, sexy nurses and all manner of make-believe.
Witches are another perennial favorite. But we’re not really make-believe, are we? For us, sunset on October 31 begins the most important Sabbat of the year, Samhain.
Samhain is the end of the harvest season. It’s also New Year’s Eve, at least for many witches and pagans. The Wheel of the Year turns. After the growing season of labor, we shift into the dark season of death and repose, before being reborn again in the spring.
It’s traditional at Samhain to clean the home from the baseboards out, organize the harvested food stores and light the hearth fire. More now than at any other time, we prepare to settle in with family, enjoy hearty meals and relish the comfort and warmth of home.
It’s also customary to pay respects to the dead.
The veil that exists between the living and the dead is thinner now. Usually, it’s thinner at Samhain than at any other time of the year. But in recent years, it’s felt a bit more erratic, thinning at times when you might not expect it. If you’ve felt it too, you’re in good company.
This is an extraordinary time for magick. If you wish to communicate with those who have departed this plane of existence, there’s no better time.
As the pagan New Year, there is also no better time to launch ilspeth's Keeping Room into the Universe.
Be happy and well. And watch this space. There is so much that I'm anxious to share with you.