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Ross 
Posted: 26-Sep-2008, 07:06 PM
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With Samhain a little more than a month away, does anyone have special plans for observance this year?

I've been studying Scotch Gaelic in weekly classes for several months and intend to read Gaelic Poems of the harvest and recognition of those who have passed.
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Posted: 13-Oct-2008, 05:48 PM
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I think your plans sound good, and since they are clearly very meaningful to you, they will carry your intentions.

I am repeating this from two years ago. It hasn't changed. I am rather solitary in my observance, and these quiet rituals centered in the home usually bring me insight -- just the time taken out of the ordinary makes that possible -- and always a sense of peace and a calming down of the jangle of life.

"There is one thing I do, every year for over a decade now. It is nothing I ever read about -- it simply felt right with all the symbolism, and also my own personality makeup (for those who do any work with astrology, my "trinity" is all of the fall quadrant -- sun in Sagittarius, moon in Scorpio, Libra rising. This is my time of year altogether, and I trust my instincts).

I prepare the kitchen -- in my tiny apartment, my "hearth" is the top of the stove -- and clean carefully. I choose a votive candle, the four-day, tall kind, in a sun color -- orange, or red, or dark golden yellow (pale yellow doesn't seem to do it). Fortunately sun color votives are always available. After dark on the night of the 31st I simply light it and stay by it for a while, meditating, thinking about my dead and the turning of the year toward the dark.

It is a vigil. The impulse is completely to do with the symbolism of being a guardian or a preserver or a keeper of the light during the darkest of the year, while the sunlight hours are waning day by day. There is an element of pregnancy about it -- the flame within the clear glass. All through the time between Samhain and Yule I light one votive from the last, without letting the fire go out. (It's tricky with tall candles that have burned low in glass -- the best thing I have found is long incense sticks soaked with oil or melted candle wax on the end, to transfer a strong flame to the new candle from the bottom of the old glass.)

At Yule, after dark, I transfer the flame of the last votive to a tall, thick, open pillar candle, not in glass any more. It is always red. I may try to have some sprays of holly around it. But the important thing is that the fire is out in the open -- the sun has turned, the light is born and out in the open day. To transfer the flame, I use a tall white taper, not the incense stick, and the taper burns in its own holder standing next to the red pillar. I have a frosted glass holder that suggests an elemental female form, that I use just for the white candle.

In the days when I was growing chili peppers, my seed peppers for the next spring's crop would rest with the candle, in a tiny primitive Mexican clay cup. The flame banked low, the sun sleeping in the seed of fire, surrounded by earth. Again -- it felt instinctively correct. The strongest placement in my astrological chart is Mars in Capricorn on an angle (the nadir), and the symbolism of fire protected and controlled by earth is rock-basic to me.

And that's it. Most years I make it all the way without "dropping" the flame from Samhain to Yule. Once in a while it goes out while I am transferring it. It's disappointing, but I light it again from the stove and keep going. It is in carrying the light forward that the meaning lies, and in all humility I have to say sometimes I do drop the light. We all do. But we can all relight it."
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Posted: 13-Oct-2008, 07:36 PM
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Hello Stoirmeil,

I was beginning to wonder if anyone ever strolled through The Grove. Iíve enjoyed reading the detailed description of your observances.

Itís apparent that you have active and acute percipience. No doubt your observance and reverence evoke considerable grounding and balance for you. To be able to achieve that (in what Iím guessing is a metropolitan setting) has always been a challenge for me. You seem very capable of establishing a rich context within the confines of your setting. It sounds like your ritual is an expression of your spirit and core natureÖ it canít help but have both power and peace.

It has always been my feeling that a person should heed that which courts and moves their spirit and regard tradition and settings a bit more like a framework . I say that as though Iím free from props or circumstance, but thatís a long way from the truth. I flounder and stress this time of year if I canít access the out doors, build my fire, play my songs.

From now until late December, it feels like the earth is restless and pensive. Or maybe itís just that Iím more tuned to it then. Born on the 28th of October, Iíve always had a sense of refreshing energy and communion this time of year - as though Iíve been somehow abroad for the last nine or so months and have only just returned to my home harbor.

Iíll remind myself to acknowledge your ritual and observance when it comes time to initiate my own.

Ross
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Posted: 13-Oct-2008, 08:15 PM
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It seems to me that in the fall the wind carries a much more somberness character to it. It makes me reflect what I have done with this year so far and what still needs to be done. I can't help but remember what my ancestors went through to give me the life that I live and what I need to do to carry my descendents on. I try to reflect on individuals in the ancestry line and try to imagine what they were like and what they faced in their lifetime.

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Hi flora,

I think I get what youíre saying. We kind of hold a place in time. What we have is owed in part to the family members that came before and in all likelihood thought of us only in the terms of concept and commitment. If weíve taken that and used it to contribute to the continuum, then we can be proud of our personal place in time and feel as though weíre a durable link in the chain.

Looking back helps us evaluate ourselves in the present and maybe how we want to be regarded by future generations of our lineage. It makes families strong, memories rich and mortality a little less of a bitter wine. A somber wind indeed, but one I like to breathe in deeply.

Ross
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Posted: 16-Oct-2008, 06:47 PM
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QUOTE (Ross @ 14-Oct-2008, 08:20 PM)
A somber wind indeed, but one I like to breathe in deeply.


The wind is somber in symbolic quality, but the actual scent of it is dark in another way -- dark with what is going out and coming in, what's passing and what's yet to be born. A true fall wind back where I came from, years ago, carried tannin of fallen oak leaves, salt sea, decaying apples and wood smoke on a nose-biting ping of chill. Every season brings you close to the message of the body in its own way, but fall for me is still the most immediate urge to get going while the getting is still good. smile.gif
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Posted: 18-Oct-2008, 01:28 AM
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Stoirmeil,

A potent memory and poetic gift. Thank you.

Unless I miss my guess, the winds through this weekend should contain all of which you describe. Theyíre sure to be a vehicle for poignant meditationÖ providing both earthy incense and evocative song. I plan to immerse myself as often and as long as possible.

As for the messages of season and change in the body... they definitely bring an inescapable awareness. It may be that Iíve been fortunate that theyíre only subtle whispers for now and Iíve always moved forward with a degree of haste. Every season has its beauty. Any darkness is that of fullness, as in a rich soil or a well steeped and robust tea. The winds of autumn carry a song and a scent thatís heavy with fulfilled promise, achievement and plenty. Decline is only preparation for renewal. So say the seasons.
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Posted: 18-Oct-2008, 07:15 AM
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Ross,

I noticed that you are an Equine Massage Therapist. Why don't you start a new forum about Horses? I would find it very interesting what you could share.

Also I would like to know more about the art of forging. Please share with us.

Flora
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Posted: 18-Oct-2008, 05:41 PM
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Interesting suggestions, Flora. I see that thereís an ĎAnimal Talkí forum. Perhaps Iíll float an equine massage topic out there later today and see if there is enough interest to do more. Are you a rider?

My professional knowledge of horses is limited to their muscle and skeletal structure as well as the role confirmation plays in their susceptibility to strainÖ and, of course, how to relieve muscle and tendon pain through massage techniques. I hadn't made any connection between horses and things Celtic.

I imagine it would be O.K. as long as I donít solicit clients.

Forging and metal work is much more broad and probably more akin to Celtic cultures. Iíll see if thereís an existing forum in which to float a discussion of Scotch/Irish metal traditions. Though far from an expert (if there is such), Iíd welcome an exchange of information on the glories of Celtic smithiesÖ today and years passed.
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Posted: 18-Oct-2008, 06:16 PM
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QUOTE (Ross @ 18-Oct-2008, 05:41 PM)
Forging and metal work is much more broad and probably more akin to Celtic cultures.  Iíll see if thereís an existing forum in which to float a discussion of Scotch/Irish metal traditions.  Though far from an expert (if there is such), Iíd welcome an exchange of information on the glories of Celtic smithiesÖ today and years passed.

There are a good few here who'd be interested. Them as ain't interested yet, well -- no doubt they will be, with half a chance. smile.gif

Ritual, or expressing the symbolic heart of the season, need not always be planned. People will come to you sometimes, out of nowhere (or so it may seem), when the sun is sinking south and the daylight wanes, when the ending phase of life is closer in mind than the beginning. If you have made it your business to hold the fire inside you, banked low and protected, if you're a caretaker of the spark of sun that winters over in the seed, the chilly, faint people who shiver in the dark will sense it and they'll find you -- they'll warm their hands at your eyes. The chance encounter isn't really chance: if they feel you and seek you out, you have already been chosen as the healer, the comforter, the gardener in the snow. Whether you've known them all your life, or you meet them once and you'll never see them again -- let them have some of what they sense, as it seems good to you then and there. You cannot possibly get it wrong; and the worst thing you can do is to do nothing, and deny a spontaneous urge to warm a cold soul at the dark of the year.
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Posted: 18-Oct-2008, 11:45 PM
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Yet, the planter chances self-reproach and the healer risks despair. Though at our center may burn a flame, we are not the sun and cannot claim the gift is ours. We are the hollow bone and not the tune. Some may be warmed while others dance and a wounded soul made whole. Iíve known it to be so. Still, some may not survive the frost and the song might not be heard. Some dire wounds refuse to mend. What then? The gardener and the healer mourn the loss and judge themselves unworthy of the task.

I keep my hearth with herbs and clutches and bank my fire against the season cast. My hands will fill with heat if summoned. These things are sure and are not questioned. I have planted and I have been a healing host. Iíve gladly given what they seek, but do not know to ask. I begrudge none of it, but I do not savor the cost. The ritual, yielding to the rhythm of place and purpose, cycle and seasonÖ my heart says heed, my spirit says be warded.
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QUOTE (Ross @ 18-Oct-2008, 11:45 PM)
Though at our center may burn a flame, we are not the sun and cannot claim the gift is ours.  We are the hollow bone and not the tune.
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Some dire wounds refuse to mend.  What then?  The gardener and the healer mourn the loss and judge themselves unworthy of the task.


As to your first well-taken observation -- true, and long acknowledged. When they find you, you respond, taking the meeting itself as the sign that what you need will be given, even if it's the clear communication to let be and let time and silence do the work. Not the same as refusing contact.

As to the second -- well, it's a matter of mundane training and experience. Sometimes the encounter is only one small part of the work that needs doing -- what 's beyond you to mend, you refer to greater skill in all humility and recognition of your limitations -- but again that's not the same as judging oneself unworthy. And besides -- in most healing traditions, including mine, it's recognized that the healer who neglects his own energies won't keep healing for long.

The season has an intensity, I believe, that does not let up but rather keeps growing until the solstice -- Samhain initiates it, but it isn't over in one night. It's on the wind, it's in the growing dark and cold; I work with large numbers of young people, some quite disadvantaged, and there's a vulnerability in many for the promise of life wintering over to be overwhelmed. This whole quadrant of the year . . . I guess it's of a piece with the vigil candle, Ross -- which is a solitary and quiet ritual on the night of the ritual itself, but which travels with me in mind to meet whatever comes.

But since you practice worthy forms of healing yourself, I doubt I'm saying anything you haven't already thought about. smile.gif
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in most healing traditions, including mine, it's recognized that the healer who neglects his own energies won't keep healing for long.


Healing (or better described as conduction) came to me as an unexpected guest that I invited to stay. I would work with some horses (mostly rescue finds) and my world would come unraveled. Though there was no apparent trauma to the horse, I would walk away after a session adrift with indefinable despair and depressionÖ drained. Just about the time I had decided to stop massage practice, I came in contact with people who gave light to my experiences. They explained that a door of sorts was ajar and to some degree I could choose to walk away or walk through. I walked through, but with none of the professional training or insight that someone like you possesses. Finally, Iíve learned to use Reiki, meditation and ritual to keep from using my energy and hitting the wall over and overÖ not that it always works. As long as Iím detached and just a conduit Iím usually OK, but without observation and control, any focus becomes intense focus and energy and clarity build their own momentum. It's a real buzz at the time that it's going on, but the let down can be hard.

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I guess it's of a piece with the vigil candle, Ross-- which is a solitary and quiet ritual on the night of the ritual itself, but which travels with me in mind to meet whatever comes.


There it is. How did you know... or more critically, why did I not understand that? Thank you.

Donít assume that Iíve contemplated it all. I travel by wits and perceptionÖ and the occasional crumb thatís falls in front of my nose.

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A blessed Samhain to all that celebrate it on this day.
I celebrated a week or so ago on the true harvest moon..

Blessed be!


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