ancestors

Come in, Bride!

by Cari on 02/01/2017

in Wheel of the Year,Writing

Brigid Eve Quickly now. Sweep the hearth. Dress the altar with daffodils and flowering quince from the wild verges. Add small things. A blue pitcher of holy Glastonbury water, a jar of poppy seeds, a quill for me, and a crystal inkwell. Grandmother’s anvil, and from my daughter a tiny twin of the Newgrange spiral [...]

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All Hallows Eve

by Cari on 10/31/2016

in Wheel of the Year,Writing

Hallows Dear ones Your mute voices clamor in my ear Thin fingers pluck at my hem Your dry tears clot my throat I bear your unquiet loss. I light the candles I call the directions I bring the flowers I keep the faith, the waste, the plaint I give the breath, the blood, the bone [...]

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A Remembering Altar

by Cari on 11/02/2015

in Wheel of the Year

This year my altar for the dead is small but heartfelt. Having just returned from a week in Seattle, I’ve been absorbed in the prosaic chores of laundry and others sorts of reconnoitering. But the home front didn’t feel complete without a nod to the ancestors and other beloved dead who seem to draw near [...]

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At this hallowed time of the year, the ancestors are much on my mind. They seem to draw near at this time; the veil separating our worlds becomes thin and we reach out to each other, in dreams, in ceremonies, in memory. We cast our marigold petals, festooning our Samhain altars with the sacred flowers. [...]

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The making of this year’s altar for Dia de los Muertos was more than ever a labor of love. Yesterday on All Hallow’s Eve, I added photographs and personal items to the basic altar. My husband observed that I had been communing with a great many spirits while doing so, and that is true. I [...]

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I’m preparing the family hearth for the holy days of Samhain, Days of the Dead, Halloween. At the center is the mask painted by my daughter showing the four sacred elements, imbued by the fifth, Spirit. We who live here on the northern half of Mother Earth are entering the darkest time of the year. [...]

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Day of the Dead

by Cari on 11/01/2010

in Wheel of the Year

All Hallow’s Eve, Hallowe’en, Samhain, Day of the Dead, All Saints Day, All Souls Day,  Dia de los Muertes. Another turn of the wheel. This sabbat is felt by some to be the holiest of all, when the veil between the worlds is said to be the thinnest, when we can invite our ancestors into [...]

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Our family altar for remembering our beloved dead, laughing at some memories, weeping at others, letting them come into our consciousness and thus visit with us for a little while. We can see them through the veil at this time of year, it is said. The traditional Mexican sugar skull was made by the kids [...]

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We celebrated Halloween this year with our neighbors, who have a group called Los Antepasados, the Ancestors, and are keeping the old indigenous Mayan and Aztec ways alive. They also run our local food coop, or CSA (community supported agriculture), and much of the ceremony was in Spanish. There were paths of luminaria, an altar, [...]

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