Celebrating Spirituality 365 Days A Year – All Saints’ & All Hallows’ Day

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November 1 and 2

All Saints’ Day/All Hallows’ Day

“All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”

—Jame Thurber

“Youth had only spring green tones; we others of the more advanced season, have a thousand shades, one more beautiful than the other.”

—Count De Bussy-Rabutin

All Saints’ or All Hallows’ Day, according to Pagan custom, begins as the Sun sets the evening before on Samhain, the Festival of the Dead. It was made into a celebration of all the known saints and martyrs of the Catholic Church in the seventh century. Originally, it was celebrated on May 13, but was shifted to this date in the eighth century to coincide with the Pagan Festival of the Dead. This is a time of intercession for the dead souls that have not yet been purified and ascended to the next plane. Family members and relatives send prayers for their loved ones in the hope of helping them. Mumming, bonfires, the decoration of graves, and fortune-telling games are associated with the celebration.

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The Month of Cailleach October 31 – November 27

Cailleach/Samhain

October 31- November 27

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– Samhain, Festival of the Dead, Cerridwen, Eurydice, Hecate, Hel, Inanna, Kali, the Morrigan, Nephthys, Oya, Samia, Sedna, Tara, Vanadis
1– Reign of the Old Woman Cailleach, Pomonia Festival, Day of the Dead
2– All Soul’s Day, Woden
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6– Tiamat(Babylonian Dragon-Mother)
7– Night of Hecate, Hawaiian Harvest Festival, Lono(Hawaiian God)
8– The Manes(Greek spirits of the Underworld), Hettsui No Kami(Japanese Kitchen-range Goddess), Fuigo Matsuri, Gwynn ap Nudd
9– Helena, The Four Crowned Martyrs
10– Old November Eve, Nincnevin(Scottish Goddess), Reason(French Goddesss)
11– Old November Day, Bacchus, The Einherjar(Spiritual Warriors who protect the Gods), The Irish Lunantishees(Spirit Guardians of the Blackthorn Tree), Day of the Heroes
12– Jupiter, Epulum Jovis in Capitola
13– Runic Half Month of Nyd(necessity) Begins, Feronia, Juno, Minerva, Jupiter
14– Moccas(Celtic Fig-Tree Goddess/Pig Goddess) , Feast of the Musicians, The Indian Children’s Goddesses: Befana, Mayauel, Rumina, Surabhi
15– Ferona(Ancient Goddess of Fire, Fertility and Woodlands), Feronia Festival
16– Threefold Goddess, Lakshmi, Festival of Lights, Hecate Night
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18– Day of Ardvi(Persian Goddess, Mother of the Stars)
19– Warlock Day
20– Demeter, Praetextatus and Paulina(Guardians of the Eleusinian Mysteries)
21– Kukulcan(Mayan God), Chango, Damballah, Quetzalcoatl, Tammuz
22– Ullr(God of Wintertime and Archery), Artemis Calliste
23– Konohana-Hime(Japanese Granddaughter-Goddess of Amaterasu), Feast of St. Clement(Wayland)
24– All Egyptian Goddesses of Light and Birth, Tori-no-Ichi Festival
25– Celtic Tree Month of Ruis(elder) Begins, Persephone, Proserpina, Kore, Arrianrhod, Catherine(Queen of the Shades), Windmill Blessing Day, Women’s Merrymaking
26– All Tibetan Gods of Light and Fire
27– Gujeswari(Indian Mother-Goddess), Mother of the Universe(an Indian Triple Goddess whose Three Aspects are Sarasvati, Lakshmi and Parvati)

The Wicca Book of Days for Feb. 21 – Rest in Peace

The Wicca Book of Days for February 21

Rest in Peace

In ancient Rome, February 21 marked the last day of the Parentalia festival honoring ancestral spirits that began on February 13. Today was known as the Feralia, or the “Festival of the Dead,” when libations of milk, honey, and wine were poured over the tombs of deceased family members, which were garlanded with violets and roses, and black animals were sacrificed to them, in the hope that these placatory gestures would encourage them to rest in peace. For it was said that when Romans neglected to keep their dead sweet in this way, they roamed around howling their displeasure and punishing many for their disrespect with an untimely end.

Unfinished Business?

If you are uncomfortably aware that you have not yet fulfilled a deathbed promise, that you made to a dying relative, today would be an ideal time to begin to lay that particular ghost to rest. Otherwise, light a candle in memory of those who have gone before you.