Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Wow, I didn't realize this holiday would stir up so many feelings. But a day to honor the dead, and a day where "souls from the other worlds can come here"(read on wikipedia) should entice some emotions. It is odd being a mixed blood American, I have roots in many places, and my family has been here so long that I've lost most of those roots. I don't know exactly why I do some of the things I do, traditionally speaking. I don't know if it is from my Irish, German, Belgium, or Cherokee grandparents that I get my sense of tradition. It is these people that I want to honor today. After reading the wikipedia info about Halloween, with special attention paid to Samhain, I get a slightly better idea of what today's holiday means to people around the world, and throughout history. But what does it mean to me? When I was a child I LOVED the Dia de los Muertos decorations. Little doll houses with skeleltons. Faces painted as lovely skeletons...........really skeleton anything had me mesmerized. We would go to Olvera Street in LA occasionally and walk in the little stores to soak up all the traditional artistry surrounding the celebration. Even though I was raised with Mexican uncles, and their families, my immediate family did not celebrate this holiday. For us Halloween was always just that, Halloween and nothing more. A time for candy, candy and more candy, sprinkled with a little pumpkin dust and some funny face paint. But I have been craving from deep inside to do more during this holiday. To honor the season change, and honor the past. I plan to spend some time tonight with old pictures, some candles, saying blessings and remembering those that came before me, helping me to be who I am now.
I client just came in, looked at my angel costume and said he thought I was pushing it a little too far!! Haaa! He seemed to think devil horns might be a little more appropriate for today!!Hahahaha.........well, it's my costume and for today, I can be an angel. Tomorrow I'll put the horns back on!!
I want to give a special blessing of strength, hope and love for those on the east coast who have braved the hurricane. It is hard to think of celebrating at a time when others are exerpiencing so much heartache.
I hope today is filled with all of the elements that make a meaningful holiday for all of you. It is a time to delve into our storehouse of memories and connect with our heritage, families, communities, and the earth and all her mysterious bounties. Happy fall festivities for us all.