Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Samhain ....

It is Samhain, the end of summer, the third and final Pagan festival, and the beginning of a period known to many as "The Waiting Time".


Now is the time to lay down your tools, the symbols of your productivity, and light a fire to honour not only what has been done throughout the past year, but also all that has preceded you, in this life and in all the lives lived before.


Now is the time to make space in your heart and in your mind, for the stillness and silence of death. This season, a season of waiting, a season that grows in darkness by the second, becomes a time for us to grow in our practice of stillness, of silence, and of listening. Observe Samhain in silence, wistfully and consciously for at least a few moments, and discover that when you remove the noise of your own ambition and determination, you are provided with the space to listen more closely to the deeper, more lasting truths.



We listen for the wisdom of our ancestors, presented to us in the form of dreams, messages read from and into our surroundings, or insights gained from meditating on our past and present. In our practice of silence and stillness, we come to better understand the origins of our beliefs, our practices and our own collective consciousness. (Teo Bishop - Huffington Post)


Our family and friends gathered for celebrations over the weekend, it's so inconvenient when "special days" fall mid-week (who do I speak to about this)!  We lit candles, we sat in silence, we enjoyed a meal of Pollo Cacciatore with roast vegetables and we drank, how we did drink, as indicated by the final picture, the end of the night. Boy, it was goooood!

Happy Halloween!

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  1. What a wonderful tradition, the photos are so beautiful with the candlelight!

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    1. Thanks Cindy, Hope you have a spooktacular evening!
      Di
      xxx

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  2. Hello Dianne:
    Silence is such a precious commodity in the busy and noisy world in which we live. Indeed, even in times of quiet, silence often eludes us. But, what beautiful sentiments you express here that, in silent contemplation would be more powerful than any spoken word.

    The time with your family and friends sounds to have been wonderfully joyous. May all your tricks be treats this Halloween. Have fun!

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    1. Hello Jane & Lance,
      We were not silent for long, but there is something very special about shared silence. I have researched many religious practices during my time on earth. I have always felt that not one has it "just right", however, The Quaker faith believes in silent gathering, often conducting silent meetings. Again, harking back to pagan practice. I guess, somewhere deep within, we are all pagan, just manipulated to suit other's needs and influences.
      Happy Samhain!
      Di
      xxxx

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  3. I love your mysterious autumnal lighting Dianne perfectly setting the scene for a wonderful evening.

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    1. Hi Paul,
      Just a few candles, but in the belly of our wooden boat it does give off a lovely hue!
      Di
      xxx

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  4. The perfect, perfect post, my love. Thank you.

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    1. Love your avatar Sue! Very voodoo xxx
      Di

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    2. What do you think? Should I keep it now Samhain is past? There is something about it with which I identify at a more fundamental level. I'd love your advice, Di.

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    3. I would say keep it for a while you little voodoo chile!

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    4. Voodoo chile.

      Love it.

      xx

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  5. Beautiful photos and your post my friend was meant for me to read today. I needed the reminder of listening to messages that are sent and surround me. Wishing you a most peaceful week....xo C. (HHL)

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    1. Hello lovely!
      I am sure you have so much to dwell on, listen too and take heart from, much more than most. You have been on such a life changing journey and, I am sure, have so many more messages to hear than most.
      Happy Halloween dear friend.
      Di
      xxxx

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  6. Beautiful pumpkins! And of course your photos of the entire night! Happy Halloween my dear friend! I hope you are having a great day!

    xx Elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      It was a wonderful night and, I'm still enjoying those pumpkins, they are still blooming beautifully.
      Happy Halloween.
      Di
      xxxx

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  7. This was beautiful from start to finish!

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    1. Mitch,
      Cheers! Are you warm in your blanket yet? It should be with you any day now.
      Di
      xxxx

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    2. So sorry to take so long to respond! As you know, the blanket is here and loved. And I doubt I will ever get a moment with it. Between San Geraldo, Moose, and Dudo, there's no room for me!

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  8. I love your photos giving off that warm and eerie glow and the family gathering must have been special! Suzy x

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    1. Hi Suzy,
      Thanks!It was a wonderful evening, although I did have a "bit of a head" the next day :-)
      Di
      xxxx

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  9. Di - Thanks for educating us about Samhain. You're certainly celebrating it festively, and with hearty food and wine :) I love your pumpkins as cache pots....fabulous idea! Happy Halloween ~ Loi

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    1. Hi Loi,
      I just wish I could have got my hands on the white pumpkins and added white flowers. We don't seem to grow them here.
      Happy Halloween to you!
      Di
      xxxx

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  10. Hello Dianne, There is a special, relaxed quality about Halloween (or in this case, Samhain) celebrations, that sets it apart from other holidays. Now, your post has given us added depth and meaning for this day, and has provided a blueprint for its proper celebration.
    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. Hi Parnassus,
      I really enjoy following the Pagan traditions, it's so guilt free and you don't have to praise anyone, just give thanks for our life and surroundings, to whatever you believe in! Nobody tells you how to think - freedom!
      Happy Samhain!
      Di
      xxxx

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  11. Blessed Samhain to you and yours! Loved the photos and the words of this post.

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    1. Blessings to you Robin Larkspur!
      Di
      xxxx

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  12. Beautiful Dianne.
    Praise to all our families and loved ones that have gone before us.
    Silence with friends.. so fitting
    thank you for sharing your wonderful week.
    god bless
    val

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    1. Hi Val,
      Wonderful of you to stop by. This truly is a season when the weather gets colder but our hearts get warmer. We light fires and share that warmth. Enjoy your season.
      Blessings to you.
      Di
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  13. Beautiful photos. This time of year always evokes the mysterious and instils a longing in me for I know not what.

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    1. Loree,
      I know exactly what you mean, it is mysterious and there is a secrecy in it. I have been watching Autumnwatch on the BBC. The world is so busy preparing for hibernation. Gathering food, building shelters, the stags are rutting. So much activity and then, REST.
      Enjoy your autumn gathering.
      Di
      xxxx

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  14. how strange...I hadn't read your post until this morning, but yesterday evening when I got back from putting Bruce to bed, and the wonderful tranquility of night time stables, I had the overwhelming urge to sit in silence and just be.
    So what did I do?
    I made a complicated supper, listed some stuff on ebay, got really uptight cos my crochet wouldn't go according to plan, drank too much/ate too much choc and slept fitfully.
    Time I learned to listen to inner thoughts...

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    1. A lesson we all need to learn I think. So many unnecessary demands we place on ourselves. You should have ordered a pizza and sat down with a glass of red wine :-)
      Di
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  15. Totally gorgeous Di....to be still, silent and listen...n i c e.

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    1. With a glass if wine of course Robyn.
      Di
      xxxxx

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  16. The pumpkin arrangements are lovely. I like that you always seem to have the best time....congrats to you for that, Dianne. Life is supposed to be a fun ride :).

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    1. You are so right Petronella, life is supposed to be enjoyed. That's why I choose the Pagan way. Work hard enjoy the fruits of your labour without guilt or without anyone telling you what to believe!
      Di
      xxxxx

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  17. Hello Di

    Your party sounded just fabulous and to have been a fly on the wall - no doubt some great stories were spun

    Helen xx

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    1. I don't know about great stories Helen, just a lot of slurring probably :-)
      Di
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  18. GOOD MORNING, DI!

    I am somewhat behind in my blogging as I see that many of you dear friends have posted and I thought I did my rounds yesterday! What a wonderful way to make sense of ourselves and cycles of life, these celebrations. And I enjoy seeing how many of us from such different backgrounds express these ideas. I can only imagine but guess very well that your celebration was indeed GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!

    Hugs to you! Anita

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    1. It's always gooooood Anita. It's an absolute rule in this home! Life is way too short not to try your best to enjoy every moment. It's a mind set, choose happiness!
      I am a tardy blog visitor too :-)
      Di
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    1. Happy November dear friend :-)
      Xxxxx

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  20. Any excuse to take on a gentle load of booze is a good excuse. That loaded table looks lovely. It's a bit strange down here in NZ to be celebrating Halloween when the nights are getting shorter and the temperature is hovering around 20ºC and we have a long hot summer to look forward to.

    Are you going to do the same at Inbolc?

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    1. Hi TSB,
      We will indeed be enjoying Imbolc, but there's Yule to come first on 21st December, that's a big one. Much Cragganmore will be drunk then. We are off to Scotland again soon, up to the highlands on 8th December for a week! Enjoy your sunny autumn :-)
      Di
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    1. Thanks, yes it was a hoot. I think we ended up singing Christmas carols!
      Di
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  22. Gorgeous feasting! We roasted some pig yesterday, and took a quiet walk in the woods- I love watching Nature turn the seasons over. Hope your head is recovered from the admirable drinking :-)

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    1. Hi Lily Tequila,
      It was a fun night and, ok, I admit I had to take some pain killers he following morning :-) it was worth it. Your day sounds wonderful. I share your love for this season.
      Do
      xxxxx

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  23. Wonderful blog, thank you for sharing! Many blessings )O(

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    1. Oath Bound,
      Welcome! Come in, take the weight off your feet, sit in front of the fire and enjoy a cup of tea. One or two sugars?
      Great to meet you.
      Di
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  24. Wonderful pictures...full of atmosphere.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Nice trip o Paris Shirley?
      There was indeeeeed atmosphere!
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  25. DI MY DEAR! How lovely to see you my dear friend. I always think of Clair de Lune when I see your comments; I will never forget the beautiful connection you had made with a post I did on Clair de lune and the similarities we share toward that song.

    Thank you for your kind words about my post. I am now taking a class on how to write your MEMOIRS and I am looking forward to learning how to write even better.

    I had the most lovely conversation yesterday with a young banker at the bank. He is from SCOTLAND and his accent made me think of you and other dear friends who I long to hear out in the UK. One day, maybe!

    Hugs sweet one, Anita

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    1. One day Anita, you will hear my Welsh lilt I am sure. Your writing class sounds interesting, I can't wait to hear all about it and see the results, although I am not sure how you improve on perfection!
      Much love
      Di
      Xxxxx

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  26. oh how i wish i were a 'super fly' on the wall at your party.
    i would love to know so much more!!!

    thank you {as always} for you 'CHEERS' to me in my post!!\\xox

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    1. Renee,
      A "super fly", how much fun would that be! All the things you could learn. We have to get you on an international flight one of these days, then you would be a super fly!
      Di
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  27. Di, the only thing missing in these gorgeous pictures is a little chocolate. ;) Oh my goodness, I can literally lose myself in them.
    I had never heard of Samhain, but I am a huge believer of stillness and the value of silence. I don't think I could enjoy the creativity I've come to value so much if it weren't for the silence and calm that precedes it. Funny that you use the word practice here. I often referred to the practice of calm on my previous blog. Love it.
    Always a pleasure visiting with you.
    XOXO's,
    Marcia
    Save me some pollo. ;)

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    1. Marcia,
      In the last picture there is an oval empty white bowl. It's empty because all the chocolate that filled it was devoured. I hardly had a look in, I think I had two. My brother was a chocolate fiend that night.

      Enjoy your silence!
      Di
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  28. Dear Di,
    I always have an out door fall party. Not this year. Your post is wonderful.
    The season is upon us. Happy Thanksgiving.
    yvonne

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    1. An outdoor fall party sounds wonderful. Similar to our bonfire night celebrations on 5th November, Guy Fawkes night. I remember them so well from childhood, fireworks, hot dogs and laughter!
      Happy Thanksgiving. Although I'm in the UK we do celebrate Thanksgiving for my American. You can never have enough turkey in my view!
      Di
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  29. How late I am dear friend!!
    What a beautiful post...stillness is precious and essential to a balanced mind...
    Gorgeous photos, I'm so happy you had a good time!!
    Big hugs, much love, and many blessings...
    - Irina

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  30. Hello my dear Di,

    where are you and what wonderful adventures are you up to? I have been missing you! Life is CRAZY...I am runnung around like a chicken with my head cut off.


    I hope you are well, staying warm, finding lots of great treasures and enjoying life!

    Have a wonderful weekend! xx Elizabeth

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  31. Good morning my beloved friend!

    I am always honored when I see your comments Di, because I know, I can just FEEL how sincere you are in reading my attempts. I am taking a writing course these days and I am loving it, however, the little time I have to churn out a blog post is becoming less and less. This recent one of mine was intended to be a bit more crafted in the skills I am learning, but time just ran away with me, so your kind comments mean the world to me.

    I hope you are well; I am finding that Etsy is picking up and local commissions are starting to come in! So off I go on this quiet Sunday to begin my work. MANY HUGS TO YOU MY FRIEND! Anita

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  32. What a joy to see your message today, my dear friend!
    Yes, work-outs are exhausting, aren't they? ;) I am trying too! Your discipline inspires me to keep at it...
    Make sure you balance out with little luxuries for yourself! :))) I just know you do...
    Sending you lots of love,
    - Irina

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  33. Oooooh Lovely lovely photography and a very 'mindful' post easy to forget such things....Bestest Daisy J .

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