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!