Today is Halloween, but it’s also Samhain, pronounced Sowen or something like that. I can never accurately spell pronunciations. It’s a Wiccan Sabbat. I do some Wiccan rituals sometimes because I know witches. It’s not evil like people think and it has nothing to do with the devil. Actually the devil is a Christian created concept. Wiccans worshipped Pan, depending upon the tradition, but he was a horned god, goat footed and all the pagans would ask him to bring fertility to their crops so they could eat over the winter. During the times of the Inquisition, the image of Pan was transformed to an evil image in order to inspire heathens to convert to the Christian faith. Pagan basically means worshipping many gods so technically you could call Buddhists pagans. Heathen’s denotative meaning is ‘people of the heath’ or the hills, farmers and herders for the most part. The connotative meaning is associated with the evil depiction like I talk about above. There’s more, but that’s enough of a history lesson now.
Samhain is a time to remember the deceased and honor their spirits. It’s kind of like El Dia De Los Muertos which is the day of the dead, no not the zombie movie, it’s a Mexican holiday. I think El Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated on November 1st. Anyway tonight at midnight Morgan and I are going to bring soul cakes to graves of friends and family we know who have died, then we’re going to do a ritual. Samhain is also like a Wiccan new year. It’s about death and rebirth so we kind of focus on the ‘out with the old in with the new’ philosophy. So I have lots of old habits and stuff like that I need to rid of, and lots of new good energies to bring into my life. We like to write wishes on birch bark then burn it and the wishes usually come true. Morgan says you can’t peel the bark off the tree unless you want to piss off the Lady of the Forest. So we pick it up off the ground, stuff that naturally fell off.
I didn’t work yesterday because we lost power because of Hurricane Sandy. So that’s when Morgan and I made our soul cakes and planned our ritual. Our ritual is going to focus on Kathy. So after the visit to the cemetery and the ritual, we’re going to a costume party. I’m dressing like a pirate, which is an awesome costume that cost me nothing, which is why I chose it. I was finally able to pay rent and I don’t have to be my landlord’s sidekick anymore, but things are still tight for a little while.
At work we’re passing out candy to trick or treaters. I remember being a kid and trick or treating. Things were so simple then. Sometimes I wish I never had to grow up. I still struggle with growing up.
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