Since the day is starting to settle down, I thought I would blog about my reflections for my first Samhain celebration. Last year I recognized the Sabbat but didn’t really put much effort into actually celebrating it. A couple months ago I decided to really set forth on a Pagan path and slowly build my own practice. So this was the first Sabbat I wanted to celebrate on my new path. I have been in and out of Paganism through my teen years, early 20’s and then now in my early 30’s. In the past I really never did the studies and put in the effort to learn, this time around I am taking my time and really soaking in everything I come across as well as taking the moment to read and study… I can say now that I am thoroughly enjoying ever footstep in this path I have been creating. The friends and connections I have made have been awesome!
So back to Samhain! I’m not a ritual type of person and I’m learning that, so I decided to just do a simple altar for honoring my ancestors and a tarot reading (I did the same reading last year on Samhain and it took my breath away, I have been looking forward to this reading all year). Since I was honoring Pamela Colman Smith on my altar tonight, I decided to use the RWS deck naturally.
Along with my ancestors, I decided to set up two mini altar’s for some deities I have been keen to “work” with more in the new year. These two deities are Hel and Hecate. I have never been very interested in Hecate, but the past two nights have drawn me to her in dreams so I finally decided to seek her out and read what she is all about. I am slowly building a relationship with her archetype and understanding it more and more. Hel has always been very fascinating to me. She is a very empowering Goddess and I absolutely love her symbolism along with Santa Muerte (who is on my ancestor altar right now).
I am looking forward to the rest of the year and the new year to come. My tarot reading gave me lots of insight to think about and plan for, I journaled away in the dark with only a candle to light my pen.
Hope you all had a great Samhain!
Who all is excited for Samhain?! I know I am, Friday can’t come soon enough! I have been doing a lot of deep thinking about Samhain and my ancestors. This year I am taking the time to honor three people in my life.
The first person I want to honor is my Great Grandmother, Granny. She was a big part of my life growing up and I was honored to have her at my wedding in 2007. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of one of her adventures or stories she would tell. Her life consisted of living in Saudi Arabia and Thailand, as well as traveling to Italy and other places in Europe. She had a pet monkey while living in Thailand, she was nearly buried in an earthquake while as a young girl in school, she spoke perfect Thai and would always give you the coat on her back. Anyone that met her would hear the stories she would tell and she would often bake them a pie. She was a treasure to have in the family.
The second person I am honoring is my father in law, Bob Sr.. He passed away earlier this year and it was quite sudden, it left a huge hole in our hearts. No matter how he was feeling each day, he was always in the kitchen cooking or baking, even if that meant falling asleep while stirring the pots. He welcomed everyone into his home and made them feel like family. I am lucky enough to have married my husband who is a mirror of his father, from looks all the way down to the gentle and kind soul they shared. My father in law was often a father to many, he helped fill the fatherly role for those who needed. He has been dearly missed by all.
The other person is not one of my family line of ancestors, but someone who has a strong influence in my life. Every day that I pick up my tarot deck, I am giving my respect to her. This amazing woman is Pamela Colman Smith. I read a few blogs recently that talked about honoring ancestors that are not in your family, those who inspire and effect you in your life. When thinking about people in history that have had an effect on me, Pamela Colman Smith comes to mind instantly. Who better to honor on my Samhain table than this great woman. The RWS deck is one of my go-to decks when teaching someone about tarot or just doing readings for myself or others. I believe Pamela Colman Smith deserves a great deal of respect and I want to honor her during Samhain this year… she will have a permanent place on my altar for everyday of the year as well now.