Merry Meet All,
Today I hear the leaves scraping the ground, blown by the wind. The trees are almost bare now and a gray sky darkens the sky. It is early yet but I plan to enjoy a walk on the nature trail. This weekend I plan to go to Twa Corbies and share a wonderful magical weekend with my friends.
Samhain is not just about trick or treating or performing a ritual to honor our ancestors. The dumb supper ritual is a huge part of it, to be sure. I have heard some debate about people attending Wiccan schools to learn about being a witch and those who say if you want a ‘Free’ education to learn to be a witch, just go outside. I’m in favor with the outdoor enthusiasts. To me, the best place to learn is by going outdoors- in all weather.
I scoff at those Pagans/ Wiccans/ what have you, who would never dream of shedding their expensive velvet cloaks and huge silver pentacles. Nothing wrong with having some flair but to freak out if your mascara and glitter runs down your cheek when it’s freezing outside when you are supposed to be honoring the Four Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water is so passe to me. Personally I can’t understand that mentality. I have performed rituals outdoors in freezing cold weather. Granted, it would be uncomfortable to perform a ritual skyclad in winter cold outdoors. I’ve never done it but I was cold when I performed a ritual outdoors in the park.
But I digress… Samhain is the time to don your woolly cloaks and venture outdoors to clear the sidewalks, pathways, roads, etc., of the leaves. Put some tea in your thermos, call your friends, and get outside while the awesome colors of nature are there to be enjoyed. If you live in the country, you may be fortunate to hear owls, see deer, coyotes, or rabbits.
It is the time to feel the energy around you and to catch the Fae and Sidhe spying on you. Time to leave offerings to the fae who aided you in your garden all summer. I left an offering of honey mixed with milk and sunflower seeds on my garden. The birds ate the seeds.
Collect nature findings such as acorns, seeds, pinecones, fiery colored leaves, or wildflowers for flower arrangements. Look for animal tracks. Explore a trail you have never noticed before. Enjoy some time spent on the trail or park and meditate to connect with your gods. Test your knowledge about squirrel, crow, or birds calls. Decorate your lawn, deck or garden for Halloween. Bring in herbs or flowers for the winter from your garden.
I grew up in the heart of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I was immersed in nature and at nature’s mercy. There is no gas station, hospital, large grocery store, or restaurant there. We learned to live by our wits. I went on whale cruises, learned how to identify herbs, learned how to spot animal tracks, went on hikes, learned how to fish and trim trees,and how to horse back ride and burn brush. If only those Pagans and Wiccans thought that way. They want to learn in a pristine clean environment. I spotted many many moose, heard owl calls, watched blue lightning flash over the ocean, saw eagles soar over the ocean, and watched whales splash and show off. I loved every mintue of it.
The photo is taken from the deck at the chalet in Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Cabot Trail, Cape Breton. Home is where my heart is.
So in closing, please, get outdoors and enjoy nature. Nature is showing off. I think the Goddess took a colorful paintbrush to the trees.
Lady Spiderwitch )0(