on this Samhain holiday

Today is the ancient holiday, Samhain. Some have come to recognize that some of the traditions practiced by the ancient Celts have carried over to us in the form of Halloween.

It is believed that on this day, the veil between worlds is thinned. Spirits during this time are more accessible to us, as the fairy portals are open to allow the souls that have passed during the year to transition into the other-world.

Just as the leaves, now colored red and orange and yellow, are soon to fall from the trees from which they grew, so goes the changes within ourselves. Now is the time to accept our entire beings: the shadow and light, the inevitability of life leading to death, our strengths and our foibles. It is also a time to shed the skins of the prior year; to begin again- renewed. Light is fading, awaiting rebirth at the Winter Equinox and we must also allow our old selves to fade so that our new perspectives can lead us into new understanding.

Be unafraid today, should you feel a slight breeze upon your cheek, a light that passes within your vision, a voice beckoning you… these are simply your guides, your ancestors, your loved ones who have passed over, giving you love and encouragement; giving you a special hug as they are free to wonder on this night.

Tonight, light a fire: Give thanks to all the blessings in your life; Give mention to all whom have passed from this plane during the year; Write on a piece of paper all that you wish to release from your spirit, your mind, your heart and place it in the fire with love.

Wishing you Samhain blessings for growth and acceptance during this time. May your ancestors bless you and your loved ones for a bountiful upcoming year.

With love,

embrace the change

I spent a good amount of time this morning watching the squirrels scurry from yard to yard collecting acorns. The change in weather has definitely kicked their instincts into gear and they are intuitively getting ready for winter by lining their holes and nests with sustenance for the oncoming winter.

This made me consider the notion of change. Seasons bring about an alteration in weather: the clothes we wear, the level of activity we participate in, our moods, the foods we eat- all change. As the cold blows in, we inevitably slow down, settle in and perhaps reflect a bit upon aspects of the past year- good and bad.

These introspections can bring about wonderful changes both in ourselves and in our direct environments. Perhaps, as an exercise to welcome change, think on one thing that you can alter about your life that might create a lasting reverberation within your world. Decide that one night a week all winter you will eat cleaner.. whether that means no meat, or no dairy, or no processed foods, or no alcohol… think on what you can change, for just one day this winter, that might affect your body, your mind, your spirit in a positive way. Decide today to try committing yourself to that one thing… and then watch how just one effort, once a week, can impact your life and the lives of both the people and animals around you.

Change is as inevitable as the seasons. The squirrels don’t fight against the incoming chill, they simply prepare for it and manage it as best as they can. We can learn a lot about inner peace from them, about acceptance from them; and in doing so, we might be able to embrace that change for our own highest and best good. It really only starts with a step… one step forward. Decide to be the change you want to see… decide to take that step that might free you from the shackles of life that create stress, and sickness, and dis-ease.

The ability to manifest what we desire is ours by nature… all that is required is believe and action. Take your step, save your acorns, create a better and higher vibrational environment for yourself and all living things around you.

with love and light

On the Autumnal Equionox

Today is Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox. At this time, light and dark are equal. After today, darkness will begin to consume light until light is reborn again during the Winter Solstice. Now is the time to reap what you have sown, both literally and figuratively. Take time to review the past year; be thankful for manifested dreams and desires and assess those dreams that did not come to fruition with the understanding that sometimes doors remain closed for our highest and best good.

Take time to give thanks for the abundance in your life. Stretch your mind to consider new frontiers for the coming year. Prepare yourself for the dark period we are entering as shadow work is equally as important as focusing on lightness. Find balance between these two opposites to allow true energy to flow through you.

May your life be filled with abundance, prosperity and peace on this Mabon celebration.

Love and light…