“One of the four Greater Sabbats, Samhain marks the first day of winter ... and is typically the last harvest of the year. In the past, this was an important time of storing supplies and culling the herds that could not be fed throughout the winter. A communion feast was shared with special reverence to the idea of neighbors helping each other through the winter.
“At this time, we give thanks for the successes we have been able to ‘harvest’ from our efforts during the year — this is our ‘Thanksgiving.’
“Samhain is also seen as a time when the ‘veil’ between this world and the next becomes thinner ... allowing us to honor our ancestors by asking them to join us. It is a time for honoring them, [honoring] our heritage and thanking them for their influence in our lives. In our ritual circle, we have a place of honor for their photos and memorabilia, [and] we have an empty place setting at our table to show that they are always with us.
When we come together at Samhain, we see it as a celebration of death and rebirth. Death is, after all, a birth, and birth is leaving behind what is known up to that point.”
To attend the Samhain ritiual at Sylvan Hearth, call 331-8668.
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