Samhain, a Gaelic word meaning "summer's end", is the forerunner of our modern Halloween. It was the beginning of the Celtic New Year, and was the most important and magickal celebration for them.
At this time of year, herds were driven down from their upland pastures for the winter, and old or weak animals were culled to provide meat for the hungry times ahead, thus contributing to the "spooky" emphasis on death. As the dark, hungry times of winter approached, the veils between the worlds were considered to be at their thinnest, enabling contact between the living and the dead, as well as with the faery kind. Divination to see what the New Year would bring was a very popular activity, handed down to us in Halloween party traditions such as bobbing for apples.
This is a key time for meeting and working with healed ancestor spirits (who can be very important shamanic guides); any ancestral items (photos, trinkets, etc.) to place on our altar will be especially welcome at this circle.
Please dress comfortably (it's OK to wear Halloween costumes!), and feel free to bring drums, rattles or other instruments, along with a journal for recording any insights received on your journey.
Doors open at 7:00 pm and close at 7:30 pm, and ends at 11:00 pm (ritual circles run a little longer than usual). Please RSVP to ensure your space. Suggested donation of $10.00 per person to cover the space rental. Come join us for this powerful exploration!
We will be meeting in the Serena Room at Casa de Luz. Some backjacks, folding chairs, pillows and yoga blankets will be available. If possible, you might want to bring your own pillow or blanket to help make sure that you're comfy during the circle, especially if you plan to journey lying down on the floor. You might also want to bring a light wrap or sweater in case the AC is acting up! :) Several of us will be having dinner at 6 PM in Casa's restaurant, so feel free to join us for dinner before the circle! [Note: Just a reminder that it is OK to park in the City of Austin lot across the street, even though "No Parking" signs are posted. The City & Casa have an agreement for now, so you won't get towed.]