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Wheel of the Year: Samhain

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.]

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  • Rhonda

    This was such a wonderful gathering! So very thankful I was able to participate. Very powerful and healing energy!

    2 · November 3, 2013

    • Toni

      It was wonderful having you join us, Rhonda!

      November 4, 2013

  • Lyn

    Sorry, I have to bail. My son turned 18 today and we just finished opening up his presents!! Miss you all, see you next time!
    Peace and Happy Summers End!! Xo

    1 · November 1, 2013

    • Donna

      We missed you, Lyn. Hope Sage had a happy one! xo

      2 · November 3, 2013

    • Toni

      We missed you, Lyn, but please wish Sage a happy birthday from all of us! :)

      November 4, 2013

  • Laurie L.

    Hi everyone I'm staying in tonight my husband planned a surprise for our anniversary. Sorry to miss out on an awesome night of women fellowship.

    November 1, 2013

    • Toni

      We missed you, Laurie - but happy anniversary!!

      November 4, 2013

  • Toni

    I enjoyed celebrating Samhain with all of you. Some powerful releasing & healing work was done. It was great having several new women join us too! xo

    2 · November 2, 2013

    • Donna

      Toni, thank you for once again creating the kind of space where we may sit in community in love and trust.

      2 · November 3, 2013

  • Lyn

    I've alwaysed loved that picture! Reminds me of the ol' days! ;)

    2 · September 23, 2013

    • gisele

      i'll bring the vase back!

      3 · October 28, 2013

    • Donna

      Someday, we'll have to hold circle outdoors.

      1 · November 3, 2013

  • Dawn E.

    Hi Everyone,
    Turns out that my husband is going to Germany on Sat so I won't be able to make it as I need to be with him on Friday. I know you guys will have a great time... I'll be thinking of you!! I'll catch up with you all on Saturday morning after I drop him off at the airport :-)
    Hugs,
    Dawn

    October 28, 2013

    • Toni

      We'll miss you, Dawn!

      1 · October 28, 2013

    • Donna

      We missed you, Dawn.

      1 · November 3, 2013

  • Eleigh

    I've been overdoing it for several weeks in a row and my body is finally enforcing my need to rest. I'll be dropping off the dark chocolate-pumpkin spice cupcakes for circle, sharing a few hugs, then heading back home to bed. I hope that you all have a wonderful evening!

    1 · November 1, 2013

    • Toni

      Oh, I'm so sorry that you aren't feeling well...we'll miss you! And bless you for bringing the wonderful cupcakes! xo

      2 · November 1, 2013

    • Nayeli

      Eleigh, thank you for the cupcakes. They were so delicious!

      2 · November 2, 2013

  • Deb P.

    Hello Ladies, I really hate to do this as this is one Circle I have really looking forward too but I have to cancel. I have been fighting an upper respiratory infection for two weeks now and still can't shake it. My goal is to be well enough to see you all Sunday. Have a Blessed Evening!

    November 1, 2013

    • Toni

      We'll miss you, Deb. I hope you'll be feeling better soon!

      November 1, 2013

  • Katie

    I'm feelin pretty flippin horrible. So I won't be going anywhere that isn't a place to pick up my check and get groceries enough to last me the weekend. <333 I'll be there in a spooky spirit. BOOGDIE BOOGDIE!

    1 · October 31, 2013

    • Toni

      Aww, Katie...I'm sending some good healing energy your way, love. Hope you'll be feeling much better soon. xo

      1 · November 1, 2013

  • Alethea

    I hope you feel better soon.

    November 1, 2013

  • Pamela

    Just realized I have others plans for that night...I'll miss everyone!

    October 1, 2013

  • L. E. L.

    I had RSVP'd I would come but I am going to be singing that night until about 10. It will be a blast; Chorus Austin is singing the living daylights outta the Verdi Requiem with the Austin Symphony. I will miss the Sowen (can't abide Gaelic spelling), though, and all of you, and the inevitable fantastic Eleigh cupcakes!

    4 · September 28, 2013

    • Toni

      We'll miss you! Have fun singing though...I love Verdi's Requiem!

      1 · October 4, 2013

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