Happy All Hallow’s week to you!
To hallow is “to make holy or sacred, to sanctify
or consecrate, to venerate”. (Wikipedia)
It’s a fine time for drawing up insight and guidance from the depths, and sustenance from our very roots.
What might we want to ‘make holy’, sanctify, consecrate, or venerate?
What might we be, by default, venerating or worshipping that might not be worthy of that devotion … or might even be unhealthy and toxic?
As the fabulously gifted and insightful Gen-Xer David Foster Wallace said, we all worship something, and given that, it might be more desirable to do that consciously and intentionally. Here are his words …
“In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship — be it J.C. or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles — is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.” ~ David Foster Wallace
It’s also an intuition-accessing and visioning-friendly week.
We always have access to such gifts, but sometimes the Energies of Now are even more supportive of these things.
Starting with yesterday’s Scorpio new moon, and moving through November 6th (when the Sun reaches the Scorpio Power Gate at 15 degrees Scorpio), we have a week in which the ‘thin veils’ and liminal potency lend themselves to visioning, energy work, accessing deeply held intuition and body wisdom, and other such arts of the Wise Wo/man path.
Here’s a freshly updated musing on the deep, deep roots of All Hallow’s, from which we might draw fresh vision, courage, strength, and inspiration.
Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots
Nowadays, with so much wisdom forgotten, many people think of Samhain or the cross-quarters as evidence of pagan ancestors or ‘ancestor worship’.
Or, among those who self-describe as more learned or intellectual, such seasonal festivals might be seen as holdovers from more ‘primitive’ or ‘superstitious’ times.
That’s all so much inaccurate thinky-thinky blah-blah that, caught up in the fog of self-righteousness, misses the point entirely.
Starting October 31st on the calendar, and/or when the Sun reaches mid-Scorpio (15 degrees) in the Northern Hemisphere’s Autumn Season, we note the Samhain, or All Hallow’s, All Souls, or All Saints festival. The ‘Hallow’een’ of modern times.
This year, 2016, the solar or astrological cross-quarter midpoint occurs over November 6th at 6:45 p.m (Eastern/NY time), so you can find your local time using Time & Date’s converter.
This All Hallow’s week — if you go from the calendar Samhain or Hallow’een on October 31st through the solar Samhain that non-clock-time ancestors would have used — begins with the new moon in the Scorpio Mysteries zone on Sunday the 30th.
So it’s a liminal-zone week … a ‘thin time’ … perfect for visioning, spirit work, and perhaps more easily accessing other medial-Feminine gifts like intuition, inner guidance, ‘seeing’, and energy work.
In elder-times, and even now for the reverently-inclined, this seasonal sacred time or festival would have celebrated the …
Read the full Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots musing here.
Big Love and Liminal, Deep-Roots, All Hallow’s Blessings,
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