[This is an updated version of a Sophia’s Children favorite for this time of the year.]
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.
Reflecting back a couple of years ago, I had the privilege and joy of giving the Sunday lesson for a wonderful group here on this very topic — deep roots, and the power of blessing.
The Energies of Now support us even more than usual in that gathering back and sinking roots. More on that just below.
But first … if ‘to hallow’ is ‘to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate,’ …
What might we want to ‘make holy’, sanctify, consecrate, bless, 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
We always have access to such gifts as intuition, discernment, and inspiration, though for many generations these Divinely given gifts were demonized, and that’s a tragic loss that’s haunted many generations since.
There are times, like now, when the Energies of Now facilitate easier access to the ‘thin veils’ and liminal potency, 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, or All Souls, 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.
In many cultures, there are holidays at cross-quarters, equinoxes, solstices, and other meaningful times where the calendar was interrelated with the cycles of Sun, Moon, and season, among other things.
In your own ancestral culture (or cultures), it may have been called something else based on the language and culture of your ancestors. Observing these things, though, would have been a commonality were they to gather at a crossroads or campfire.
This year, 2021, the solar or astrological cross-quarter midpoint occurs over November 6th at about 12:48 p.m (Eastern Standard Time), so you can find your local time using The Time Now’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 Thursday, November 4th, 2021.
So it’s a liminal-zone … a ‘thin time’ … perfect for visioning, spiritual practice, cultivating (as my Qigong Grandmaster would say), 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 …
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October 31, 2021 at 6:35 pm
Welcome back! xo Kimberley
November 12, 2021 at 6:20 pm
Thank you, Kimberley. xo Jamie
October 31, 2021 at 7:01 pm
Thank you for this inspiration. Been feeling the urge to paint lately and it seems like now’s the time! Maybe my ancestors will speak to me through the that ‘medium.’ I also very much appreciate your perspectives on Gen X, being at the tail end of your ‘core group.’ I’ve noticed lots of other age groups claiming “Gen X” status lately, with people born anywhere up to the mid-eighties thinking they’re Gen X (or Xennials or whatever). It’s confusing and more about marketing than reality, I suspect. So I like the clarity you have around that. Thank you again. – Elizabeth
November 12, 2021 at 6:31 pm
Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth. You’re welcome!
That’s wonderful that you’re following the Muse’s nudge to paint — how’s that unfolding for you? The ancestors can surely speak through that mode or others (sometimes it feels like finding the right frequency or communication-channel).
I hear you on the confusion and irritation about the Generation X thing, and it seems that way with other “marketing demographic groups” too. Just saw one of the first articles that outright sets “Millennials” against “Gen Z” and vice versa, and seems to define a whole group of people by the behaviors of a few.
The thing about the (so-called) Generation X is that it seems to have shrunk (or been shrunk!) over the years, from “people born in the Sixties” (Uranus Pluto conjunction in Virgo) to, as you’ve pointed out, suddenly into the 1980s-born folks and everyone in between, even when there are differences in generational influences (and in astrology, which is symbolic language for generational or soul-group characteristics). Vexing. 🙂
I still look to Douglass Coupland’s book and some of the initial Generation X definitions, which sync with the Uranus and Pluto in Virgo astro. But for “fertility studies” and marketing demographics that require big swathes, a name, and facets that can be pitted against one another, the 15-20 year swathes appear!
There are elements or cultural/historical themes and events that mark or define groups of us, to be sure. But the consumer culture goes waaaaaaay over the edge with that stuff and it becomes harmful rather than something that might serve as helpful guidance.
Have you seen or heard any of Gina Pell’s writings/talks on what she started calling “Perennials?” It applies to folks who don’t relate to how their supposed group is pigeon-holed and defined, and don’t particularly appreciate the emphasis on things that divide rather than what unites, or what we might share with people who are older or younger, etc. It’s worthwhile to have a look at. It reminds me a bit of the Cultural Creatives conversation that was prominent for awhile.
Thanks again for visiting. Stop by again sometime. 🙂