Some October, when the leaves turn gold, ask me if I’ve done enough to deserve this life I’ve been given. A pile of sorrows, yes, but joy enough to unbalance the equation.” –Barbara Crooker
The Wheel of the Year comes to Samhain and this is the time we remember and honour our ancestors and also burn away the old and light the fire for the new.
And while I am making apple crisp and spiderweb cookies as part of our feast, as I am setting the candles and playing a Samhain playlist on Spotify, they see me in these ritual preparations, I do it all because it is meaningful to me. And I talk about loss and love, I share stories from my childhood, I share in their excitement about their costumes and the candy, because candy is awesome and we have it.
What I hope they take away from seeing me take on this ritual preparation, is that they are worthy. Worthy of work, worthy of being treated like an honoured guest and I hope this care we take with the rituals, flows into their memory banks as a living thread that grows their self-love and speaks to acceptance of their personal paths.
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