May we not manifest fear and attach negative “stories” of nature’s duality - including our own - through skirting the topics of death and darkness, which are natural and necessary compliments to life and light. True history shows that there is nothing evil about the roots of this holiday, and we should be free to rejoice and play!
“The Druid rites, therefore, were concerned with making contact with the spirits of the departed, who were seen as sources of guidance and inspiration rather than as sources of dread…The dead are honoured and feasted, not as the dead, but as the living spirits of loved ones and of guardians who hold the root-wisdom of the tribe.”
“Samhain was the time of year when the herds were culled. That means that farmers and herders killed the old, sick or weak animals, as well as others they didn’t think would make it through the winter with that year’s available food. Prior to the last few centuries in the West, most people lived with death as a common part of life, especially since most of them lived on farms. Samhain became imbued with symbolism of these annual deaths.”
“These four major holy days have been referred to as ‘fire festivals’ for at least the last hundred years or so, because (1) to the ancient Celts, as with all the Indo-European Paleopagans, fire was a physical symbol of divinity, holiness, truth, and beauty…”
“Jack O’Lanterns…became popular as house decorations in the USA after immigrant Irish people discovered how much easier pumpkins were to carve than turnips…”