On Oct. 28th we joined together to mark the turning of the year and honor those who have passed away. This celebration is known by many names: All Hallows Eve, Hallows, Halloween Samhain, and Dia De Los Muertos.
At the midpoint between the fall equinox and the winter solstice, we
pause to remember and honor the dead.
We honor ancestors.
We honor those we have loved.
We honor, too those we never met.
We honor all humans.
We honor all beings.
We honor the perpetual cycle of life.
Death / life /night / day /winter / summer,
All are part of the sacred cycle.
Tonight we remember the wholeness of our selves and our earth community.
We remember the sacredness of our selves and our earth community.
What is remembered, lives.
Around 6:30-7:00pm participants constructed altar’s to honor friends and family members who have passed away. Photos of these altars can be found below. Click on the image view a larger version of the image.
At 7pm we held a brief ceremony. We smudged (wafted burning sage smoke) ourselves as we walked into the sanctuary. This helped cleanse ourselves and clear our minds to transition into sacred space. We walked counter-clockwise around the circular 35 foot canvas labyrinth. This direction is rarely used in an earth base tradition, but in this case used to mark the occasion of the passing of the year.
We sang “Blood of the Ancients“, “Every Step I Take is a Healing Step“. We held hands and imagined a circle of energy protecting the sanctuary. We then welcomed the Directions. We each sat and meditated briefly on friends and family that have passed away, and also things in our lives we would like to release. Quiet drumming music played as we walked the labyrinth. At the center we lit candles (again to honor those who have passed) and walked out following the labyrinth and letting in new things for the new year. We ended by saying farewell to the Directions, held hands and removed the sphere of protective energy. We sang our closing song of “May the Circle Be Open” If would like to hear the tune and words click here
We then joined together for refreshments that we had all brought to share. We also had a vegetable “Stone Soup” from donations people had brought. Bread was broke and we talked of qualities our loved ones had taught us.
Many thanks to all those who helped setup and cleanup.
Tags: Samhain, Sun Holiday
Oct. 13th we celebrated the full moon in Libra. This moon was the second in a series of 12 honoring the sun sign the month. Topics were communication & balance.
As you can see by the balanced blocks in the picture, we had a short tactile exercise in balancing. Each one of us added a block after talking about areas in our lives that we currently felt balanced in. We also did some balancing yoga exercises.
For communication, we played “Telephone”, the game where you whisper in someone’s ear and it goes around the circle. Apparently as adults, in a room with no distractions, and short phrases, we were 3 for 3 for getting the phrases correct.
We briefly journaled about things we want/need in our lives. Those who wanted to shared their items with the group. We of course sang some songs (One of our favorites “Breath In, Breath Out” and played with chimes.
A full moon rises at the same time as the sunsets. This Oct. we were blessed with a spectacular display.
Every month the UUCA displays items of a different artist in the Art Gallery. This month, among other lovely items, was a display case with “Goddess Whimsy”. These are carved abstract Goddess figures, wire wrapped with small crystals. (you may want to click on the image to see more detail).
Stone carved Goddess figures, wire wrapped with small quartz crystals