Halloween Safety For Our Pets

Animals Are Feeling Beings Too

Halloween is near! Although this may be a fun time for children and adults, this can be a scary time for our pets.

cat-scared-spiderIt’s a noisy and busy night. It’s important to keep your pets inside, safe, and calm.

Here are some safety tips from petMD.

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All Hallows’ Eve

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Illustration of Rambling Ratz An embarrassing selfie of me with a pumpkin stuck on my head

As I am sure you all know the 31st October, All Hallows’ Eve, is the celebration of the night before All Saints Day (a saint being a hallowed or holy and sacred person).

Such celebrations take different forms around the World. In Germany they hide all the knives so the spirits can’t be mischievous with them. In Hong Kong they leave gifts for hungry ghosts. In the United Kingdom people would light candles to guide the spirits and leave a glass of wine and a soul cake for them. Children would go door to door singing songs for the dead in exchange for these little cakes in a tradition known as « soulling ». This has developed into the modern day « trick or treat ».

It was the Scottish who shortened the name to Hallowe’en in the sixteenth century. They would…

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All Hallow’s Eve 2016

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I wish you all a happy All Hallow’s Eve. Have fun, stay safe, and remember to clean your teeth after eating all of that candy.Photo of sparkler pumpkin

I « painted » these rough estimations of pumpkins with a sparkler. Using the camera’s manual settings of ISO 80, f8 and shutter speed of 15 seconds and manually focusing beforehand using a torch. I then lit a sparkler and waved it about in what I thought was a pumpkin shaped pattern. I’m sure most children will be able to paint a better pumpkin than mine.Photo of sparkler pumpkin

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Spiraling at Samhain: Building a Classic Seven Circuit Labyrinth

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The final light labryinth being walked The final light labryinth being walked

In many sacred spaces throughout the world, we see the labyrinth.  It is reflected in the spiral, the pattern in nature that repeats often, and asks us to engage.  It offers us the ability to slow down, to wind around, to wind things up–or unwind them as we walk through and out.  I have done many a ritual in a labyrinth at Samhuinn: one of my favorites is a simple walk.  This is a lovely ritual for this time of year, as the wheel turns and the days grow darker.  A labyrinth of lights, in particular, is a nice way to connect with the energy of this season. In this post, I’ll share how to setup a labyrinth for Samhuinn and how to use the labyrinth as a ritual activity for this time of the year.

True to the energy of this season, this…

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