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Preparing for All Hallows

in Community, Family, Spiritual Practice, Wheel of the Year


Since my return from the east coast, I’ve been immersed in a large web redesign project for my Main Client and working very long hours on it.  I get on a roll, just like I do with artwork and the longer I work the faster it goes. 

But I get kind of stuck in CodeLand.  I even dream about it and often wake up with the solution to a thorny code problem.  Seems like everything else fades away and when I look up and realize what I’ve been missing, I get cranky.  No artwork, no introspection, no long walks.  Just code.

Of course I’ve also been consumed by election news and have been reading too many political blogs and tweets, and religiously watching CNN & MSNBC with a little Fox thrown in for color.

So I’m partially taking today and tomorrow off, since these are High Holy Days.  I’m about to start cleaning my house, literally and ritually, then I’ll build a Hallows altar and an Ancestor altar.  I’ll get outside for awhile too, during the rain breaks. Or maybe I’ll just go outside while it’s raining and get soaked.  A hot shower afterwards will feel great.  Craig and I will carve a pumpkin and set it on the doorstep.  We’ll be ready for the trick or treaters come nightfall; it will be the first time at this house so we have no idea how many to expect.  I’ll miss seeing all the island kids I know coming to the door of Heron House.  Then it will be time for a little late night divination and introspection.

Tomorrow night a few friends will gather here to mark the Turning of the Wheel towards Winter.  We’ll walk the backyard loop by candlelight, scuffling through downed cedar and maple leaves. We’ll leave offerings at scattered outdoor altars, Stations of the Pentacle.  Back inside, we’ll share photos and stories of our beloved dead. Then we’ll spend the rest of evening reading cards and runes for each other, feasting and drumming and weaving tight the threads of community.  

But this morning, I am missing my beloved dead.  Pop, 1915-2006.   Mom, 1917-1984.  My son Jake, 1974-1990.  My friend Helen, 1948-1994.

Love you all.  Miss you all.

Blessed be. 

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • judy Fri - Oct 31st 2008 4:14 pm

    Goddess bless you and your loved ones, Joanna… past and present. At this time of year, I feel the prescence of mothers and brothers and doggies who are no longer with me. It’s such a magical time.
    This afternoon I was part of a similar ceremony with James and friends here in Toronto. Tomorrow I will be at one that is based on sacred sound..yummy. How fortunate we are to have such rich communities in our lives(both on and off the computer!)

  • Ellen-Mary Fri - Oct 31st 2008 5:42 pm

    Samhain shona!

  • Mama Kelly Sat - Nov 01st 2008 11:29 am

    Blessed Samhain
    Happy Halloween
    I hope is to within a couple of years where I too can take off work for my Holy Days and do them more service.
    It sounds like you certainly held the day as sacred.

  • Joanna Sat - Nov 01st 2008 1:04 pm

    Thank you Ellen-Mary! Judy, yes we are indeed most blessed for all kinds of community. Mama Kelly, I have been self-employed since 1993. It has its cons (no regular paycheck, buying your own insurance etc) but for me the pros (setting your own schedule) have always outweighed the cons.