Could any time of the year be so glorious as Autumn? Cool breezes wipe away the intense heat of summer and leaves begin to change with gold and red hues. Farmers busy at Harvest time with the last of organic fruits and vegetables. The season brings out the best in people as October Fest begins in many cities across the globe. Cold ale with sausage and cheese is a favorite at Irish Bars and German pubs.
Children have gone back to school, leaving their mothers to perk up their homes with carved pumpkins, bright purple lights and scarecrows. Now's the perfect time to pick out the ideal costume. Will you be Jack Sparrow, a scruffy pirate or a beautiful character from Disney's latest animated film? Best of all are the Halloween activities like ghost hunting, costume parties and dancing until dawn.
For those who are Wiccan, Pagan or Druid, they will be joining in circle to honor the Goddess and God as they begin the Celtic New Year. At sunset on Samhain, pronounced sow-in (Halloween) is the beginning of the New Year. With the old year waning, the harvest has been gathered, sheep and other stock will be brought in from the fields and Gaia is slowly dying for the winter to come. This time is used to reflect on the year before and resolve any issues before the New Year.
Some of the activities for Pagans include: Harvest celebrations, hosting a dumb supper, holding seances to honor the dead or holding rituals for animals you love and protect. This is a good time of the year for burying a witches bottle on your property for protection from evil too. Just don't expect Pagans to dress up in wizard, fae or witches costumes. When that is who you are, what would be the fun in that?