The wood-stove hasn't been cool in days. The inevitable is apparent. Summer is over. The foliage can put on its show, but it's cold nights that really bring home the message. For most of us, its a great time of year though. Before most people enter the "Holiday Season," many Pagans celebrate the death of the old year, and its triumphs and lessons. We plan for feasts, friends and giving the last year a great send off. Hopefully you're planning some of the above, and at least can get the night off from work. It can be a struggle. I've had some "interesting" experiences with employers during this time of year. Tell them it's your New Year and they look at you like either a loon, or a hardcore "Hocus Pocus" fan.
Beyond the logistics of the season, the world just feels different. Whether you believe the veil between worlds is lifted or not, there is something different about this time of year. For that, anyone can appreciate its energy. While Samhainn is a deeply spiritual time, I try and share it with anyone and everyone. The acts of celebration, respecting the dead, and sharing stories are universal. I doubt that I'm alone in having two distinct Samhainn's. One is inclusive, and frankly a Bacchanal. The other is a quiet one spent between times, and worlds, with old friends. I love them both, but I just realized I have more to do than I thought. Only 4 days to go.