I drove to the forest today, and right after I stepped in, I felt like I did something wrong.
My Brother and I weren't close enough as we grew up. We're five years apart, so that may have had something to do with it, but I've always regretted our distance. Recently, it's been improving. We're in our 20's now, and he's a spectacular photographer. I take advantage of this. Today was no different.
I drove up to get him as usual, with coffee in hand. We made our way across the island, and to one of our favorite forests. "The Sun is bright and angled." he said. Winter Sun is dramatic Sun.
I pulled the car over and got out. He's a nerd, so he takes too long with his equipment. I, am a bully, so I hit the horn a few times to jostle him out of his seat. As I did so, I saw a man stand up on the hill and turn towards me. He walked towards us, got in his car, and drove away.
I really hope Na Aos Sí don't have cars...
I've skipped Samhainn Eve, and trust me, it's been intentional. The above mentioned story was the height of excitement. Last night, thankfully was fairly tame.
I give offerings a Oidche Samhainn as I always do. I'm fortunate to live next to a farm that sells some fantastic produce, and this year my offering included local Cranberries, Apples, Milk and Cheddar cheese. I was fairly proud of our offering. All of which was presented on a clam shell, atop a slab of White Oak. Candles were kept all night, and most importantly, silver bells and red thread hung by each door. I kept the curtains drawn as the candles burned, hoping to impress the fact that all good spirits are welcome. Hopefully, they took advantage of that.
Samhainn is by far my favorite time of year. Everyone around me gets closer, the seasons fall in line with how I feel, and I'm able to spend time with the land and those around. I hope you all feel the same. If not, you clearly haven't worried about being cursed by a disturbed visitor.
Let's hope the clam shell was enough.