Lunar Samhain.

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At this point on the wisdom path, I have no doubts: if I don’t tend the moons, they tend me!

This goes for my personal cycle (which we call our moon) as well as on the Earth Path, when the moon is symbol of the cyclical, in and out nature of the psyche.

The dark moon of Scorpio, which we entered tonight near 10pm here on the West Coast, signifies harvest season turned under… Lunar Samhain comes early this year, during a mercury retro too, so the elemental tension can feel very restless. Sit still with the longing and sense of change. Soften, be curious.

The season of the Underworld begins this week, the long slow hall towards the final moment of death and dying…only to be reborn again with the return of the light at Winter Solstice.   Extra rest, quiet time, laughter, and simple celebration nurtures us.  We count blessings, give thanks.  Of course unplanned–or chosen! time outside brings insight and whole bodied blessing. Witness nature in her succumbing. Walk. Laugh. Breathe.  Give way…we lean in to the dark now and do so willingly.

This is the part on the wheel of the year where birth, from what you’ve grown, is but a barely there hint of a dream. Because of the Mercury Retro, we are reviewing whatever happened in our life, especially your opinions of it, since summer solstice onward. The review is almost over, and the catalyzing intellectual energy of Libra which has felt stuck bc of the retro will blast through on the other side of the weekend.There will then come a lot of emotional processing, followed around Thanksgiving by a clarity of will and values, before we enter the deeper stage of restful sleep to prepare the soul for rebirth.

We burn lights for our ancestors now, as we are in the West or Reflective time of the wheel of life. We honor them, seek their vision, guidance, support.

With the solar eclipse as well, we take time to tend that in our day to day lives which we will consciously let go of now.  What will compost?  Later it will feed life, again.

For fun, note the weather of today when day dawned in your town. We can refer back to it as a symbolic starting point for your year, internally. As within, so without.


Traditional Samhain (Halloween) is celebrated at sun down. For thousands of years people venerated the Oneness of Life through its manifestations of living and dying and living again right here on earth.  I call this the Earth or Wisdom Path.  Post-Christian peoples assimilated Samhain as Halloween.  You’ve heard it said: the veil between knowing and not knowing, light and dark, living and dying thins as these realities meet in between. This is quite literal of the thinning of the line in Psyche of conscious and unconscious. My own sleep has been nothing short of magical all week!

It is time of Sacred Mother and All Souls. We enter with reverence this night! Happy Lunar Samhain. Begin within… where they can’t tame you!

alterAlter, Dia de los Muertos, All Souls, Sacred Samhain
Cafecito Organico, Costa Mesa, CA

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