At Samhain the dark half of the year commences. It is a truly magical time. Death is always followed by rebirth and while this is the end of the old year, it is the beginning of the new year. For the Celts the day did not begin at dawn, it began at sunset, it began with darkness. Light is always born out of darkness, they are inseparable, interdependent, and necessary. Please enjoy our Samhain wheel of the year meditation.
In the world of the Flower Gardener there's no better time to be planting spring flowering bulbs than in the run-up to Samhain. Planting bulbs takes very little time and is as good as guaranteed to be a success. It is well worth dropping in a few around the vegetable garden to give you a pep in your step when the season begins again next year.
HappyCow: Cattle ranching accounts for 80 percent of deforestation in every Amazonian country, driven in part by global demand for meat, according to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Looking for an easy way to reduce your consumption? Browse a wealth of delicious vegetarian options at takeout spots near you.
The Magical Year by Danu Forest. The Celtic seasonal wheel is based on eight festivals. Together, these lead us through the cycle of the year, aligning our awareness with the seasonal pattern of the earth beneath our feet. In this book on the solstices, equinoxes and other festivals within the sacred cycle, Danu reveals the secrets of each festival in turn and skilfully revives ancient traditions, encouraging us to reconnect with nature, and ourselves, with a host of practical ideas and rituals. This cycle of conscious celebration helps us, year on year, to align with nature’s rhythms with greater wonder and insight.
Cowspiracy: A 2014 documentary highlighting how the World's largest environmental organizations are failing to address the single most destructive force facing the planet today. Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.
Donald McKinney was the convener of the Celtic Circle and a writer of books on Celtic spirituality. He is the author of Walking the Mist and Celtic Angels, published in America as Anam Cara Wisdom. Donald passed on Samhain, 31 October 2011. His partner Donald Busby has graciously allowed his Meditations to be used in Celtic Whispers to promote Celtic Spirituality to a wider audience and we are forever in his debt.
Celtic Living for the 21st Century:
Ditch the Palm Oil. Spend half an hour studying the labels on your favourite processed foods and you'll be surprised how many of them contain Palm Oil, which is directly responsible for the destruction of the rainforests, Orangutans, and other apes. One of the biggest offenders is Nutella, but there are palm-oil free alternatives available. Many other products we use contain palm oil too, such as Dr. Pepper, Heinz Ketchup, Kellogs, Lipton, Orea, and Knorr.
Find alternatives to these products so you can avoid having to consume palm oil or better yet make your own. There are lots of recipies online.
Celtic Whispers Shop:
If you like the artwork and style of Celtic Whispers we also offer our designs on physical products as well. We invite you to visit our shop and see if any of our Celtic Designs would look good on a t-shirt, mug or sticker.
With the beginning of this dark phase comes the opportunity to rest and reflect on the past and to dream of new beginnings. The seed now hidden in the earth will germinate in its season, and soon it will be Alban Arthan, the Winter solstice, and the Wheel will turn once more. Look for the seeds in yourself!
Slán agus Beannacht!