Now at my school we read scary stories like 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'. We would cut out pumpkins, each year they became more intricate as our skills improved. There were lectures on safe candy collecting and on Halloween day, there would be the big school assembly with a film on the perils of trick or treating gone wrong. There was only one thing missing.... the lore.
There was no teaching about Samhain, not even any mention of it. So this needs to be remedied. I start my Wheel of the Year this Samhain, where I practice all the seasonal holidays of my faith. There is so much to study, iconic imagery, ritual, food, devotion, and only a variety of holy days. Over the next couple of weeks I'll be studying and posting some of my findings in preparation for creating my own personal ritual. I'm excited and nervous, because I've never gone to such extremes, and it does feel good to finally practice the way I want to.
My kids are grown, my partner now works full time. For the first time in decades everything has fallen into place and I am getting regular quiet time so that I can do as I please uninterrupted. Actually... it's the first time ever that I have had quiet time and everything is still sinking in. I have time to do the artwork, study the history, and prepare the ritual, so I guess it's time to pull out my agenda and make the big transition from words to deeds. :D