Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween: The Haunted House


Happy Halloween!
Blessed Samhain!
Merry All Hallow's Eve!

Today is a day of fun for me! I've been decorating all morning, lighting candles in the pumpkins and planning our fun menu.

It's also a very thought-provoking and spiritual day for me. I don't follow any particular spirituality, but I do honour my Celtic roots and my ancestors, I live by the seasons and feel very in touch with the earth around me. Samhain/Halloween marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter - which is a new year in my world! 

I still celebrate the calendar new year for fun, but tonight really does end that seasonal year for me. My ancestors lived off the land for their existence and celebrated a year of hard work and preparation on this eve with bonfires, harvest dinners, honouring those who have passed on, divination and spending time thinking about what to leave behind and what to welcome in the new year. This is also a time to welcome the coming of winter, which is a season for rest, contemplation and planning.

I also take some time to do some self-improvement by thinking about my life and the path I'm taking. This is a good Tarot spread to do or just to read to provoke some good thoughts for positive change. I am also thinking a LOT about my two pugs who passed away in 2011 and 2014.

Winston and Spencer, the loves of my life! :)


I got these two in 1995. Winston stayed with me until he was 16 years old and Spencer until he was 19 years old. Winston was the tough guy of the family...always trying to be in charge! Spencer was a meek little fella, losing one eye at 2 years old and eventually going blind and deaf when he was 10 years old. These two were my wonderful companions and I still miss them terribly, they will never be forgotten!

10 comments:

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Happy Samhain to you and Alex!! :) Its a special day indeed. Soul cakes were made, the yard decorated. The inside has been decorated for a couple months now so just the outside was taken care of today! Can't do it too early - I don't want someone pinching my decs! :) Time soon to light the candles, set the extra place at the table to welcome home those who have gone before and wait for the kiddies to take the walk up the path! Have a fantastic evening!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Happy Halloween, Rain! I love this post. And I love your connection with this earth. Winston and Spencer are adorable. And so are you! We never forget our animal companions. Their lives are much too short, if you ask me.

Rain said...

Thank you Dianna :))) I hope your evening was fun and meaningful! I didn't decorate outside this year because of the wind. We never get trick or treaters anyway, but I still like to decorate for us!

Rain said...

Thanks Martha, you too! :))) I agree, our pets don't live long lives, so they deserve to be spoiled and treated with oodles of love! It's funny...Winston and Spencer were tiny little pugs, especially Spencer who weighed only about 15 pounds...when I look back at photos, I forget how small they were because we have 4 large dogs and a big ol' butt Jack now lol...It's rough losing them, but adding new pets to the home adds much love too. I always joked that my longest relationship with a male was with Spencer lol..19 years. Crazy to think of that!

Treey said...

2011 was the year before I became a wedding photographer and 2014 was when I came back to Hinckley after being in hospital for nine months. Sorry you lost your pugs. What the future has in store idon’t know. It must have been hard for you though, losing good friends like that. I’m glad you found new friends.

Michael said...

These are fabulous questions for anyone to ask themselves. I wish I had seen this on halloween. Glad yours was good. I'm guessing you didn't get any trick or treaters there, right?

Losing one's dogs or other pets is so hard. I always say that the measure of loss and sorrow is a reflection of how deep that love was in the first place. Teh love is still worth it.

Rain said...

Hi Terry :) Sorry for the late reply, I wasn't getting notifications! Thank you for your comment. I do miss my two little pugs a lot. They were so sweet...but you are right, I now have five new "little" ones to care for! It's amazing when I think of how many pets have been in and out of my life. :)

Rain said...

Hi Michael :) No trick or treaters!!! But this village is mostly a retirement community. Any kids around get bused to the local church for a little party. I agree that the love is WELL worth it! Some people think I'm shallow, but I find the loss of a pet harder to handle than the loss of a person, with a very few exceptions! They were both in my arms when they passed and I know they felt my love for all of those years. I shed tears when I think of them, but I also remember all the silly and sweet moments I had with them! :)

Michael said...

I get teary eyed jsut reading that, Rain. Ahh... Love! And pets do it soooo well. They don't mess up like humans. Pure devotion and loyalty.

Rain said...

Yes Michael, I really agree with that. And actually I much prefer the company of my dogs and cats than most of the people I've let go over the years! :)