Halloween 2020 Witches of the Wild Wild West Art: A Hey-How for Halloween!

It is autumn once more! The season of golden leaves, chilly air and carved pumpkins! It is my favourite season. Autumn by no means appeared so colourful the place I come from, so I’ve a honest appreciation for all the colours autumn’s skilled brush leaves on every part right here in Vancouver. I really like waking up within the morning to absolute mist engulfing my neighborhood, or listening to the crunchiness of the dry leaves adorning the sidewalks and breaking underfoot. Even the solemn black crows look extra in place in autumn. The romanticism and melancholy of coats and gloves and boots warms me one way or the other, and my secret need of desirous to unfold the fallen leaves, lie down on the bottom, and transfer my legs and arms frantically to make leaf-angels all the time resurfaces after I exit for walks.

October for me is synonymous with Halloween. I’ve by no means celebrated Halloween, which is a pity often because it appears like a lot enjoyable; one very amusing manner of unleashing your creativity whereas being with your folks and bloating on sweet on the similar time… to not point out the Halloween recipes and decorations! However previous to transferring to Canada, October for me was Samhain; the Gaelic Harvest Competition, similar to Might was Beltane. Not as a result of I’m a Celt or as a result of I’m a Wiccan, I’m neither, however just because after I was youthful I used to be fascinated by these two issues, and in a manner, nonetheless am.

Samhain (Pronounced Sa-wen– Gaelic rocks!) is certainly one of 4 medieval Gaelic festivals. It marks the top of the harvest and continues to be celebrated in the present day by Pagans and Wiccans as one of many 4 huge Gaelic Sabbaths. It is also nonetheless thought-about in Celtic cultures because the Celtic New Yr. The date of the evening of Samhain is, as you could have guessed by now: October 31st! The demise of the solar and the start of darkness is marked by Samhain, a time when the gates between realms are open and spirits are free to wander and cross thresholds for just a few hours earlier than the gates are shut once more. The church calendar has its personal day related to Samhain, and that day is Hallow’s Day or All Saints’ Day on the first of November. The 2nd of November is All Souls’ Day, a day to recollect the useless.

So how was Samhain celebrated again within the olden days?

Animals have been slaughtered for meals, and their bones tossed into big bonfires which have been lit in villages. BoneHearth, are you able to now see the place the phrase ‘Bonfire’ comes from? The hearth was thought to alleviate the ache of souls caught in purgatory. Individuals would stroll round sporting scary costumes and masks, in an try to appease to evil spirits and maintain them at bay. Youngsters would spend their time carving faces into turnips and leaving them on their doorsteps, one other manner of averting depraved spirits. It was widespread within the nineteenth century for youngsters to go “a-souling” in Samhain, amassing choices for deceased souls. Knockings on doorways they’d supply music, pranks, and amusements of all types, all in change of treats, a drink or cash. Sounds acquainted, does not it?

Fortunetelling was additionally a part of the festivities, with fruits, eggs and nuts used to divine one thing in regards to the future; a partner’s title, the variety of kids you have been going to have, the place you have been going to stay, and many others…

Most likely probably the most outstanding of all Halloween costumes and decorations, is the Witch. Again within the day, witches, or these poor girls accused of sorcery have been regular girls who did not costume a lot otherwise than these round them. In sure cultures, witches have been thought to put on earth colours, browns and greens and even costume like fairies, all on account of their associations with nature and with different supernatural realms. So if that was the case then, the place did this inaccurate and insulting picture of a cone-hatted crone on a flying broom come from?

Nicely, the colour black is often linked to darkness and evil within the West! It’s stated by some that pointed hats alluded to the satan’s horns and that is how that conical headwear grew to become linked to evildoers. In spite of everything, the simplest manner again then to sentence somebody and switch everybody on them was to affiliate them with Devil. Sporting conical hats was additionally an indication of vulgarity and backwardness as these hats, as soon as trendy in Europe, have been abruptly being worn by peasants. Historic finds additionally painting the lunar looking Goddess Diana, revered by some Wiccans and Neo-pagans, as sporting a pointed-hat embellished with solar and moon symbols, and it’s prompt by students that some 3000 years in the past, wizards and smart males wore these hats.

Disney’s Merlin abruptly involves thoughts…

Okay. I must cease with the cartoon references. However you get the purpose.

It is price mentioning that the few Wiccans I’ve met in my life who truly practiced the craft have been folks very a lot in tune with the world, who held the earth within the highest regard, and for whom I’ve large respect. I perceive why a lot of them could be troubled by these unjust perceptions of witches.

Perhaps I am going to make it a primary and play with some concepts for costumes and Halloween decorations this 12 months. How younger do it’s a must to be to go trick or treating?

A blessed and completely happy Samhain… I imply, Halloween!

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