Thursday, 31 October 2019

A Blessed Samhain


Halloween is not all fun and games.
It has a serious spiritual basis.

The pagan celebration of Samhain ("Summer's End")
begins at sunset tonight.

The Wheel of the Year has turned once more and
it is now time to honour the Crone Goddess.


In Celtic spirituality, the Raven is
a sacred familiar of the Crone Goddess,
aiding her in the tasks of preparing
for the grave and renewal.




The Raven is a shamanic creature.
It easily flies back and forth between the worlds,
bearing messages and omens.


The Raven's association with death
extends especially to death in battle.

The Raven often accompanies the Celtic
War Goddess known as The Morrigan.


The Raven remains a powerful symbol from ancient times . . . 


. . . right up to today's modern world. 


The Raven reminds us all to
remember and honour
the passage of time.


54 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

nevermore. blessed be to all!

Elsie Amata said...

That picture with the woman and her staff (I think it's a staff) and her familiar is simply stunning. She looks elegant and powerful! I love it!

Elsie

mxtodis123 said...

Samhain blessings to you. It's one of my favorite days of the year.

mistress maddie said...

Blessed Samhain to you too. I love me my raven Nocturne, so you know im digging the woman on the train!

nothoughtsnoprayersnonothing said...

"Finally a blog post that makes sense of Halloween."
quote the raven nevermore.

laurie said...

A blessed Samhain to you my friend,

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i want to sit on the subway with a raven on my lap. how cool is that? blessed samhain right back atcha!

DEZMOND said...

Here in the Catholic part of my country it is All Saints when all go to graveyards to take mums and candles to the graves of their deceased ones.

Brian Joseph said...

Happy Halloween!

Thanks for the information. Such mythology is interesting.

I have always liked ravens.

Marie Smith said...

Happy Hallowe’en! A raven on the subway or bus! Awesome!

Lady M said...

Ravens are just damn cool too - I love them.

Rain said...

Blessed Samhain Debra and Rare One! :) Wishing happiness for this coming year!

Leanna said...

I love ravens. They are really pretty birds. Blessed Samhain, darlin. Have fun tonight.

Parnassus said...

Hello Debra, Let me add Samhain to my Halloween greetings. The raven as a bearer of messages and omens--how like the clock-raven on the Munsters, one of the best parts of the show. I always loved gems like this:

Herman: What time is it?
Raven: At the tone, it will be later than you think.
Herman: I had no idea it was that late.

--Jim

pam nash said...

My favorite holiday for many reasons. Great post - thanks.

Doctor Z said...

A most Blessed and Wondrous Samhain to you, my friend!!!

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

That girl in the train is my spirit animal.
For real.

XoXo

Ranch Chimp said...

Samhain Greetings! Absolutely ... it's deep cultured roots are a treat in itself, without no tricks ... Blessed Be

e said...

Blessings on you and yours, Debra. Another turn of the Wheel.
xoxox
e

Miss Val's Creations said...

This history and mythology of the raven is wonderful to learn of. Always a handsome creature. Happy Halloween!

bobbie said...

Blessed Samhain to you and your Rare One!!

Guillaume said...

Happy Halloween and happy Samhain if you prefer!

Tundra Bunny said...

The ravens of the northern boreal forest here are large, wickedly brilliant in their problem-solving skills and are uber-curious creatures. They also enjoy the fast tempo songs of Alan Jackson, so they know how to have fun too...

Blessed Samhain to you, Deb!

^.^ said...

:) Love, cat. https://youtu.be/rIX_6TBeph0

JACKIESUE said...

Goddess blessings to you and the rare one..love you both.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ cat -- Cool video! Waka waka, nevermore!

Adam said...

Happy Halloween

Sooo-this-is-me said...

Debra, thank you for this post, it sent chills down my spine. I didn't know this about ravens and the Celtic people of which I am almost 100%. The thing that sent a chill down my spine is.. I have a secret. I have been friends with a mother Raven for years, I call her Glawk.. because she often makes that sound when she sees me. She comes when I walk behind the barns because she knows I will throw meat scraps out for her. My uncle was the first person to see this, we were picking apples and she came.... probably thinking I was putting out food.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Soo-this-is-me -- You are blessed, Steven!

Martha said...

Blessed Samhain, Debra! I love this day, this time of year. Great post!

Pik-Cor said...

Caw! I mean Kraa!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I've been seeing the word, "Samhain," but didn't know its meaning. In fact, I'd never heard of it til today. Thanks for explaining.
A meaningful Halloween to you and yours.

Liz Hinds said...

And, of course, if the ravens leave the Tower of London then we're screwed. How great it must be thought to be the Ravenmaster!

This N That said...

Quoth the Raven..nevermore..Edgar Allen Poe..I think I have had a thing for ravens ever since I read that as a child..Very informative post..Thanks..

Kirk said...

Happy Samhain.

Maybe it's time the Raven's relative, the crow, get its own holiday. We can hold a pagan dance underneath some telephone wires.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Wowza-what a cool and interesting post!! I've always thought they were magical creatures.

Fundy Blue said...

What a beautiful, powerful post, Debra! It gave me shivers. There is so much I don't know about Celtic mythology, and I have deep, ancestral Celtic roots. Your Celtic posts are among my favorites of yours. I hope that you and your Rare One had a meaningful Samhain!

CraveCute said...

Hope your holiday was spectacular! We had very few trick-or-treaters due to the extra cold weather!

DVArtist said...

I love your Samhain post. Very beautiful and informative.

Bill Lisleman said...

I just read about Samhain in today's newspaper. I had never heard of it before. I learned you are suppose to leave the light on for the dead. Isn't Raven just an upscale name for a black bird?

Moving with Mitchell said...

Samhain to you, fella! Love the art! (As always)

Barbara said...

Very interesting. Thanks.

Ol'Buzzard said...

I love ravens. We have them here in Northern Maine. I found on caught in fence wire at a dump site at our Navy survival school, and freed it and took it back to our barracks. Within hours it would fly to my hand for handouts. After two days I had to let it go because it crapped indiscriminately, kept getting in peoples lockers and aggressively stole food from our mess hall. It sat on top of our barracks for over a day trying to get back in.

They are neat birds and survivors. The Athabaskan Indians of Alaska venerate them as one of their gods. They told their children that if they became lost in the bush, to talk to a raven and it would see them home.

There is a video, 'Make Prayers to the Raven', about Alaskan Athabaskans.

The best to you and your special one
the Ol'Buzzard

Sandy said...

Weren't The Ravens important in Native American Lore as well? I find them to be sorta scary birds. Actually I think of many larger birds.

Beth Metcalf (AlbertaMama) said...

This was really cool to read. I've always had a Raven image as part of our yearly Halloween display. I felt strongly guided to it, now I have insight as to why.

RO said...

Wow! I've learned something new here and it's fascinating info. Thanks a bunch for the news and the pics! Hugs, RO

Susan said...

Ravens and crows are my favorite birds. They are so beautiful and enigmatic. A (late) blessed Samhain to you and your Rare One.

Hena Tayeb said...

That woman with the red harp is beautiful.

mxtodis123 said...

Ha. Ha. You reminded me of something. In one of the treatment programs I worked in we called ourselves "The Poultry Treatment Program." We had pictures of chickens hung up. Don't know how that got started but it sure gave us a big laugh. I was actually working for The Parole Treatment Program and fortunately clients weren't allowed to come back by our cubicles.

Rommy said...

I hope you had a good Samhain. Mine was low-key because of prep for an insanely busy weekend.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I've been MIA for a bit. So, like Rommy above, I hope you had a fantastic Samhain.

baili said...

i have an old connection to ravens dear Debra
back in my village i used to live quite close to them ,mom was kind of in love with them and would keep them feed whatever she had
where i live right now i have their regular visits which keep me in touch with my past memories belong to them :)
blessings!

The Happy Whisk said...

I must have missed this one.
Happy Winter now ...
I'm excited for the new season.
I love the changes.
Cheers and boogie boogie.

Magic Love Crow said...

Beautiful Debra! I know I'm late but I hope you had a blessed Samhain!