Welcome to All Hallow’s Grim 2013… So Good, So Dark. From October 13th to October 21st, Pagan Culture will take a step (or three) towards the other side of the veil, and focus on the delicious goodness that blooms in the dark.
I’m inviting you to walk with me into the arms of the uncanny. Let’s use our art of choice (or the art that chose us) to show each other and the world how we understand the darkness, commune with its secrets, make it part of our lives, and love it as much as we love the light… For without one, the other can’t be seen.
When the idea for this celebration first touched my heart, I was convinced that the best way to explore the darkness was by writing, reading and talking about it. But I was wrong—words are my way. The examination of something as abstract as the dark requires a more fluid and individual approach; it calls for personal art.
The journey starts with Eliora’s piece, “Reach Through the Darkness to Those You Love.”
This ritual chest contains four 4-hour white candles, ancestor candle dressing oil (Amaranth, Cinnamon, Mugwort and Wormwood), a photo frame and a vintage embellished brass candlestick. Eliora and I agree on the fact that the best ritual is the one that emanates from our own hearts. However, sometimes we need a little push, so the chest comes with suggestions for those who wish to use them. The following words are included:
“With this Light, I call to you
I hold your memory dear.
With this Light I honor you
You’re not forgotten, here.”
These are gentle, powerful words; breathed by a living heart, and sent towards the soul of a loved one who is no longer with us. I feel that this ritual, when done with love and respect, kisses darkness deeply and brings light.
“Reach Through the Darkness to Those You Love”
To enter, answer the following: Do you honor your departed loved ones in a special way during All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, El Dia de los Muertos, Samhain…? Why or why not? If the answer is yes, then how might Eliora’s ritual chest add to the experience?
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2. If you could get any other item from Eliora’s shop, which would it be and why?
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