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Where I live in the northern hemisphere, the wheel of the year is turning inexorably toward Samhain, and my thoughts of course turn toward the ancestors and the Blessed Dead.
Like many other ancient cultures, the Minoans held their ancestors in high regard and honored them in their spiritual practice. But they didn't celebrate Samhain. I'm sure many people in ancient Crete did a little something to honor their ancestors on a regular, perhaps daily basis the way I light a candle on my ancestor altar every evening. But their big ancestor celebration happened at harvest time, which in the Mediterranean occurs in the spring. So...not Samhain....
Given to Sigyn
This is how I was given to Sigyn earlier this year. It was my first time using my lavender extract that I made from the lavender I grew in my garden. At the time, I didn't know that I was about to need my connection to Sigyn to be very strong, because I was about to take on increased responsibilities as a family caregiver....
While our older children and teens might be watching The Craft, Practical Magic, or Beautiful Creatures, there seem to be few films for young children celebrating good witches or witches who break out of the classic good vs. evil dichotomy. In most children’s films witches are often depicted as hideous, wicked, and even bumbling at times. In seeking out positive role models for my toddler, I compiled this short list of family films featuring witches or magic users who provide good or complex examples of magic users for the little witches in our care.
How do you become a witch?
On Friday night, you go up to the old Indian graveyard at the top of the ridge.
You take off all your clothes, and you dance for the Devil.
Then you put your clothes back on, and go back home.
The next Friday, you do the same, and the Friday after that. Seven Fridays in a row you do this.
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