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The Old Gods are with us always: Mictcacícatl, Santisima Muerte, and Day of the Dead

One November 2, the Day of the Dead, I went to the Taos Inn to hear a talk by local Taos artist, writer, and all around remarkable woman, Anita Rodriguez. It was fascinating and I asked whether I could reproduce it here at Witches and Pagans, She graciously agreed, and asked whether I could also share her website, where people can see and perhaps purchase her work. (I love her work- she did two paintings for me a while ago.)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_bullcoin_20161103-011534_1.jpgOne of my friends finds the idea that things having prices is downright offensive. College, for example should be free, because you can’t put a price on something that has such a powerful effect on one’s life.  Many of my friends believe the healthcare should be completely free because you can’t put a value on human life. To even attempt to do so is morally wrong. But lets unpack this concept.

To say that all life has infinite value is the same thing as saying it has no value. In the realm of the non-embodied, there may (I wouldn’t know) be no need to pick and choose between one thing or another, or how one spends one’s time (whatever that might mean in such a context). But we live on Earth. If all things are equally valuable, how can we decide how to designate the limited amount of time and energy we have to use? If both Mary and Eva want to spend time with us, how do we decide? One might say “Both!” But it is a fact that spending a bunch of time with Mary and Eva together is not equivalent to spending less time with each of them individually. A judgment must be made. We are limited by our physicality.

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Eleusinian Impact

Ye gods.

In 37 years, we've done a lot of Samhains together. But none like this one.

Naked and cold in the dark, in the cave.

Then the light flares, and the Mystery is revealed.

Of course, I already knew what the Mystery was; Hell, I'd helped write the ritual.

And still, it hit me like a thunderbolt, like love, with an impact frankly Eleusinian.

The mystery revealed in the dark. You see it, and you know that it's true.

True.

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  • Steven Posch
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    Over and over, all around the wold, Samhain reveals itself. Happy new year, dearest!
  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
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    Amazing how similar our experiences were! There were few of us and it was cold and rainy, so instead of climbing the hill I once

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My Samhain Superstitions

Oh, it's not as if the Sun wouldn't rise in the morning if I didn't do them.

But, of course, I do them anyway.

As one does.

 

That the house be clean.

That I and my clothes be clean.

That the gas tank be full.

That the bills be paid.

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A Samhain Guide to Vegetarian(ish) Monsters

 

In the season of Samhain, the mainstream culture turns it's skittish eye rather apprehensively toward death. For many pagans, the cycle of life and death is more integrated into our daily understanding. But as a child of my culture, I have always adored "Halloween." And since I have always had a bit more than a streak of Goth in my personality, I wanted to celebrate the season by sharing some rather RomantiGoth poetry  and fiction from the vegetarian masters. For starters, there is Percy Shelley, who may have been one of the first to anticipate what moderns call the "straight edge vegan" scene after discovering the philosophy in 1813.

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A Simple Samhain Ritual and Spell

Happy Samhain, all!

Blue Moon Circle held our ritual and feast last night, and had a wonderful time. I thought I'd share our simple ritual with you, in case you needed a little inspiration. As always, we had candles to light in honor of our ancestors and anyone we'd lost in the past year or so. (Sadly, with four of this, that added up to a lot of pets this time.)

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