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When Does the Samhain Shopping Season Officially Begin?

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I suppose it was bound to happen.

A few days after Lúnasa, I take a community elder out to do some shopping. Dismay and delight take hands and dance in me as I notice that they're already stocking the Samhain candy.

(Delight because my nostrils quiver at even the slightest scent of Samhain; dismay because, well, it's freaking Lúnasa, for gods' sakes.)

When does the Samhain shopping season officially begin? Well, I guess we know.

Call it Samhain creep. I suppose we should be grateful it hasn't got as far as Midsummer's yet.

(Buy now: avoid the Samhain Rush.)

Every pagan fantasizes from time to time about what that bright, shiny New Pagan world of the future might look like.

Let's just face facts right now, folks: it won't all be pretty.


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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


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