In the second half of October the days are really cold and dark and very often very wet. The Lady cloakes Herself in the mantle of the Crone. She brings winter: Death to the plants and old and weak animals. Her festival is Samhain, which begins at Sunset of 31st October and ends at sunset of 1st November. It is a night in which the veil between the worlds are thin and we honour our ancestors and all our loved ones who have passed on. It is a night out of time between the old year and the new. The Crone brings Death to the old year so the new can be born. All which is born will die and all that dies will be born again. The Crone is Owl Woman whose eyes see everything. You cannot hide from Her and when She calls your name you will answer. She will carry you back to the Source on Her wings. The Crone is Matrona from whose womb all life is created and to whose womb we will return. She is Keridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron of Transformation, which we all must enter once or many times in our lives and from which we shall arise anfresh when the time has come.
This will be the first Samhain with my mother amongst my ancestors. In order to be able to honour her and my other ancestors - none of which are buried near by - on this sacred day, to bring them offerings and burn incense for them, I have created an Ancestor's Circle in my Soul Sanctuary Garden.
Of course none of this is needed in order to connect to them. But for us it felt right to dedicate this Stone Circle to them and give them this little space as their own in our Soul Sanctuary xx