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The Turning of the Year
Brittle, bleached corn stalks stand like forgotten sentries in the garden while the alders send faded yellow leaves to make a carpet on the path through the woods. All the trees are quickly shedding the glorious raiment of red and gold they have worn the past few weeks, their newly naked branches outlined against the sky. The rains have returned, the days grow shorter, the nights colder, and long V-shaped lines of geese honk their way south.It's time to gather nuts, apples, quince and other last gifts from the natural world and tuck everything away in cold, dark hollows. Samhain has arrived, marking the turning of the year.
So this Halloween (Hallowed Eve), carve a turnip or a pumpkin, put it in your window with a light to welcome the spirits. Set a place at the table for your ancestors who want to visit; leave food outside your door for other spirits so that they might bless your home for the coming year. Leave an apple on your bedroom windowsill for Father Deer so he will take you to the boatman who rows you across the lake to the island where you and your loved ones who have crossed over can meet again. Make a bonfire outside, throw into it everything you want to clean out of your life from the year passed; in the morning, bring coals inside to start your "hearth fire" for the new year. If you have no where to make a fire, turn off all the lights in the house, light a candle and use the flame to burn (carefully!) small scraps of paper on which you've written what you want to dispose of. In the morning, light a candle to welcome the new year and keep you warm through the coming Winter. With the veil between the worlds so thin, it's a great night for divination, so take out runes or tarot cards. As you or your children walk the streets in costumes, remember that the real spirits and the Fae are walking with you.
For Winter Holidays
Life swirls quickly from Samhain to Mid-Winter, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas, and whatever gift giving celebrations we mortals create to bring warmth and light to Winter's cold and dark. We have two suggestions for those of you who want to get an early start on the season:
Through Faerie Doors
And the Fairy WinterTree Castle
As your footsteps crackle through the last fallen leaves, we at Fairy Woodland wish you a healthy transition from Summer's end to the renewal of the new year. And on the eve of Samhain, when the spirits and denizens from many realms roam free, we wish you the Bright Blessings of Faerie to surround and shield your home and bless your hearth.