[GeoStL] NGR Happy new year!! Blessed be.

  • From: bleu-kangareu@xxxxxxx
  • To: <geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2008 22:22:37 -0500


Samhain is a festival at the end of the harvest season in Gaelic and Brythonic
cultures, with aspects of a Festival of the Dead. It is the beginning of the
Celtic year.

Nov 6,'08 7:04 PM CST the earth crossed the plane half way between the
Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice.

The celebration of New Year itself may have taken place during the beginning
of the lunar cycle which fell nearest to the midpoint between the autumnal
equinox and the winter solstice (closest full moon will be 11/13/08). 

According to Celtic lore, Samhain is a time when the boundaries between the
world of the living and the world of the dead become thinner, allowing spirits
and other supernatural entities to pass between the worlds to socialize with
humans. It is the time of the year when ancestors and other departed souls are
especially honored. A door or window may be opened to the west and the beloved
dead specifically invited to attend. Many leave a candle or other light
burning in a western window to guide the dead home.

Samhain often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of
the faith, friends, pets and other loved ones who have died.

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