Do you remember the first time you read that phrase? “Words have power”, said Blanche Barton, and I was riveted.
As it happens, I’m not a satanist, but the introductory letter Blanche Barton wrote remains to this day one of the best pieces of writing I’ve ever read. She knew exactly what she was doing with her audience- and she chose those words so carefully. Artfully. Although most pagans that I know would smack me for saying it, LaVeyian satanists have their PR act together. We could probably take notes.
All Hallows Eve, Hallowe’en, or Samhain, as you prefer, seems to polarize the average pagan into one of two camps: run-for-the-broom-closet, or scream-your-devotion-from-the-mountains. Of course, there are additionally articles galore by the various media machines about Hallowe’en, and rituals, and witches-but-not-the-neo-pagan-kind, and witches-that-are-the-neo-pagan-kind, and broomsticks and black cats and dressing your offspring up as Sexy <whatevs>.
There are declarative statements about having all of us pagans band together and come out and show the world that we’re real, we’re here, and we’re– wait, I think that’s the wrong cause.
There are lots of times in my life that I feel just a touch out of step with the world, but Samhain, and the entire month of November, just seem to amp that discord up a touch. In my not-overly-humble opinion, if we want to come out of the broom closet with a bang, we should do it when everyone, and I do mean everyone, is excited, happy, and READY FOR SUMMER, BITCHES. Many of us call that Beltane.
I’ve never been able to figure out why the festival that heralds the beginning of the turn-inward, quiet-down, and reflect on life and death and yourself season makes people think about sharing their witchiness with everyone and sundry.
Sometimes I think that those of us who focus on a nature-based practice should remember that as humans, words have power- so true. But as beings on this Earth, seasons have power. So much power. And we should honour those seasons and that call in ourselves and in others, regardless of their spirituality/faith/whatevs.
Maybe you’re feeling super compelled to out your pagan-y weirdness to your family, your loved ones, your boss, and the grocery store clerk right now… and if you are, feel free. But as we come up on this beautiful full moon, so close behind our sorrowful remembrance of our ancestors, take a moment some night.
Look up at the moon.
Look down at the reflection- in a puddle, a lake, the sea, or a bowl…
and remember that the driving need you feel to connect with something deep… so many, many beings feel that call to the bones this season. It’s in our blood, in our spirit.
This isn’t the season to ask people who can’t articulate that driving need to pull away from their inner reflections and focus with an open heart and open mind on the crazy-shiny-new-excitingness that is your heart full of pagan joy.
This is the season to smile quietly, hand them a cup of tea, and commune with them the old fashioned way- through stories and memories and the bittersweet wonder of watching the world come to a close.
Then go outside, smile up at the moon, and make a note of that tree near your place. It will let you know, with a joyful push of grass-green buds, when it’s time to ask your non-pagan loved ones to open their hearts to your path.
That’s what we witches do. We dance with all of the seasons.