Archive | October 20, 2006

The Samhain Dances

For some unknown reason the holiday of Samhain is a dancing holiday to me. But not just dancing to dance, dancing to express in movement what I can’t in words. So I give you the Samhain Dances playlist.

1. 25 Years – Blackmore’s Night
2. The Mummer’s Dance – Loreena McKennitt
3. Just Call My Name – Blackmore’s Night
4. The Rede ( An It Harm None) – Gaia Consort
5. Samhain – Heather Alexander
6. Morrigan’s Quest Laura Powers
7. Village Lantern – Blackmore’e Night
8. Samhain Madrigal – Laura Powers
9. The Masts of Morrigan – Maddie Prior
10. Faerie Queen – Blackmore’s Night
11. Samhain Chant – Moonstruck
12. I Guess It Doesn’t Matter Anymore – Blackmore’s Night
13. All Soul’s Night – Loreena McKennitt
14. World of Stone – Blackmore’s Night
15. The Circle is Cast – On The Wing’s of Song
16. Samhain – Steeleye Span

And yes, I’m currently obsessed with the group Blackmore’s night which is really Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple fame and his wife Candace Night. If you like Loreena McKennit and her album “The Visit”, you will love them, especially the album “Village Lantern”. “25 Years” is about a nightmare and “I Guess It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” is about a ghost. But “25 Years” will make you dance in your seat in the car.

Hallows, Samhain Nights

This has always been my favourite time of year for oh so many reasons. When you are a child it’s a magickal time where anything can happen. The winds blow and the air is crisp and clear and on Hallows Night it was usually warm so you didn’t freeze in your costume. It was a time of potential. You had just started school and you hadn’t messed anything up too badly yet. We planned our costumes and our routes through the different neighborhoods meticulously and you dreamed of the riches in your pillowcase even if I usually gave most of it to Cam. You could be anything or anybody and you could meet anything or anybody.

Now I still love it for the weather and different kinds of potentials. Potentials like the bulbs and plants we plant for spring hoping for beauty and colour. Wondering which of friends and relatives will check up on us this year. Planning the Samhain ritual and spending the night with my coven sisters. We remember those we miss so much and invite them in to celebrate with us. I light the tea and faery lights in the garden to make it magical and welcoming place for the spirits. And we wait for the Visitors…

Not exactly the Friday Philosopher of the Week

May I present: Albert Hofmann

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Hofmann

quotes:After some time, with my eyes closed, I began to enjoy this wonderful play of colors and forms, which it really was a pleasure to observe. Then I went to sleep and the next day I was fine. I felt quite fresh, like a newborn.

They do not know very good Latin, these botanists.

Through my LSD experience and my new picture of reality, I became aware of the wonder of creation, the magnificence of nature and of the animal and plant kingdom. I became very sensitive to what will happen to all this and all of us.

And you will just have to figure out how this relates to LOST.