Monday, October 31, 2011

pumpkin pumpkin

Thought I'd post some pics from our night .we had about 1/2 the kids from last yr.
one little girl about 9-10yo was so sweet she made my night she was a little witch and really funky too she had on cool striped stockings ☺
she said " your yard is so beautiful " then when leaving "you have such a nice voice " lol I miss little girls . our two girls are 30yo & 25yo and then after that 4 boys plus our grandson we've been held in a male lock down for quite sometime so this granny really appreciates when young gals pop by ☺

lol okay  after my post about zombies this flukey photo of the night happened .
they are zombie looking dogs ! serves me right for going on my zombie rant ;-)

I am not a zombie !!

Well, You'd have to expect I'd do an anti zombie post lol !
Honestly it seems this yr. is the extreme everything zombie yr. like pirates were 4 yrs. ago !
honestly if another pirate toy , commercial etc.. came out I thought I'd chuck the tv out the window and avoid all market places for who knows how long and now zombie mania !
I've already written why I can't stand secular Halloween , why it has turned into a weird and perverse celebration . It is as if all souls / day of the dead got into the mind of some psycho CEO of a candy company or something . how did the skulls of day of the dead and the souls of those lesser than or gone by to the other world turn into death is violent and horrid event ? I mean I have lost family and friends to violent means of death for real !
It is an insult to our loved ones to mock and make fun and make it somehow funny.Violence is not funny ! As for death it is one piece in a journey , a scared piece as sacred as conception or birth .
So today as always my family is honouring that little lady you see in the photo above .
She is/was my grandmother Grace .

Gramma Grace was born into a Pennsylvania Dutch family in Ontario then moved to MB. &SK when a young child .
Her family were educated farmers ☺her Mum was the community cheese maker and her father helped  new immigrants with obtaining farm land .
We are going to have a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dinner in her honour tonight .

Gramma Grace was educated in University just as her brothers were .They felt girls deserved education just as much as boys did. She became a teacher . Her first teaching job was in a residential school . she quit along with another teacher only after 3 months because of how the children were treated It had such an impact on her it really made her question her christian religion .
Her next job was teaching in Belair MB. she loved it deep in the woods really only train access back then . she had her own little cabin and it was a metis community unlike life on the reserve people here had their own land , farms, trap lines and were  fishermen etc. This is where she met my grandfather at a box lunch dance .They crossed the lake in the canoe to get married and planned to move further north as the kids got older .
My gramma is the one who called me little sparrow because I was so small and ate like a sparrow plus I used to love watching the sparrows in the tree outside our apartment window .
Gramma Grace would send me letters monthly always with a poem and often the poems included sparrows ☺

She is the lady who taught me bread making

my love of nature , collecting kindling and other things in the woods

gardening , gramma Grace was one of my first inspiring people to teach me gardening

Recently I re-purchased the book Gnomes by Wil Huygen This is a book my Grandmother gave me .She also was the person who instilled the love of the Fae , Elves , Gnomes etc. I loved this book so much I used to look at it for hrs. and loved especially how the Gnomes built their homes . My first pregnancy with our eldest dd Natasha was all documented on a Gnome calender lol .
So I sat down this past weekend with my grandson and brought out the brand new copy of Gnomes .
He loves it !!

Gramma Grace suffered much during her life , she was widowed in 1939 , she struggled to support a family as a single woman in that era often exploited by others. She did make mistakes as any parent /human does . But her intent was always good as any parent/ grandparent does. She had a long trial with Parkinson's disease and it was very hard to watch her not be able to work in the bush , garden or make bread .Yet she kept her spirit high her love of reading & writing never failed . She continued to encourage young people to learn .She was so happy to have great grandchildren and she was such a support of our choice in home birth and natural lifestyle choices .
So no my gramma is not a zombie nor are any of my ancestors , alive yes ! full of spirit yes ! beautiful guides yes !
the walking brain dead horrific monsters no .
I feel sorry for people who get caught up in the zombie thing and perhaps don't have real connection to their ancestors . I know and see now how blessed we are and I'm so so happy to pass these sacred traditions on to our children and grandchildren .

Friday, October 28, 2011

Samhain Spiritual Connections

Samhain Spiritual Connections

Spirit leaves spiral dance
Wind talk directions meet
Spirit in , spirit of,  spirit come
Veil thin, worlds one
Life cord, memory touch , ancestors deep
root held strong in sacred ground
ancient path journey is the walk of souls
Spiritual connections of light renewed

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Samhain Songs

 just wanted to share Samhain songs I like with You 
I do hope the video works ☺
enjoy !

I really love Lisa Thiel

Loreena McKennitt

Loreena McKennitt Live All Soul's Night

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Blog for Peace Nov. 4th

Yes , it is that time of year again !
to get out your creative talent and create your very own Peace Globe !
of course we blog in our everyday daily lives foe peace but this is a
Time to join others to blog together on one day to wave our peace globes together for Peace !
You can go here to the official website to find out more about blogblast for Peace and register your blog . 
Hope you take part and I look forward to reading all the wonderful Peace Blog posts that day Nov.4th !!!

Day of the Dead ~ Samhain

This is a photo of one of our monarchs after being released
I wanted the monarch to be my first photo for this post because it is the season of the monarchs return to the pines of MX that sacred forest which helped begin my healing from addiction all those yrs. ago
The monarch also is very special because it represents the souls of our ancestors to the aboriginal peoples in Michoacan & here to the Lakota /Dakota peoples .
This area in MX is known for great protection as well and the Pine tree is the tree known for protection and I use mostly in my work as soul keeper & soul protection .
If you get a chance please watch the beautiful documentary on the Monarch titled

although Autumn is not my fav time of year Day of the dead is my absolute most fav sacred day of the whole year  .
I have written about this season of souls before and how dear it is to me .
I will also say I always hated halloween secular halloween which somehow turns death into a violent bloody mess .
Even as a child I did not like the holiday of halloween .
I like costume for things such as drama but for some reason the idea of not knowing who is behind a mask just freaked me out .
I must say at least when I was a child halloween did not focus on the gruesome . people dressed up as gypsies , elves , witches ghosts often we just put on clothes of the adults and funny makeup , many a child went out with a bag over there head with eyes nose & mouth cut out .
if you were blessed to have an awesome mum who sewed a costume it was more then likely a clown witch princess etc.
when we stayed in Michoacan it was one of the most moving times of my life . people celebrated not just for a day and at night the people walked together with candles down the small winding roads . The lake shone with candles reflecting . all the stout ladies walking reminded me of my old aunties back home .It made me feel at home .
It really brought me home to a place in my heart I felt so familiar with .
I always loved being with my ancestors of before , I love the cemetery and I know some find it strange but my friends accept this is who I am . My children like I are also at home in the cemetery.

The week before samhain I set up a bigger altar .I place photos of ancestors gone , saints, souls we are praying for  etc.

We light the candles and on the actual day of the dead I like to prepare our meal of food our ancestors ate such as local veggies, grains , pickerel & wild rice etc. we place a plate on the altar .

As I said I do not like halloween at all ! however our children do , so of course I do celebrate with them . I try and decorate in a spiritual way not a scary way so neighbourhood kids can also enjoy it .
Last year I won the giveaway from Jaz at Octoberfarm !

I always make corn dollies

light up the yard on halloween night
make the stoop fun for children

My gal pals and I have fun get witchy get togethers

Then we do our cemetery run !
there are 3 cemeteries I love to visit off in the bush really beautiful & serene space

Then we visit where our ancestors are buried

We sweep and clean the area , trim tree branches & light our candles

It is just such a sacred time

Last year we cleaned off the stone steps of the old homestead and made an altar to honour our ancestors

we placed photos of loved ones along with candles

did some more sweeping

and smudging of course

our little adventure boy is really involved in these rituals
he likes to help keep the smudge going ☺

One of the reasons I love this day so very much is it is the birthday of my grandmother Grace .
A lady whom I grew up with and is so dear to my heart .

she is one of my best examples of legacy

on how to live a true & natural life
I was her little sparrow ☺

Gramma Grace is where I get my love of tea I think

as she aged she developed Parkinson's disease .
It was so hard to watch the lady who roamed through the bush just have to lie down all day but she still had her wonderful mind & wit .As I am granny now I value so much the lessons she gave and continues to teach me today .

There are a few books I really love for festivals & sacred days
these are a few I have found interesting & useful for this time of year .
The Pagan Book of Halloween is a great book for history info it is not to big and easy to read in a short period of time . 

again I will post one of my fav books to use for natural celebrations and learning

I just took this one out of the library so I can't report on it yet but it appears accurate thus far

Okay this book is absolutely one of my fav books I finally purchased it after taking it out of the library for years .
There are other books I have such as Halloween by Silver Ravenwolf but I have to say where some books teach fact and info others claim to be doing so but I find often promote hate towards another religion . so I tend to shy away from promoting those authors in case some people may not be able to discern between what is truly informative or that of hatefelt thought .
I must say that I have absolutely no books on day of the dead I guess I just found that exposure to the customs & culture was far more influential than a book .
There are some really fun activities I did find via school activities when homeschooling like the
 beautiful paper cut outs you make and string up .
we made our own sugar skulls without buying expensive molds or mixes. my fav were the mini ones we made out of molding marzipan yum yum .
 Did I mention the marigold !
 Marigold is one of my fav scents ! My dh loves them too and he is rarely ever a flower scent kind of guy .
Usually our marigolds are gone and done with by the time it is samhain so I pick them , dry them and this yr. I have made an oil to hopefully add to some of my autumny candles .
did I mention I also have 2 fav blogs I really enjoy especially at this time of year !
 the first I mentioned already
October Farm  is a wonderful blog and Autumn is her fav season and it shows ! okay there are times when Jaz cooks I wish she were my Mum !
The other blog I love so so much is The Cottage by Crane Lake  Christer's blog brings me such peace . I think I have a special love for his blog because it is very calming & simplistic . It also although an ocean away is almost identical forest to where we live and his photos often if not always remind me of home ☺ I love his photos of sunrises , hoarfrost on trees ,the deep dark woods & dogs ! I can just picture coming in on a cold day warming up with wood heat and cups of tea .
Okay then there is a blog I love but I love it all the time not just autumn because her art is so awesome all year long !!
her day of the dead art is so unique & creative I love love it !
she has a facebook page too  so please check it out ! 
I am just beginning to plan our weekly all soul's day activities and sure I will have photos to post soon enough
I would love to hear from and see posts of your season of souls activities feel free to share your bloggy links !