Today I set up my Samhain Altar.
To honor the God and Goddess, and to honor and connect with my ancestors.
(as I’m writing this I am also watching and crying over Call the Midwife so bear with me)
I chose to first honor Al Greenway. I have to say I did not really know him. He was my Grandfather, well I guess Step Grandfather I guess is more accurate. But Al had always been there.
He loved to sit in his recliner during our family events. I don’t remember him speaking much, but I was young and wasn’t really listening.
He loved animals. My Grandmother and him started Greenview Aviaries, over the years it grew into a beautiful park and zoo. Though I know in my soul my own love of animals came from both sides of my family. My reflections for this coming Samhain, have guided me to the firm belief that while I was running around that park. Hearing the majesty of the Timber Wolves howl, seeing a Siberian Tiger stretch its beautiful paw, and watching the ducks lazily paddle along the pond. My love for animals grew exponentially.
Its for this, I honor him.
I also chose to honor Doris Miller. My Grandmother on my father’s side. She was an unbelievably strong and loving woman, she raised 7 children on her own after her husband was killed in a farming accident. She passed when I was young, but I remember her home, the wood stove and her baking giving the space this golden warmth.
It was full of little trinkets, handmade blankets, the rooms that had seen so much life and love. Each nook and cranny of her home had something stored away within. Her house always felt like a discovery waiting to happen as we explored and played, as we lived and laughed and loved.
Though I never got the chance to really know her. I admire the strength, courage, and determination she must have had.
It is for this, I honor her.
As it grows closer to midnight, I find my heart is filled with peace.
I found this on Pinterest, and I found it fitting to ring in October 31st.
“As the darkness now draws near.
See the cycle of the year.
As the light now goes within.
Let the Hallows Dance begin.”