Friday, October 27, 2006

Celebrate the Autumn Season

I love autumn. I love the falling leaves, the chill in the air, and wearing woolly sweaters. In the Celtic year November 1 is Samhain which means "summers end". In early Ireland, Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) was a principle holiday and marked the beginning of the new year. The harvest is over and the seeds begin to germinate beneath the ground for the next spring.
Trees were sacred to the ancient Celts. Religious rites were held in groves of trees. In particular the oak tree was most worthy. There are many references to oak trees in Irish folk songs and Kildare, a county in Ireland is derived from Cill Dara which means "Church of the Oak". So I am paying homage to trees, autumn, and summers end. Happy Autumn, Happy Samhaim!

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