#OurPlanetWeek Day 5: A Reflection on the Sabbats: SAMHAIN (Future)

The fifth and final prompt of #OurPlanetWeek is: FUTURE and for my pagan wheel of the year reflection I chose the SAMHAIN sabbat.

In the northern hemisphere Samhain is celebrated on October 31st. It’s also know as the day of the dead, All Hallow’s Eve and the time of the third harvest. Samhain is the Witches’ New Year and since the veil between the worlds is said to be the thinnest at this time, it’s a festival to celebrate our ancestors and communicate with the dead.

It was hard to choose a sabbat for today’s prompt “Future”, but I think Samhain is a perfect fit. It’s a celebration of death, but since death is always followed by rebirth and light always has to be born out of darkness that doesn’t make it a negative occasion. Darkness is fertile with potential.

The Goddess mourns the loss of the God who has sacrificed himself into the earth to ensure that all life will continue through the winter months ahead. The Goddess is now in her Crone aspect, the wise one who knows the mysteries of life and rebirth. From the knowledge she gains she will eventually become pregnant again and give birth to the sun child who is the reincarnation of the God to be born at the Winter solstice.

The artwork shows the Goddess in her Crone aspect mourning the death of the God. The raven on the tombstone represents her deceased loved one and is a corresponding animal of this sabbat at the same time. The little seedling growing out of the God’s grave is metaphorical for the life that is born out of his sacrifice and death.

The colors used in this illustration are the corresponding Samhain colors black, gold, orange and purple.

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From Feb. 3rd a group of awesome illustrators consisting of @asiaorlando_ @belliesartboutique @corahlouiseillustration @dancelstudio @elenig @hollymaguireuk @julika.illustration @lizarusalskaya @_maggiestephenson_ @rachel_winkle are teaming up for a week full of creativity to call attention to care more and help Our Planet to get through this rough period of pollution, fires, unawareness, government indifference and so many more current environmental issues.

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