Samhain means "summer’s end” in Gaelic and is the beginning of the Celtic New Year. The celebration began with the lighting of ritual bonfires atop Tara. One can see all of Ireland from atop the Hill of Tara.
Seeing the opening fires at Tara, people lit fires were lit atop every hill in the land.
So began the tradition of lighting bonfires for Samhain festival thousands of years ago. The tradition of bonfires atop the hills of Ireland is still celebrated to this day.
Although we are not lighting fires in our respective hills, we are lighting the fire of our passion, gaining strength, wisdom and sense of community that will be our security in the long months ahead.
It is also a time to honor those who have come before us and to open ourselves to their wisdom, teaching and guidance that is passed to us at a spiritual level. A collection of this wisdom and culture is expressed in the photos, videos and blogs of our members.
Please tell us how you are celebrating Samhain! Please share with us your thoughts, your costumes and your inspiration!