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As October marches onward, many Americans are prepping their costumes, yards and homes in anticipation for the secular celebration of Halloween.
Before we move too far into the future, let’s pause a moment to talk about Halloween. Not the spiritual vigil of Samhain or seasonal harvest celebrations. Let’s discuss the wholly secular, American and Canadian holiday of Halloween, complete with candy, costumes and PVC pumpkins. It’s fair to say that Halloween has a somewhat uneasy place in the family of North American holidays. On the one hand, we, as Pagans, fully embrace the festivities. It is the one calendar event that openly clings to its Pagan origins.
There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.
Shortly after I posted yesterday’s entry on the passing of Russell Means, David Godwin, and Paul Kurtz, I learned that noted dancer and musician Gabrielle Roth died yesterday. Roth was a proponent of ecstatic, shamanic, and therapeutic dancing and movements, most famous for her 5Rhythms practice and her many albums produced as Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors. Of her mother’s passing, son Jonathan A Horan said: “Our Mama Raven’s wings have lifted her spirit from this lifetime and she is in flight to her next journey, where she will dance in our hearts forever.”