It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
The challenge of the season initiated by this night is to simply enter a place of stillness and simply be where you are: not moving forward or backward but simply being utterly present, suspended in the space between past and future. It is here that we listen to the voices in the crackling fire, rain, and wind. We enter the dark season of the year to dream and remember before we begin to make our return after winter solstice."
From "Women's Rites, Women's Mysteries" Ruth Barrett
“It is not by accident that the pristine wilderness of our planets disappears as the understanding of our own inner wild nature fades. It is not so difficult to comprehend why old forests and old women are viewed as not very important resources.”
Honour the Crones and Hags in your life and in the Seasonal Cycle of the Goddess Year
("Hag" from the Greek word for holy)
"In Dianic tradition, Hallowmas is the night where we especially remember the women and children who were tortured to death as witches, healers, herbalists, midwives, and heretics during the Inquisition. Learn about the life and death of a woman murdered during this period. In your Hallows ritual, share about her life, read a story, or perform a mystery play to memorialize her."
Women's Rites, Women's Mysteries, Ruth Barrett
The Wheel of the Year is a mandala and within this circle is to be found sunshine and shadow; light and dark; calm and storm; new life and decay. Our lives too are mandalas and within the circle of our life are to be found sunshine and shadow; highs and lows; happiness and sadness; gains and losses; birth and death. As we develop and hone our seasonal awareness we learn to be open and present to the wisdom that is contained within every aspect of each season. The buds unfurling on the tree in spring and the old brown leaves in autumn are all part of the same circle. Likewise, a mature spiritual practice enables us to welcome the totality of every aspect of our life as part of the circle.