What Halloween means to me… Joey W. Hill
What’s not to love about Halloween? It’s a celebration of dark mysteries, candy, and a chance to put up whimsical decorations! I already have plenty of the last, but I stopped at Pier1 Imports this week and had to add a couple more things to my ensemble (beaming).
But aside from that, since I’m Wiccan, Halloween (or Samhain) is my New Year’s Eve. It’s an extremely special night to me, and my very favorite holiday. Why? For one thing, it’s the time I consider what efforts I want to bring to an end and what emotions/feelings I don’t want to carry into the new year. It’s also when I think about new beginnings I want to embrace. It’s a great night to let go of harmful angers and petty resentments. I imagine myself cleansed of all things but those that follow the Lord and Lady’s path, and pray for the wisdom and strength to do that.
Second, Halloween is the time when the Veil is thinnest between those living on this plain and those who’ve passed on. I typically take time to light a candle, sit out in the darkness, and think of departed loved ones. There’s a sense of their closeness on this night, and it can be a great comfort that leaves me feeling more peaceful and balanced about their absence.
Of course, this Wiccan is not exempt from the usual “New Year’s Eve” pitfalls. A better diet and exercise schedule is one of the usual things I resolve to do. Since I consume the candy that the trick-or-treaters don’t show up to get, I’m usually more than willing to embrace a healthier lifestyle for at least the first 2-3 days afterward. I always overestimate how many trick-or-treaters we’ll get. The only way I’ll give away as much candy as I buy is if the Trojan army shows up at my door. Though if Brad Pitt shows up as Achilles, I plan to work a lot of it off! (happy sigh – I’m not a huge Brad Pitt fan, but him in that movie – *fans self*). Happy Samhain, everyone!
How to find out more about Joey’s books:
Website: www.storywitch.com – free excerpts and blurbs about all her books
Fan Forum: www.storywitch.com/community (free reads revisiting the characters, photo galleries and more)
What does she have coming up? Elusive Hero, releasing November 4!
(Elusive Hero is releasing as part of the Invitation to Eden series, and is also a book of the Vampire Queen series. No familiarity with the series is needed to enjoy the book!)
Free Chapter One Excerpt Here: http://www.storywitch.com/book-vqs-eh
Kindle - http://tinyurl.com/elusiveheroKindle
PRINT - http://tinyurl.com/elusiveheroPrint (part of Match program, get Kindle version for $0.99 if you buy print book)
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