Solar Festivals

There are rhythms to everything we experience, the day we live through, our work, leisure and pleasure, the things we create, the emotions we own, the meals we prepare.

These rhythms exist to give us insights into ourselves and as a way to share together with others.

The most ancient of all these rhythms are the seasons of the year. Each cycle following on from the last in a prescribed pattern. As night follows day, we know that summer follows spring. Cycles exist in all levels of our lives, but it is through the seasons we sense our own place in the rhythm of the earth and our part in the wider sphere.

We have always found a way to mark these seasonal changes, to come together as people and celebrate the changes that make up the year. These are referred to as solar festivals. By marking them ourselves, we not only connect in a deeper way with the natural world but also with ourselves. We are able to work on our own sense of self at a deeper level, in tune with the natural processes that exist to support us.

I have celebrated these festivals for years and they are a constant source of personal joy, delight, insight and enlightenment.

At the time of each festival I will post here a description of my insights and observations, what it means for us today and any events I am originating to form part of a collective celebration.

Samhain Festival.

The Samhain festival, also known as the Festival of Peace, celebrates the end of autumn and the beginning of winter. It marks a completion of the time of action and marks the start of the time of rest or peace. A point where inner reflection becomes the focus and allows us to begin to prepare the foundations ready for the new beginnings and the next phase of the wheel of the year.

This is the time of the year to show appreciation for all that has taken you to this point. To see your achievements and to set a dedication for the productive period of the darker time of the year. We are beginning a time that enriches all around us and begins a time of celebration, appreciation and letting go of the old.

I have always seen it as a moment to focus on what strengthens us and where we need to put more focus. Strengthening our foundations – where we work from and our self belief. Strengthening our connections – who supports our work and our ability to notice and strengthening our intentions – the passion that drives us forward. Giving ourselves, within this stage of the wheel, the space to allow these strengths to restructure and work together to provide the clarity we need to move forward in our lives.