~ Remembrance Of Things Past ~ by NekhbetSun ()
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Good Morning All !
This pic is to illustrate a part of the upcoming Sabbat of Samhain.
The Pagan Samhain is not, and never was, associated with evil or negativity. It has always been a time to reaffirm our belief in the oneness of all spirits, and in our firm resolution that physical death is not the final act of existence. Though death is very much a part of Samhain's symbolism, this Sabbat also celebrates the triumph of life over death.
Samhain (pronounced sow (as in female pig)-en) is the word for November in the Irish language. The same word was used for a month in the Celtic calendar, and in particular the first three nights of this month, the festival marking the ending of the summer season, and the end of the harvest. A modernized version of the festival continues today in some of the traditions of the Christian All Souls' Day and secular Halloween. The name is also used for one of the Sabbat feasts in the Wiccan wheel of the year.
Spiritually, Samhain is a time for reflection and meditation on death, and the honor of your ancestors and loved ones who have passed to another plane. It is an opportunity to be at one with your past, present and future. The Great Feast of the Dead is celebrated on Samhain Eve to offer tribute to those who lived before you, and those who will come after you.
Samhain predates the Roman feast of the Dead, Lemuria, and All Hallow's Eve - the eve of the Christian holiday to honor the saints, All Saint's Day. The secular holiday today is known as Halloween. All of these festivals, though called by different names, are celebration of the awe, communication with, and respect of the dead.
It is a time when the veil that separates us from the Other World is at its thinnest. It is a time to celebrate Past, Present and Future.
Love, Hugs and a Blessed Samhain To Everyone !
* Mina *
Image Comments (34)
Valerie-Ducom () 6:10AM | Mon, 30 October 2006
wowwwww, very nice composition and excellent color and atmosphere!!! Excellent!!! Good day ;)
romanceworks () 6:14AM | Mon, 30 October 2006
I am still trying to deal with the recent death of my beloved husband and soulmate. Samhain sounds quite fascinating and your image is soft, somehow healing, and spiritually beautiful. CC
Richardphotos () 6:16AM | Mon, 30 October 2006
so many things to view in your art if one stops for a moment.excellent layering and text info
ARTWITHIN () 6:17AM | Mon, 30 October 2006
Beautifully put Mina. Wonderful explanation. Your image has a sense of melancholy and the darkness punctuates the distance threw generations. I think this time, no matter whose tradition, is a happy time of reflecting and remembering all right. Wonderful artwork and writing.
meico () 7:19AM | Mon, 30 October 2006
A most excellent explanation, dear Mina. Memory Lane, for me, is a two-way street, with the past illuminating the present and providing a beacon for the future - the very essence of Samhain, of course. I love the image ... faint echoes emerging gradually from the warmth of remembrance. A great pairing, my friend. Mike
2Loose2Trek () 8:12AM | Mon, 30 October 2006
Excellent work Mina. My favorite quote from your explanation is, "The Great Feast of the Dead is celebrated on Samhain Eve to offer tribute to those who lived before you, and those who will come after you." I should hope that people will realize that the earth isn't here to be pillaged but to be preserved for those who come after. Doesn't appear that we're doing such a hot job. But this provides some small glimmer of hope. Excellent work Mina.
Lenord () 8:24AM | Mon, 30 October 2006
Excellent evocative image Mina. It really stirs the emotions, I wish more people actually kew the true meaning of Halloween/Samhain as reason to celebrate. Fantastic work, Wonderfully done. 5+5 Peace
Digimon () 9:27AM | Mon, 30 October 2006
Thanks Mina! For this wonderful image and facts!! "It is a time when the veil that separates us from the Other World is at its thinnest." is the way I remember it, also a time to enjoy the harvest and remember those who are no longer with us. Great stuff!!!
gunsan () 2:14PM | Mon, 30 October 2006
Just love this Mina!! Wonderful whole consisting of severl parts. At the same manner you describe how we in different parts of the world and in different religions celebrate the same things in this time of the year. Thanks for this, both image and words!!!
TwoPynts () 3:26PM | Mon, 30 October 2006
Stirring image Mina. The the feel of a veil betweent the worlds about it. May you enjoy a blessed Samhain as well.
miashadows () 4:48PM | Mon, 30 October 2006
THANKS FOR INFO, VERY INTERESTING TO KNOW.THE POTRAIL IS MOST EXELLENT.AN REFLECTION OF LIFE BOTH BEAUTIFUL AND SCARY, A MIST OF TOMORROW WHICH IS NOT CLEAR TO ANYONE.EXELLENT,EXELLENT WORK*****+*****
darktower () 6:22PM | Mon, 30 October 2006
Very interesting info and an image beyond words. Thanks Mina!
rayburg () 8:26PM | Mon, 30 October 2006
First, your collage of images is really well done as usual and interesting to view. And thanks for the intersting read. Well should all take time to celebrate life and know that death is just a door into the spiritual world...
TheAnimaGemini () Online Now! 10:31PM | Mon, 30 October 2006
Beautyfull collage. Stunning colors and blending. Thank you for the fabolous info. Big hugs Ilona
jimw1 () 2:06AM | Tue, 31 October 2006
Beautiful image Mina....Being Irish i have heard of the Samhain..5++
nikolais () 2:38AM | Tue, 31 October 2006
apart from this most impressive image an exciting story. thanks for a good learning moment.
wildgoha () 3:44AM | Tue, 31 October 2006
I like this serie dear Mina ;-) you did great and moody -hey we have special time. hmmm hmm;D
Margana () 4:51AM | Tue, 31 October 2006
We have more in common than a love of quotations ,evidently...Wonderful work,Mina.Your artwork,as always,is stunning,inspirational and full of depth and great feeling.I love seeing your work.A blessed Samhain to you.-M :^)
JLyons () 3:35PM | Tue, 31 October 2006
Excellent work and explanation. Maybe it will open an eye or two :o) Happy Samhain to you!!
three_grrr () 6:54PM | Tue, 31 October 2006
Beautiful illustration of our connection to the past, the birds particularily seem to travel between here and there, backward and forward. Death is not and ending, but a beginning ... Blessings ..