Posted by: nightmistwalker | October 5, 2018

New Class for Samhain

The first (of 4) night of Herbs of Halloween was a success. Four ladies and a golden retriever shared a fun evening talking about the plants that contribute to the uniquely American holiday of Halloween. We are a nation of immigrants and each group that came here brought something with them that added to the cultural experience of Halloween.

Tonight. we started at the International Date Line. We are going to journey around the world and, while we may not get all of them, we will try to talk about the meaning of as many plants pertaining to Halloween as we can. We talked about the spice trade and the secrecy necessary to maintain a monopoly on a certain product. We touched on India’s pivotal role in the history of global trading. We talked about the symbolism of certain plants even into the modern era.

We talked about nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, ginger, mugwort, and chrysanthemums. We drank tea and ate ginger snaps. Wiley, the golden retriever, decided he liked the mugwort best.

As promised, my dad’s four sisters came to watch the class. (This is a school for mediums, after all.) Dad came in later, but not in his Army Air Services uniform as he has been known to do. They seemed to enjoy it as much as the corporeal students did.

I love telling the ancient stories. Samhain is a time when we honor the ancestors, and I feel that telling the old stories does just that. There is wisdom in those stories, tips for survival, advice about certain energies, and how to grow and use the plants. Storytelling is a winter’s entertainment, and winter is quickly approaching. For now, we will harvest our gardens, plan our next year’s plantings, and sort through our stories for the nuggets of advice they have to offer. There is less light in a day. Let us make the most of it while we can.

Come, join us for the stories.

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