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Happy Hallowe'en

It's a potent time of year, a week of mythic significance in traditional calendars: All Hallow's Eve and Samhain (October 31), The Days of the Dead (November 1 - 4), and All Souls Day (November 2)...the time, according to folklore and myth, when the borders between the worlds grow thin, transparent, and permeable; when the dead return, and faeries ride the hills, and the twilight shimmers with ancestral magic.

Standing stones on Dartmoor

In previous posts, we've talked about myths of descent and ascent in relation to creativity, and nature's cycles of death and rebirth -- an appropriate discussion on the eve of Samhain, the Celtic turning of the year. For more on this theme, have a look at the "Death & Rebirth" issue of The Journal of Mythic Arts (2006) -- which includes Jane Yolen's gorgeous story "Godmother Death, a link to Veronica Schanoes' equally gorgeous story, "How to Bring Someone Back from the Dead," and some beautiful poetry steeped in the myth and folklore of the season. 

Spinster's Rock

Images above: "Twilight" by Brian Froud (from The Land of Froud, 1977), "Standing Stones on Dartmoor" by Helen Mason, and "Spinsters' Rock," the remains of a Neolithic burial chamber in nearby Drewsteignton.