September 23, 2023

October is one among my favourite months of the 12 months!  Right here within the Deep South, we’re in uncharacteristic chilly snap the place temperatures plummeted from the 70s (F) to within the 30’s (F). Usually right now of 12 months, we’re simply gearing up for cooler climate, the leaves at the bushes converting colours and crunching beneath our toes, and arrangements for Halloween, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are underway!

How can you have fun this month for your homeschool?

The Eve of Samhain of the Celtic other people become All Hallows’ Eve. This was once the start of the New Yr within the Celtic calendar, and it used to be a sacred time. This evening used to be a blurring of house and time. Nice admire used to be paid in Pagan and previous cultures to the useless – together with the providing of meals, hearth, “soul desserts”. This persists in lots of cultures as of late, or a minimum of the theory of religious reference to prayers for the deceased. We ponder the connection of dwelling to death. How can we die to ourselves, to one thing nice than ourselves in a tradition rife with selfishness and loss of group? How can we discover a proper courting to demise in an international the place violence in rife?

Something that involves thoughts is to hook up with the Earth, the knowledge of the ones with braveness to stand demise. In all probability that is the time to consider bringing “the sunshine” within as the times develop longer, darker and less warm.  “Jack O’ Lanterns” and different types of lanterns are standard this time of 12 months, as are crafts and cooking and baking surrounding the Fall Harvest. 

Specializing in what the animals and vegetation are doing this time of 12 months in music, verse and tale is herbal, and to incorporate the position of the ones little beings, the gnomes and the dwarves,  who assist raise lanterns and produce the little animals to Mom Earth.  There also are many glorious alternatives to inform tales concerning the leaves converting and falling off the bushes and the seeds going to sleep for Wintry weather.

This might be an attractive time to modify your Nature Desk to show all the wonderful thing about autumn and the drawing towards wintry weather. It’s essential to use a easy autumn wreath or dried plant life and dried seed pods or bunches of oats or wheat. A big platter of gourds or squashes may also be pretty.

Here’s a hyperlink to a Waldorf publication from 1978 describing a Halloween pageant of lantern lights and the sharing of harvest meals:  (you’ll have to scroll down):

In all probability this will likely spark some concepts to your personal festivities! It is a glorious time for festivities together with old style juggling tips, playing cards tips or different video games. Some video games to consider are discussed on pages 153 – 154 of the e-book “All Yr Spherical” by way of Drutt, Fynes-Clinton, and Rowling when you have that e-book to your shelf!

Without delay following All Hallows Eve is All Saints Day, an afternoon to honor saintly other people and to sit up for the impending gala’s of saints reminiscent of St Martin’s Day on November 11 and Saint Nicholas on December sixth. Then, on November 2, All Souls Day, used to be a possibility to keep in mind deceased members of the family and pals.  Folks would pray to those that had handed on to invite for blessings.  Normally  meals used to be ignored in a single day for the visiting spirits of this time ( soul desserts are conventional!). 

Glad making plans, and lots of blessings to you all.