From the editor’s desk: Samhain

Halloween, Samhain, and Dia de Los Muertos are all marked on my calendar for this week.  And all around the Internet, Witches and Pagans are making ready to celebrate this time when the veil grows thin. Many of us honor our ancestors and beloved dead now.  In addition to death there’s also another way through the veil: birth. Some folks choose to recognize the descendants whenever they recognize the ancestors.

In San Francisco, at The Spiral Dance ritual, they read out loud the rolls of beloved dead and beloved babies from the past year. Do you incorporate childbirth and the descendants into your celebrations at this time of year?


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About Sarah Whedon

Sarah Whedon is founding editor of Pagan Families, the author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year, and former Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary. Sarah’s teaching, research, and advocacy work center around topics of spirituality, feminism, and reproduction. She makes her home in the Boston area with her partner and their children.