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    Originally posted by talamh anEiac
    ummm... i'm also puzzled.... bb talamh
    Me too!! I would think that on a Pagan Forum(not that everyone here is Pagan) there would have been more serious responses to this post. But, everybody has to do thier own thing I guess.
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    Samhain and Halloween are the same holiday, and Samhain is a Sabbat. Meaning it is to be celebrated joyfully. If people want to get drunk or hang out in cemetaries so what? Pagans don't have to be serious all the time, least of all at Sabbats.

    In fact, part of the greatest magick of Samhain is that it is when the veil is thinnest, meaning it is the BEST time to speak to spirits. Spirits are not evil ghosts people play with, and frankly it's just as stereotypically "pop culture" to assume there are. There are many spirits who want to speak to people just for someone to talk to or share messages with. Samhain is the *best* time for it; the only thing that's dangerous perhaps is inviting unhappy or angry spirits into your home or life, visiting a cemetary is not dangerous at all.

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    Understand where your coming from as well. I just didn't get from the posts the feeling of people wanted to perform Ritual or try to contact spirits. Just partying seemed to be the main thing. That's cool but I was suprised. I like to party too and will have a few that night as well after Ritual. I'm not serious all the time and certainly don't expect anyone else to be. But, I do feel that spirits deserve some respect. My Nanny passed away just last month and it dosen't make me feel to good to know that people might be hanging out partying on her newly packed grave. But thats just my opinion.
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    Ok wait a minute!

    In one of my earlier posts I said that I would go to a quiet spot in the park and do my honoring of the Gods/dess. Did a few of you miss this post??? I also said that I use to go to the cemetary and not nessessarily to disturb anyone spirit, or persons family member, but to feel the presence of the spirits. Geezz PPL, I just started studying wiccian this yr, so what I did in the past isn't what I do now. I am not disrespecting any pagan holiday, to my knowledge. Angel
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    Re: Ok wait a minute!

    Originally posted by AngelsBratt
    In one of my earlier posts I said that I would go to a quiet spot in the park and do my honoring of the Gods/dess. Did a few of you miss this post??? I also said that I use to go to the cemetary and not nessessarily to disturb anyone spirit, or persons family member, but to feel the presence of the spirits. Geezz PPL, I just started studying wiccian this yr, so what I did in the past isn't what I do now. I am not disrespecting any pagan holiday, to my knowledge. Angel
    The comments were made in general about a few of the posts here, not directly at you Angel! Sorry for the confusion.
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    Originally posted by Laiste
    My Nanny passed away just last month and it dosen't make me feel to good to know that people might be hanging out partying on her newly packed grave.
    Well I can understand how you feel. Not just your nanny, but my aunt, and another uncle, and how many thousands from Sept. 11th? Perhaps the spirits would enjoy partying with some of us anyway. I'm sure we aren't the only ones who could use some relaxation I know how you feel tho, I understand.

    At our Samhain/Halloween party, for example, we always hold a ritual to honour those who have passed on before we have our big drunken candy scarfing party

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    Cool

    Well, I will admit, I LOVE SAMHAIN. And since I started studying, I've come to love all the more. I love that on this nite I can talk to my relatives & honor those that passed. I love going out with my son & seeing all the kids dressed up. I love decorating my hosue with all kinds of symbols, both pop culture & pagan. I love scaring the kids, cause they have soo much fun getting scared on this nite of all nites. It's the easiest (other than Ostara) that I can teach my son the old ways, without confusing him.

    I live in the Hudson Valley, right near Sleepy Hollow. They have a reading of the Legend every year in the old stone church right by the cemetary. the kids love it. It's a lot of fun & hear spooky stories. I've been to the bridge too where the Horseman confronted Ichabod, let me tell you. It's a VERY scary spot. Well at night it is. During the day it's not so bad. :D

    There's all kinds of legends & stories where I live now in Rockland county. Lot's of old Revalutionary War stories & what not. We got a haunted rock. It's called Spook Rock, supposedly it's where a farmer's daughter was killed cause her old man ticked off the local tribe. Supposedly the rock turns red on the anniversary of the girls death. It's a neat story, don't know or care really how true it is. I just think it's a cool story. Then there's another, about this house. It's a HUGE old house, and it's got this feeling, even when you drive by it. The story about this one is this lady went nuts one nite & killed her kids. Now she wanders the house looking for them.

    I think we all celebrate in our own way. Me, personally, I like to mix it up. Fun & seriousness. But sometimes, well, it's hard to be serious on what kids think to be the coolest nite of the year and u want them to eat dinner before they go out begging! LOL
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    Talking AngelsBratt

    your story reminded me of another place that is truly scary, and actually sad. It will scare you or make you feel sad.

    Over near Pryor, Oklahoma, is a place called "Crybaby Bridge" where an infant was thrown to its death. I dont know all the story behind this one because it is farther from where I live. The bridge is old and made of railroad trestles covered with dirt. Only been there once, so probably couldnt find it again. It is near a cemetary and an area where a lot of rituals are performed.

    Dont know what kind of rituals, but dont think theyre all good. Some could even be like, KKK or something. Weird stuff scattered around. This too, is in the woods.
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    samhain/halloween

    "I also plan to dress up during the day. You're never to old for Halloween!"

    i agree...,and my grand daughter likes to go "trick or treating", and she's only six, so i'm going to put on that full scottish regalia, sword and all, and escort her around and see if that helps fill her basket.
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    Well, I guess you see everyone wanting to party because Samhain is also celebrated as the "Witches New Year" as well as a night when the veil between the worlds is at is thinnest and great for contacting and remembering dearly departed spirits. I find lighting a candle and trying to commune with my dearly departed as a positive time, not a time of mourning. Take a look at the Mexicans who celebrate the Day of the Dead, they go to the gravesides and party, picnic and tell fun stories of those who have passed on! :D :D
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