New Moon No. 20, Fall


Finding home in the hollow hills of Ecola State Park
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”
John Muir

Hi my darlings,

I hope your Halloween celebrations were spectacular, and my last Letter about Samhain inspired some mindful exploration into the shadowy terrains of this season's energetics. 

By the time you receive this Letter, I will have journeyed deep into the woods for my own descent into darkness on the eve of celestial Samhain, which falls on the new moon, today, November 7th. I'll be singing, chanting, drumming, and dancing around a roaring campfire with my beloved wild woods man, under the darkened sky in the deep, dark forests of the Pacific Northwest. & maybe if we're lucky...have a visit from the Faye.

Being outside, in wild spaces, communing with the elements, is foundational for our Samhain ritual. To metaphorically get lost in the darkness of the woods, to die on the forest floor, and be nourished from this rich bed of death and decay.

This is something that can't be done at home, kids. Our ancestral blueprint is illuminated when we gather 'round fire in the darkness of wild night for seasonal celebrations.

If you haven't planned a rendezvous in the woods, how will you be awakening your human spirit under the darkened Samhain sky tonight? I'd love to hear all of the different ways people celebrate this time of year. Drop me a line by replying to this Letter to share your own experiences, Samhain inspired or Pumpkin Spice Latte inspired - seriously, feel free to share recipes!
I'll leave you with some further insights as to how I spent my Halloween, and why I celebrate Samhain. From the lovely oracle of Instagram, here's one of my recent posts:

Crop of The Dreamweaver & The Nightmare, an image @kitfoxvalentin and I created last Samhain season
“The dead speak but we as a people have forgotten how to listen. We hold them in our hands, they course thru our blood.”
- Patti Smith

I spent All Hallows’ Eve in a vow of silence for my third year. No speaking, no writing, no typing. Only gesturing to communicate with those I was with in person. I took the day off from work completely. I kneaded, folded, and tended to a loaf of sourdough bread, which was baked in a cauldron the following day. I processed many a quince, symbolically thinning the veil with each triangular portal I sliced through the core. Made my own pie crust out of einkorn flour to be filled with cooked quince for a delightfully unique pie. Kitchen witchin’ to celebrate the end of harvest season, the beginning of descent into winter’s rest. Dressing up in darkness. Dancing late into the night. Quelling my voice to hear those of my ancestors more clearly. To let them guide my hands with each cut of quince and fold of bread. To feel, acknowledge, and honor the lifeblood that brought my own flesh wrapped skeleton into existence. To continue to weave the tapestry of my ancestral bloodline, remembering that which they knew, but we have most forgotten.
This is why I celebrate the Celtic New Year of Samhain. & this is why I’ve chosen to celebrate the culturally recognized offspring of Samhain - Halloween - in silence. I still engage in classical Halloween festivities, but choose to do so in a more meaningful, intentional way. Lunar Samhain occurs on November 7th, where I will retreat to the depths of the dark woods, dancing around firelight as the celestial cross quarter day between the Autumnal Equinox and Winter Solstice aligns, and maybe, just maybe, I will become that much closer to those that came before me, both in bloodline and in otherworldly realms.
Want some musical inspiration for your own fall time rituals?

I’ve curated a playlist to carry you through the darker months in true Samhain style.

Take a listen & dance into the darkness.
May you find a cozy nook in nature
to descend into darkness this Samhain season.

Luminous love,

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This is Lumen Letters, a writing platform where I share my thoughts on holistically human living. Hopefully, you find the general information in this letter informative and helpful, but it is not intended to replace medical advice and should not be used as such.
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