Getting Familiar

It's that time of year again, gruesome faces carved in pumpkins, trick or treaters knocking on the door, little people on sugar rushes and lots of plastic tat in the shops. Welcome to modern day Halloween. The modern version's not really for me, but the roots of the festival are pretty special.

I'm a little bit of a witch, so for me Halloween has a different meaning. It's a very special time of year.

I know Halloween as Samhain (pronounced sow-in). It marks the end of the harvest and summer and is the eve before the Celtic new year. This is the day when the veil between the living and the dead is at it's thinnest and loved ones who have passed away are welcomed back to give thanks and join you at the dinner table.

The traditions which we uphold today have their roots in older traditions. The Jack O'lantern used to be a candle, lit to guide your loved ones home. The sweets now given to children were offerings of food which were left out for passed over loved ones. The ghost stories were stories of our ancestors that were past down the generations.

Its a time to remember, to reflect on the year past, make wishes for the coming one, talk about your ancestors and pass on stories to the next generation. A time to remember that death doesn't end love.

So we will be laying an extra place at our dinner table and inviting our ancestors to join us. We will light a candle and while we eat, tell each other stories about the people we've loved who are no longer with us. We will write our wishes for the new year on pieces of paper and put them on the fire, offering them up to the universe.

We will laugh, maybe cry a little, but most importantly, we will remember and be thankful.

No good witch worth her salt would be without a familiar. To me a familiar is a sort of guardian angel. A close companion that offers support, friendship, healing and knowledge.

So to celebrate the end of the Celtic year, I've added this little 'Familiar Cat' to the website. It's available in silver, vermeil or solid gold.

From me to you, Happy Halloween. May the new Celtic year bring you everything you need.

"Beautiful, sometimes eccentric jewellery for beautiful, sometimes eccentric people."

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