Celebrate Samhain by Scott Mitchell

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Featured 9/17/11

Samhain (pronounced: sow-win) is one of the eight annual festivals, often referred to as ‘Sabbats’, observed as part of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. It is considered by most Wiccans to be the most important of the four ‘greater Sabbats’. It is generally observed on October 31 in the Northern Hemisphere, starting at sundown. Samhain is considered by some Wiccans as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets and other loved ones who have died. In some rituals the spirits of the departed are invited to attend the festivities.
According to Celtic lore, Samhain is a time when the boundaries between the world of the living and the world of the dead become thinner, allowing spirits and other supernatural entities to pass between the worlds to socialize with humans. It is the time of the year when ancestors and other departed souls are especially honored.

Featured 9/13/11

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samhain, festival, harvest, beltane, wicca, wiccan, pagan, holiday, feast, halloween, witch, ghost, dead, death, celebrate, cemetery, grave, tomb, crypt, departed, honored, remembered

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  • BluAlien
    BluAlienabout 3 years ago

    Very nice work

  • Thank you, Blu!

    – Scott Mitchell

  • Kathilee
    Kathileeabout 3 years ago

    Awesome work Scott

  • Thanks Kathi! I was just playin….came up with this. The only part of this that is mine is the moon. LOL – the rest of it is Picnik stock.

    – Scott Mitchell

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisabout 3 years ago

    How much interesting words accompany your fantastic work…an atmosphere really of sabbath…

  • I have many Wiccan friends and often participate in the rituals (mostly I dig the feasting part! as long as good food is involved….LOL)

    – Scott Mitchell

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 3 years ago

  • Very groovy! Many thanks (I love your banner!)

    – Scott Mitchell

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...about 3 years ago

    Excellent piece, Scott! Love the mood you have created here.

  • Many thanks!!

    – Scott Mitchell

  • paradox0076
    paradox0076about 3 years ago

    This is awesome, well done mate :)

  • Thank you so much!

    – Scott Mitchell

  • Rainy
    Rainyabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations!! Your artwork has been featured in
    Enhanced photos group.!!

  • Such an honor, Rainy! Thank you so much for featuring my work!

    – Scott Mitchell

  • Cyn  Valentine
    Cyn Valentineabout 3 years ago

    Awesome image Scott..congrats!!!

  • Thanks a bunch, Cyn!!!

    – Scott Mitchell

  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 3 years ago

    Scott, for me there is NOTHING that comes even close to the event of the 31st of October. It’s not only knowing the history, but it’s the spirit that culminates on that specific time of the year when the smells and the chilled dampness in the air and the quality of light from the angle of the sun instill a melancholy that has always excited me ever since eraly childhood. And even though the celebration of the event has become overbearingly commercialized over the years, the spirit remains timeless… when the trick or treaters have all gone home and eaten their spoils and the setting sun no longer has the power to remind us daytime pusuits, it envelopes me and comforts me in a way that I’ve never really understood.
    I love this image. It is a true celebration of the vibrations I feel at this time of year.
    Nice work!

  • Thank you so much, Billy! I feel the same way, when the kids are all gone and the candy is put away, the real celebration is for life and love and family and friends. People just down understand the importance of a holiday like Samhain – its the only holiday I know of that pays respect to ALL who have passed on before us, from our lives, and from our hearts. Its the celebration of the harvest, and good tidings, and good luck. Its a shame that the media and movies have made this out to be something evil and foreboding.

    – Scott Mitchell

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerabout 3 years ago

    totally groovy!!! Love it!!! ;o)

  • I say that too!! My fave words are GROOVY and FAR-OUT!! Thank you Dawn!!!

    – Scott Mitchell

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