I agonized over what inspiration I would write about this week... birds, owls, linen, ocean. Nothing inspired me...no pun intended. Then I looked around our home. Aha! Halloween. The perfect inspiration for this time of year.
The origins of Halloween date back to the ancient Celts. They believed (and many cultures do still) that the veil between the living and the spirit world becomes very thin this time of year....making the trip back home easier for the dearly departed. Homes invited those spirits in for the evening while scaring away unwanted spirits with masks and costumes. Originally, jack-o-lanterns were carved turnips left in windows to scare away troublesome ghosts as well.
In my home, I create altars for my grandparents so they can find their way back. A photograph of the wanted spirit, a candle to light the way, a favorite flower, a plate of food, and glass of a favorite libation, all left at a north facing window. Do they come? I'd like to think they do.
Have a spooky Halloween!