Tomorrow is Samhain, which, along with Beltaine, is my favourite festival of the year. It was just after Samhain last year that my life changed totally after losing my job and pushing me onto this path that I follow. Ironically enough just before Samhain a friend did a tarot reading for me saying massive change was coming soon (the cards of Death and Tower gave that away) and within 3 days that change had started to happen.
This year how I celebrate has changed, in that I am now part of a grove of Druids I celebrate each festival with and I wanted to create an offering which is especially relevant to me at this point in time.
Part of my life now is trying to be in my in touch with my creative side and allowing myself to be creative and more to the point allowing myself not to have to create everything perfectly. The striving for perfection has been a massive block to my creativity – my ego not allowing me to do anything unless I am going to be the best or perfect. To be honest this doesn’t just interfer with being creative, but a lot of my life!
So, I wanted to create an offering using natural mediums and not get hung up on it being perfect.
Leaves are symbolic for me at this time of year, so I created a wreath out of fallen leaves
As I have to take it to my ritual tomorrow night it is one complete item, I have sewn it together using cotton, so it is all biodegradable.
Sorry about the light in these photos and they are not entirely clear what it is.
It is three rings of leaves painstakingly sewn together! It took over an hour and had to be done rather gently to stop the leaves tearing. So I can carry it to my ritual and leave it as an offering, which will rot away in the not too distant future.I think it would have looked better with different colours of leaves, but they are all brown around here, rather than magnificent reds or oranges. This is the first year I have spent here, so I am not sure if that is normal, I am used to beautiful hues!
While I was at it I made a couple of small bunches to go around my house.
So, Samhain blessings to you all.