Halloween’s Other Side of Life

Looking out my window during morning Qigong practice, I glanced up to see this intricate spider web. Amazing to view its work up close…a meditation in itself.

Intricate gossamer spider web hanging between branches with insect bitten burgundy leaves of a Ornamental Plum tree
Seeing beyond the spider web…

With Halloween approaching, I dug deeper into the curiosities of this scary holiday. I never understood Halloween‘s color combination of orange and black but now it makes more sense. Orange represents autumn, and black signifies death (of summer). I realize, as in how I choose to view life’s transition to death, that this holiday does not have to evoke fear as popularly promulgated. 

And those spiders serving as long time mascots for Halloween? There’s a pleasant tale indicating they are the spirit of a loved one watching over you. How befitting in my summer of bereavement, and a more pleasant thought than frightful ghosts and goblins.

Who knew a simple spider web would give new meaning to Halloween for me? It’s become a holiday for recognizing life’s natural transition rather than scaring me to death.

 

 

 

 

4 Replies to “Halloween’s Other Side of Life”

  1. So many losses in such a short time. Maybe this season of rest will offer you a chance to grieve and heal, so you will begin to feel rejuvenated in the spring. It takes so long to do the work of healing. Or I guess, it takes as long as it takes. Holding you in my heart. ❤️

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  2. Yes, I too hope the veil will thin and soon. I have lost so many in such a short time…and another yesterday. It’s becoming as overwhelming as some of the Halloween decor. While the concept of Day of the Dead is pleasant, the terminology feels too disconnected to me. Instead I will learn more about Samhain with its Celtic roots which feels more right to me (being part Scottish). Your comment has guided me in that direction. Thank you. Wholeheartedly.

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  3. I love the real roots of the holiday Halloween. I like to think there are many times the veil between worlds thins and we can experience our deceased loved ones in a tangible way. Or honor them. Which, I guess, could be every day. But, still, I do like the meaning of commemorating the dead on Day of the Dead or Samhain. There’s a lot of history and folklore surrounding this time.

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