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The Garden Of Eternal Sleep by Estruda The Garden Of Eternal Sleep by Estruda
We arrive but never leave
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Adam-Walker Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Writer
Beautiful.
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LItaliano-Vero Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Excellent atmosphere on this. So full of people, but still so lonely. Have a wonderful All Hallows Eve. 

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Estruda Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you very much , I shall be conducting a samhain ritual tonight as I celebrate all the festivals of the pagan wheel really looking forward too it ,hope you enjoy it too. I don't know if you know the history of it but here it is (Samhain)

Find the date for Samhain 2013 in the multifaith calendar

Samhain (pronounced 'sow'inn') is a very important date in the Pagan calendar for it marks the Feast of the Dead. Many Pagans also celebrate it as the old Celtic New Year (although some mark this at Imbolc). It is also celebrated by non-Pagans who call this festival Halloween.

Samhain has been celebrated in Britain for centuries and has its origin in Pagan Celtic traditions. It was the time of year when the veils between this world and the Otherworld were believed to be at their thinnest: when the spirits of the dead could most readily mingle with the living once again. Later, when the festival was adopted by Christians, they celebrated it as All Hallows' Eve, followed by All Saints Day, though it still retained elements of remembering and honouring the dead.

To most modern Pagans, while death is still the central theme of the festival this does not mean it is a morbid event. For Pagans, death is not a thing to be feared. Old age is valued for its wisdom and dying is accepted as a part of life as necessary and welcome as birth. While Pagans, like people of other faiths, always honour and show respect for their dead, this is particularly marked at Samhain. Loved ones who have recently died are remembered and their spirits often invited to join the living in the celebratory feast. It is also a time at which those born during the past year are formally welcomed into the community. As well as feasting, Pagans often celebrate Samahin with traditional games such as apple-dooking.

Death also symbolises endings and Samhain is therefore not only a time for reflecting on mortality, but also on the passing of relationships, jobs and other significant changes in life. A time for taking stock of the past and coming to terms with it, in order to move on and look forward to the future.

Ancient Celtic celebrations

Not only did the Celts believe the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead dissolved on this night, they thought that the presence of the spirits helped their priests to make predictions about the future.

To celebrate Samhain the Druids built huge sacred bonfires. People brought harvest food and sacrificed animals to share a communal dinner in celebration of the festival.

During the celebration the Celts wore costumes - usually animal heads and skins. They would also try and tell each other's fortunes.

After the festival they re-lit the fires in their homes from the sacred bonfire to help protect them, as well as keep them warm during the winter months.)

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LItaliano-Vero Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
What a beautiful celebration of life, and appreciation of those who have gone before. It seems focused on a deep respect for life and nature.
Thank you for sharing this, I am truly fascinated.
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Estruda Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you glad you think so ,as it means so much as a pagan girl..)0(..
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
impressive
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Estruda Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you
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SatanicVenom Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Filmographer
Fucking perfect
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Estruda Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you ..
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namstrap Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
wonderful !
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