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“In late October, or Ancestor Moon as some liked to call it, Black Dragon House became a shrine to the dead. Over the years Halloween, now called by its original Celtic name of Samhain, had merged with the Mexican Day of the Dead, El Dia de los Muertos, celebrated on November 2. Now the holiday season extended for weeks. Families set up altaress in memory of loved ones. CHildren sucked on sugar skulls and played with toy skeletons. Dancers, musicians and artists prepared the most elaborate Pagan rituals of the year, while the Sisters next door celebrated masses for All Souls and All Saints. On the final night, half the city turned out in skeleton masks to parade through the streets.” –

-Excerpt from Ch. 11, The Fifth Sacred Thing

We share this excerpt, and two new links (below) for you on today, November 2. Children have been making sugar skulls here in the Bay Area, even as we sit here riveted to news from the East Coast and the island nations affected by nature’s forces this week.

Tonight, el Dia de los Muertos will arrive again on the heels of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Back in 2011, Starhawk wrote about another Dia de los Muertos in 2004 – marking a turning point in the making of the Fifth Sacred Thing film.

And this year,  Starhawk has reflected on a Halloween in the wake of a storm, in her Guest Voices column in the Washington Post. In it, she explores a season “marked by huge events and tragedies…we have witnessed nature’s immense power, and been reminded that for all our wealth and technology and engineering we are still dependent on her grace for our survival.”


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