It’s Samhain or MidFall. This is the last of the three harvests in the Northern Hemisphere and the advent of Spring in the Southern hemisphere. It is a time that we know as being a thinning of the veil…a time for the honouring of those who have crossed over before us. This is a hop focused on communing, communicating and commemorating our loved ones
For this hop, I am honouring the life of my sister Emma, a bright flame that passed too quickly, leaving many unanswered questions behind her.
I have also designed a spread, which I will share at the bottom of the page.
Daughter two, a third child, gypsy changeling maybe, her curly hair and hazel eyes, a voice that often stumbled. Tangled ringlets, dirty face, a smile that broke your heart, a singing voice that charmed the birds, twittering like a lark. Bossy miss, capable, always working hard, spending cash and more besides, she always looked the part. Mother young, a single son, no husband there for long, ambition too, a lifeboat crew, and always fitness crazy. Her nursing course so long and hard, for years she studied closely, a midwife then, for precious lives, to bring them into safety. A dancer too, a party girl who oh so loved the camera, her beauty true was loved by all, they didn’t see the damage. A chef as well, she cooked on board, and sailed the seven seas, a dream of dreams in love and lost, upon the ocean waves. Too late we saw the empty glass, and wondered what was wrong, twas hidden well, her failing health, she did not cry for long. The stairway led her deep and down, I thought she’d come back up, but lost her there, she left me here, to wonder why she went.
- What does your life give me
- What do I share with you
- What does your loss give me
- What am I still holding on to
- How can I let this go
- Your message to me
Your life has given me the encouragement to keep on living, to never forget that there are always new opportunities, and that life, truly is beautiful. You remind me, that no matter how bad things get, that it is important to seek nourishment from the things that feed me spiritually, and that it is fruitless to seek solace from the bottle!! We share a similar feeling of being bound by circumstance, a sense of being trapped within the dictates of our lives, an underlying yearning for the solace of freedom. What I am learning is that I need to relax more, and trust in the process of life, that life is not a puzzle to be unraveled and worked out, that it is the living and the experience that is the journey, and that I hope that it is long. I know that in the end, you felt trapped by your life, and that you faced a choice that you felt was impossible to make . Your loss has given me an the strength and determination to face my own demons, and the bravery to remain true to myself, regardless of the opposition of my clan and my culture. Your loss has taught me to be unafraid in my honesty and to live an authentic life.
I still hold on to the depth of feeling that your passing gave me…. how can I in all honesty, let my sister go….. but that is OK with me, for your irrepressible sense of life and happiness goes hand in hand with all the sadness, you are eternally overflowing, you are the end of sadness, and the beginning of life, you are an endless eternal flame.
Your message to me, is the importance of seeking to become a whole and total individual, and that only when we can find that oneness and inner harmony within our own selves, can we really know that we have finally come home.
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