It is the end of October and it's the "Season of the Witch". Halloween is really the witches and fairies time of year... On the last day of October, the darkness of night drapes the sky like a black shroud and the crisp air is sweet with the scent of damp fallen leaves and burning woodfires.
It's a time of endings and new beginnings. A time to celebrate the end of the summer and the beginning of winter. This is Halloween!
The Celts celebrated Samhain, 'All Hallowtide'- 'the Feast of the Dead' when the dead revisited the mortal world. It is also believed that fairies are drawn together in large numbers on Halloween night, so the usual light pranks may turn into even more mischief on Samhain. There is however another belief, that good fairies gather to protect people from other malevolent creatures such as goblins, bad spirits and witches.
In the old days in Ireland and Scotland, the ancients thought that all the hobgoblins, evil spirits and fairies roamed around the country in gangs!
The Irish families protected themselves from them by sprinkling holy water around the home and on animals, food offerings were left outside the house, oatmeal and salt were put on the heads of children, bells or iron was placed in a babies cradle, to be sure the child was not stolen and replaced by a changeling child, a fairy child.
Halloween, Firework Night and Christmas!
It is interesting, that when you go into the shops these days at this time of year, there is a mixture of Halloween, fireworks and Christmas items for sale!
We are getting ready for Christmas earlier now and people are buying their gifts in September!
I have been thinking about different ways to gift wrap my jewellery. I have stocked a few earrings in Etsy for Christmas and last week I made some squirrel earrings, I showed them on Facebook... These are a few customer orders that are packed and ready to go to Australia, New Jersey and New York... Thank you Jeanette from Nette's Quilting Nook and Alina from The Purple Caravan for buying some earrings. Do stop by their blogs and say hello!
Facebook seems to have a lot of Hare and Squirrel fans. There are only two pairs of brass earrings left in Etsy. I have started printing my own labels too with butterflies to go with my fairy business cards, and I like using the velvet ribbon to decorate the packages. I'm very pleased with the result of the printed gift tags and I'm thinking of selling a few packs in the shop.
Have a wonderful Halloween everyone and watch out for those wicked witches, goblins and fairies! xx
From Pinterest: A woodland photo in autumn. The ghost lady, Hiroshi Nonami: The Element of Chance. Witches Calender Wheel.
Paintings: By Evelyn De Morgan, 'Love Potion'. - By John Anester Fitzgerald: 'Fairy Hordes Attacking a Bat'. 'Fairies Looking through an open Window'.'Titania and the Changeling Child' A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1832-1906).
Writing reference. Irish Halloween traditions. ireland-information.com