The below is the monthly cash contest for October in a group called Denia, in which I am the General Manager. Please read the entire post below if you are interested in joining this and future contests.
Fire has always played an important part at Samhain. It was very important to the Celts as it was to all early people. In the old days people lit bonfires to ward away evil spirits and in some places they used to jump over the fire to bring good luck. Samhain was a fire festival to the Celts and in Ireland, originally all fires were put out save the sacred one which was kindled by the old rubbing sticks method, branches were then taken to light all fires in the land. Pagans today include a fire outside if possible for our celebrations, or indoors a candle in a cauldron is used to signify this. Bingley in West Yorkshire used to have a reminder of Celtic customs at its October Fair, Parkin pigs were sold. The boar is a symbol of the Sun in Celtic myth and so the symbol originally honoured it at the time of going into the light. Apples are traditional at this time and if you cut an apple crosswise you will see the centre displays a 5 pointed star or pentagram, the symbol used by many pagans as a sign of their beliefs.
Samhain – Cauldron Corner
This month's contest will be a costume contest. The very best costume wins. In the next two weeks Angel and I will be attempting to find a polling source for this website in order to allow the members to cast their own votes. If we should fail we will both be voting on the best costume. The only hiccup here is that it must be of you, and it must be from this year. So put on your gear it is time to treat or treat. The treat being of course a $25 Visa gift card. Now go get dressed up!
Join by clicking the link below.