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Since we are rapidly approaching the third harvest festival of the year, I thought that I would kick off the season with a meditation.

Traditionally, Samhain was considered to be a time when the veil between the worlds was thin. (Hence the food offerings left on doorsteps for wandering dead/ ancient ancestors in Celtic countries.) Single candles shone in windows to guide lonely travelers. Apples were buried at crossroads for those souls unfortunate enough to have died without offspring. Men wore women's clothing and vice versa to avoid the gaze of the evil eye.

It was a night of magic and chaos where the dark side of the human soul rose to the surface. If we all have the face of the Stranger within, as Camus and Billy Joel both insist, it seems to me that Samhain allows the Stranger to wear our face for a night. Like the Lord of Misrule in Medieval times, this ability to turn ourselves and indeed---the world---topsy-turvy is a tremendous gift.

Why not invite the Stranger in a little early this year? Having eaten my asparagus (every damned bite) and minded my manners this year (almost nauseatingly well), I'm looking forward to the rising darkness.  

Happy Halloween.


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  • check out the post from a smahuin festival last year- http://spaces.outsidecircl...more
    - [ben]
  • Thanks, Ben. I'll do it.
    - [OtherPlace]
  • I've always enjoyed our own Halloween festival for the reason that even adults t...more
    - [stargrazer]

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An official communique' to the OCC collective

Dear Sir and/or Madam:

Recently, I attended one of your official gatherings as a guest member. I must say that I was both amazed and appalled by the activities I witnessed there. From the crazed dance of the fire gods to the wacky fun at the sacrificial offering---good, healthy enjoyment was experienced by all. While I can assume that the Collective has some official plan for this offering each year, I thought I would take it upon myself to make some suggestions to boost the fun to a whole new level.

  1. Have you considered staging an struggle for supremacy within the group itself? These kinds of backbiting, mud-wrestling, hungry grabs for power always make for good fun. If you strip down to your waists and fight like Captain Kirk in Star Trek, well, so much the better.
  2. Once you've solidified your new official position as Grand High Pooh-Bah and Head Kahuna, why not invade somewhere? Sure, Hitler did it to Poland--but he doesn't have your style. Roll in a few tanks into a community five miles down the road and force them to strip naked and do the Hokey-Pokey. Achtung!
  3. Finally, I suggest the distribution of a ranting Manifesto. Yes, it too has been done--but so what? Without stealing there would be no creation. So, gather up the drooling ravings of your most sordid members and publish them as if they are truth. See if anyone gets it!

Sincerely yours,

Anne Marie

P.S. The gathering was a hell of a good time!



  • I'm all for supremacy struggle.
    - [nick]
  • Excellent. Now, who's in charge of the ranting Manifeso? I feel a rant looming.....more
    - [OtherPlace]
  • aren't I already our unquestioned Supreme Leader?
    - [stargrazer]
  • Did you strip to your waist and battle for supremecy like Captain Kirk in Star T...more
    - [OtherPlace]
  • i have been trying to shed this damn socio-democracy the collective has. i think...more
    - [ben]
  • Exxxcellent. Violent performance art.
    - [OtherPlace]

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