Humanistic Paganism

Category: Seasonal

Autumn Equitherm


Today is the Autumn Cross-Quarter in the Northern Hemisphere. Among Neo-Pagans, the Cross-Quarter is commonly celebrated on October 31 as Samhain (pron. saw-in). It is the part of the origin of modern Halloween. The actual date of the cross-quarter falls about a week later on November 6 or 7. The precise date and time for the cross-quarter for the year can be found at Meanwhile, those in the Southern Hemisphere experience this time as the Summer Cross-Quarter.

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[Starstuff, Contemplating] “Our Most Precious Gifts” by Jon Cleland Host

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This gratitude fills my life, and comes into special focus with Samhain. So many things in our day-to-day lives can be reminders of that. Small signposts pop up with even trivial prompts. As this year draws to a close and the next approaches, these spur me on to pay these gifts forward to future generations – who are also the children of our Ancestors.

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“Celebrating Samhain as a Naturalist” by Mike Ryan


As a naturalist, I don’t believe the spirits of the dead come back at the exact halfway between the quarter days, even though that’s the spirit of the day. The power lies in the community and the gathering. So I’ve come to grips with October 31st, and I embrace Halloween.

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[Starstuff, Contemplating] “The Circle of Death & Life” by Jon and Heather Cleland Host


Samhain is a time of remembrance. It is a time to honor the dead. We celebrate how our dead loved ones have shaped our lives. We are also affected by those who have gone from the living deep into our past. Samhain is an opportunity to remember those gifts, to reflect on what we have gained as human beings from ancient Ancestors that have gone long before us, both human and non-human.

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[Starstuff, Contemplating] “Samhain Approaches …” by Jon Cleland Host

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Except perhaps for the Winter Solstice, Samhain is the most meaningful holiday of the year to me.  The gratitude for our Ancestors pervades my life and helps guide my actions, as many familiar with my posts already knows.  So I…

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