Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blessed Samhain

Today's the party and I am so excited.  66 years old and never been to a Halloween party.  This is also the day that the veils to the Otherworld are lifted, and we remember and honor our ancestors.  And for many of us, we also remember the Halloween of our our youth and bygone times when all the world was magical...once upon a time.

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time rare flowers grew
 On every shrub and bush we used to see;
The skies above our heads were always blue,
The woods held secrets deep for you and me;
 The hillsides had their caves where tales were told
 Of swart-cheeked pirates from a far-off clime,
When cutlases were fierce and rovers bold -
Don't you remember? - Once upon a time.

Once upon a time from sun to sun
The hours were full of joy - there was no care,
And webs of gaudy dreams in air were spun
 Of deeds heroic and of fortunes fair;
The jangling schoolhouse bell was all the woe
Our spirits knew, and in its tuneless chime.
Was all the sorrow of the long ago-
 Don't you remember? - Once upon a time.

Once upon a time the witches rode
 In sinister and ominous parade
Upon their sticks at night, and queer lights glowed
With eerie noises by the goblins made;
And many things mysterious there were .
For boyish cheeks to pale at through the grime
 That held them brown; and shadows queer would stir-
Don't you remember? - Once upon a time.

Once upon a time our faith was vast
 To compass all the things on sea and land
That boys have trembled o'er for ages past,
Nor ever could explain or understand,
And in that faith found happiness too deep
 For all the gifted tongues of prose or rime,
And joys ineffable we could not keep -
 Don't you remember? - Once upon a time.

James W. Foley 1905

May you all have a Blessed Samhain.


  1. And a Blessed Samhain to you and those you love, Mary! Enjoy that party!

  2. I hope you had a great time at your party Mary and may the rest of Samhain bring you magick of the best type.

  3. Happy Halloween! Hope your party was fun, fun, fun!!!

  4. Have a wonderful time at the party. Samhain blessings to you and yours!