Tag Archives: Samhain

HALLOWEEN

Well, tonight being HALLOWEEN — Samhain — the ancient beginning of winter, I have my pumpkin carved, lit, and ready to ward off any evil spirits or wicked witches that may be abroad tonight: Somehow its face reminds me of … Continue reading

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MOVING TOWARD HALLOWEEN

Autumn’s end; The west wind fills With falling leaves. Soon we shall be at the end of October, and with it comes Halloween, with its more ancient name Samhain, pronounced SAH-win. We all know about the traditional association of Halloween … Continue reading

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AUTUMN-WINTER IN THE HOKKU YEAR

As I have written before, in hokku we make use of two calendars: First, there is the “natural” calendar, which varies depending on where one lives.  For example, in my state,  autumn comes earlier in the mountains than in the lowlands. … Continue reading

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COLD RAIN

I hope many of you paid close attention to the recent articles here about the hokku calendar.  Here is where we are now as we move toward autumn’s end: Autumn: Begins with Lammas (Harvest Home — Lughnasa), August 1.  1st … Continue reading

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IT’S STILL THE SAME OLD STORY

Yesterday I discussed three “Western” calendar systems relevant to hokku — the traditional calendar, the meteorological calendar, and the “natural” calendar.  The first is astronomical, and depends on the relationship between the sun and the earth; the second shows us … Continue reading

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IT’S ABOUT TIME: THE HOKKU YEAR

The seasons are very important to hokku.  But when we look a bit closer, we find we have both formal and natural calendars: The old traditional European calendar — now a formal calendar — was divided into four seasons, each … Continue reading

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