Halloween falls on 31st October 2018 and is a time when trick or treaters fill the streets, and shops are full of fancy dress. As with every ancient festival, it has been commercialised beyond belief, but we must not forget the true meaning of Halloween. Here are 10 interesting facts about this spooky time of year.
The Harvest Moon is the first full moon that takes place closest to the Autumn Equinox, and comes from a time when farmers would need to start gathering in crops to prepare for the winter months. They used the bright light to extend the working day.
Today it's a beautiful day for some sun worship, and what better day to do it on, than the Summer Solstice. It's the longest day of the year, and marks the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
Why am I quoting 'Cat's in the Cradle' by Harry Chapin (we prefer the Ugly Kid Joe Version)? Well on Sunday 17th June we celebrate Father's Day, a day when Dads get treated and they get reminded just how special they are. 'Cats in the Cradle' is about an awkward relationship between father and son... so perhaps not the best example of a loving dad song, but you get the sentiment!
I sang in a band called Alunah for 11 years and left in 2017, a lot of my lyrics were (and still are with my solo material) inspired by paganism and the power of nature. Imbolc is one of my favourite celebrations, usually celebrated on the 1st or 2nd of February.