Feast Days for the Radically Reverent
Next Feast Day: Samhain ~ Halloween ~ Dia de los Muertos ~ All Saints Day ~ All Souls Day
“Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”–Linda Hogan, Dwellings
We now enter into the time of the year when the days becomes shorter, colder, and the sunlight pours out like honeyed butter over leaves that are most fiercely beautiful as they begin to die back once more.
We now enter into the time of remembering our Ancestors.
Samhain. Halloween. Dia de los Muertos. All Saints and All Souls Day. These are just a few of the names we give to the special days at the end of October and beginning of November when the veils between this world and the Otherworld and the “great democracy of the Dead” are able to speak most clearly to us once more.
Where I live, in San Antonio, we celebrate Dia de los Muertos and create gorgeous altars in honor of our Beloved Dead. We bedeck the altars with the favorite foods, drinks, and occasional vices (cigarettes anyone) that our beloved Ancestors most enjoyed in life. We place their pictures in between fresh and paper marigolds, light copal incense, pour a generous shot of tequila or rum or whiskey or water, set out the special orange, cardamom, cinnamon, and sugar studded pan de muerto and light up our devotional candles.
But no matter where you, or your people, are from, the celebrations honoring the Dead as we enter into the dark and deeply liminal time of year can be found across time, culture, and place – we all know in our bones that it is time to remember.
This Feast Day is one that looks different for different people. Some in our community are very familiar with honoring their ancestors and will want to participate in our ceremony as an extension of their own work.
Others in our community may be coming to the Sacred Art of Lineage and Legacy – and the work of remembering and honoring our Beloved Dead for the first time – they may want to work with this Feast Day to cultivate and open a specific channel of communication between the living and the departed.
Still others may have a newly Beloved Dead family member (pets included) that they may want to especially honor and feast during these holy days.
Those of us who walk closely with our ancestors of blood and spirit also work with this time for Divination and forecasting into the future as it is widely held that our Beloved Dead can see into places and times that we cannot and know things that we do not. Because they love us, and because we remember them, they may, in time, share their wisdom.
This is a multi-day long Feast Day beginning with the Celtic New Year Samhain on October 31st and concluding with All Souls Day on November 3rd. Use this ceremony to bless, remember, celebrate, make peace with, heal, honor, and learn from your own precious lineage – remembering that your story is woven from thousands and thousands of other stories, some good, some wicked, most that are in-between, and all of which hold medicine that can be put to use in your life right here and right now.
Come and join us and may you too find blessings from those who have gone before.
What are Feast Days for the Radically Reverent?
Born into a family full of many devoted Catholic practitioners, Feast Days are one of the aspects of folk tradition that I love best. There are hundreds of Feast Days – in fact, according to official Catholic calendars every single day is a feast day – and that alone is a though worth pondering – what would happen if you treated every day as a feast day?
Several years ago in my own practice I began creating altars and honoring ceremonies on Feast Days that have deep personal significance to me and inviting my community of soulful seekers to join in the process of honoring by sending in their own prayer requests, blessing ways, petitions, and thanks givings.
The results are always stunning. They remind me again and again that the act of blessing is transformative and also deeply universal — every year individuals from all over the world and many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds identifying as Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and followers of various alternative spiritual paths come together in blessing. It is a profound time always and one felt deeply by all participants.
These Feast Days can be found on various calendars but we celebrate them together with one thing in common – radical reverence; this is reverence that goes right down to the root of things in plain speech and in direct, heart-felt actions.
Feast Days for the Radically Reverent are open to all people who would like to come together to celebrate, request, and bless. They are 100% free of charge and always will be.
Participation: Use the form to send in your petition for the Feast Days of the Dead – our ceremony begins on October 31st and concluding on November 3rd.
Registration closes: 10/28 at midnight central time.