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Ancient Ways Samhain Alphas by Miki

Ancient Ways Samhain Alphas
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The beginning of an amazing journey through the year, and the Wheel of Life!

As we step back in time, we look to the Ancient Ways of our ancestors who walked the earth and learned its seasonal rhythms.
According to the old ways, the year was marked by not only the solstices (the longest and shortest days) and the equinoxes (the 2 days each year where a perfect balance between day and night, dark and light was achieved); but by the "cross-quarter" days. Falling in between Mabon (Autumn Equinox) and Yule (Winter Solstice) is the cross-quarter holiday Samhain. Samhain, pronounced "sow en", which later gave rise to Halloween, or All Hallow's Eve, falls on October 31st and November 1st, and is considered the New Year, in the Wheel of the Year. Linguistically, Samhain is a corruption  of  the Irish/Celtic "Sainfuin", with "sain' meaning summer, and "fuin" which means ending- thus Samhain is "summer's end".
There are many aspects to this holiday. Samhain was the third in the trio of harvest festivals, with Lammas and Mabon being the first two. It was also the the New Year for the ancient folks. This celebration was also held in honor of the ancient sun god's death, thus becoming a day to reflect on death and our own eventual demise. It was the night when the veil between our physical world and the world of the spirits was thought to be the thinnest, and that we might actually make a connection with those lost loved ones during that time. It was for this reason that some customs arose: setting out a dinner place for those loved ones that had already passed, lighting a candle and leaving it in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home, Celtic tradition always held that those who passed during the year had to wait until Samhain to pass to the other side. They often lit a fire  and it burned continuously until the Spring Equinox (Ostara). They also lit bonfires at sunset in honor of their gods and goddesses and to guide home the souls of those passed. They placed lit candles inside of hollowed-out pumpkins or gourds  to keep evil spirits away.
Samhain is a time of family and friends, an affirmation of friendship and family bonds. Traditional colors of Samhain are orange, black, brown, yellow and red (Sound familiar?). Symbols include pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, brooms, masks, the cauldron, bats, black cats,  spiders,apples, nuts, oak, leaves, marigolds, and gourds. The themes of Samhain are death and rebirth, reflections upon our lives, honoring those who have passed and the end of summer. It is a time of reflection., looking backward and wrapping up old projects and releasing their energies so that the new year can be faced anew and fresh.
Remember. Reflect. Release. Revolve. Renew. Rebirth.

In "Ancient Ways ~ Samhain"  you will find the darker, more brooding shades of earthy brown and black, deep forest green, and in contrast the bright yellow of corn, the orange of pumpkins, and red of falling leaves. This kit is perfect for your autumn layouts, your Halloween scraps and your powerful journaling projects -  you'll find yourself using it for a variety of layouts for years to come!
 
  In "Ancient Ways Samhain Alphas" by Microferk Designs, you get a full set of alphas, both upper and lower case letters, numbers and 7 extra characters, made in a burnished burlap and with the upper case letters and numbers embellished with autumn leaves. Each element is in its own file - no need to 'cut' apart. All elements are created at 300ppi, and saved as png files to preserve transparency. Drop shadows are only applied in instances where layering of pieces within an element necessitate shadowing for realism, unless otherwise noted in product description.

(Already included in the "Ancient Ways Samhain Page Kit" by Microferk Designs)

Check out the "Ancient Ways Collection" for more coordinating products in this line by Studio Miki.


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