I know that only yesterday I told you I was taking a week off. That's still my plan but this post was just too important to me to not share it today so I hope you'll forgive me.
Today is Halloween. Most of you are probably planning on dressing up and going trick-or-treating - I hope you have a safe, fun evening.
For Pagans, today is Samhain. On this evening the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest, so is the best time to contact those who have departed (I seriously don't advise you do this though unless you know what you are doing). For me, today is a reminder to remember those I love who aren't with us anymore so tonight I am planning on lighting a candle and thinking of my Grandad.
I will be remembering those times I rode on his knee as he sang 'Ride-a-cock-horse'; watching him in his garden and helping him to pick the runner beans; and his desk full of 'free gifts' he had claimed (mostly pens and a few pedometers is what I remember).
I hope you take time to acknowledge those beliefs that differ from your own and please feel free to share your opinions on tonight's festivities in the comments, or to remember someone you have lost.