It's that time of year again! Though we don't neccesairly feel the change to Autumn in South Florida there is a change of energy nonetheless. The nights get longer, the last harvests are had for the year and the world prepares to rest before beginning the cycle all over again. This time of year is by far my favorite for a variety of reasons, a hope for cooler weather, Snowbird/busy season, celebrations, but first and foremost is Halloween. Halloween means more to me then just dressing up or scary movies but it is a creative opening. Halloween is one of the many New Years of this period (Samhain, the original name for Halloween, being the Celtic New Year). There is also have Ramadan/Bajram, Rosh Hannah, Diwali, to name a few.
Besides being New Years, most all of the holidays mentioned above place an importance on light. Of course with the days getting shorter, there is an environmental basis for this being culturally ingrained in these rituals, but I see it also, as the creative light within ourselves. It is important to nuture this light and cherish it, in order for it to grow or we will risk the chance of losing it. Something that is very important to me is keeping your inner light and your creativity despite all the hardship life may throw at you. If you lose your light then you have truly lost.
Light does not always have to be on display for it to be present. The Sun is still present, despite being present less and less during this period. Just as our own creative light can take a moment to retract within us only to emerge brighter and more beautiful. Traditionally though, it is thought we were afraid of losing the Sun so we would celebrate, and create light during the Fall and Winter seasons in order to encourage the Sun to return to us. So although this is the period of physically less light, it is the period of humans to display their light, and when the Sun returns, we can use it to inspire us and build to prepare for our next season.
The cycle of my life has also imitated the cycle of the year. Fall and Winter would mark the beginning of performance season and a time to take my last harvest and celebrate the light I had created. Being the beginning of season for Florida dance and performing companies it marked the time I got to show what I had learned and continue to grow. This period, to me, marks the beginning to display how far I have come in all aspects of my life but also to prepare for how far I need to go. I see it as roughly September-January as “New Year Season” a time to meditate a prepare for where you want your life to be while at the same time rejoicing in where you are.
This year is no different. I am preparing many exciting things, I hope to share with my friends, clients and dance partners first of which will be some very special Halloween themed dances. But before then, I wanted to share some photos of Halloween's past, unfortunately I only have the last two years on this laptop. Feel free to share your own as well as your own thoughts on this season.