Poetry: All Souls Day

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A vigil of All Souls Day

Treats lay in heaps

Waiting for guests to take

A soul cake granted

In exchange

For promise of sweet prayers to heaven

For the masses of beloved dead

Please

Share mercy on the departed souls

For a small price 

The indulgence of soul cake

A sweet exchange

Between the living and dead

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Poetry: Hallowe’en

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Hallowe’en begins with the ringing of the bells

Celebration for our long since dead

The ringing bells

Expel those whom seek to harm

Candles light the windows

Reflecting dancing flames

Warding off witches

Burning ‘til midnight

Keeping evil influences at bay

The streets are filled

Row on row

They walk with torches of straw

Lighting souls through purgatory

Those who linger between heaven and hell

The end of summer

Connects us to the next world

The veil

So thin

You can feel a breath

From a love long since dead

Hallowe’en

The candles are lit

The hearthstones are swept

The candles glow red

We welcome and rejoice

The return of our beloved dead

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Halloween Horror: The Exorcist


For the Exorcist it was a bit hard to decipher a particular scene that stood out from the rest. The film builds up from previous events. Each event is needed in order to make the film effective. This film includes typical gothic elements. It makes the Catholic Church made to be a bit of a joke. We witness the Father’s of the church drinking and being depressed. Illustrating no faith in God.  Karass is presented as an emotional goof. He drinks; he behaves in ways not fit to the Church. His mother has just passed away. He is emotionally weak. He is not in a state to play any form of heroic role.

Reagan is presented as picture of innocence. She is oddly cute and naïve for the age of twelve. The story develops effectively with the protagonist, turned antagonists cute, childish behavior.The flash of the devil is effective for captivating viewer interest when Reagan is in the hospital for examination. It foreshadows what is to come for Reagan, The flash of the devilish image appears again in the oven, and doorway of the house. It is utterly disgusting when she is stabbing herself in her genitals with the cross. This is direct disrespect to Catholicism and the belief in Christ. It is shocking and I think that is why it so effective in developing fear. It is completely the unthinkable. Reagan is the picture of innocence. The possession robs her of her innocence and makes her completely vulgar and crude.

 The projectile vomit on Father Karass shows even more disrespect to the idea of God. It is horrifying. It is an image that stays in your mind even after the film is over. There is evil that does exist in the world. This movie is the epitome of everything human nature needs to be afraid of.  Karass is presented as a source of Hope for Chris. Yet, Karass himself is corrupted. In the end only we can save ourselves. That is the most terrifying theme a movie can establish. Human nature against evil is a no-win situation. Humans are evil by nature, and thus without a higher source to look up to we are ultimately damned. It is a great contrast when we see the evil, possessed Reagan and then we overhead the tape of her in her prime of innocence doing a recording for her father.

 The most horrifying scene in the film is when Karass sees ‘Help Me’ on Reagans stomach. The room is freezing cold, and you can sense the power of evil. The struggle between humanity and evil is clearly displayed. As a follower of Catholicism I found the storyline shocking and utterly frightening.

The fact that Burk died with his head turned completely around sends chills. It implies the devil is fighting against the church and will do anything in power to eliminate the message of God. The devil is real. It is horrifying to imagine, and witness the power the devil has over the human mind. Most Gothic tales cannot discuss the devil without sounding cliché and foolish. The Exorcist mastered satan. The story successfully pinpoints the power of the devil, and presents the power in the most shocking way.

 

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Halloween: Roots of Samhain

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Samhain, (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne) means “End of Summer”, and is the third and final Harvest. The dark winter half of the year commences on this Sabbat.

Various other names for this Greater Sabbat are Third Harvest, Samana, Day of the Dead, Old Hallowmas (Scottish/Celtic), Vigil of Saman, Shadowfest (Strega), and Samhuinn. Also known as All Hallow’s Eve, (that day actually falls on November 7th), and Martinmas (that is celebrated November 11th), Samhain is now generally considered the Witch’s New Year.

samhainIt is generally celebrated on October 31st, but some traditions prefer November 1st.It is one of the two “spirit-nights” each year, the other being Beltane. It is a magical interval when the mundane laws of time and space are temporarily suspended, and the Thin Veil between the worlds is lifted. Communicating with ancestors and departed loved ones is easy at this time, for they journey through this world on their way to the Summerlands.

It is a time to study the Dark Mysteries and honor the Dark Mother and the Dark Father, symbolized by the Crone and her aged Consort. Tradition also teaches that the aid of spirits and guides from the other world was easily enlisted at this time, so in the increasing moonlight of longer nights, many used this time to hone their psychic and divinatory skills, especially with regard to love and marriage.

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Originally known as the “Feast of the Dead” this sabbat was celebrated in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the “wandering dead”.Today a lot of practitioners still carry out that tradition. Single candles were lit and left in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home. Extra chairs were set to the table and around the hearth for the unseen guest. Apples were buried along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. Turnips were hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits, for this was a night of magic and chaos.

The Christian religion has adopted this day as All Saints Day, or All Hallows Day, celebrating the eve as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. The superstition and misconception linked to this celebration by the early church, led people to take some unusual precautions to protect themselves. They adopted the tradition of dressing in frightening costumes or disguises, and displaying scary looking Jack-O-Lanterns to help protect them from spirits they considered to be evil. In the British Isles, the young people would disguise themselves with hideous masks and walk through the village, lighting their way with lanterns made from carved turnips.
Samhain

Symbolism of Samhain:
Third Harvest, the Dark Mysteries, Rebirth through Death.

Symbols of Samhain:
Gourds, Apples, Black Cats, Jack-O-Lanterns, Besoms.

Herbs of Samhain:
Mugwort, Allspice, Broom, Catnip, Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake, Oak leaves, Sage and Straw.

Foods of Samhain:
Turnips, Apples, Gourds, Nuts, Mulled Wines, Beef, Pork, Poultry.

Incense of Samhain:
Heliotrope, Mint, Nutmeg.

Colors of Samhain:
Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold.

Stones of Samhain:
All Black Stones, preferably jet or obsidian.

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Traditional Foods:
Apples, Pears, Pomegranates, All Grains, Pumpkin-pie, Hazelnuts, Cakes for the dead, Corn, Cranberry muffins and breads, Ale, Cider, Herbal teas (especially Mugwort) and Meat unless vegetarian and then tofu will do.

Herbs:
Calendula, Cosmos, Chrysanthemum, Wormwood, Hazel, Thistle.

Incense:
Mint, Heliotrope, Nutmeg, Sage or Floral’s.

Woods and Herbs Burned:
Apple, Heliotrope, Mint, Nutmeg, Sage.

Sacred Gemstone:
Aquamarine.

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31 Days of Halloween: Halloween Poetry

31daysofhalloweenDarkness descended
Eager to swallow the entire landscape
It had waited patiently
For months end
It’s mouth smelling of cinnamon
Bonfire and smoke
Skeletal arms swept in cool evenings
Gripping the places sunlight couldn’t penetrate
The long nights
Lit by the glow of firefly eyes
Promised mischief and magic
The veil thins
Magik is ushered in
The darkest of nights
The longest of nights
Halloween

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Halloween Horror: A Nightmare on Elm Street


My absolute favourite slasher film is Wes Craven’s 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street. This film was the beginning of the Freddy Krueger franchise. The plot is insane. Revolving around several teenagers who are stalked and killer in their dreams by Freddy Krueger.  The parents of the Elm street kids burned Freddy alive many years before the dreams began. In life, Freddy was a child killer…in death he is evil incarnated. Freddy is the perfect villain. He has motive, charisma and a sharp wit….He scares and entertains at the same time! Every horror movie has a theme song, a few easily recognizable chords, or piano keys–but Freddy, is a cut above the rest, there is a Nightmare theme song, and a nursery rhyme!

 In 2017, this is the current list of the films in the Nightmare franchise: Needless to say, the first entry in the list is the original Nightmare on Elm Street film.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him to continue his murdering in the real world.

 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger – who stalks his victims in their dreams – learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back. This entry in the franchise has without a doubt, the most horrific kill scene…

Check it out:

 A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good.

 A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through the sleeping mind of Alice’s unborn child. His intention is to be “born again” into the real world. The only one who can stop Freddy is his dead mother, but can Alice free her spirit in time to save her own son?

 A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)Freddy Krueger returns once again to haunt both the dreams of his daughter and Springwood’s last surviving teenager.

 Wes Craven’s New Nightmare aka New Nightmare / Freddy’s New Nightmare (1994)A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

 Freddy vs. Jason (2003)Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they’re out to get each other, too.

 A Nightmare on Elm Street the remake (2010)A re-imagining of the horror icon Freddy Krueger, a serial-killer who wields a glove with four blades embedded in the fingers and kills people in their dreams, resulting in their real death in reality.

Best Krueger quotes: 

Freddy kills compilation:

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Poetry: One Night

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