Reflections of the harvest moon
Or spirits of the dead
Returned to walk the cooling nights
That signal summer’s end
I created this mandala art, titled Something Wicked, as a celebration of Samhain, known here as Halloween. Celebrated by the Celts, at least those living in the British Isles, Samhain is a recognition of summer’s end. Ancestors are felt to be close at hand in late October, able to cross thin places in the veil in order to help the living survive the long, cold days ahead. Beloved, beneficial spirits are, of course, always welcome, but, all manner of creepiness joins them in the night air. The woods at this time of year are especially eerie. Diabolical moth-like creatures and grinning nightjars arise from dry leaves littering the ground beneath the looming forms of trees. Blood drips from beneath mushroom caps, cast in a strange neon glow by a moon that seems not quite right in a greenish night sky. The stars look strangely… strange. Tis a good thing, yes, that the ancestors are here to help. Don’t forget to offer them your blessings.