Friday, 22 October 2010

Forsted petunias..Dia de los muertos

merry meet


I wish to celebrate
Dia de los muertos - Day of the dead
with you and of course with the spirits of loved loves..

Come join me...

.....and now for a celebration a little bit different from the ordinary :0)

Tis a full moon tonight..

We reach the gate

Lets close our eyes
re-connect with loved ones

A light of complete love
overwhelms me...

A message of light given...

Let me now share with you a word most magical...

your soul meets my soul

My family bathed in love
for this a magical exploration
of healing...uniting, sharing with old & new souls....

The creator of my facial art, David oxo


Below is some inspiration for your own
Dia de los muertos

The person who has entered the spirit world
has their name written upon the strip on skull

Beautifully decorated sugar skulls

Heart & soul unite

Amazing artwork by Sylviali

A little piece of lore information
but on a more western note:
fun activity we all love
for Hallows Eve

Apple bobbing, also known as bobbing for apples, a game played on Halloween.

The game is played by filling a tub or a large basin with water and putting apples in the water.

Because apples are less dense than water, they will float at the surface.

Players (usually children) then try to catch one with their teeth.

Use of hands is not allowed, and often are tied behind the back to prevent cheating.

In Scotland this may be called "dooking,"i.e. ducking.

In Ireland, mainly Co. Kerry it is known as "Snap Apple",

and in Newfoundland and Labrador, Snap Apple Night is a synonym name for Halloween.

There is a variation on the game where the apples are hung on string on a line.

An old Irish folk tale tells of Stingy Jack, a lazy yet shrewd farmer who uses a cross to trap the Devil. One story says that Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree, and once he was up there Jack quickly placed crosses around the trunk or carved a cross into the bark, so that the Devil couldn't get down. Another myth says that Jack put a key in the Devil's pocket while he was suspended upside-down.

Girls who place the apple they bobbed under their pillows are said to dream of their future lover.

Apple bobbing originates from Celtic times when Halloween was called Samhain in some Gaelic languages,

when apples were associated with love or fertility.

Some say this comes from the Roman goddess Pomona

whilst others note that this game is an important part of the Celtic pagan

religious festival of Samhain when families would gather together for a communal feast.

Customs of Hallows Eve..

A jack-o'-lantern (formerly also known as a Jack o' the lantern) is typically a carved pumpkin.
Named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o'-lantern.
The tradition of carving a lantern started in Ireland.
However it was traditionally carved from a swede or a turnip.
They were carved on All Hallows' Eve and left on the door step to ward off evil spirits.
An offering or, as we now know it, a "treat" would also be commonly left,
as it was feared if you didn't the demons and spirits would fiddle with property or live stock (play a "trick")

not until 1837 does jack-o'-lantern appear as a term for a carved vegetable lantern,
and the carved lantern does not become associated specifically with Halloween until 1866.
Significantly, both occurred not in Ireland or Britain, but in North America.
Once the tradition moved to the USA it was adapted to the carving of a pumpkin
as these were more readily available and easier to carve

. The ritual of "trick or treating" was soon invented
to re-create the coming of demons and ghouls on the night to dwellings requesting a treat
(which is now traditionally given as candy) or a trick would be played.
The demons and ghouls are now of course children dressed up to represent them.

In the United States, the carved pumpkin was first associated with the harvest season in general,

long before it became an emblem of Halloween.

The poet John Greenleaf Whittier, who was born in 1807,

wrote "The Pumpkin" (1850):

Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood!—the old days recalling,

When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!
When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,
Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!


An old Irish folk tale tells of Stingy Jack,

a lazy yet shrewd farmer who uses a cross to trap the Devil.

One story says that Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree,

and once he was up there Jack quickly placed crosses around the trunk or carved a cross into the bark,

so that the Devil couldn't get down.

Another myth says that Jack put a key in the Devil's pocket while he was suspended upside-down.

Another version of the myth says that Jack was getting chased by some villagers from whom he had stolen, when he met the Devil, who claimed it was time for him to die.

However, the thief stalled his death by tempting the Devil with a chance to bedevil the church-going villagers chasing him.

Jack told the Devil to turn into a coin with which he would pay for the stolen goods

(the Devil could take on any shape he wanted);

later, when the coin/Devil disappeared, the Christian villagers would fight over who had stolen it.

The Devil agreed to this plan.

He turned himself into a silver coin and jumped into Jack's wallet,

only to find himself next to a cross Jack had also picked up in the village.

Jack had closed the wallet tight,

and the cross stripped the Devil of his powers; and so he was trapped.

In both myths, Jack only lets the Devil go when he agrees never to take his soul.

After a while the thief died, as all living things do.

Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven;

however, the Devil had promised not to take his soul,

and so he was barred from hell as well. Jack now had nowhere to go.

He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light,

and the Devil mockingly tossed him an ember that would never burn out from the flames of hell.

Jack carved out one of his turnips (which was his favourite food),

put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place.

He became known as "Jack of the Lantern",

or Jack-o'-Lantern.

A big thank you Anna for hosting this wonderful blog party

mwah x

Love & light


Sara said...

Wow... this is an amazing post. So many wonderful things here. Thank you for sharing. xx

Wendy said...

I celebrate the Day of the Dead every year and your art was just beautiful. Thank you so much and if you feel like having a drink of tea with me and my ancestors, we'd love to see you. Thank you for the wonderful party.

Faerie Sage said...

Wonderful, this is just so enchanting, you have added such wonderful information and depth to this post! I adore your work, just splendid!

Theresa MacNaughton said...

Delightfully spooky and beautiful, too! Thank you for inviting us to this wonderful event! Absolutely stunning. :)

If you haven't already done so, please feel free to stop by my little owl tea party:

Enjoy the parties!

Wendy said...

Thank you so much for letting me join in your tea party. It was wonderfully spooky. I loved your face make up. Wonderful artwork and all the extras
Please stop by for a spell

Spells and Wishes,
Wendy from Wonderland

Lenora said...

WOw- this is a keeper! so thorough - we spent the afternoon making sugar skulls actually - really - love yours and the art! - please do come on over to our Tea Party Halloween Tea Party at! also you may enjoy our graveyard tribute to los dias de los muertos found prior to our party and you may wish to honour a memory on our memory wall honouring the dead! Enjoy - this was so great!

Marfi-topia said...

oh my gosh!
what an awesome post!!!
love the Dia De Los Muertos theme of it all. what a cool make up tutorial!
thank you for such an entertaining party.

Pauline said...

Hi Tracey - thank you for such a WONDERFUL post for the tea party! I love tellings of tales and traditions.... and the telling is such a lost art!

Unknown said...

What an awesome post!! Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us. I so love sugar skulls! Your art is gorgeous.
Brightest Blessings, Seshat

Petunia said...

Oh this was so wonderful. Dios de los Muertas is a beautiful tradition. Thank you so much for sharing it along with the lovely Halloween treats and all the amazing art! Thank you for joining me for my tea party under a Halloween moon.


Annabelle said...

The art created for the Day of The Dead is so evocative of what one would like to think death is like....I guess what I am trying to say is that when I look upon the images, they aren't frightening at all to me but rather interesting and curious and depict little if any feeling of sadness.

Lovely work by your hubby and your son looks like he had some fun as well.

Thanks for sharing the tutorial, history of HALLOWEEN and giving us some leads to creating the art form. I would love to try it someday.

I'm Having a draw for a seashell soldered bottle on Halloween Night Sunday October 31st/2010, so do try and drop in for a spell and a chance at winning my bottle.
The Wood Beyond The World



LYNDY WARD said...

Finally catching up on all the Enchanting Full Moon Tea Parties. Love your beautiful blog & all your PICs. October 23 was my third Blogoversary, so October is a spooktacular Celebration month.

Please fly by for my giveaways too...
Hauntingly Yours, Lyndy

My Haunted Halloween Party Link:

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say thank you for your kind comment on my blog during the Practical Magic Blog Party even though I was in the process of moving.

The art on your blog is fantastic as are the ravens. :) Blessings and Happy Dia de Los Muertos.