Friday, October 31, 2008

Oíche Shamhna

But the night is Hallowe'en, lady,

The morn is Hallowday,

Then win me, win me, an ye will

For weel I wat ye may.

(Tam Lin)

Tonight is the Celtic New Year's Eve, a threshold time, when the world of Faerie crosses with this world and all those who live in Faerie, including the dead, walk abroad in our land. Some of you may not know that Hallowe'en is, in fact, based on the ancient pagan feast of Samhain. Readers of the fourth book in my Chronicles of Faerie series - The Book of Dreams - (out next spring for ye in America!) do know that the climactic scene in the book takes place on Hallowe'en.

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