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Archive for November, 2006

Thoughts

Isn’t it amazing what our thoughts can do to our state of being. Happy thoughts, happy being, sad thoughts, sad being. Conscious choices, we get to make them every nano second and voila-our life!
And even the Seasons bring their own set of thoughts we step into. I come alive with thoughts of regeneration/hope/joy/new life every spring, especially because I am a gardener. Each summer my thoughts turn to relaxing in the sun and enjoying friends. Fall is my favorite because I am not only a gardener and get to harvest mine and others fruits of labors, but I am also a serious cook and this is my favorite time of the year to do that! Then winter, a mixed bag of thoughts for me. Great joy and anticipation for Christmas and surprising loved ones with thoughtful gifts and good food, but then the long cold. For me, the long cold is a dark place and one I actively avoid.
Thoughts……where do they come from? Is it our feelings/emotions that bring them on? I sometimes sit in meditation and watch the thoughts come out of nowhere, it is fascinating, they just pop up from no origin I can find one after another.
It isn’t easy catching and changing thoughts, but it is of great value to a happier and more fulfilling life when you do.

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Rebirth and The Search for Meaning

Some of the comments about these monthly Astro-bytes:

“I can’t believe how accurate these readings are.  I have been receiving them since September and feel they have helped me through some difficult times because of the hopeful nature of the interpretations.”  SLC

“I look forward each month to these reports.  The insight they have provided me is so helpful, thank you.”  KB

December starts happy and a little scattered!   The Full Moon in Gemini on the 5th has us wondering how much faster can we go???

But this is such an expansive, seeking greater knowledge/joy/happiness month, you will have to work really hard not to enjoy at least some of this energy.

Six planets in Sagittarius this month-such a big deal!!  Sagittarius is the 9th sign and represents a rebirth after the death/transformation of Scorpio!

What this means for us this December is awakening in hope.  Realigning our connections with all peoples and our planet.

Sagittarius brings us an exciting quest for higher truth!

We have the Sun (where the focus is now on our relationship to the Universe), Moon (our emotions/unconscious/soul nature), Mercury (mind/information gatherer), Venus (Relationships/Beauty), Mars (One-pointed masculine), Jupiter (expand into joy)!!!!

This month is going to produce a lot of drama, introspection and so much fun/happiness!!  At times you will feel like you’re at a taffy pull and you are the taffy!!

Pluto has been digging deep into your lives for many years to assist you in eliminating old patterns that just don’t fit anymore, so around the New Moon on the 20th and the Winter Solstice on the 22nd of this year would be a good time to deliberately lay to rest thoughts/people/places and things that are holding you back.

Blessings,Sue

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Opening Compassion

One of the things I’ve been analyzing about lately is how I see others in relationship to how I see myself.  I’ve been taking the time to look through what I’ve always considered “faults” in myself and if honestly told, in others.

I have consistently now found that if I don’t like what someone else has said or done, I can look no further than myself to see how unfairly I judge that in me.

Compassion is opening up her tender arms and receiving me more and more everytime I catch a judgment flowing out.  Anymore, I pause, breathe and then relax and let it go.  If that doesn’t work, I take some time to go sit with the judgments to see what gifts they have inside.

It’s a practice, certainly not perfect…..and like all life, evolving.

So, when I opened my email bag this morning and found the Cayce quote below, I had to smile at how the Universe ever aligns with our higher longings.

. . those that find fault with others will find fault in themselves; for they are writing their own record–they must meet, every one, that which they have said about another; for so is the image, the soul of the Creator in each body, and when ye speak evil of or unkindly to thy brother, thou hast done it unto thy God.

Edgar Cayce Reading 487-17

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Dance!

There is progress whether ye are going forward or backward! The thing is to move!

Edgar Cayce Reading 3027-2

That holds true for just about anything. Have you ever seen a pool of stagnant water? No water coming in, no water going out, just stuck and rotting.

One of my dearest friends and teachers has been telling me for about 30 years, Dance! Don’t let those energies back up in you, free-form dance and get unstuck! Exercise/Yoga etc. are not the same as allowing these energies to move through you in a free and expressive way.

Sometimes it is as simple as putting on music you love and allowing your body to respond.

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Part of the Whole

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space.

We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

~Albert Einstein
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Taking Care of Self

You take care of yourself, and it may be necessary to let
others experience their pain and tension so that they can
understand what these things are and be prepared for greater
things that may be coming later. They have to learn how to
handle difficulties and discover their own solutions to
their difficulties. Everyone grows by this process. To take
things from people is to deny them their own
God-consciousness. Don’t worry. They’ll find the solutions.
They’ll discover their own paths. If you point the way to
the Light, they’ll find their own ways. There is an old
saying: “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man
to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” If you teach people to
fish, they will feed themselves.

They’re free and you’re free. In freedom, the loving can be
perfect. Discover where you can assist, rather than
interfere.

Assistance is a very beautiful form of loving.

- John-Roger

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Thanksgiving

Abraham Lincoln, in 1863, began our American tradition of Thanksgiving.  Here is the original statement from that time:

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.  I do therefore invite my Fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

We began this country with a deep belief in God, indeed, this is a country because of the desire for spiritual freedom.

During the holiday (holy day) let us remember that we are spiritual beings having a very brief human experience and connect with that part of us that is eternal, the infinite indwelling God……………Filled with gratitude, go out into the world and spread peace.

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Accountability

There it is….you can’t deny it. If you read or hear something you believe to be true and you tell others etc, but do not follow it for yourself; karma walks in the door and holds you accountable.

These are the days of instant karma. Talk it? Walk it.

Pay attention to your words of wisdom to others. If it doesn’t line up with how you are living your life, then karma sets in.

There is no easy way out.

Perhaps you are gifted or talented in many areas. Maybe things have been easy for you in this life and even a small effort produced large results.

And now, here you are face to face with who you are, what you say you believe. But perhaps your actions are not aligned with your words.

This is the time of accountability and you don’t have to convince anyone that you have been telling the truth about your life. The only one listening is the Great Scale of “for every action there is a reaction”.

This is so up close and personal and if you think you are getting away with anything, think again.

And isn’t that just grand! We have professed for so long about values of integrity, honor, truth, and more…..now we truly get to walk our talk.

Breathe, accept yourself. We all need to be loved into eternity. Jai Bhagwan

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In The Beginning

All souls were created in the beginning, and are finding their way back to whence they came.                                                                       Edgar Cayce Reading 3744-5
I love this!! I used to buy into that there were young souls and old souls, and then I found out that wasn’t true.
People like to judge. It makes them feel superior. So, saying that a person is a “young soul” elevates them, or even saying a person is an “old soul” makes them sound wise and in the know.
As Edgar Cayce says in the above quote: We were all created at the same time. Some just pay attention…..others choose to meander. But we will all get “there”. No one will be left “behind”. And we get to take as much time as we want/need.
Judging seems so out of place with that. How can we judge how long a soul needs to evolve?
We cannot.

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The Truth is…..

Since I’ve returned from Arkansas I haven’t had much to write about.  I’m a little on energy overload.  Feels like I’ve been thrown into a boiling vat of energy and my life is not working in it’s old way.  It works if I do something new with it…..try and figure that out some days!

I feel called into higher spiritual realms without the security of an ashram or spiritual family to support the daily grind of eating, paying bills etc.

One of the biggest Limbo’s I’ve been in for a while and I even hesitate to call it that because there is a lot going on, work is good as I move into more unknown terrain; relationships are healing and happier; but it is difficult because I feel as if my insides were much bigger than my outsides and they are oozing out and I’m not sure how to accomodate it all.

I’m finding some days I can do a spiritual practice, exercise, eat well; and the next day a rebelling teenager takes the helm and refuses to do a thing!  Think I’ll have a “parts” party and create a board of directors and see if some of these parts will play nice for awhile.

Once you start listening to your life, it will not let you forget that, not even for a day.

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Scorpio New Moon-11/20

Set your intent…it’s time to fulfill your dreams. First you have to know what they are, and then to hone them up. Take time this new moon to set your dreams sailing. You get a chance now to really change things and get ready for the abundance of a stellium of planets in Sagittarius in December.

November 21st the Sun will conjunct Jupiter creating a powerful force for expansion. If you are in a good place, it will get better. The same holds true for negative spaces, they too will get expanded.

November 22 the Sun marches grandly into Sagittarius and wants everyone to be happy and prosperous, do watch for some denial though.

November 23rd, Thanksgiving- Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius and is returning after 12 long years! Let the trumpets blow-greet the happiness of all this can bring you.

You will have to be blocking pretty hard not to enjoy this week!! :>)

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Truth/Knowledge

Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.

~Madeleine L’Engle~

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Beyond Praise and Blame

The Tao teaches that when we make good, we also make bad; when we make right, we also make wrong. Instead of judging, we might let “the weary heart rest.” This is the freedom of the Tao.

Do you want to improve the world? I don’t think it can be done. If you tamper with it, you will ruin it. If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.

The Master sees things as they are, without trying to control them. She lets them go their own way and resides at the center of the circle. –Stephen Mitchell

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Foot Prints

We are woven together into a whole. Somewhat unconscious at first, we move along the face of eternity looking for an image of ourselves, to know ourselves. A foot print.

What motivates us? How does the universe enfold itself into an individual? How does holiness unfold itself into human form? We look inward through the undulating patterns of light and sound and outward into the reflection of self in the multiform drama of life. We are a deep mystery.

Illumination only deepens the mystery. Enlightenment gives us truth, but no language. For lack of a language by which we can articulate the encrypted nuances of the fabric of self, we simply claim that we walk this earth as holiness, finding its way home.

At first we want to know why we suffer. Then, we realize that suffering is our way of realizing that there is more to our humanity than this painful smallness. In a sense, it is God’s fault. We will not rest until we actualize the God-quality within us.

The quest for wealth, power, safety, and security are temporary distractions from self. They do not satisfy the need to love and be loved. They do not solve the fear. Only love answers all, awakening the sleeping places, the remembrance of home.

The lurking shadows are not demons or enemies. They are emissaries of our forgotten virtues and noble selves seeking their creator; seeking wholeness, union, promise of the One.

Love is the source of all truth. Truth reveals itself through the ruthless surrender to love. We must be fearless.

Our great deeds do not make us great or safe. They reveal. They are testament to an innate truth. Claiming our greatness is not fame. Fame is the reminder. It is an image on a mirror: a reflection. Look through the glass, through the darkness, face to face. Truth.

Not the truth that struts in our righteous postures and addiction to our fine thoughts. Rather, the truth that weaves itself through our tragedies and triumphs, that whispers to us in the soft folds of our heart.

When all is said and done, we will reflect upon our sojourn and say: “Eternity walked here.”

-Robert Waterman

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This Body

Within this fathomlong body is found all of the teachings, is found suffering, the cause of suffering and the end of suffering.

-Buddha

It’s also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that’s sitting right here right now….with its aches and its pleasures…is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.

-Pema Chodron

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Like It Or Not

Go ahead, light your candles and burn your incense and ring your bells and call out to God, but watch out, because God will come and He will put you on His anvil and fire up His forge and beat you and beat you until He turns brass into pure gold.

-Sant Keshavadas

I leave for Eureka Springs and beyond in the morning and will not return until November 14th. So no Dailies till next week.

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Spiritualy, Politics, Hmmmm

As I struggle today wondering why I bother to vote, does it really get counted; and a declining belief in the integrity and morality of my country….how are we to pull through this life here in America.  We are all individuals concerned with our own lives, but we have a common bond of humanity that makes us this country, this world.

Personal, moral integrity unites us as a powerful force for good.  Stepping into individual power courageously even if fearful is calling to every soul not only on this planet but throughout the Universe.  It can feel lonely and isolated……..until you see someone else taking similar steps as yours.

TODAY, I will forgive all beings for using political philosophies and manmade national boundaries as justification for discord and war. I declare that I am a citizen of planet earth and my thoughts, words, and actions reflect compassion and love for all beings.

–Forgiveness Dailies

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Living Consciously

In 1967 or so, when I began an alternative life style in earnest, eating well and responsibly meant that the food was grown organically and locally as much as possible and also that no part of the process harmed anyone.

Since that time much has been published and accomplished in regards to whole food etc, but much has not.  Indeed some things have become horribly worse.

That milk piece! What is it that people think they are getting when they drink milk?  Certainly not calcium; most humans don’t digest cows milk very well; goats milk is better and even some sheep’s milk, but not from cows.  And the law states that a certain amount of pus is acceptable in the final ultra-pasteurized product-yuck!   The next time you pick up a dairy product think about this.

I was recently speaking with a local dairy farmer (25 cows) and  what he told me about the dairy factories is still reverberating in my ears.  Cows injected with chemicals is one thing, but having their uterus’s ripped out and placed in stalls they don’t get to leave until they die and then they are ground up into hamburger.  The cows are very stressed out on milking machines pulling 125 gallons of milk a day till they die.

Do you want to be a part of that violent process that treats animals as if they were unimportant?  If not, and you would continue to drink milk/cheese etc., find a local dairy farmer, visit the farm, see how the animals are treated.

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Rocket Fuel in 93% of Lettuce and Milk

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released its long anticipated report on the human health effects of perchlorates, a byproduct of rocket fuel. Perchlorates, which are a common pollutant near military sites, have recently BEEN FOUND IN DRINKING WATER IN 35 STATES AS WELL AS IN 93 PERCENT OF LETTUCE AND MILK. Along with the report, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set drinking water standards indicating that perchlorates are roughly TEN TIMES MORE TOXIC to humans than the Department of Defense has been claiming. Perchlorates can inhibit thyroid function, cause birth defects and lower IQs, and are considered particularly dangerous to children. Monitoring wells across the U.S. are now finding perchlorate levels as high as 30,000 times what the EPA indicates would be safe exposure.

To avoid liability, the Pentagon is currently pressuring Congress to pass a new bill that states the military does not have to adhere to any environmental regulations (as a matter of national security). Please take 30 seconds to send a quick online letter urging your Congressperson to protect the nation’s food and water by reducing perchlorate pollution.

Take action and learn more about this issue here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/perchlorate.htm

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November Full Moon in Taurus

With 5 planets in Scorpio this Full Moon is going to have you questioning your deepest motives for your life.  If you work sincerely at delving into your psyche for transformation you will get the most for your money this first week in November.  Resistance is futile say the Borg, you will be assimilated.

According to the Law of Attraction; “There is no condition so severe that you cannot reverse it by choosing different thoughts.  However, choosing different thoughts requires focus and practice.  If you continue to focus as you have been, think as you have been, and believe as you have been, then nothing in your experience can change.”

-Esther Hicks channeling Abraham

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The Practice of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is one of the key acts of a spiritual practice because it allows us to release the past and start anew.

After the great holocaust in Cambodia in 1979 in a refugee camp a Buddhist teacher set up a temple in the midst of the camp.  He had been warned by the Khymer Rouge not to do so.

All of the refugees were told that if they came to this temple they might be killed.

Nevertheless, this teacher rang the bell to open the temple and 25,000 people gathered around.  He began the ancient chanting and people sat down and began to weep.

All he did was recite a simple phrase from the time of the Buddha, which goes:  “Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed.  This is the ancient and eternal law.”

As the people heard it they began to chant it with him.  Those people knew as much about pain and injustice as anyone on earth, but somehow, as they chanted, the truth of their words was even greater than their sorrow.

Today’s Daily is the Practice of Forgiveness……………………….sit quietly with yourself for just a moment…………………………………….

Sit and become aware of the natural breath………….when you center yourself,  breathe in and out of your heart………….feel the meaning and intent of each of the following words:

(1) There are many ways that I have hurt and harmed others knowingly and unknowingly in this life – many times that I have caused sorrow, betrayed, or abandoned others.  I remember these now.  I feel these……………………………………………………………….  In the many ways I have hurt and harmed others out of my fear, out of my pain or confusion, I ask forgiveness……….May I be forgiven.

(2) There are so many ways I harm myself, knowingly and unknowingly, abandon or betray myself, cause myself pain.  I remember these now.  I picture and feel the sorrows I’ve caused to myself…………………………………………………………………………………………  And in the many ways I have hurt or harmed myself out of my confusion, out of fear and pain, I offer myself forgiveness and mercy.  I forgive myself.  I hold myself with kindness, mercy and forgiveness.  May I be forgiven.

(3) In the many ways others have hurt me, abandoned or betrayed me, knowingly and unknowingly, out of their confusion, out of their anger and pain, out of their fear and ignorance, I see these now and feel what I have carried. ………………………………………and to the extent that I am ready, I offer forgiveness………….I release you………….I release my hatred or anger if I am ready……….I will not put you out of my heart.

After the practice of forgiveness, let yourself feel the breath gently in your heart…..gently in and out.

-from an article by Jack Kornfield

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If You Judge People……

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.           –Mother Theresa

Our thoughts and beliefs have a direct impact on our experience. Nothing illustrates that as clearly as the subject of politics. Politics generate strong emotional reactions. Our attachment to our personal ideals compels us to project our anger, disdain and frustration on people who express points of view differing from ours. In the political arena we see this played out as adversarial mudslinging. On the international level this is sometimes expressed as war. When we see our point of view as “right,” we can justify and blame the problems of the world on others, abdicating responsibility for our words and deeds to them.

As we hold fast to being “right” about our political position we are usually unaware of the impact our anger, frustration and sometimes, hatred is having. It is therefore vital for each of us to take ownership for projecting our emotionally charged points of view into the world. It is much too easy to sit around and blame people who disagree with our political agenda for not doing enough to make the world a better place. A greater challenge is to responsibly take ownership of our thoughts.

What is most important for each of us to understand is that when we are engaged in judging, blaming and not respecting others opinions, then the thoughts that we personally contribute to our collective global consciousness energetically supports discord, conflict and war. Angry, hateful thoughts of blame create disharmony, and loving, compassionate, and forgiving thoughts create peaceful coexistence.

“Responding with anger to someone with a different political view has resulted in wars, insurrections and, yes, even terrorism throughout the ages. If I take responsibility for the opinion I hold gained through my life experiences and open to listening to the other person’s position gained from their life experiences, I may discover places of agreement arising where there was previously only conflict. Today, I forgive myself for seeing politics as a battle I must fight. I forgive the opposition for their opinions that are different.”     Diane Eppler

”Now, more than ever before, in this global psychic climate so ready to explode with hatred, the only tool that can get us through is our capacity to communicate with each other. We must transcend our need to be right, to judge the other, and begin to call on the gifts of the soul. We must use the tools we have been refining in ourselves for these past decades. This is the time we have been preparing for. And every single discussion counts. We must open ourselves to the sharing of ideas and discussions of how to lead our blessed nation through these dark times, lest dark forces stay in control. And I don’t care if they are Republican or Democrat; when it comes to dark forces, I am opposed to whatever disguise they wear.”     -Carolyn Myss

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All Saint’s Day-All Soul’s Day-Day of the Dead

Tradition is thick October 31st through November 2nd with honoring the dead and laying the past to rest in love and respect.

It is these times that bring us together in community. When these holidays occur we are given space to stop the routine and to reconnect, remember who we are and that all of us are similarly living a life on earth albeit briefly.

In my morning meditation I recall the faces and mannerisms of family and friends who are no longer on the earth plane. I am engulfed by a sense of time building on time throughout infinity. I see faces long gone, current faces and those yet to come.

I am placed in a position of timelessness and sitting in the bigger picture…..tapping into spirit phases of existence. My Dad is here briefly, laughing and happy as I seldom saw him in this life. They all seem so happy and playful, again not like this life so much….it is great to stop for even a moment and remember. A lovely peace fills me up and I think a walk in the woods is called for.

Happy Day of the Dead!

Five hundred years ago, the Spanish Conquistadors that landed in Mexico encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. It was a ritual that the natives had been practicing at least 3,000 years and is today known as Día de Muertos. The natives, unlike the Spaniards, viewed death as life continued. Instead of being afraid of death, they celebrated it. To them, life was a dream and in death they become truly awake. Today, Día de Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and certain parts of the United States.

Beliefs and customs
Plans for the festival are made throughout the year, including gathering the goods to be offered to the dead. During the period of October 31 and November 2, families usually clean and decorate the graves. Most visit the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried and decorate their graves with ofrendas, or offerings, which often include orange marigold called Flor de Muerto, Spanish for “flower of the dead”, or zempoalxochitl, Nahuatl for “twenty-flower”, a term that has been carried into modern Mexican Spanish as cempazúchil which are thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings. Toys are brought for dead children (los angelitos, or little angels), and bottles of tequila, mezcal, pulque or atole for adults. Families will also offer trinkets or the deceased’s favorite candies on the grave. Ofrendas are also put in homes, usually with foods such as candied pumpkin, pan de muerto or sugar skulls and beverages such as atole. The ofrendas are left out in the homes as a welcoming gesture for the deceased. Some people believe the spirits of the dead eat the “spiritual essence” of the ofrenda food, so even though the celebrators eat the food after the festivity, they believe it lacks nutritional value. The pillows and blankets are left out so that the deceased can rest after their long journey. In some parts of Mexico, such as the towns of Mixquic, Pátzcuaro and Janitzio, people spend all night beside the graves of their relatives.

Some wealthier families do build altars or small shrines in their homes. These altars usually have the Christian cross, statues or pictures of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pictures of deceased relatives and other persons, and scores of candles. Traditionally, families spend some time around the altar praying and telling anecdotes about the deceased.

Public schools at all levels build altars with offerings, usually omitting the religious symbols. Government offices usually have at least a small altar, as this holiday is seen as important to the Mexican heritage.

Those with writing talent sometimes create “calaveras” – short poems mocking epitaphs of friends, sometimes with things they used to do in life. This custom originated in the 18th-19th century, after a newspaper published a poem narrating a dream of a cemetery in the future, “and all of us were dead”, proceeding to “read” the tombstones. Newspapers dedicate calaveras to public figures, with cartoons of skeletons in the style of José Guadalupe Posada. Theatrical presentations of Don Juan Tenorio by José Zorrilla (1817–1893) are also traditional on this day.

Pan de muerto, traditionally eaten on the holiday

A common symbol of the holiday is the skull (colloquially called calavera), which celebrants represent in masks, called calacas (colloquial term for “skeleton”), and foods such as Candy Skulls, which are inscribed with the name of the recipient on the forehead. Other holiday foods include pan de muerto (or “bread of the dead”), a sweet egg bread made in various shapes, from plain rounds to skulls and rabbits often decorated with white frosting to look like twisted bones.

The traditions and activities that take place in celebration of the Day of the Dead are not universal and often vary from town to town. For example, in the town of Pátzcuaro on the Lago de Pátzcuaro in Michoacán the tradition is very different if the deceased is a child rather than an adult. On November 1 of the year after a child’s death, the godparents set a table in the parents’ home with sweets, fruits, pan de muerto, a cross, a Rosary (used to pray to the Virgin Mary) and candles. This is meant to celebrate the child’s life, in respect and appreciation for the parents. There is also dancing with colorful costumes, often with skull-shaped masks and devil masks in the plaza or garden of the town. At midnight on November 2, the people light candles and ride winged boats called mariposas (Spanish for “butterfly”) to Cuiseo, an island in the middle of the lake where there is a cemetery, to honor and celebrate the lives of the dead there.

In some parts of the country, children in costumes roam the streets, asking passersby for a calaverita, a small gift of money; they don’t knock on people’s doors.

Philippines
In the Philippines, it is called Araw ng mga Patay (Day of the Dead), Undas or Todos Los Santos (since this holiday is celebrated on November 1, All Saints Day, designated by the Catholic Church), and has more of a “family reunion” atmosphere. It is said to be an “opportunity to be with” the departed and is done in a somewhat solemn way. Tombs are cleaned or repainted, candles are lit, and flowers are offered. Since it’s supposed to be about spending time with dead relatives, families usually camp in cemeteries, and sometimes spend a night or two near their relatives’ tombs. Card games, eating, drinking, singing and dancing are common activities in the cemetery, probably to alleviate boredom. It is considered a very important holiday by many Filipinos (after Christmas and Holy Week), and additional days are normally given as special nonworking holidays (but only November 1 is a regular holiday).

Chinese beliefs
In the Chinese tradition, the seventh month in the Chinese calendar is called the Ghost Month, in which ghosts and spirits come out from the under world to visit earth.

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