It's been one of those days when I've been going "hmmmm" a lot. Like I'm missing some important concept.
A concept related to Pagan "Earth" or "Nature" religions and the "southern hemisphere" problem.
I am pondering the "what is the energy of Samhain, and WHY" this evening. It's been seeming to me that the whole "third/last harvest" idea, like the "Witches New Year" idea is just so .... local. It's certainly not what the Earth is doing in Naples, Florida let alone what's going on in New Zealand or equatorial New Guinea. I'm having issues with imposing the Wiccan Wheel of the Year on the world, rather than just temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere.
If the "veil is thin" October 31, shouldn't that same energy and thin veil be just as present on April 30? Shouldn't the Ancestors of all sorts be JUST as active then?
After all, it's coming on Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere. They are gearing up for planting, not harvest. Or do some folks feel that Samhain is determined by astrology or such, which WOULD be the same in both north and south hemispheres? But why would a 'nature religion' be so out of whack with what nature in the location actually be doing?
I think I"m going to be puzzling over this for rather a while.