“May you raise your eyes and know with every step;
We are not alone!
We are come to the labyrinth tonight
Walking one by one
In the dark of Samhain
A riddle burning bright
And candles waving down”
As we approach the day when the veil between worlds is thinnest, I have been called to provide labyrinths in some of the inbetween places for those who wish to walk them. In some traditions, Samhain and not the end of Decmber would mark the end of the year, and I find that personally the symbology of that feels right. What better time to end a year than on a day meant for the dead, the spirits, and the uncanny things?
In light of that, for as long as it lasts, there is a labyrinth on the beach at Evergreen State College, and as of last night, one on the beach at Carkeek at well.
The Carkeek Labyrinth was finished as the sun fell below the horizon, and Alexander James Adams started his concert on concert window. So naturally, I pulled the concert up on my phone, set it in the center of the labyrinth under the moon, and let him serenade me as I walked the labyrinth. (Barring magically streaming live concerts, I strongly recommend playing S.J. Tucker’s “Come to the Labyrinth”). I was joined by a couple of good friends and was delighted by the random people on the beach who thanked me for making a labyrinth. (And by the little kid who did not want to stop walking it!)
If you’re in the area, come join us at Golden Gardens on Wednesday, Nov. 1st to welcome the new year with a labyrinth there. If you bring clean dry firewood we can try to snag a fire pit and build a bonfire. We’ll get started around 4:30 or so, and if there’s enough people I’ll try laying out one with wider paths so its easier for multiple people to walk at once.
If you’ve never walked a labyrinth before, it is a profoundly beautiful way to meditate and find your center, as it mimics the way life’s journey will circle around taking you past places you’ve walked before.
Be good to each other, and remember those who have gone before in the long dark night.