The crazy, magical October vibe I await all year and normally drink in with insatiable thirst, passed by me almost entirely because I was engaged in pursuits that drew me away. True, I decked out my ParaGoddess abode as I normally do, and the cauldron was filled to the max for last night's trick-or-treaters. But my usual trio of farm markets did not see me this year, and I didn't endure the bumps and jostling of one hayride.
This year's Halloween costume. I'd already dressed to the nines as a Witch - twice - for public events on my ParaGoddess2010 Book Tour. Come Samhain night, I needed something sultry.
I had a late nite radio interview with friends Stefan Pinto and Candi Fox. They'd seen my costume and commented on the fact that it looked like velvet lingerie.
I didn't hesitate to admit that *yes* my costume is in fact lingerie, and *yes* of course I bought it from a store for strippers. (So what?!)
I was busy holding myself together after several months of hardcore writing, promoting and touring. I was indulging in the kind of recreational activities that are good for generating fun memories but don't require a lot of work or thinking.
ParaGoddess needed to tune out for a bit... in order to re-attune with herself. I know what comes next. Soon... winter. And then, with the Autumnal season of introspection and balance behind us, it'll be time for deep work and the inevitable Dark Night of the Soul that comes for most of us each year. We can't escape that (and why would we want to?). The seasonal tides are bigger than any of us; our bodies are calibrated to respond.
So I may have been able to duck out of a farm market or hayride (*eh hem* in order to achieve the balance that comes down with the Autumnal Equinox on September 21-22) but I won't be escaping what comes next. In fact, I know the tuning out I did in October was in preparation for the nitty gritty work this winter will bring. That's okay. I'm down with that. How about you?
P.S. We did do the Halloween thing... see?
The day I picked up these pumpkins, I realized that A. I needed a cart to carry them and B. 9West heels wouldn't pair well with the damp grass. So I went barefoot out to the field and got my damn pumpkins! See? Aren't those the cutest shoes?! :)
Baby gurl was the cutest baby EVA! What you can't tell is, she's wearing feety pajamas. So cute! :)
I stocked the cauldron as I do every year... with plenty of candy and trinkets to suit every palate.
ParaProducer hung with me in the kitchen the entire night, and did his share of answering the door for trick-or-treaters. Then he escaped to watch the most recent episode of Supernatural - again. Love that boy.
Now the entire Para household is ready for the next seasonal tide. The Halloween decorations will get packed away; just pumpkins, gourds and mums will remain as I prepare for my annual Thanksgiving feast. I'm already gathering ingredients to make my favorite cinnamon and orange potpourri, and laying in an ample supply of fire-wood. Sending you Moonbeams and Luv, baby...