Sep 18, 2010
As we see Mabon almost here and Samhain only a few weeks away, it's a good time to think about endings and beginnings. And during the course of the year, of the more mundane events which might occur, there are none where endings and beginnings are more apparent and obvious than at weddings and funerals.
In fact, that's what they share. They mark a definite ending paired with a beginning. Or is it a beginning paired with an ending? Or is it both? Exploring that point is part of the fun we can have in growing spiritually. It's like that old debate as to whether a glass is half empty or half full - and someone might add the possibility that the glass is holding the right amount of liquid, but it's twice the size that it needs to be.
A funeral marks a definite end. I can't just call my Dad on the phone anymore, for instance. And a wedding marks the end of being single and only having to look out for oneself. The beginning inherent in a wedding is apparent, but what is the beginning that a funeral commemorates? I never promised you that I'd spoon-feed you answers, and I don't have all of the answers. But I have experienced enough to know that there is something on the other side of the bridge which we must all cross. And it is apparent to me that all that I can grasp is one small part of one small corner of the Infinite.
And so, let's explore these thoughts for a bit, in preparation for Mabon, Samhain and more!