Scotland or Cornwall? Opinions vary. Scotland is the extreme north of the UK, Cornwall the extreme south-west, both areas tend to retain traditions for the longest time, the sweeping brush of modernity taking longer to reach there to clear cobwebs than other, more accessible parts of Britain. Scotland or Cornwall - either could be correct....or neither. The saying could just as easily have been dreamed up by some Victorian entrepreneur to help sell Halloween to The Great Unwashed.
Halloween: a special night during the time our Sun is traversing zodiac sign Scorpio, whose ruler is Pluto, planet of darkness, power and transformation. How better to represent all of this, cheerily and safely within the real world, than to do dress-up - a very easy way to transform ourselves - then use October's crop of pumpkins for the carving of frightening faces to be lit by candle, so to dispel the darkness?
At Common Dreams - an inspired piece by New York poet Phil Rockstroh appeared this week, using the vocabulary and images of Halloween to good effect, especially considering that in the USA, in a few days' time, the population will be voting in mid-term elections. From some of those log-leggedy beasties running for office, I return to that old litany and say "Good Lord deliver us!"
Phil Rockstroh's full article can be read HERE, a sample follows.
Every Day Is Halloween in Empire: The Zombie Apocalypse of Duopoly.
by Phil Rockstroh.
The US mass media is rife with imagery of vampires, werewolves, zombies and other symbols of suppressed rage, insatiable craving and submerged terror. These narratives, resonate with the warnings implicit in nightmares, reveal the culture's tormented soul. By foisting imagery so arresting that it cannot be ignored, nightmares break through the ego's wall of denial; their disturbing imagery can be read as a wakeup call from the psyche that augurs warning and insists upon change............................................................
On a cultural level, a profusion of nightmare imagery warns: paradigm shift or perish. Accordingly, the hack-scripted B-movie of the current political system could be titled: Duopoly Of The Dead: The Democratic/Republican Zombie Apocalypse. By their almost exclusive devotion to maintaining the status quo, these hulking, putrefying parties of the undead shamble through public life … risen from the mouldering grave to tear the flesh from the present and eat the brains of the living. Neither party questions the zombie values of empire. Hence, in a soul-defying attempt to reanimate, by imperial might, the decomposing corpse of US power and influence, both parties are culpable for the senseless deaths of multitudes worldwide.
This zombie empire and its planet-decimating, neo-liberal death cult are marching toward the boneyard of history. What an empire contributes to the world is equivalent to the carnage an army of zombies inflicts upon the scenery of B-movies. Zombies (neither living nor dead creatures that create exponentially larger numbers of themselves) are an apt metaphor for the entropy inherent to closed systems -- the exponentially destructive force of The Second Law of Thermodynamics.
Still an' all it's fun for the kids, and for us, as we open the door, bowl of candies in hand, and see the faces of the tiniest ones filled with excitement and puzzlement, wondering what the heck this is all about....but loving the sweeties involved.
Spotted in yards this afternoon