Blessings to you and your families on this Dia de los Muertos/All Soul’s Day! We wish you joy and healing as you remember your beloved dead in today’s celebrations. If you hadn’t thought about including some herbs and flowers on your altar/ofrenda, here are some helpful herbs and their symbolism compiled by Gem Rigsby in her wonderful Herb Seed for Thought:
Calendula/Marigold for sacred affection, joy, rememberance and grief
Rose for love
Mugwort aids our connection to the psychic world, helps us be not weary, and brings tranquility/happiness
Zinnia for thoughts of missing friends
Garlic gives us protection, strength, healing
Chives for usefulness, they ask - why do you weep?
Angelica for inspiration and magic
Ivy for patience, fidelity, undying love, eternal life
Pansy brings happy thoughts, aids in meditation
*Any other herbs/flowers/plants that your loved one’s cherished in life.
You can place any or all of these herbs and flowers on your altar, you can make a wreath to hang or even place a little bit in a small sachet bag.
We’ve also got some great local events happening!
Happening tonight from 5 – 8pm - Dia de los Muertos on the Arcata Plaza:
On Sunday, Humboldt's Latino Community Will Hold a Traditional, Indigenous Procession and walk 30 miles from Fortuna to Eureka to Mark the Day of the Dead and Support Measure K, the Sanctuary Measure.