|Traditionally known as Merry Mischief Night, I think of this night as a time to work my personal magic, before the public festivity of Hallowe'en, or the circle ritual of Samhain. It's a time to take care of myself before attending to the needs of my children, family, circle, and community. While everyone is safely tucked into bed, I quietly slip into dark clothes and go outside. Standing with my bare feet on the cold earth, I dance slowly, feeling secretive and mischievous. What giddy joy. My family sleeps. In the waning light of the fourth quarter Moon, let yourself dance in the dark, celebrating the private magic that lies within you. Free from the demands of family, friends, or community, dance mischievously in the dark, summoning your deepest desires. As they are revealed to you, know the blessing of the Dark Goddess is upon you.