Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Three Witches by Wm Shakespeare

Thrice, the brinded cat mewed.
Thrice, and once the hedge-pig whined.

Harpier cries ! 'Tis time!

Round about the cauldron go;

In the poisoned entrails throw:

Toad that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one. Sweltered venom, sleeping got,
Boil thou first i'the charmed pot.

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake

In the cauldron boil and bake;

Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,

For a charm of powerful trouble,

Like a hell-broth, boil and bubble.
Double, double, toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,

Witch's mummy, maw and gulf

Of the ravined salt sea shark,

Root of hemlock digged i'the dark,

Liver of blaspheming jew,

Gall of goat, and slips of yew

Slivered in the moon's eclipse,

Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe,

Ditch-delivered by a drab,

Make the gruel thick and slab.

Add thereto a tiger's chaudron

For the ingredience of our cauldron.
Double, double, toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Cool it with a baboon's blood;

Then the charm is firm and good....

Friday, October 30, 2009

Blessed Samhain!!!!!

A Quick Note

Got an email this morning in my inbox concerning the "History of Samhain" posting that I had to remove. The reason I was told to remove it was of the usual internet copyright stuff. Lady Spring Wolf has had people use her stuff on their websites (without due credit), one was even using it to lure young women, which, apparently, were assaulted. Since they traced things back to her site, she had to go through a lot to clear her name. Because if this, her lawyers advised that she copyright her website.

I do appreciate a reader who wrote to Lady Spring Wolf, presenting a very good reason as to why I should have kept it up. Stating that I did end the post with credit to whoever originally wrote it, but I forgot who, which I did state. They also mentioned that had I not posted it, they wouldn't have found it. They also wrote some very nice things about my blog. Thank you, G ((hugs))

Lady Spring Wolf is still not letting me post the article. As a note, someone, not naming names, should stop her childish behavior, it's getting rather tedious, you're older than me, act like it.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pix of Pumpkin Carving

Samhain Correspondences

Symbolism: Third Harvest, wisdom of the Crone, death of the God, reflection on our place in the Wheel of the Year, New Year, reincarnation, the dark mysteries, Rebirth after Death.

Foods: turnips, apples, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, gingerbread.

Drinks: Mead, apple cider, mulled cider, mulled wines.

Herbs: Angelica, burdock, catnip, pennyroyal, rosemary, rue, sunflower, sage, thyme, wild ginseng, tarragon, mugwort.

Flowers: Calendula, chrysanthemum, cosmos, marigold.

Trees: Acacia, apple, cypress, hazel, hemlock, yew.

Incenses and oils: Bay, cedar, clove, copal, coriander, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, heather, mugwort, myrrh, patchouli, peppermint, sage, sandalwood, vetiver, wormwood.

Colors: Black, brown, orange.

Stones: Amber, beryl, bloodstone, carnelian, clear quartz, diamond, garnet, gold, granite, hematite, jasper, jet, marble, obsidian, opal, pyrite, rose sapphire, ruby, sandstone, smoky quartz, steel, tourmaline, turquoise.

Animals: Stag, jackal, cat, bat, ram, scorpion, heron, crow, robin.

Mythical creatures: Goblins, harpies.

Some appropriate Gods: all Death, Underworld, and aged Gods; Am-Heh (Egyptian), Anubis (Egyptian), Arawn (Welsh), Cernunnos (Celtic), Dis (Roman), Hades (Greek), Heimdahl (Norse), Herne (English), The Horned God (European), Kronos (Greek), Loki (Norse), Nefertum (Egyptian), Odin (Norse), Osiris (Egyptian), Pluto (Greco-Roman)

Some appropriate Goddesses: all Crone and Underworld Goddesses; Arachne (Greek), Aradia (Italian), Babd (Irish), Cerridwen (Welsh), Elli (Teutonic), Ereshkigal (Assyro-Babylonian), Eris (Greek), The Fates/Moerae (Greek), Fortuna (Roman), Freya/Frigg (Norse), Hecate (Greek), Hel (Teutonic), Inanna (Sumerian), Ishtar (Babylonian), Macha (Irish), Mari (Basque), Morrigan (Celtic), Nephthys (Egyptian), Nicneven (Scottish), Persephone (Greek), Psyche (Greek), Proserpina (Roman), Rhiannon (Welsh)

Decorations: Autumn leaves, fall flowers, pomegranates, apples, pumpkins, ears of corn, sprays of grain, corn dollies, gourds, nuts, seeds.

Traditional activities: divination, drying winter herbs, feasting and partying to defy the coming darkness (bob for apples, roast nuts, pop popcorn), Witches' Ball.

Spell/ritual work: astral projection, past life recall, Dark Moon mysteries, mirror spells, scrying, protection, inner work, clearing obstacles, transition, culmination, transformation. Releasing bad habits and toxic relationships, illness, failure and poverty; everything you do not want to carry into the new year.

A History of Samhain

The other day, I received a email from an author asking me to remove "A History of Samhain" from this blog. Apparently I didn't give the author credit to her work, as I forgot where I had gotten the info. I emailed the author back apologizing and told her I knew who reported me, 'cause she likes to copy things from other blogs and passes it off as her own, even though I am noticing that she is now giving credit to those she "borrows" from. I'm not naming names because that only causes negative energy.

I can't say I'm not a I'm a little put off, that I had to remove a item from my blog. It had a lot of great information, but I have left a link to site and article.

Thanks, Lady Spring Wolf, as I did see my name on her list of infringements. At least I wasn't nasty like some who have copied her stuff without permission.

Here's the link:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Are You Ready??

I love this time of year!! The autumn chill is in the air, leaves have turned into wonderful shades of golds, reds & oranges. The chestnuts are falling from their limbs. And...can you feel it?? I can. The Veil is getting thinner as the days go by. It feels thinner this year, over last year. The Goddess is showing us those who have gone on before us.

Samahin is a very special Sabbat for me. It was the very first ritual I ever got to participate in when I was in college. It was with a group of eclectic witches. I can still feel the magick it had that night. That was when I first saw one of my Patron Deities, Cernunnos. I didn't know who he was at that time, as I was was still very fresh to the Pagan ways.

I have a "To Do: list that I have been working on this past week. To prepare of the Samhain Sabbat, I have been getting things in order. I cleaned up my Facebook, by deleting those who I really don't talk to, or do not want to talk to anymore.

I've been cleaning house, as well. As this is the Pagan New Year, I wanted to make sure things are fresh & clean. I changed all the bedding in my house, caught up on my laundry, I cleaned my patio outside by sweeping all the dead leaves away, brought in all the summer things (patio chairs, etc) I refreshed my protection barriers around the outside of my place, including the main doors to the building. I swept & mopped all my floors, vacuumed what needed to be. Everything got a good dusting and now I feel I'm ready to proceed with the Sabbat.

My altar cloth is ironed and I've set up my altar for Samhain. I'll be using my copper cauldron, in honor of Hecate, this year. My meal is planned for the Dumb Supper, hopefully my son will be as quiet as he can be (he has Autism). After we return from "Trick or Treating" I will be doing my ritual, honoring those who have gone on before me. I will listen to what the Great Mother has to say to me. And what would a New Year's be without a resolution?? I will be making one, but it won't be the usual things that muggles do on the 1st of January. mine will be a special resolution.

Anyway, I have some folding of laundry to do. May the Goddess bless you this special time of the year. May you behold visions & wonders this Samhain.

)O( Blessed Be,

Saturday, October 24, 2009

To Be A Witch

To be a Witch is to love & be loved.
To know everything & nothing at all.

To move amongst the stars while staying on Earth.

To change the world around you & within yourself.

Share & give while receiving all the while

To sing & dance & hold hands with the universe.

Honour the Gods, Goddesses and yourself

To do Magick, not just perform it

Be honourable, or nothing at all

To know what you feel is right & good.

To be a Witch is to harm none

To know the ways of the Old & see beyond the barriers.

To follow the Moon

To be with the Gods.

To teach & learn, acknowledge the truth

To live with the Earth

Not just on it.


Friday, October 23, 2009

My Deities Link Change

I changed the address to my "My Deities" link. I imported the blog, changed the layout just a bit. If you were following it before, please, feel free to add your name to the new list of followers (it wouldn't import the followers)

Thanks & Blessed Be

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Enya - The Celts

A New Blog Button

Thanks to Mrs B. over at Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom for making me this here button. She's the bestest ever!! If you want, please add it to your blog.

)O( Rowan

An Autumn Chant

"I will dance
The dance of dying days
And sleeping life.

I will dance
In cold, dead leaves
A bending, whirling human flame.

I will dance
As the Horned God rides
Across the skies.

I will dance
To the music of His hounds
Running, baying in chorus.

I will dance
With the ghosts of those
Gone before.

I will dance
Between the sleep of life
And the dream of death.

I will dance
On Samhain's dusky eye,
I will dance."

*By Karen Bergquist*

Thanks to Margaret Mullins for tagging me on Facebook :-D

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My New Faery

Ok, been down in the dumps lately...between getting dumped and problems with my son at school, I needed a little pick me up. What better way than with a new Faery. I just love her!! Everytime I go into the shop that sells them, I say I'm just going to look, but always come out with a new one, go figure!!

Since starting my Faery collection last winter, I have about a dozen now. I find them in the oddest places, from drugstores, to gas stations. They seem to find me. They are all over my apt, except my son's room, for obvious reasons. Some glow in the dark, one is a trinket box, I even have a Witch Faery.

If you click onto the Faery label, you'll see my other faeeries I have.

)O( Blessings

How to Make A Scrying Mirror

Samhain is a time to do some serious divination - it's the time of year when the veil between our world and that of the spirits is at its thinnest, and that means it's the perfect season to look for messages from the metaphysical. Scrying is one of the best known forms of divination, and can be done in a variety of ways. Basically, it's the practice of looking into some sort of reflective surface -- such as water, fire, glass, dark stones, etc. -- to see what messages, symbols, or visions may appear. A scrying mirror is a simple black-backed mirror, and it's easy to make one yourself.

To make your scrying mirror, you'll need the following:

  • A clear glass plate
  • Matte black spray paint
  • Additional paints (acrylic) for embellishment

To prepare the mirror, first you'll need to clean it. Use any glass cleaner, or for a more earth-friendly method, use vinegar mixed with water. Once the glass is clean, flip it over so that the back side is facing up. Lightly spray with the matte black spray paint. For the best result, hold the can a couple of feet away, and spray from side to side. If you hold the can too close, the paint will pool, and you don't want this. As each coat dries, add another coat. After five to six coats, the paint should be dense enough that you can't see through the paint if you hold the glass up to a light.

Once the paint has dried, turn the glass right side up. Use your acrylic paint to add embellishments around the outer edge of the plate -- you can add symbols of your tradition, magical sigils, or even your favorite saying. The one in the photo says, "Thee I invoke by the moonlit sea, the standing stone, and the twisted tree." Allow these to dry as well. Your mirror is ready for scrying, but before you use it, you may want to consecrate it as you would any other magical item.

If your tradition normally requires you to cast a circle, do so now. If you'd like to play some music, start your cd player. If you'd like to light a candle or two, go ahead, but be sure to place them so that they don't interfere with your line of vision. Sit or stand comfortably at your workspace. Begin by closing your eyes, and attuning your mind to the energy around you. Take some time to gather that energy.

When you are ready to begin scrying, open your eyes. Position yourself so that you can look into the mirror. Stare into the glass, looking for patterns, symbols or pictures -- and don't worry about blinking, it's fine if you do. You may see images moving, or perhaps even words forming. You may have thoughts pop spontaneously into your head, that seem to have nothing at all to do with anything. Perhaps you'll suddenly think about someone you haven't seen in decades. Use your journal, and write everything down. Spend as much time as you like gazing into the mirror -- it may be just a few minutes, or even an hour. Stop when you begin to feel restless, or if you're getting distracted by mundane things.

When you are finished gazing into the mirror, make sure you have recorded everything you saw, thought and felt during your scrying session. Messages often come to us from other realms and yet we frequently don't recognize them for what they are. If a bit of information doesn't make sense, don't worry -- sit on it for a few days and let your unconscious mind process it. Chances are, it will make sense eventually. It's also possible that you could receive a message that's meant for someone else -- if something doesn't seem to apply to you, think about your circle of family friends, and who the message might be meant for.

** Paganism/Wicca**

A Chant for Samhain

This chant can be outdoors around a bonfire or inside around an extra large altar candle.

Fire red, summer's dead,
Yet shall it return.

Clear and bright in the night,

Burn, fire, burn!

Dance the ring, luck to bring,

When the year's aturning.

Chant the rhyme at Hallowstime,
When the fire's burning.

Fire glow, vision show

Of the heart's desire,

When the spell's chanted well

Of the witching fire.

Dance the ring, luck to bring,

When the year's aturning.

Chant the rhyme at Hallowstime,
When the fire's burning.

Fire spark, when nights are dark,

Makes our winter's mirth.

Red leaves fall, earth takes all,

Brings them to rebirth.

Dance the ring, luck to bring,

When the year's aturning.

Chant the rhyme at Hallowstime,

When the fire's burning.

Fire fair, earth and air,
And the heaven's rain,

And blessed be, and so may we,

At Hallowstide again.

Dance the ring, luck to bring,

When the year's aturning.

Chant the rhyme at Hallowstime,

When the fire's burning.

Valiente, Doreen; "Witchcraft for Tomorrow"; Phoenix Publishing 198

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Autumn Colors Cocktail

If you're not into Halloween ghosts and gore, try this toned-down drink that celebrates the season, not the scares. This sweet iced tea and pomegranate liqueur give the drink a color that mirrors fall foliage, while a shot of vodka gives it a little kick.

1 1/4 oz. vodka

3/4 oz. pomegranate liqueur

1/2 cup sweet ice tea
1/4 tsp. grated orange zest

Place all ingredients into a shaker, shake. Pour over ice in a glass and garnish with a lime

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Drums of Samhain

The drums of Samhain keeping time.
The gates of magic open wide.

A cauldron's blessings overflow.

The candle flames are dying low.

The witches dance the circle 'round
to chant and bring the power down.

Hecate will hear our call
to turn the summer into fall.

The magic veil is growing thin.

The Netherworld is near our own.

We'll see the sacred fire fed
while witches commune with the dead.

The winds of Autumn call our names.

The driving rhythm slowly calms.

The glowing embers we will tend
until the drums of Samhain end.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Samhain Pumpkin Bread

This recipe makes 2 loaves

3 eggs
2C sugar
15oz canned pumpkin
1C vegetable oil
2tsp vanilla
3C flour
1tsp each salt, baking soda and baking powder
2tsp cinnamon
1/2tsp nutmeg
1/2tsp cloves

Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl. Stir i sugar, canned pumpkin, oil and vanilla. Add dry ingredients & spices. Mix well. Pour into 2 bread pans that have been greased on the bottom only.
Bake at 325F for 60 to 80 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes & then remove from loaf pans and allow to cool completely. Enjoy!!

**From the Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook 2009**

Soul Cakes Recipe

Buttery Soul Cakes

You'll need:

  • Two sticks butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 C flour, sifted
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg & saffron
  • 1 tsp each cinnamon & allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp malt vinegar
  • Powdered sugar

Cut the butter into the flour with a large fork. Mix in the sugar, nutmeg, saffron, cinammon and allspice. Lightly beat eggs, and add to flour mixture. Add malt vinegar. Mix until you have a stiff dough. Knead for a while, then roll out until 1/4" thick. Use a floured glass to cut out 3" circles. Place on greased baking sheet and bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while the cakes are still warm.

Samhain Traditions & Lore

I found this great website all about Samhain. Thought I would share a bit here:

Samhain (pronounced sow-en) is the most important and least understood of all Celtic festivals. Unlike its counterparts of Halloween and All Hallow's Eve, the Witch holiday of Samhain has nothing to do with evil practices or horrific costumes. There are no poison apples, razor blades, or scary masks. Witches do not have green faces or wear pointy hats. Tall pointy hats were simply the fashion of the day among the peasants during the late Middle Ages. In ancient Celtic times, everyone was a Witch and everyone practiced Witchcraft. Witchcraft is still very much alive, and it is a way of life for many people today.

Samhain is a holiday infused with positive energy and filled with hope for the planet's future. With the icy cold months of Winter ahead of us, it is fitting that on every Samhain Eve, the Morrighan, one of a triplicity of Celtic Goddesses with the power to give birth to a new land, celebrates her ritual with the Dagda, the "Good God", one of the highest most illustrious of Celtic Gods. The Morrighan is a Goddess of gigantic proportions, who is straddling the two sides of the river when she encounters the Dagda eating from a cauldron along the river's edge. Although she possesses many abilities and has many roles, the Morrighan's role on that night is to reaffirm life in the face of Winter's impending hardships.

To the ancient Celts, the great holiday divided the year into two seasons -- Winter and Summer. Samhain the day on which the Celtic New Year and Winter begin together, so it is the time for both beginnings and endings. On Samhain the ancient tribes celebrated the Celtic feast of the Dead. Today, we continue to honor the memories of our ancestors. This practice has directly influenced countless other religions and folk customs. All Soul's Day on November 2nd, commemorates the Christian dead. On Samhain, the veil between the worlds in the thinnest, and the living and dead are more likely to exchange psychic information. On Samhain Witches celebrate and perform rituals to keep anything negative from the past -- evil, harm, corruption, and greed -- out of the future. We cast spells to psychically contact our deceased friends and relatives, and retrieve ancient knowledge. Thus, we preserve the great web that stretches through many generations of human families.

Samhain is a time for change and a time to look to the future. Today, Pagans dress for Samhain in costumes reflecting what we hope to achieve in the coming year. How we dress for Samhain is, in a manner of speaking, a Witch's New Years Resolution.

The idea of trick or treating, though radically altered, is also descended from Witch tradition. In our celebrations, there is no trick -- only treat. Witches pull no pranks and perform no mischief on Samhain Eve. After the rituals of the magick circle, we go not to the houses of strangers, but to the houses of friends and show off our costumes and sample treats.

Samhain is a magickal and enchanted night when magick can be done to benefit ourselves and our plant.

What Do Witches Do On Samhain?

Well, most people think we all dress up and go to Salem MA to cause trouble. Seriously, many of us try to avoid the Salem tourist rush, or avoid the trick-or-treating scene. Most Witches dislike the commercialization of the sacred holiday.

So what do we really do? The following is a list of some of the things Witches tend to do on this holiday:

* Decorate our altars with pine cones, pumpkins, gourds, autumn leaves, pictures of deceased loved ones, and the colors approprate to the holiday.

* Performing rituals of divination to predict the future. We may use the i-ching, a pendulum, tarot cards, runes, rods, etc.

* remember our loved ones who have passed on.

* Reflect upon changes we would like to bring about in our lives, and perform rituals to manifest those changes.

The Samhain Altar

Deep golds, scarlets, dark browns and bronze are predominant colors of Autumn and the Samhain altar. The candles on the altar should be black, orange, white, silver, and gold. Black absorbs light and keeps you warm. Orange represents the magic of fire as well as the remainder of fire in the autumn leaves. White sends out energy, and silver and gold represent the moon and the sun. Candles should always be lit with altar matches (matches with no advertising on the box). A stone native to your region might be present on the altar as a symbol of the Earth. An animal horn, feather or talon can be placed on the altar to represent the final harvest.

What to Wear

On Samhain, Witch's should wear black robes for ritual. Orange and gold, the fire colors of the sun, are used during this time to attract sunlight to the Wheel of the Year. A costume to signify light or a glittery robe or headdress is also appropriate. Face painting, an old Celtic art, can be practices and glitter can be added to the paint.

Samhain Correspondences

Symbols used to represent Samhain: jack-o'-lantern, balefire, besom, masks, cauldron, Waning Moon

Foods appropriate for Smahain: apples, pumpkin pie, beets, turnips, hazelnuts, corn, gingerbread, pomegrantates, cider, herbal teas, pork dishes

Plants and herbs associated with Samhain: mugwort, allspice, sage, gourds, catnip, apple trees.

Incense and oils appropriate for Samhain: : frankincense, basil, yarrow, lilac, ylang-ylang, clove, camphor

Colors associated with Samhain: black, orange, red, brown, golden yellow, silver, gold

Stones associated with Samhain: obsidian, onyx, carnelian

Animals and mystical creatures associated with Samhain: bats, cats, dogs, Phooka, goblins, Medusa

Goddesses appropriate for Samhain (Crone Goddesses and Underworld Goddesses): Hecate (Greek), Carlin (Scottish), Edda (Norse), Pamona (Roman), Crobh Dearg (Irish), Lilith (Hebrew), Psyche (Greek), the Morrigu/Morrigan

Appropriate Samhain Gods (all Death Gods, Aged Gods, Underworld Gods): Arawn (Welsh), Dis (Roman), Kronos/Cronus (Greco-Phoenician), Xocatl (Aztec), Woden (Teutonic), Pluto (Greco-Roman), Hades (Greek), Nefertum (Egyptian)

Altar appropriate for Samhain: small jack-'o-laterns, foods from the harvest, photographs of your loved ones who have departed this world, statue or figurine of the Goddess in her Crone aspect.

Activities appropriate for Samhain: divination, past-life recall, spirit contact, drying of winter herbs.

Spellwork appropriate for Samhain: protection, neutralizing harm


Celebrating the Earth by Laurie Cabot

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Resolution of a Witch

May I be as the one who weaves the cloth
in a forest, deep hidden.
May I sit at the work, uninterrupted.
And may I remain an outcast, if that is what it takes.
May I know the seasonal procession in my spirit and in my body,
celebrate Cross-quarters, Solstices and Equinoxes.
May each Full Moon find me looking upwards, at trees outlined on
luminous sky.
May I hold wildflowers. May I cup them in my hand.
May I then release them, unpicked,
to live on in abundance.
May my friends be of the kind who are at ease with silence.
May they and I be innocent of pretension.
May I be capable of gratitude. May I know
that I was given joy, like mother's milk.
May I know this as my dog does, in her bones and blood.
May I speak the truth about happiness and pain
in songs that sound of the scent of rosemary,
as everyday and ancient, kitchen-herb strong.
May I not incline to self-righteousness or self-pity.
May I approach the high earthworks and the stone circles?
As fox or moth,
and disturb the place no more than that.
May my gaze be direct and my hand steady.
May my door be open to those who dwell outside wealth and fame and
May those who have never walked barefoot never find the path that
leads up to my door.
May they be lost on the labyrinthine journey.
May they turn back.
And may I sit beside the fire in Winter
and see in the glowing logs what is to come,
yet never feel the need to warn or to advise, unasked.
May I sit upon a plain wooden chair, in true contentment.
May the place where I live be as the forest.
May there be track ways where there are caves and pools and trees and
flowers, animals and birds, all known to me and revered, loved.
May my existence change the world no more nor less than the gusting of
winds, or the proud growth of trees.
For this, I go in cast-off clothes.
May I keep faith, always.
May I never find excuses for the expedient.
May I know that I have no choice, and yet still make the choice as the
song is made, in joy, and with consideration.
May I make the same choice every day, again.
When I fail, may I know forgiveness for myself.
May I dance naked, unafraid to face my own reflection.

By Rae Beth

A Tour of my Apt. for Samhain

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!

Well, it's another Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. The autumn chill is in full swing, the leaves are changing into their autumn looks, shades of reds, oranges and golds are everywhere. Looking in the grocery stores are all the gourds, fall vegetables and turkeys for sale. Bakeries are baking & selling pumpkin pies, apple pies, all sorts of fall treats.

This year, however, I will not be taking part in the whole Turkey-day festivities. Why, you ask?? Well, for a few reasons. It's my son's weekend to spend with his father, so the idea of me cooking a Thanksgiving dinner is a little pointless when it's just me home alone with 2 cats. I also had to work this weekend, so I couldn't go home to my family's for dinner (I don't even think Mom's cooking anything special) and I have a bunch of housework to keep me busy for the long weekend (laundry, dishes, changing the litter box, garbage, etc).

I do like this holiday, not just because I get a paid day off from work, either. I love being with my family & friends back at home. I love my mom's roast turkey dinner, that I help cook with her. It's just us 2 in the kitchen, bonding over boiling carrots & potatoes. Since I don't like pumpkin pie (hearing gasps from all you readers), Mom usually makes me my favourite pie, lemon meringue. I will be taking Mark home next weekend where we'll have a belated Thanksgiving dinner. I will also be taking him to a corn maze, where we can pick a pumpkin for Samhain, go on a hayride and play in those bouncy castes thingies. It will be a lot of fun. We'll also go walking through the park, look at the waterfalls, hike through the trails in the woods and then go play in the playground.

I am looking forward to next weekend, my Thanksgiving with my family, eating the wonderful food, sharing laughs across the dinner table and being thankful for all that we have in this life. The Gods have blessed us with many things and even though this is a secular holiday, based on our Harvest Sabbats, giving thanks is always appreciated.

Blessed Be )O(

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Celtic Woman Fairies

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Another Blog Award

Ok, I got another blog award and you know what?? I read what Celia had written on her blog (Secret Dairy of a Mountain Witch) about how these blog awards are like blogging chain letters. I never thought of it until I read her blog...if I'm going to be awarded something, I shouldn't have to follow rules, state 30 things about myself & nominate other blogs. So, after receiving this my 4th blog award, I will no longer follow the rules. If you want to nominate me, that's fine, but I will not be spamming other's comments letting them know I have a blog award for them. Awards should be given on merit & not because you feel the need to follow a stupid rule. Thanks & Blessed Be, )O( Rowan

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Samhain Poetry to Get You All in the Mood!!

It is the time of burning leaves,

The crispness of the air has awakened

Memories both dark and hidden,

Memories of past feasts partaken.

I sit comfortly in this silent room

Computer keyboard beneath my fingers mind is never frozen here

In times past it wants to linger.

I 'see' a bonfire raging on a hilltop

With my people all gathered around

Our prayers to the Gods I shout,

Yet, in my dreams I hear not a sound.

The drums beat, the people dance

Wildness fills the autumn night.

The Other Side is so very close--

The Veil just beyond the fire light.

I reach, I feel, I almost touch...

Spirit fingers entwine with mortal

Then dawn's first light appears

And seals again the fragile portal.

I turn away from the cold ashes

Let the wildness leave my aching soul.

Another year til another Samhain...

On that night again I'll be whole.

~Elspeth Sapphire~

The Veil Is Getting Thin

As I went out walking this fall afternoon,

I heard a wisper wispering.

I heard a whisper whispering,

Upon this fine fall day...

As I went out walking this fall afternoon,

I heard a laugh a'laughing.

I heard a laugh a'laughing,

Upon this fine fall day...

I heard this whisper and I wondered,

I heard this laugh and then I knew.

The time is getting near my friends,

The time that I hold dear my friends,

The veil is getting thin my friends,

And strange things will pass through.

Monday, October 5, 2009

New Blog Awards!!

Thanks to Bella over at Wanderings of a Wandering Mind for giving me this Blog award today. I was really surprised. Even more surprised that she said mine was a new personal fav. of hers. Love to Bella!!

I was awarded another Blog Award today from Christine from I really appreciate receiving it, that mean's somebody out there is reading my blog. Thanks Christine!! )O(

Now for the rules and my nominations!

Here are the rules for the recipients:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.

2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!

3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

And the nominations are (in no particular order):

1.)Wanderings of a Wandering Mind

2.)Secret Diary of a Mountain Witch

3.)The Halloween Tree

4.)Let Go Just Be

5.)Dancing Beneath the Moon

6.)Pumpkins and Toadstools

7.)~Witchy Mama~

8.)Doug & Boo +2

9.)Hibiscus Moon

10.)League of Dark Witch and Wizards

Sunday, October 4, 2009

My Esbat Altar setup

Here is my altar for tonight's full moon. Inside my cauldron, I have Moon Water (I collected water in a bottle and left it out to charge by the full moon) I collected it last month. I forgot my dish of sea salt, but it will be there for my ritual tonight.

Blessed Full Moon!! )O(

Saturday, October 3, 2009

October's Full Moon

Full Moon energy is used for banishing, protection and divination. It is a time for maximum power. The Hunter’s Moon is the first full moon after the harvest moon, which is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. The cold weather returns. Herds are culled for winter slaughter.

Candle colour for this moon is deep red, symbolic of the colour of shed blood from the herds, and of the game. It is a time for Inner cleansing, justice, balance, and inner harmony.

In the northern hemisphere, the Hunter’s Moon appears in October or November, usually in October.
Traditionally, it was a feast day in parts of western Europe and among some Native American tribes, called simply the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon.

“As it was and remains today,

Death feeds life,

And life honours death.

Come to me my prey!

I will give you a good death,
And praise you With my breath.”

The Hunter’s Moon is also known as the Blood or Sanguine Moon as traditionally this was around the time that surplus livestock would be slaughtered before the onset of Winter. As life grows so shall it wither, and this manifestation of the moon should be reflected in any ritual. Without closure we cannot begin a cycle anew as nature dictates. Use the balancing energy of the Blood Moon to even out extremes in your life, and to make preparations for hard times.

My newest Tattoo

I'm so excited!! I got another tattoo done this morning. I got a Triskele on my right shoulder blade. A Triskele is a Celtic symbol. It does have many different meanings: Land, Sea & Sky; the 3 phases of a witch (Maid, Mother, Crone), and so on & so forth.

My tattoo is about 3-4cm in diameter, not very big, but that's what I wanted. I didn't really feel the needle as Stephen, my tattoo artist went to work. I was totally relaxed, almost falling asleep on the table. It took about a 1/2 hour to do it. It kinda felt like a cat scratching on my back, no biggie, since I have 2 little furballs at home...ok, they're not so little. It should take about 7-10 days for it to completely heal. I just have to keep it hydrated with a scent--free lotion that is water-based. No problem.

Friday, October 2, 2009

An Ancient Samhain Recipe

I got this delightful recipe from my friend, Cliff. He's the owner of Twa Corbies' Mythic Hollow Earth Centre, just outside Antigonish, NS. I'm going to be making this over the weekend to try it out. I think it sounds yummy!!

Fuarag (pronounced "for*ak") is a drink of the fall, of the richness of the season of the harvest. It is a last moment of decadence before the fledgling year descends into a season of cold and dark. Fuarag was traditionally served on Samhain. It was once a rich beverage of oats and water, probably with honey and spices, drunk in North Scotland. It is rarely drunk in Scotland anymore, but it remains popular for Samhain here in Nova Scotia around Cape Breton and the northeast of the lower province where the Gaelic culture is still living, strong and very traditional.

A divination game is often played with Fuarag when served at Samhain. Throw in a coin, button and a wishbone. Whoever finds the coin shall come into wealth. Whoever finds the wishbone shall attain his hopes. Whoever finds the button, alas, shall come into poverty.

Fuarag has become more of a custard than a drink over time. There are many recipes for this ancient, traditional recipe. The one below is Cliff's favourite:

1/2 cup Fine Oatmeal
1 1/4 cups fresh heavy cream
3 tbsp Honey
3tbsp Scotch Whiskey

1. Roast the oatmeal in a skillet or under a broiler 'til it is golden brown.
2. Whip the cream until very stiff.
3. Stir in the honey, whiskey and charms.
4. Place layers of cream and toasted oatmeal in a large glass bowl and set in a fridge to cool for an hour.
5. To serve traditionally, give everyone a large wooden spoon and let them dip out a heap for themselves.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Samhain -- "All Soul's Night" by Loreena McKennitt

The Countdown is On!!!

So, it's the first day of October, how exciting!!! The chill is in the air, the leaves are starting to change and Samhain is around the corner. At my house, I've been decorating up a storm & it's still not finished. My "unused" diningroom is my Samhain room. That's where the most of the decorating has taken place. I haven't updated my altar as of yet. Between now & Samhain, my family may show up & since I am still in the broom closet...

As the month progresses, or this week, I will be posting pix of my decorating efforts. I will be adding to my Rubbermaid containers of stuff this year.

We all know that Samhain is a time of reflection of those who have gone on before us. As it is a joyous Sabbat, it is also one that brings memories of those we lost to the forefront. In my household, I will be hosting a "Dumb Supper" with my son, before I take him out Trick or Treating, to honour my family members who have past on, as well as friends who are no longer here with me.

After sending my son off to bed, I will be honouring the Sabbat with my deities. This will be my 3rd Samhain ritual I will be doing as a solitary & my 4th Samhain ever. My first was back in '93 in a coven setting.

Have a Blessed October

Happy October!!!

An Autumn Evening by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Dark hills against a hollow crocus sky

Scarfed with its crimson pennons, and below The dome of sunset long, hushed valleys lie Cradling the twilight, where the lone winds blow
And wake among the harps of leafless trees
Fantastic runes and mournful melodies.

The chilly purple air is threaded through

With silver from the rising moon afar,

And from a gulf of clear, unfathomed blue

In the southwest glimmers a great gold star

Above the darkening druid glens of fir

Where beckoning boughs and elfin voices stir.

And so I wander through the shadows still,

And look and listen with a rapt delight,

Pausing again and yet again at will

To drink the elusive beauty of the night,

Until my soul is filled, as some deep cup,

That with divine enchantment is brimmed up.