|A portal for dimensional living
October is surely one of the most enchanting months of the year. The air grows crisp and sweetens with the scent of newly
fallen leaves. Magic and mystery abound as this month is marked by Halloween, or Samhain, on October 31st, the pagan
New Year that heralds the death of the Sun God and foretells the coming of winter. This is the time where the barriers
between the worlds grow thin merging different planes of existence (our mundane plane and the Otherworld where the
spirits of the departed dwell). It is a time for celebration, a time of gratitude for life's abundance as we go into a season of
want. It is a time of reflection, a time to remember those who have passed on.
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It is appropriate this month to pay homage to: Corn Mothers, grain
or agriculture deities, or any liminal god or goddess having to do
with thresholds or transition.
Ceres - Goddess of agriculture
Hecate - Goddess of The Crossroads
Persephone - Goddess of innocence, Queen of the Underworld
Hermes - messenger god
Janus - dual-faced god of gates, doors, and doorways
Mercury - messenger of the gods and guide of the dead
Portunes - god of keys, doors and livestock
Terminus - god who protected boundary markers
Trivia - goddess of witchcraft, the three-way crossroads
Nicneven - the crone Goddess of Samhain
Cailleach - the Crone
Monday, October 8 brings us a New Moon in Libra brimming
with energy for bringing balance, diplomacy, and negotiating
those terms you've been seeking. Use the energy to reset and
reform. Do you have a project that has stalled or that you've put
on hold? Take it out, dust it off, and look at it again. Burn some
incense and hang a wind chime. The scent and sound will
change the vibration of your room and help you to see your
project in a new light. A wind chime invites blessing from air-
elements for clear thinking, communication, and renewed ideas.
The rising smoke from the incense draws forth ideas to lift them
up and out into the Universe helping your creative energies
Under Libra's influence this mystic moon stays grounded
suppling a flow of potent energy to fuel positive life change.
Take an honest look at your life and yourself. In your heart you
know what is keeping you from being a better person, what
habit is keeping you from attaining your goal. Identify what it is
that you want to change and stoke the desire to do the work to
change it. It is through awareness and ambition you can turn
your energy to becoming the person you want to be. What is it
you call yourself? Are you a dancer, painter, writer, actress,
cook? Make today a Me day and invest in your passion. It is
time to become the person you truly are.
Meditation for a Better You
You will need:
1 white candle
Anoint the candle with Frankincense oil and light. Sit with the
pen and paper in your lap as you visualize becoming the person
you wish to be. Look for one thing that you can remove that
would bring you closer to this image. Now think of something to
replace it with that will bring you closer to being the person you
wish to be. Write down what you would like to remove. Cross a
line through it and write what you want in its place. Sit and
visualize how you are going to feel as you make the change you
have decided to make. Visualize this in as much detail as you
can. Next write down three actions that you can do to make this
happen. Close your eyes and see yourself successfully
completing these steps. When you are ready, blow out the
Keep the paper somewhere that you can see it. Check off each
action as you complete them.
Wednesday, October 24 Full Moon enter Taurus at 10:33 am
granting the pleasure loving bull a silver tongue to manifest the
job you desire. Tuck an acorn in your pocket and step out to find
the job you desire. Don't be shy. Today's energy is favorable for
Or use the energy to empower your career.
Work Empowerment Charm
You will need:
1 Yellow candle
1 Green candle
A sprig of fresh Tarragon - Tarragon is used for welcoming.
6 Bay leaves - The Bay has long been known as a symbol of
esteem and glory, of love and honor.
Nutmeg oil - for luck
A piece of Carnelian - to stimulate courage and initiative.
An offering of milk and honey
Dress both candles with nutmeg oil. Place the six bay leaves on
the candle dish in a circle and set the yellow candle on them.
Pull some of the leaves from the tarragon sprig and strew over
the candles and your offering. Set your circle and call up the
energies you are going to work with. Light your candle and when
you are ready say,
"I let go of my fear and embrace the abundance life has to offer
as I become the best that I can I open to the infinite
possibilities. I lift a thankful heart in acceptance."
Meditate as you hold your stone. See yourself smiling as you
speak to your boss. See him/her leaning toward you, nodding as
he/she listens. See yourself succeeding. Have a clear, concise
image of what you desire. See yourself being that ____. See
yourself getting what you want. Believe that it can be yours.
Conclude by chanting three times:
"I open to the infinite possibilities as I lift a thankful heart in
acceptance. Blessed Be."
Take your stone to work . Place on your desk and when it
happens to catch your eye run your fingers over it as you
silently repeat the mantra. I open to the infinite possibilities as
I lift a thankful heart in acceptance.
Are you getting ready for a confrontation? Fortify your
communication skills and boost your mojo with this
Silver Tongue Bath spell
You will need:
A yellow candle
3 Bay leaves
Frankincense and Rose essential oil
Start the tub. Add 7 drops of rose oil to the water. While the
tub fills, set a yellow candle on 3 bay leaves. Anoint the candle
with Frankincense oil and light. Get into the bath. Sink into the
scented water and close your eyes. Breathe and come to center.
When you reach the right mindset, say,
"I breathe in the energy of this moment to bless my tongue
with eloquence. As it turns silver, I accept the bliss of easy
communication. My words fill with power. My ideas excite and
entice. My thoughts win and create forging fondness of thought
and empowering action as bonds form and renew, bonds form
and renew, and the bonds form and renew for the good of all.
For the very best. So Mote it Be."
It's Halloween, such a spooky time! We decorate our houses in orange and black and set
out Jack-o'-lanterns to glow in the dark as we hover around fires telling ghostly stories
drinking mugs of cider and give candy to children who dare to trick or treat. Yes, it's
Halloween, but just what did this odd holiday evolve from?
The history of Halloween goes back to pre-Christian Europe, when in Ireland it was known
as Samhain or Summer's end. And for the Celts, this was the time when the world stood
outside of ordinary time as the veil between the worlds grew thin allowing for the dead to
cross between. Feasts were held and places were set at the table not only for the living
but for the dead as they were remembered and honored.
When Christianity swept the continent, new holidays were established, and while these
holidays were accepted, the agrarian communities were unwilling to give up their
celebrations or forget the symbols important to their seasons. In 609 Pope Boniface IV,
declared May 13 All Saints' Day. The locals were happy to add this new holiday to their
calendar but saw no reason to give up their existing festival of the dead which they
continued to celebrate. So Pope Gregory III moved All Saints' Day to the festival of
Samhain but eventually changed the holiday to November 1. The festival still did not take
over Samhain but instead became All Hallows and because Samhain fell on the night
before All Hallows, it eventually became known Hallowe'en.
Ancestor veneration was an important part of life as it was believed by ancient cultures all
over the world that the dead lived on and were able to influence the lives of the living.
Ancestor spirits were sought for wisdom and guidance and remembered through offerings
and sacrifice. Burial mounds, tombs and gravesites were more than just a repository of
bones as it was believed that the bones themselves held an energetic link with the soul
of the deceased. Burial sites were cared for and honored as they provided an important
link with the unseen realms. The ancient people who inhabited France and the British
Isles observed a calendar that began on November first marking the death of the old year
and the beginning of the new. At sundown on the last day of the year, October 31st, it
was believed that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead grew thin
allowing for those who had died to pass through and those who were lonely to visit the
families they had left behind.
Down through the ages, food has played an important role in Halloween celebrations.
Ceremonial breads were baked and trick-or-treating spun out of the European Christian
tradition of going from home to home, asking for soul cakes, or currant buns on All Souls'
Day. When the treat was given, the beggar would, in return, offer up a prayer for the soul
of the homeowner's relative. The tradition of giving Soul Cakes, a small cake filled with
allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon or currants, originated in Britain or Ireland during the Middle
Ages. Soul cakes, farthing cake, or Saumans loafs were made for distribution among the
poor and handed out to children with "a blessing upon the living and a prayer for the
dead." In Scotland, the soul cakes were made of oat flour and known as Dirge Loaves,
while in Italy, the food of choice for All Souls' celebrations is a cookie called bones of the
dead or 'Ossi di Morto', In the Americas a belief originating with the Aztecs that the souls
of the dead returned to Mexico with the migration of the monarch butterfly each Fall,
spawned today's popular Día de los Muertos during which sugar skulls and Pan de Muerto
or 'bread of the dead' an anise flavored brioche is baked to honor the dead at graveside
|The Gift of the Pumpkin
Pumpkins have become a symbol of the season. Carved into jack-o-lanterns, they decorate our
homes. When the seed are scooped out and the pumpkin is baked, the flesh is used to make
savory dishes and sweet desserts. Even the seeds are a tasty treat packed with nutrients.
How to bake a Pumpkin
Baking a pumpkin is the same as baking any of
the large squashes and you begin by cutting
the pumpkin in half and scooping out the seeds.
Next set pumpkin halves in a large baking dish
and add 1/2 inch of water.
Now bake at 450 until tender, about one hour.
When cool, just scoop the tender flesh out of
You will need:
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, clean and dry
1/4 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon paprika
a pinch cayenne
Cut into the top of the pumpkin and
scoop out the seeds. Rinse under
cold water, picking out the pulp and
fleshy strings. Let seeds drain. When
seeds are dry, place the pumpkin
seeds in a bowl and coat with oil.
Add spices and stir until coated.
Arrange seeds on an oiled baking
sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with
salt and bake at 325 degrees F until
toasted, about 25 minutes, stirring
after 15 minutes.
|How to make Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
You will need:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup baked pumpkin
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup chopped pecans or
Combine sugar, eggs, and oil
in a large bowl and beat at
Add baked pumpkin and mix
Combine flour and spices in
separate bowl then gradually
add to pumpkin mixture.
Beating until well blended.
Stir in nuts.
Spoon mixture into a muffin
cups. Sprinkle the tops
liberally with crystals of raw
Bake at 400° for 25 minutes
or until wooden pick comes
|A brief History of Halloween
Monday, October 8 New Moon in Libra
Wednesday, October 24 Full Moon enter Taurus at
Samhain/Halloween Wednesday, October 31
waning Leo moon
Note: all times are EST
|This is a good month to bond with Coventina the Celtic river goddess
known for healing. She is depicted as a water nymph pouring out
water from a vessel and is associated with the ebb and flow of time.
Call on this sacred river goddess for: renewal, new beginnings, life
cycles, inspiration, childbirth, wishes and prophecy.
Samhain/Halloween is Wednesday, October 31 with a waning Leo moon
Samhain or "Summer's End", is the third and final harvest festival. As a feast of the
dead, it was believed the dead could, if they wished, return to the land of the living for
this one night, to celebrate with family members on this side of the veil. According to
Eliade's Encyclopedia of Religion, "The Eve and day of Samhain were characterized as a
time when the barriers between the human and supernatural worlds were broken... Not a
festival honoring any particular Celtic deity, Samhain acknowledged the entire spectrum
of nonhuman forces that roamed the earth during that period." Which include the dead,
Spirits of the Land, Nature Spirits, and all of the Fey.
Remembering the Dead - As cultures across the world take time this month to
remember their ancestors, you too can give new life to an old tradition and let the
magick swell within your heart as you engage in tradition. Bake some bread or sweets
for the ancestors who have gone before you. Tend a gravesite or make an altar and set
out an offering. Host a dinner in honor of a loved one. Set a place at the table for them
and prepare the food with their favorite dishes in mind. Invite those who would benefit
most and encourage them to tell their favorite stories…and remember. When we pay
homage to the dead we teach and understand that we are a part of something much
larger than the here and now. In paying homage to endings and transformations as the
seasons shift we connect with the 'something bigger' recognizing that we are a part of
the natural world and that death and rebirth are all part of one continuous cycle. When
we recognize our ancestors presence, and speak with them, it allows them to live on.
Through this simple acknowledgment, we give life back to those who gave life to us,
allowing for a relationship that continues on through death.
Have a Party
Samhain is a fire festival marking the beginning of the dark half of the year. Invite over
friends or family members and cook up some seasonal fare. Build a bonfire and dance
and sing. Bob for apples. Dress up in costumes.
Spend Time in Contemplation
Samhain is also a time for quiet introspection, a time to face our shadow-self and banish
habits and behaviors that do not serve us. It is a time for protection magick and sorting
out unfinished business as we look back and take stock of the lessons learned. The veil
between the worlds is thin this night, allowing for communication with the spirits and
Ritual to Receive Answers from the Dead
You will need: Salt
1 yellow candle
a stick of Frankincense incense
A photograph, lock of hair, a tooth or a personal object that belonged to the deceased or
A dark mirror or a bowl of dark water
Note: On this night the worlds are merged, allowing not only lonely relatives to visit but
also mischievous entities, marauding faeries and ghosts. So be warned, you may not
contact the person you wish to, but instead a prankster intent on making you into their
joke. Proceed with caution.
Gather your supplies and carry them to your circle. Light the incense. Anoint the candle
with cypress oil. Begin by setting a circle in salt. Go to the North, and begin by saying,
“I set a circle in salt lest no evil enter here.” As you walk clockwise round, you pour a
small trail of salt, creating a protective barrier as you go. You walk the circle three times
saying, “I set a circle in salt lest no evil enter. I set a circle in salt. A barrier that will
not fault now stands sentry, granting only positive energies entry. Lest no evil enter
here, and I may work with nothing to fear, I set a circle in salt.”
Light the incense and begin in the North. With the incense in your hand, invite the
power to stand guard and witness your working. Move to the East, to the South and to
the West. Settle in the middle of the circle and ring the bell three times.
Meditate until you become centered. Light the candle. Hold the personal item in your
strong hand and ask whatever you may. Gaze into your scrying surface and wait. Note
what you see and hear. Watch for any sign that you are being visited. The candle's
flame may flicker. You may feel a slight movement of air. Take as much time as you
want to. When you are ready, extinguish the candle, release the powers and open the
In the past, this night was all about setting things in order, as you didn't know who
would live through the coming harshness or whose help you might end up having to
solicit. Accounts were settled, rents and debts paid.
Death often leaves many things unresolved. The death of a parent, sibling, child, close
friend or partner can leave us feeling remorse or negatively holding ourselves
accountable for things you either did or did not do which you believe had a negative
impact on the deceased. Feeling of regret can linger through a lifetime. Use the energy
tonight to make peace with your dead.
Samhain Protection Magick
In the past, since ghost were roaming the world and mischievous spirits were playing
their trick, fires were lit, Jack o lanterns were set out to protect the home and torches
were carried to ward properties. People dress in disguises. Today as the world shifts
from light to dark you may feel the need to call up some protection. Nature offers a wide
range of protective items that can be made into charms, carried in a pocket, bag or worn
on a string. Try: binding a small bundle of pine needles with natural twine; use any part
of the dogwood plant (Cornus Florida) or any part of a willow tree, or wear or carry
stones with a natural hole through them.
Use the herbs: Bay Laurel, Coriander, Holly and Marjoram to provide protection for your
home or Rue, Angelica, Dragonsblood or Garlic banishing.
Chalcedony and Jade and Lapis are wonderful stones to carry for protection. Wear an
amulet made of black onyx to banish negativity or ward off psychic attacks.
Need to break a Hex? Try this Unhexing Oil
3 tablespoons dried Hyssop
A pinch of Sea Salt
A pinch of Black Pepper
A pinch of Cayenne Pepper
A sprig or Rue
A section of broken chain
Add the ingredients to a bottle filled with sweet almond oil. The crucial ingredients are
the hyssop and chain. Add the other ingredients as desired. Use in unhexing spells or
anoint any item, threshold, or doorway you feel may be hexed. To break a run of bad
luck add a few drops to your favorite hand lotion and rub into skin.
"Perhaps the most famous icon of the holiday is the jack-o-lantern. Various authorities
attribute it to either Scottish or Irish origin. However, it seems clear that it was used
as a lantern by people who traveled the road this night, the scary face to frighten away
spirits or faeries who might otherwise lead one astray. Set on porches and in windows,
they cast the same spell of protection over the household. - Mike Nichols, All Hallow's
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