October, the Tenth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

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“Corn and grain, corn and grain,
All that falls shall rise again.”
–  Wiccan Harvest Chant

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October – BLOOD MOON

October is the tenth month of the year, its name derived from the Latin word meaning “eight,” as it was the eighth month of the Roman calendar. Its astrological sign is Libra, The Scales (September 23 – October 23), a cardinal air sign ruled by Venus. In October we enter the glorious late afternoon of the year. Bittersweet berries turn brilliant orange, and the seed land blazes with vibrant color reminiscent of a Persian carpet. As October passes, the door to the underworld open wider. We become more receptive to spiritual energies and feel drawn to bond with our ancestors. The main holiday of October and one of the most magickal night of the year, is Samhain or Halloween. This is a traditional time to honor our ancestors. Many seasonal decorations can help do this. The jack-o’lanterns illuminates a path so the spirits of our ancestors can find their way. Apples are used to feel the dead, so leave an apple near your door or on a plate at your table the name of October’s Full Moon, the Blood Moon, comes from the urge to connect with ancestors. When the Blood Moon rises, it smolders like an ember in the autumn sky. She is a beacon for spiritual energy. Thank her by leaving an apple beneath a tree or by burning some dried wormwood in a dish and meditating on your deceased loved ones

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OCTOBER CORRESPONDENCES

NATURE SPIRITS : Frost and plant faeries

HERBS: Pennyroyal, thyme, catnip, uva ursi, angelica, burdock

COLORS: Deep Blue Green

FLOWERS: calendula, marigold, cosmos

SCENTS: strawberry, apple blossom, and cherry

STONES: Opal, tourmaline, beryl, turquoise

TREES: Yew, cypress, acacia

ANIMALS: stag, jackal, elephant, ram, scorpion

BIRDS: heron, crow and robin

DEITIES: Ishtar, Astarte, Demeter, Kore, Lakshmi, The Horned God, Belili, Hathor

POWERS/ADVICE: A time to work on inner cleansing, letting go, karma, reincarnation, justice and balance.

Magickal Themes for October

Resting, reevaluating, protecting

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Symbols for the Month of October

October’s Sign of the Zodiac
Libra – September 24 – October 23

October Birthstone
The Opal

October Birth Flower
The October Birth Flower is the Calendula (Marigold)

Characteristics of Libra
Charming, Perceptive, Diplomatic, Pleasant & Refined

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October Monthly Observances

Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month
American Cheese Month
National Animal Safety and Protection Month
National Apple Month
National Arts and Humanities Month
National Audiology Awareness Month
National Bake and Decorate Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
Car Care Month
National Clock Month
Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month
National Diabetes Month
Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Church Library Month
Computer Learning Month
National Cookie Month
Co-op Awareness Month
National Crime Prevention Month
Cut Out Dissection Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
International Drum Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month
Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
National Field Trip Month
German-American Heritage Month
Global Diversity Awareness Month
Health Literacy Month
Home Eye Safety Month
Intergeneration Month
National Liver Awareness Month
National Medical Librarians Month
Organize Your Medical Information Month
Photographer Appreciation Month
National Physical Therapy Month
National Pizza Month
Polish-American Heritage Month
National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
Positive Attitude Month
National Reading Group Month
Right-Brainers Rule Month
National Roller Skating Month
International School Library Month
Spinach Lovers Month
Squirrel Awareness Month
National Stamp Collecting Month
Vegetarian Month
National Work and Family Month

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The Wheel Once Again Turns…

Samhain Is Upon Us

 

Samhain (pronounced sow-in) marks the end of the agricultural season and the beginning of Winter. For the Celts, who inhabited the British Isles more than 1,000 years ago, Samhain was the beginning of the year and the cycle of seasons. It was a time when they turned to their Gods, seeking to understand the turning of the cycle of life and death. For the Celtic people, Samhain was a time when the gates between this world and the next were open. It was a time of communion with the spirits who were believed to roam free on this night. It was a time of divination, when the ancestors were contacted for warnings and guidance through the dark Winter months.

In medieval Ireland, Samhain was the major festival that marked the opening of Winter; it was sometimes spelled Samain or Samuin, although still pronounced the same. It was believed that Samhain was a time of unusual supernatural power, when all manner of fairies, goblins, and monsters roamed the earth. It was unfavorable to walk about on this night, lest one might stumble onto an open fairy mound and fall victim to the fairy’s enchantment.

Samhain was also a time of truce with no fighting, violence, or divorce allowed. Hence, it was a time of marriage. Accounts were closed, debts collected, contracts made, and servants hired. Magickally, Samhain is a time of reflection, ending things that are not producing results and releasing negative thoughts. Samhain is the perfect time to make a talisman for self control and protection of the family and home.

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Samhain Oil

3 drops Rosemary oil
3 drops Pine oil
3 drops Bay oil
3 drops Apple oil
2 drops Patchouli oil
Use almond oil as the base

Samhain Incense

1 tsp. crushed Mugwort Leaves
1 tsp. Frankincense Tears (small resin chunks)
1 tsp. Myrrh Resin (small chunks)
2 tsp. crushed Rosemary Leaves

Samhain Incense 2

3 tsp. frankincense
2 tsp. sandalwood
2 tsp. mugwort
1 tsp. sage
½ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. lavender

Samhain Incense 3

3 tsp. Rosemary
3 tsp. Pine
3 tsp. Bay
3 tsp. Apple
2 drops Patchouli Oil

Samhain Soap

1 cup grated unscented soap
1/4 cup hot water
1 tbsp. apricot oil
1 tbsp. mugwort
1/2 tbsp. nutmeg
6 drops frankincense oil
6 drops sandalwood oil
3 drops lavender

Place grated soap in a heat-proof non-metallic container and add the hot water and apricot oil. Leave until it is cool enough to handle, and then mix together with your hands. If the soap is floating on the water, add more soap. Leave to sit for 10 minutes, mixing occasionally, until the soap is soft and mushy. Once the soap, water, and oil are blended completely, add the dry ingredients. Once the mixture is cool, then add the essential oils (essential oils evaporate quickly in heat). Enough essential oils should be added to overcome the original scent of the soap. Blend thoroughly and then divide the soap mixture into four to six pieces. Squeeze the soaps, removing as much excess water as possible into the shape you desire, and tie in a cheesecloth. Hang in a warm, dry place until the soap is completely hard and dry.

Recipe adapted from Kate West’s The Real Witches’ Kitchen Sabbat Soap recipe.

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GENERAL ACTIVITIES FOR SAMHAIN

Bob for Apples Drink apple cider warmed and spiced with cinnamon to honor the dead. Bury an apple or pomegranate in the garden as food for spirits passing by on their way to be reborn.

Carve a Jack-o-Lantern.

Pick a spirit candle.
This is a white candle anointed with patchouli oil.  Say:
“With this candle and by its light,
welcome you spirits this Samhain night.”

Place it inside the jack-o’-lantern.

Set out a Mute Supper.

Have a New Years party to celebrate the turning of the wheel!

Make a mask of your shadow self.

Make a besom, or witches broom.

Make a witches cord as an expression of what you hope to manifest in the year ahead.  Enjoy the trick or treating of the season.

Wear costumes that reflect what we hope or wish for in the upcoming year.

Make resolutions, write them on a small piece of parchment, and burn in a candle flame, preferably a black votive candle within a cauldron on the altar. This is like New Year’s resolutions; as for many Samhain is the New Year.

DIVINATION

Samhain is the beginning of the pagan year; divination were done to see the future of the coming year. It is said that this is the time of the Crone and it is incumbent upon us to see whatever wisdom she is willing to part with on our behalf. Many types of divination are practiced for Samhain. Dark Mirrors – Fire or Water Scrying – Tarot cards – and of course the Crystal Ball.

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 The Dove Of Peace

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This little dove represents peace throughout the world.

No matter what religion or nationality, he brings peace.

Copy and paste him in your blog and let peace start

Here with each of us!

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Milky Quartz

Milky Quartz

(Hecate’s Stone)

 

This stone is very powerful, and I recommend using it in moderation, because for me the energy can sometimes be too intense. This stone is aligned to the moon, so the lunar changes affect this stone, and can cause fluctuation in mood if you are not careful. Like clear quartz it can magnify the energy of any magick that you link to it; again care must be taken because the stone is extremely sensitive, and can pick up negative energies such as those that remain in an environment in which an argument has taken place.

 

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Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz

 

Clear quartz is the most abundant of all crystals. Clear quartz amplifies all levels of energy, and can boost any magick. Clear quartz makes a good focal point for meditation, and it is very popular in healing modalities. I have found that the entire aura system can be cleansed and repaired by clear Quartz. The high frequency of this crystal makes it ideal for divination, which is why it is used to make most crystal balls. Although many crystal balls are now made of glass, I see no difference in the level of energy that is magnified through either vessel, because they are essentially the same substance.

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Amethyst

Amethyst

 

Amethyst comes in a variety of colors ranging from a violet pink, all the way to the most regal purple. This is one of the most spiritual stones, raising the vibration and opening up the intuition. This stone equalises the whole energetic system and brings balance and stability to our being. The name Amethyst is said to come from the Greek word, meaning “not drunken”; for this reason the stone can reduce the impairment brought on by alcoholic beverages, especially red wine which is reminiscent to some grades of amethyst in terms of its shade of color.

 

 

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Green Aventurine

Green Aventurine

 

This stone comes in many colors, such as red brown or blue, yet the green variety is far more common. This stone helps to open the heart of the wearer, healing old emotional traumas, as well as providing a positive optimistic out look to the wearer. Green aventurine also connects to the earth plane , which is illustrated by the green color symbolising growth and renewal.

 

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Jade

Jade

 

Jade is a powerful stone which is believed to imbue long life on to the wearer which is the domain of elemental earth. Jade was highly regarded by the Aztec and Mayan cultures, and was often placed within the tombs of the dead, in a similar fashion as Lapis lazuli was frequently used in Egypt. It was believed by these cultures that jade could connect people with the souls of their ancestors, as it protected the deceased to ensure they rested in peace.

 

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Emerald

Emerald

 

This stone has many functions, although like ruby it is usually associated with relationships, friendship, and love. The fresh green color of many emeralds bring a calming refreshing effect to the wearer, analogous to the refreshing feel that is brought on by the herbs in the mint and spearmint family. The main function of this stone however is harmony, which is why the stone is so great in helping to enhance the connection within relationships, which is a quality of Venus. I have heard from some sources that the stone can also be used to enhance psychic awareness though I have never used emerald for this purpose. Emerald brings stability which aligns it to elemental earth.

 

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Gold

Gold

 

Gold is the epitome of solar energy. All of the aspects of solar power can be tapped into with this mineral. Health , wealth , and success are common uses for gold in magick. I feel that gold is the color of healing energy and over all illumination. The power of gold can bring about stability in all areas of life, and like citrine it also brings in a boost of confidence.

 

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Citrine

Citrine

 

Citrine is also in the quartz family , and so has the same amplification capacity any stone in the quartz family. The yellow hue of citrine induces an energizing feeling for many who make use of the stone . I have found that citrine is really good for helping me to regain confidence in challenging situations. I believe that this due to its sun like influence. It is customary to place this stone over the solar plexus in order to tap into one’s personal power for any purpose.

 

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