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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‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for October 30th

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Good ideas are the flower of the mind, waiting to bloom for the benefit of the thinker.

We are constantly in the process of manufacturing ideas. Every waking moment we are thinking continually, making mental images of that which we desire or need. Everything we see was first an idea in someone’s mind.

Ideas are fleeting messages that pass rapidly through the mind. Some of them are strong enough to impress the thinker. Many are not worth saving, but a few are very precious. They have to be sifted, sorted and analyzed for value. Then they must be acted on immediately, for they are very perishable. Once we lose an idea, it is seldom if ever recaptured.

Everyone has access to a better and happier life through ideas, if we can trust the Lord to give us the will and courage to follow through on them.

 

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 30

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 30

“My children, you have forgotten the customs and traditions of your forefathers. …You have bought guns, knives, kettles, and blankets from the white man until you can no longer do without them; and what is worse you have drunk the poison firewater, which turns you into fools. Fling all these things away; live as your forefathers did before you.”

–Pontiac, ODOWA

We need to think as our forefathers did. They knew the culture and the customs. The culture taught them how to live in harmony with each other. We need to think like this again. We must because God-reliant. We don’t need the firewater. This liquid is very destructive to our native people. It kills our spirit. Our Indian people are happiest when we are spiritual. When we depend on anyone or anything else, we get off track. We need to talk to the Elders and find out what the old ways were. We need to ask them to teach us the culture, the tradition and the customs. This will help us become whole again.

My Maker, guide my path as you did my ancestors.

 

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October 30 – Daily Feast

October 30 – Daily Feast

In retrospect, we have ignored common sense in favor of doing what we wanted to do. We wish we had not done it, but we said what we wanted to say, spoke out when it would have been better to stay quiet – we have overruled our common sense. Looking back again, when did we get off track? What little thing stung us into action? If we learn to hear the voice of wisdom we can overcome our foolishness. Wisdom never lets us down, but ignoring it will put away from us the best friend we can have.

~ I am tired of talk that comes to nothing. ~

CHIEF JOSEPH – NEZ PERCE

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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The Daily Motivator for October 30th – Unplanned occurrences

Unplanned occurrences

Things will not always go the way you planned, but you don’t have to let that stop you. Remind yourself that you can adapt, adjust, and continue doing what’s important to you.

Often, the interruption itself is not what throws you off track. Your anger and disappointment may end up disrupting you longer than whatever interrupted you in the first place.

Go ahead and accept the fact that interruptions will come along and plans will have to be altered. Then, just make the adjustments and get on with life.

Some of those unplanned occurrences might actually turn out to contain pleasant surprises. Make the choice to live life’s value where you find it.

Instead of seeing the interruption as an excuse, see it as an opportunity. Let it strengthen your resolve and provide you with a reason to focus even more intently on making the progress you have chosen to make.

Life is filled with unplanned interruptions, and getting upset about them won’t do you a bit of good. Instead, let them come, let them go, and enjoy the richness of a positive, purposeful life no matter what.

— Ralph Marston
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The Daily OM for October 30 – Actively Participating

Actively Participating
Showing Up for Life

by Madisyn Taylor

If you show up for yourself in your life, the universe will show up for you.

The way we walk into a room says a lot about the way we live our lives. When we walk into a room curious about what’s happening, willing to engage, and perceiving ourselves as an active participant with something to offer, then we have really shown up to the party. When we walk into a room with our eyes down, or nervously smiling, we are holding ourselves back for one reason or another. We may be hurting inside and in need of healing, or we may lack the confidence required to really be present in the room. Still, just noticing that we’re not really showing up, and having a vision of what it will look and feel like when we do, can give us the inspiration we need to recover ourselves.

Even if we are suffering, we can show up to that experience ready to fully engage in it and learn what it has to offer. When we show up for our life, we are actively participating in being a happy person, achieving our goals, and generally living the life our soul really wants. If we need healing, we begin the process of seeking out those who can help us heal. If we need experience, we find the places and opportunities that can give us the experience we need in order to do the work we want to do in the world. Whatever we need, we look for it, and when we find it, we engage in the process of letting ourselves have it. When we do this kind of work, we become lively, confident, and passionate individuals.

There is almost nothing better in the world than the feeling of showing up for our own lives. When we can do this, we become people that are more alive and who have the ability to make things happen in our lives and the lives of the people around us. We walk through the world with the knowledge that we have a lot to offer and the desire to share it.

 

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Hemp Seed Divination

HEMP SEED DIVINATION

 

At midnight on Halloween, go alone into the fields or a garden with a handful of hemp seeds. Scatter them in the dark, or toss them over your right shoulder, as you recite the following divinatory incantation:

 

HEMP SEED, I SAW THEE,

HEMP SEED, I SAW THEE,

AND HIM (OR HER) THAT IS TO BE MY TRUE LOVE

COME AFTER ME AND DRAW THEE.

 

Another incantations can be used like the following:

 

HEMP SEED I SOW;

HEMP SEED, GROW;

HE (OR SHE) THAT IS MY TRUE

LOVE COME AFTER ME AND MOW.

In some traditions, the last line of the incantation is “Come after me and pou thee” or “Come after me in shaw thee” (which means, to show thyself). Others add the following lines:

NOT IN HIS (OR HER) BEST

OR SUNDAY ARRAY,

BUT IN THE CLOTHES

HE (OR SHE) WEARS EVERY DAY.

You may have to repeat the incantation several times (some traditions call for it to be spoken nine times), but eventually the invoked apparition of your future spouse will appear behind you with a scythe to reap the magickally grown hemp. To see his or her face, you must—without fear in your heart—look over your left shoulder

 

Witch’s Halloween: A Complete Guide to the Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, and Lore
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Divination By Lead

DIVINATION BY LEAD

 

On Halloween night, fill an old spoon with scraps of lead and then hold it over the flame of a new white candle until the lead is completely melted. Pour it into a pail of cold water. The shape it assumes after it cools will reveal the trade of your future husband. For instance, if it takes on the appearance of a ship, this indicates that he will be a sailor; a book indicates a teacher; a lancet a doctor; and so forth.

 

 Witch’s Halloween: A Complete Guide to the Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, and Lore
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Pulling The Kail

Pulling the Kail

 

A Halloween method of love divination popular among the Irish and Scottish peasantry in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was known as “pulling the kail.” It was carried out in the following manner: An unmarried woman, with her eyes shut or covered by a blindfold, would creep into a bachelor’s garden (or kail yard) and, as the clock struck the witching hour of midnight, grasp at random for a stalk and pluck it from the earth.

 

According to folklore, the size, shape, and texture of the plant were able to reveal the appearance of the woman’s future husband. If it was tall and straight, it was an indication that he would be strong and in good health. If it was shriveled, it meant he would be a sickly person. A well-grown stalk indicated that he would be a handsome man, while one that was crooked indicated marriage to a hunchback or a stingy man. A closed white stalk indicated an elderly mate, and an open green one meant a man who was younger. If any earth clung to the roots, this portended a man of great wealth, while roots that came out of the ground free of any dirt were indicative of precisely the opposite.

 

Even the way in which the heart of the stem tasted was used to determine the natural temper and disposition of the future mate. For instance, one that tasted sweet and tender indicated a man who was kind and gentle, but one that possessed a sour or bitter taste pointed to a man whose disposition was disagreeable.

 

If the plant possessed any abnormalities, they were believed to reveal the same physical or mental traits of the future husband. For instance, if it had a club root, the future husband would be afflicted with a club foot, and so forth.

 

In England, a variation of this method called for an unmarried woman to go into a garden at midnight on Halloween and cut a cabbage. This supposedly invoked an apparition of her future husband. If no apparition appeared, this was taken as an indication of spinsterhood.

 

Cabbage-stalk divinations were also performed by bachelors to find out if marriage was in the offing for them, and to discover what their future wives would be like. The shape of the stalk— long, short, thin or fat—was believed to reveal the shape of their future

 

Witch’s Halloween: A Complete Guide to the Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, and Lore
Gerina Dunwich
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