November, the Eleventh Month of the year of our Goddess, 2015

november“The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway-
Thanksgiving comes again!”



November is the eleventh month of the year. Its name is derived from the Latin word for “nine,” as it was the ninth month of the Roman calendar. Its astrological sign is Scorpio, the scorpion (October 21 – November 23), a fixed water sign ruled by Pluto. November reveals signs of winter. The raw winds sweep up the valleys and over the hilltops. The wild grasses along the fences are bleached to a tawny color. Nature is stripped to its bare essences. Now is a time of simple beauty. The trees reveal the shapes of their naked branches, and dried leaves flutter up the roads in the late autumn breeze. The spirit realm is closer to us now and more active. Dusk settles quickly. The season’s first fires glow on the hearth, and blue-gray smoke curls from the chimney. Traditional magical activities include scrying with fire, smoke, or a magic mirror. The harvest is complete, and we gather for Thanksgiving to share the bounty—especially turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. November nights are magical. We can hear the stark call of an owl hooting from out of the woods. In the darkness, the hard frost sequins the grass and bare tree branches with a silver jacket–giving November’s Full Moon its name, the Snow Moon. To honor her, scry into a black cauldron filled with water and one silver coins



The SNOW MOON harkens in the holidays with festivities, food, drink, fun, laughter, generosity, memories and love. It also brings the cold, the wind, rain, hail and snow. This moon represents the full potential in all things, like snow waiting for the spring thaw. It is a time of divine or royal purpose, a time of telling stories and storing resources for the months ahead. The Twelfth Esbat signals a time of intensified rapport with the God and Goddess. This moon also honors the sovereignty of the land, which is an embodiment of the Goddess.

The Snow Moon’s Correspondences

Colors: Gray, blues
Gemstones: Lapis lazuli, turquoise, topaz
Trees: Cypress, alder, hazel
Gods: Bastet, Isis, Kali, Hecate, Astarte
Herbs: Thistle, betony, verbena, fennel
Element: Water

This is a time of washing away the baggage of the past and letting it go. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to focus on the joys of the future. During this Moon phase, say goodbye to bad habits and toxic relationships, and get a fresh start for the new year. Work on developing and strengthening your connection with Deity.


Wiccan Spell A Night: Spells, Charms, And Potions For The Whole Year
Sirona Knight

Snow Moon Correspondences – Patti Wigington,



NATURE SPIRITS: subterranean faeries

HERBS: grains of paradise, verbena, betony, borage, blessed thistle

COLORS: Sea green and gray

FLOWERS: Blooming cacti, chrysanthemum

SCENTS: cedar, cherry blossoms, hyacinth, peppermint and lemon

STONES: Topaz, hyacinth, lapis lazuli

TREES: Alder, cypress

ANIMALS: crocodile, jackal, unicorn and scorpion.

BIRDS: Owl, goose and sparrow

DEITIES: Kali, black Isis, Nicnevin, Hecate, Bast, Osiris, Sarasvati, Lakshmi, Skadi, Mawu

POWER/ADVICE: A time to strengthen the communication between yourself and the divine. A time to take root and transformation also a time to take root.


Symbols & Folklore for the Month of November

November’s Sign of the Zodiac

Scorpio, the Scorpion (October 24 – November 21)
Sagittarius, the Archer (November 22 – December 21)

November’s Celtic Tree Astrology

Reed (October 28 – November 24)
Elder (November 25 – December 23)

November’s Birthstones

Topaz and Citrine

November’s Birth Flower


November Folklore
“Thunder in November means winter will be late in coming and going.”
“Frost in November to hold a duck, the rest of the winter is slush and muck!”
“Flowers bloomin’ in late autumn, a sure sign of a bad winter coming.”
“Ice before Martinmas, enough to bear a duck, the rest of the winter is sure to be but muck!”



November’s Month Long  Observations

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • COPD Awareness month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
  • American Diabetes Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
  • Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month
  • National Pomegranate Month in the United States
  • Holy Souls in Purgatory (Roman Catholic Church)
  • National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month (United States)
  • National Prematurity Awareness Month (United States)
  • Epilepsy Awareness Month
  • Sweet Potato Awareness Month
  • No Shave November
  • Movember
  • National Adoption Awareness Month (United States)
  • National Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month




Decorate your home and altar with white and deep purple, and light incense of rosemary or nutmeg. Use a cauldron or pot with a candle lit inside as your focus of the hearth.

Work with yourself! Find time to develop your own witchy skills, and take that magical bath.

Cook with the last of the foraged ingredients before they disappear for the winter. Use winter vegetables and game to create seasonal meals.

Connect with the Goddess in you by journeying into your own mind. Explore and take notice of all that you see there, and record all your discoveries in your Book of Shadows.

Celebrate the darkness by drawing the curtains and spending time by candlelight.

Make your home more magical using herbs and symbols, and research the folklore on home protection.

Don’t panic about Yule. Admit it; you do it every year too!

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell


Inner Voices

Because you spend more time in your home at this time of year, consider devoting a little more time (hopefully) to yourself. Our development on our own magical paths is something for which we all need to take responsibility— whether we are just starting out or have been practicing for years. That inner voice we all have needs to be heard. Is it shouting at you for some peace, because your thoughts are going twenty to the dozen, as mine invariably do? Is it calling for more knowledge? Does it want you to connect with it and just accept that it’s there?

It is not easy to hear your own thoughts over the din of everyday life and all it takes to get through a day. But sometimes, that inner voice just needs to be nurtured. You may find that reading helps, and certainly the Internet is awash in ways to answer our thoughts and questions. But the work that will really make the most difference to your inner voice is meditation.

Finding time for meditation can be the least of your worries. Meditation just doesn’t come easily to some people, myself included. I have to be honest. I have a brain that talks even more than I do, if that’s possible. And for me, meditation can seem like a constant battle between thoughts and peace, with most of the time being spent telling myself that I should clear my thoughts in order to meditate. This leads to a cycle of my beating myself up and telling myself off for thinking that I should be peaceful, instead of just being peaceful. Do you follow my drift?

I have come to the conclusion that there is no right way to meditate. Just do what works for you. Remember, you are not a robot. You cannot turn your thoughts on and off like a tap— well, not unless you have had a great deal of practice, I think! All that being said, finding some quiet time to relax and listen to your inner voice is crucial to living a magical life. After all, your spells, rituals, and practices all come from within you.

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell


Step-by-Step Guide to Meditation

It is your own focus and intent that creates magic. So trying to find your way through the map of your own mind has to be a good thing— right? There are many ways to do this. Some suggest lying on a bed and listening to a soothing whale song (awful). Some suggest sitting cross-legged on the floor (couldn’t even if I wanted too, which I don’t). Some suggest swaying to the hypnotic banging of a drum (would definitely put me off). Some say to imagine you’re going down a flight of stairs (I always lose count of the stairs, start looking at the cracks in the imaginary wall, and think about redecorating). If any of these work for you, my lovelies, that’s wonderful. Except the whale song— please don’t do that!

None of these techniques work for me, however. So I needed to find another way to meditate, one that held true to my path and didn’t pressurize my brain into thinking it had to be empty. Here’s my step-by-step guide to meditation. I hope that those of you who are hopeless meditaters (like me) find it useful.

Find somewhere where you can connect with nature— the park on a spring day, the fields on a summer’s eve, the woods on an autumn afternoon, your armchair facing the window on a wet winter’s day. Sit or lie comfortably in the quiet and close your eyes.

Take slow, deep breaths and listen to the sounds around you. Birds, wind, ticking clocks— anything that you can hear. Allow yourself to be absorbed by the sounds. Relax your body and feel yourself being a part of your surroundings.

In your head, begin to recite some simple words. I use: “I am part of nature.” If thoughts come into your mind, acknowledge them, but try not to dwell on them right now. Decide to look at them later and return to hearing the sounds around you and thinking your chosen words. Don’t feel as if you have to spend hours; just a few minutes will do to start. When you are ready to finish your meditation, stop saying your chant in your head and slowly become more aware of the things around you. Wiggle your toes and fingers, and open your eyes.

Practice this often, every day if you can. Try meditating in places other than nature. The bus or the coffee shop will give you a different experience. Don’t beat yourself up or worry that you are doing it wrong. Your thoughts may come in for a reason, so allow yourself time to consider why you had those thoughts at the end of your practice.

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell


“Leaves fall,
the days grow cold.
The Goddess pulls her mantle of Earth around Her
as You, O Great Sun God, sail toward the West
to the land of eternal enchantment,
wrapped in the coolness of night.
Fruits ripen,
seeds drip,
the hours of day and night are balanced.”


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Invocation of Charms

Invocation of Charms

I bathe thy palms
In showers of wine,
In the lustral fire,
In the five elements,
In the juice of the rasps,
In the milk of honey,
And I place the nine pure charms
In thy fair fond face,
The charm of form,
The charm of voice,
The charm of fortune,
The charm of goodness,
The charm of wisdom,
The charm of generosity,
The charm of choice maidenliness,
The charm of beauty,
The charm of fair speech.

Dark is yonder city,
Dark are those therein,
Thou art the brown swan,
Going in among them.
Their hearts are under thy control,
Their tongues are beneath thy sole,
Nor will they ever utter a word
To give thee offense.

A shade art thou in the heat,
A shelter art thou in the cold,
Eyes art thou to the blind,
A staff art thou to the pilgrim,
An island art thou at sea,
A fortress art thou on land,
A well art thou in the desert,
Health art thou to the ailing.

Thine is the skill of the Fairy Women,
Thine is the virtue of Bridget the calm,
Thine is the faith of Danu the mild,
Thine is the tact of the women of Kildare,
Thine is the beauty of Emir the fair,
Thine is the tenderness of Darthula delightful,
Thine is the courage of Maebh the strong,
Thine is the charm of Binne-bheul.

Thou art the joy of all joyous things,
Thou art the light of the beam of the moon,
Thou art the door of hospitality,
Thou art the surpassing star of guidance,
Thou art the step of the deer on the hill,
Thou art the step of the steed on the plain,
Thou art the grace of the swan swimming,
Thou art the loveliness of all lovely desires.

The lovely likeness of the Lady
Is in thy fair face,
The loveliest likeness that
Ever was in the Three Worlds.

The best hour of the day be thine,
The best day of the week be thine,
The best week of the year be thine,
The best year of a lifetime be thine.

Ogma has come and Midir has come,
Lir has come and Manannan has come,
Morigan and Tailtiu have come,
The Dagda, all-beneficent has come,
Angus the beauteousness of the young has come,
Amergin the seer of the Tuatha has come,
Lugh the prince of the valiant has come,
And Nuada the chief of the hosts has come,
And the Goddess of all has come,
And her spirit of guidance has come,
And her consort, the Horned One, has come,
To bestow on thee their affection and their love,
To bestow on thee their affection and their love.

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Invocation of the Moon Goddess

Invocation of the Moon Goddess

Diana, queen of night,
In all your beauty bright,
Shine on us here,
And with your silver beam
Unlock the gates of dream;
Rise bright and clear.
On earth and sky and sea,
Your magic mystery
Its spell shall cast,
Wherever leaf may grow,
Wherever tide may flow,
Till all be past.
O secret queen of power,
At this enchanted hour
We ask your boon.
May fortune’s favor fall
Upon true witches all,
O Lady Moon!


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Invocation Of The Horned God

Invocation Of The Horned God

By the flame that burneth bright,
O Horned One!
We call thy name into the night,
O Ancient One!
Thee we invoke, by moon-led sea,
By the standing stone and the twisted tree.
The we invoke, where gather thine own,
By the nameless shrine forgotten and alone.
Come where the round of the dance is trod,
Horn and hoof of the goat foot god!
By moonlit meadow on dusky hill,
When the haunted wood is hushed and still,
Come to the charm of the chanted prayer,
As the moon bewitches the midnight air.
Evoke thy powers, that potent bide
In shining stream and the secret tide,
In fiery flame by starlight pale,
In shadowy host that rides the gale,
And by the fern-brakes fairy haunted
Of forests wild and woods enchanted.
Come! O come!
To the heart-beat’s drum!
Come to us who gather below
When the broad white moon is climbing slow
Through the stars to the heaven’s height.
We hear thy hoofs on the wind of night!
As black tree-branches shake and sigh,
By joy and terror we know thee nigh.
We speak the spell thy power unlocks
At solstice, Sabbat, and equinox,
Word of virtue the veil to rend,
From primal dawn to the wide world’s end,
Since time began-
The blessing of Pan!
Blessed be all in hearth and hold,
Blessed in all worth more than gold.
Blessed be in strength and love,
Blessed be wher’er we rove.
Vision fade not from our eyes
Of the pagan paradise
Past the gates of death and birth,
Our inheritance of the earth.
From our soul the song of spring
Fade not in our wandering.
Our life with all life is one,
By blackest night or noonday sun.
Eldest of gods, on thee we call,
Blessing be on thy creatures all.

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Invocation of the Elements

Invocation of the Elements


East (Invocation)
Facing East: “Guardians of the watchtower of the east, we do summon, stir, and call thee up to protect us in our rite. Come to us now on the cool breath of Autumn’s sigh which heralds the advent of Winter and the close of harvest time. Breathe into us the spirit of the pure joy of life. So mote it be!”

Air (Invocation)
(Celebrant with the incense burner symbolizing the element of air) : “I am everywhere. I fill the fleshy pouches of your lungs, I stir all things from the smallest blade of grass to the tallest tree. I cool you with my breezes and destroy you with my storms. Without me you would die. Am I not holy and
worthy of praise? “

East (Banishment)
Facing East: “Guardians of the watchtower of the east, return now to the brisk Autumn breezes which are brimming with the excitement of the year’s climax. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell!”

South (Invocation)
Facing South: “Guardians of the watchtower of the south, we do summon, stir, and call thee up to protect us in our rite. Come forth from the cook fires and smokehouses where food is being made ready for the coming cold months. Kindle within us the flame of spiritual awakening. So mote it be!”

Fire (Invocation)
(Celebrant with the candle symbolizing the element of fire): “I live in the guarded embers of campfires and the pilot lights of stoves, I spring from the lightning and the hands of men, I warm you and I destroy you. Without me you would die. Am I not holy and worthy of praise?”

South (Banishing)
Facing South: “Guardians of the watchtower of the south, return now to the dying fires of Autumn’s heat soon to give way to Winter’s chill. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell!”

West (Invoking)
Facing West: “Guardians of the watchtower of the west, we do summon, stir, and call thee up to protect us in our rite. Come forth from the rainbow hued morning dew that covers the fields, and is soon to be frost. Asperge us with your diadems and water our deepest roots that we may find peace of mind.

Water (Invocation)
(Celebrant with the water vessel symbolizing the element of water): “I rise from the moist crevices of the Earth, I beat on the shores of Her body, I fall from the skies in silver sheets. Without me you would die. Am I not holy and worthy of praise? ” (Celebrant asperges the circle with water)

West (Banishing)
Facing West: “Guardians of the watchtower of the west, return now to the Autumn rains which cool the Earth’s fevered brow baked in the heat of Summer afternoons. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell!”

North (Invoking)
Facing North: “Guardians of the watchtower of the north, we do summon, stir, and call thee up to protect us in our rite. Come forth from the fertile bosom of our Blessed Mother Earth, and nourish us so that our hopes may grow to fruition. So mote it be!”

Earth (Invocation)
(Celebrant with the salt vessel symbolizing the element of earth): “I am your Mother. From me come the fruit and grain and animals which feed you. I am your support, and my pull on your bodies keeps you held firmly to me. Without me you would die. Am I not holy and worthy of praise?”

North (Banishing)
Facing North: “Guardians of the watchtowers of the north, return now to the Earth where worms burrow deeper and seeds nestle awaiting the long sleep of Winter. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell!”

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Invocation of Being

Invocation of Being

Long have we wandered
 and been apart from her shores.
Long have we flown on unseeing wings.

The eagle soars high on boundless feeling.

Long have we felt groundless
 without root, or presence.
Long have we been valiant in the name of love.
Long have we allowed nameless fears to limit our possibilities.

The forest continues it’s endless cycle of the ages.

Long have we felt alone
 in expectant solitude.
Long have we danced our own lives
 to the dream of wisdom.
 to the unbearable void of ourselves

The tide washes evenly on deserted shores.

Forever we are one.
Forever we ignite our being
 in the elemental fire of our spirit.

The golden age dweller.
The playful sprite.
The hooded wanderer.
The tortured seeker.

The power of being
 is ours to hold.
The beauty of now
 is here for the taking.

Forever and tonight,
we bathe in the majesty of wonder.

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Herbal Invocation/Spell

Herbal Invocation/Spell

May be said at the beginning of any herbal magick.
Earth-born stone
of brilliant hue
such energy makes
dreams come true.

Blend and grow
with human desire
a midst candles that
throb with radiant fire.

Herbs of life
planted with passion
mesh with these
and begin to fashion
realities just and

My magick
for the highest good.

And if my Goddess
does agree,
then manifest!

So Mote It Be!!

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12th C. Herbal Invocation

12th C. Herbal Invocation


‘Earth, divine Goddess, Mother Nature who generates all things and brings forth anew the sun which you have given to the nations; Guardian of sky and sea and of all gods and powers….through your power all nature falls silent and then sinks in sleep. And again you bring back the light and chase away night and yet again you cover us most securely with your shades. You do contain chaos infinite, yea and winds and showers and storms; you send them out when you will and cause the seas to roar; you chase away the sun and rouse the storm. Again when you will you send forth the joyous day and give the nourishment of life with your eternal surety; and when the soul departs to you we return. You are indeed duly called Great Mother of the Gods; you conquer by your divine name. You are the source of strength of nations and of gods, without you nothing can be brought to perfection or be born; you are Great Queen of the Gods. Goddess! I adore thee as divine; I call upon your name; be pleased the grant that which I ask of you, so shall I give thanks to thee, Goddess, with due faith.

Hear, I beseech you, and be favorable to my prayer. Whatsoever herb your power does produce, give, I pray, with goodwill to all nations to save them and grant me this my medicine. Come to me with your powers, and howsoever I may use them, may they have good success to whosoever I may give them. Whatever you grant, may it prosper. To you all things return. Those who rightly receive these herbs from me, please make them whole. Goddess, I beseech you, I pray as a suppliant that by your majesty you grant this to me.

Now I make intercession to you all your powers and herbs and to your majesty, you whom Earth parent of all has produced and given as a medicine of health to all nations and has put majesty upon you, I pray you, the greatest help to the human race. This I pray and beseech from you, be present here with your virtues, for She who created you has Herself promised that I may gather you into the goodwill of him on whom the art of medicine was bestowed, and grant for health’s sake good medicine by grace of your powers. I pray grant me through your virtues that whatsoever is wrought by me through you may in all it’s powers have good and speedy effect and good success and that I may always be permitted with the favor of your majesty to gather you into my hands and to glean your fruits. So shall I give thanks to you in the name of the majesty which ordained your birth.’

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