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.

Celebrating Wiccan Spirituality: Spells, Sacred Rites, and Folklore for Each Day of the Year
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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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Have A Very Magickal Afternoon, my dear sweet friends & family! Till Tomorrow….

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May the embers from the open hearth warm your hands,
May the sun’s rays from the Irish sky warm your face,
May the children’s bright smiles warm your heart,
May the everlasting love I give you warm your soul.

 

Love to all my brothers & sisters of the Craft,

Lady A

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‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for October 22nd

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Thoughts are things. Left unguarded we can expect them to rule us with ruthless persistence. Like attracts like. We are what we think.

Emerson believed there was something stronger than any material force. It was his belief that thought rules the world. To think positively is sometimes referred to as refusing to face reality. But who is wise enough to determine what reality is, and who can describe it? The things we see and touch are merely objects made up of tiny particles we can’t see individually. So it is with reality – tiny thoughts we don’t remember thinking, but the result is obviously positive or negative.

If we think continually of how sick and nervous, how unhappy and poverty-stricken we are, then we can expect to be so afflicted. Tiny thoughts produce large results. When we’ve learned to control our thinking, then we have a chance to control our circumstances.

Imperfect thoughts, like unsavory characters, can come to anyone’s door, but we don’t have to let them in. Sometimes we have to look beyond present appearances and see the truth of things, to know that any product is worth only as much as the quality of its materials. We would be wise to put into practice the teachings of Phillippians 4:8.

“Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise…..think on these things.”

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 22

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 22

“Growth is a painful process.”

–Wilma Mankiller, CHEROKEE

Whenever we grow, we usually need to let go of emotional attachments. Letting go can be painful. Sometimes growth allows us to deal with fear. All fear can fit into two categories: one, we’re going to lose something we have, and two, we’re not going to get something we want. Both of these categories can cause pain. The best way to grow is to pray to the Great Spirit and ask Him to guide and protect us. All growth is guided by God.

My Creator, guide my growth today and give me Your love and courage to help my pain.

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October 22 – Daily Feast

October 22 – Daily Feast

Life is a decision, a personal decision. We can stand on drifting sand and believe that whatever will be, will be, or we can stand firmly on principle that if something is wrong we can change it. Instead of nursing pulse-taking tendencies and listening to every commercial on what is available for medical treatment, remember our instructions: Let the weak say, “I am strong.” We can become victims of temporary relief or we can separate ourselves from the hype and discover renewal that is not temporary – but eternal. Relief by the Spirit is a reality – and totally free.

~ This house, the home of the English, is a medicine house, and you come here to tell us lies. ~

SITTING BULL – SIOUX

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

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Daily Motivator for Oct. 22nd – Be the cause

Be the cause

Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, but what you do matters. Sometimes it’s hard to see how, but what you do makes a difference.

There is always hope, because there is always something you can do. There is always hope, because there is always a way to change things for the better.

Instead of wondering how much of an impact you’ll have, just go ahead and take action. Be the cause, and let the results come as they will.

Nurture the very best of intentions. Then give life to those intentions with action.

Often the path is twisted and complex. The only way to find your way through is to go.

Set your sights on the results you desire. And be the cause, for as long as it takes to bring those results to life.

— Ralph Marston
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The Daily OM for Oct. 22nd – The Feeling Underneath

The Feeling Underneath
Compulsive Apologies

by Madisyn Taylor

Apologizing chronically can be a sign that you are not feeling that you have much self worth.

Many people suffer with the tendency to apologize all the time, chronically, for everything. On the one hand, apologizing is a social convention that keeps interactions between people polite, and in that way it can be very helpful. On the other hand, if we find ourselves apologizing for everything, it might be time to look at why we feel compelled to say “I’m sorry” so often. Ultimately, saying you’re sorry is saying that you are responsible for something that has gone wrong in the situation. Whether it’s negotiating a parking spot, moving through the aisles of the supermarket, or reaching for what you want, there are times when sorry is the right thing to say. But there are other times when “excuse me” is more accurate.
Sometimes saying you’re sorry is like saying that the other person in the equation has more of a right to be here than you do. Of course, it’s true that using the word sorry can simply be an innocuous way of defusing tension. However, if you find that you say sorry all the time, you might want to look a little deeper and see where in your psyche that might be coming from. If it’s a pattern, breaking it may simply take some awareness and practice.

The first step is observing yourself each time you say it, without being hard on yourself about it. Throughout your day simply notice when you apologize. At first, you might be surprised to see that you do it even more than you first realized. After a day or two of simply observing, try to tune in to what it is you are feeling right before you say it. You might be feeling threatened, embarrassed, intensely anxious, or a variety of other feelings. Over time, try to stop yourself before the words come out and just be with the feeling that’s there. You may recognize it as one from your childhood, one that’s been with you for a long time. The more you are able to see it, the freer you will be not to be sorry all the time.

 

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The Dragon Tarot Spread

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The actual spread begins much like a standard Celtic Cross, but adds more cards for more clarification.

1. THE HEART OF THE QUESTION: This cards placement is the one that represents the core of the question or problem posed to you, consciously or unconsciously.

2. WHAT CROSSES THE QUESTION: This cards placement represents obstacles that may manifest themselves to oppose your objective. Here is where the Dragon as an antagonist raises its mighty head. Take heed! This card is to show you the problem in obtaining your objective. Recognize it! Understand it! That is the only way you can overcome what the card is showing you.

3. THE FOUNDATION: Why this objective (the question) is even present in your life. This card can be almost harder to accept then #2. Most people want to know why things are happening (or not happening) to them in their life, but they fail to realize that they are more often then not the cause of such obstacles. The card in this placement should clarify this.

4. OUTSIDE INFLUENCES: Where placement #3 usually represents the questioner’s own influences (or obstacles) on the question, here we have any possible influences that may pertain to the question.

5. THE SHADOWTAIL CARD: Here, unknown, unseen events surrounding the question are made known (possibly for the first time). Usually a very surprising card for the person.

6. YOUR HOPES: Now we move onto the Wings of the Dragon. One wing (the Wing of Light) starts with the person’s deep felt hopes regarding the question. Pretty straight forward.

7. YOUR FEARS: And here on the other wing (the Wing of Shadows) we begin with the person’s fears towards the question or situation. Both placement 6 and 7 should be regarded as the questioner’s feelings on the matter, whether they are realistic or not (and usually are not in both cases).

8. THE WING OF LIGHT: This position reveals the best possible solution the question could ever hope to receive. If you don’t see it here, it isn’t going to happen.

9. THE WING OF DARKNESS: This card will reveal the worst possible solution the situation can offer. Both position 8 and 9 represent the spectrum of the outcome that will be revealed in the remaining cards. Sometimes this can be a comforting card. Most people’s greatest fear is the worst thing that could happen. Well, here it is. Usually this card is never as bad as most people think.

10. THE PAST: This card will show the questioner’s past that has bearing on the question and may be influencing it.

11. THE PRESENT: This shows how the person feels about the question and how it relates to their life now.

12. &13. THE FUTURE: Here we have two cards to represent the most likely outcome of the posed question. These cards (considered to be the Dragon’s Eyes, or perhaps the Dragon’s Horns) are to be read together, giving a more detailed, in-depth view towards the question. More times then not, the final outcome usually falls somewhat in-between what the two wing cards have shown.

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The Dragon Runes

The Dragon Runes

 

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Dragon Rune Definitions – Isedon Goldwing Rune

Ratanen – Fog Dream. Represents the mists of all that was, is, or will be, and made of raw chaotic energies, Ratanen is the substance of dreams and can be called upon and shaped by those with the knowledge to do so to create or destroy anything. These are the fogs between times, and the underlaying force that keeps a time from stagnating and fading away.Phonetic value “k”

Drakani – Dragon Queen. Rune of Tiamat, goddess whose body creates the sky and the earth and ruler of dragons. By shaping the chaos by knowledge of will, she creates times and those who inhabit the times. Drakani is useful for taping into Ratanen and glimpsing into the chaos for answers, or to request an audience with Tiamat. Phonetic value “d”

Sh’oren – Flowing Knowledge. Rune of the Akasha, holding all knowledge. Understanding this rune comes over time, but is only pure knowledge and on its own can be dangerous to use without wisdom. Best used in conjunction with Drakani or Shoren to understand the Chaos in the mists. Meditate on this rune with a question in mind to assist access to the Akasha. Phonetic value “s”

Ihanen – Dream Dancing. Guidance through the chaos and the rune to weave existance from dream material. Rune of creation and calling the first dragons called from the mists. The next nine runes are of the more common dragons that were formed. Phonetic value “i” [Note: the following dragon types listed, are not all that exist, but are listed to portray a developmental cycle with base elements as dragons. Most of the ideas associated are basic ideas, meditation on the individual runes is suggested for best understanding]

Ma’erhen – Free Storm. Rune of the Spirit and Astral Dragons that exist on the higher planes. Phonetic value “f”

Ra – Water. Rune of Ocean Deep clan of dragons. Healing and deep understanding through curiosity. Phonetic value “w”

Liwaen – Cold Fire. Rune of Darkness Dragons. Contemplation and protection. Phonetic value “m” Li – Fire. Rune of Red Chasm clan of dragons. Passion, fury, and loyalty. Phonetic value “h”

Li’aan – Great Fire. Rune of Light Dragons. Illumination of secrets, and justice. Phonetic value “t”

Mah – Storm. Rune of Rolling Thunder clan of dragons. Swiftness and social interaction. Phonetic value “r”

Ninathan – Earth Kin. Rune of Forest Dragons. Growth and living things. Phonetic value “n”

Thaan – Mountain. Rune of White Mountain clan of dragons. Knowledge forged through the many. Phonetic value “th”

Waethan – Frozen Stones. Rune of Crystal Dragons. Ideas and thoughts manifesting with guidance. Phonetic value “p”

Ta’kaya – Cloud Cycle. The year rune. Time created as a byproduct of conciousness is represented in this rune. Ta’kaya represents the cycles in nature, the way things operate from year to year and repeat themselves. Phonetic value “o”

Shaan – Great Knowledge. Still in times where chaos is very prominant, the “Mage” rune is that of beings just learning to understand the ways of magic, and attempting to shape it to thier will. Energies are strong, but often lack precision control. Phonetic value “sh”

Deigomah – Tainted Storm. The increase in the use of magic in a chaotic environment attracts yet more chaos, twisting and warping the minds of those who come in contact with its energies. Deigomah is necessary for the development of the fresh existance, bringing with it change and creativity. Phonetic value “ng”

Athinan – Dance of Blades. Filled with newfound knowledge, Deigomah leads the beings in existance to Athinan. Athinan is the rune of wars and conflicts neccessary to carve and shape the populace so that balance might finally take hold. Phonetic value “a”

Kaegos – Purity and Taint. Kaegos is the balance that rises from the ashes of the conflicts in Athinan. Chaos and Order are equal here, and the existance can thrive. Phonetic value “b”

Thaenrathi – Strong Leader/King. The rune of the champion. A product of balance, the champion of Thaenrathi governs justly and the presence of this leader makes room for the time of order to take place. Phonetic value “z”

Athanen – Dream Forge. The once chaotic mists are deeply forged into the stiffness of law and order. Many thrive in times of peace and justice, but little new is discovered, created, or found.

Shoren – Flowing Wisdom. The quiet brought by Athanen gives time for many to reflect and ponder on the vast knowledges and experiences that have gone before them. Wisdom develops quickly and many are enlightened through these events. Phonetic value “y”

Nanen – Hearts Dream. Many of the enlightened find others along a similar path, and they pair together with each other as companions during thier walk through life. Those dragons joined during Nanen often find thier way back to each other over many incarnations time and again. Phonetic value “l”

Ionali – Powerful Heart Fire. Those that still retain a spark of the chaos within themselves may yet experince passion tempered by wisdom. The passion of Ionali often comes to those that did not pair during Nanen, and grant the dragon insight to find and experience the purpose in thier lives that they were meant for, yeilding a fullness of life, and a reason to remain on thier current plane of existance. Phonetic value “ei”

Drakaneal – Dragon Beauty. All who have experienced Nanen or Ionali, share a bond with each other, and many work and live together in unity, each providing as they can to the community. Despite the tiny amounts of chaos still around, the dragons co-existing during Drakaneal achieve much creativity in that which they do. The remaining sparks of chaos are shared and nurtured by all united in the state of bliss and relaxation while they can, for many are begining to prepare for the coming times of transition. Phonetic value “v”

Zhukaya – Cycles of Action. Zhukaya, the rune of justice manifests strongly during this time, cleaning up many of the unresolved issues, for good or ill. The results of the lives of all return to them, lessons are dealt, rewards enjoyed, some will carry over to the next incarnation, but much is resolved here. Phonetic value “j”

Abanen – Sky Dream. The progression to the astral plane, and eventually the next incarnation, or direct manifestion on a seperate plane than the current one. A time of nostalgia, many who experienced Nanen will meet again, others will contemplate this life on the astral for a time, until they are ready to incarnate once more. Phonetic value “g”

Satihan – Hurricanes Dance. The long subdued chaos begins to seep out, and roils forth to consume the order it finds so distasteful, once more making it part of the timeless fogs. The plane is wiped clear, and ready for the next being to shape it to thier will. Phonetic value “u”

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