Seasons of the Witch

 

  • The Witches New Year.
  • Halloween
  • Samhain
  • Magic Day
  • Druid’s Samhain Autumn Sun Festival.
  • Ancient Roman Feast To Pomona.
  • All Hallow’s Eve, 10th Century.
  • All Saint’s Eve.
  • Old Celtic New Year’s Eve. Struggle Between Old & New Years.
  • Festival Of Inner Worlds.
  • Joseph Campbell, 83, Dies. Mythologist.1987
  • National UNICEF Day
  • Beggar’s Night
  • Apple & Candle Night (Wales)
  • National Caramel Apple Day
  • 10/31 eve to 11/2 eve: Old Sumerian & Canaanite-Hebrew fast recalling the descent of Inanna/Astarte (Goddess of Life) to the Underworld. Ereshkigal/Sheol (Goddess of Death and Rebirth) detained Her until She agreed to have Dumuzi/Baal (God of Life and Death) remain there each Winter.
  • 10/31 eve to 11/2 eve: Samhain–Old Celtic New Year and feast of Morrigan/Cerridwen (Goddess of Death) and Balor/Beli (the Holly King – God of the Waning Sun).
  • 10/31 eve to 11/2 eve: Old Teutonic fast marking Hod (God of Darkness) unintentionally killing Balder (God of Light), and devoted Nanna (Goddess of Flowers) dying of a broken heart.
  • 10/31 eve to 11/6 eve: Mid-Autumn/Day of the Dead/Hallowmas–Festival marking the transformation of life to death – the end of the agricultural year, departure of migrating and hibernating animals, and decay and death of vegetal and animal life. Observed by remembering departed ancestors and contemplating one’s own mortality.
  • Witchcraft Hysteria (This isn’t a game-very interesting) http://www.nationalgeographic.com/salem/index.html
 
Excerpted From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives, Earth, Moon and Sky and/or School of Seasons
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Remember the ancient ways and keep them sacred!

Today Is: Moon Day

Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing, emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals, women’s mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female partners, wives, instincts

Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine, Travels, Visions, Theft

 

Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaelach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

 

Incense: Myrtle

 

Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower

 

Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White

 

Colors for Tomorrow: Red

 

Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer

 

Candle: White

Daily Feng Shui Tip for October 31st

BOO! Did I scare you? Do bats? I thought this would be a perfect day to share some secret Shui about what bats can do for you! In this philosophy bats play a legendary role. They are considered auspicious symbols of happiness and longevity. This last part is because of a bat’s ability to swallow its own breath so that they then live a very long life. They are also said to symbolize wealth, prosperity, the ability to deflect illness or any causes of unnatural death. Positioned in groups of five they symbolize the five Feng Shui blessings for abundance and fulfillment and will bring opportunities for fortune, recognition and rewards. Forget about that proverbial belfry, a family of bats taking up residence in your home is considered an exceptionally auspicious omen that heralds immense good fortune and huge success for all the members of the household. Happy Halloween!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Daily Number for October 31st: 5

You may find your interests expanding today, and you’re probably going to be feeling more liberated than you have in a long time. New people, social gatherings, and possibly romance may broaden your horizon. Be careful not to over-indulge or become careless in the midst of so much activity

Fast Facts

About the Number 5

Theme: Resourceful, Adventure, Speculation, Travel
Astro Association: Taurus
Tarot Association: Hierophant

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for October 31st is 28: Excessive Pressure

28: Excessive Pressure

Hexagram 28

General Meaning: Something is out of balance. This hexagram points to some pressure that is threatening stability and needs correcting. But if a dam is about to burst, moving out of the way is the first priority.

When a person in a sagging mine shaft feels the earth begin to tremble, it is time for quick, instinctive action and nimble footwork. At a time like this, only extraordinary measures will work. When the roof is collapsing, run first, choose your destination later.

Extraordinary times bring out the best and worst in people. Natural disasters bring with them stories of great heroism — but also looting and rioting. When the pressure is on, powerful moments present opportunities to make positive gains. Everything is in a state of flux. One can either move towards positive change and improvement or towards stagnation.

This may be the moment you’ve been waiting for. Although a current challenge may seem to be more than you can handle, remember that a flood reaches its high-water mark for only a few brief moments, and then begins to subside. Action must be taken now to ensure opportunities for success later on. You will never discover the true extent of your own abilities until you, at least once in your life, dive into a crisis with complete abandon, dedicating every ounce of your energy, every fiber of your being, to the cause at hand.

Dare to win.

Today’s Runes for October 31st is Perth

Today’s Runes

Gold Runes are most commonly used for questions about business, career, and property. Perth is the rune of chance and gambling. Throw the dice, read your fate. Gaming is a fine way to pass the night…as long as one is careful. Games of chance have outcomes that are hidden from us, and as such Perth represents secrets unknown. Perth symbolizes enjoyment and wild abandon, but be watchful, for Perth is also the rune of mystery and the outcomes unexpected. You cannot lose if you do not play, but neither can you win…

Today’s Tarot Card for October 31st is The Empress

The Empress

This Tarot Deck: Tarot of the Spirit

General Meaning: Traditionally entitled “Empress,” this major arcana or “trump” card portrays the energy of the Great Mother. She is Nature, around us but also within us, the ever-unfolding Source of life-giving power. She is often pictured as a pre-Christian Goddess, as the one whom the High Priestess is channeling down to earth for the rest of us.

In medieval Europe, the Empress card was painted to represent whatever Queen currently ruled the land, probably to satisfy the Inquisitors. But the scholars of the Renaissance and beyond had no doubt of her true identity, although she could not be fully revealed on Tarot cards as the “woman clothed with the sun” until after the French Revolution.

This supreme archetype of femininity also symbolizes fertility. It is She who provides us nourishment and security. She is also sometimes seen as delighting us with flowers and fruit. A potentially terrifying aspect of this archetype manifests itself whenever karmic mood swings wipe out our plans, like a storm that has come upon us. Whatever happens, the Empress is the Source of our Embodiment and of Natural Law. She might even be called “the Great Recycler.”

Your Horoscopes for Monday, October 31st

The practical Capricorn Moon tells us not to trust our feelings, for they are as unstable as the shifting desert sands. Normally, our common sense would prevail when making decisions, but today’s stressful lunar aspects to the personal planets Mars, Mercury and Venus warp our perspectives. Additionally, our desires are further sensitized as romantic Venus squares idealistic Neptune, magnifying the fantasy factor in our attractions to others.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You are smooth as silk today and can spin fantastic stories to support your goals. The images you use seem real to others as you describe your plan or try to get someone to join your cause. However, you should tread carefully because you can convince yourself that you are right, even if you’re missing the point. Telling everyone what to do may work out okay as long as you consider the needs of the whole community and not just yours.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You might not be able to turn off the flow of fantasies that spring forth from your imagination today, but you still can be totally aware of what you do with your ideas. Your idealism enriches your day by bringing an endless supply of creative material, but this stream of ideas or pictures can also distract you from your real work. Escaping into dreams may not seem productive, but using them for motivation is a wise strategy now.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You may not be interested in beating around the bush now; you’re eager to say whatever’s necessary to justify your position. Nevertheless, you are afraid of hurting someone’s feelings, so you could start off tentatively. You might be pleasantly surprised by all the feedback you receive that clears the way for constructive conversations. Keep your facts straight today, because a faulty assumption on your part can turn a spirited discussion into a comedy of misunderstandings.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Expressing your feelings with someone you trust at work might not be on your agenda today, but something may stimulate a strong reaction, prompting you to share everything that’s on your mind. Be careful because once you begin to talk, you could inadvertently say too much. Thankfully, it’s simple to prevent an awkward situation by just seriously considering what you are going to say before you open your mouth.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your creativity is flowing strongly today, whether you are working or simply enjoying yourself. You might not want to plan too many details of your day, since each activity slips dreamily into the next one. But you must stay on your toes, for your heightened emotions allow you to be easily misled now. Verbal communication may be the source of misunderstandings, so watch what others do before trusting what they say.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You may have inflated hopes about a family gathering, and can run into trouble if you harbor unrealistic expectations. Your ruling planet Mercury encourages you to daydream now, but you could turn a perfectly sensible idea into a grand fiasco. As tempted as you are to expand on a smart theme, it’s smarter to keep plans simple and the drama to a minimum.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You are a master illusionist today as your key planet Venus squares surreal Neptune. This can work to your advantage if you are the host or hostess that ends up dealing with others’ unresolved feelings. Your diplomatic skills assist you in influencing others with your fair-minded perspective. Keep in mind that intuition can lead you down the wrong path, so pay attention to the facts for the greatest positive impact.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Family dynamics may be confusing now because someone is quick to hide his or her true feelings. It’s difficult to know what others want unless you’re willing to climb out on a limb and ask them. This may sound straightforward enough, yet you might end up hearing a lot more than you wanted to know. Nevertheless, you’ll be better off when you learn the truth and then can honestly share what’s on your mind.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

The power of your convictions should be enough to help someone else through an episode of low self-esteem today. The smartest reaction to uncertainty now is to quickly get your facts in order, and then talk about what can be done to clarify the issues. Don’t be afraid of looking ahead; the bold actions you take can set the pace for your friends and family.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your schedule may keep you busier than you imagined, even if you were planning on less activity rather than more. But the current noise in your life might seem worse than it really is today because you cannot determine how to turn off the stream of creative thoughts and unconventional feelings. Remembering that you don’t always need to be in control of everything; letting go allows you to enjoy every moment for exactly what it is.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You’re aware of what’s best for everyone else now, and would like to be acknowledged for your altruistic behavior. However, your ideals could be incongruent with your emotional needs. Fortunately, you won’t have to choose one over the other. If you can muster up enough courage to talk about how your inner desires conflict with your responsibilities, you might be able to achieve satisfaction on both fronts.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You have a long list of chores that may be left over from last week, but you seem to feel unsure of your ability to accomplish much at all today. The best strategy to deal with your current concerns is to concentrate on fulfilling your social and professional obligations as soon as possible. Your doubts will lessen as soon as you start crossing things off your list. You can indulge in the pursuit of pleasure once you are done.

Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of October 31st

Relationships require more stimulation this week with the love planet Venus moving into restless Sagittarius on Wednesday. Chatty Mercury makes the same shift just a few hours later, opening mouths to speak more freely while spurring hearts to seek excitement. Traveling to new locations and interacting with people from distant cultures are good ways to scratch an itch for romantic adventure.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

The Moon slips into tender Pisces and your 12th House of Privacy on Friday morning, which may take you out of the spotlight until Sunday. But spending quiet time with one caring person or even resting up on your own can be a relaxing break from your busy life. It also gives you a chance to review your relationship history, helping you to recognize outmoded habits that need to go so you can be free to fulfill your personal desires.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t always easy but the rewards are well worth the effort now. Your alluring ruling planet Venus enters risk-taking Sagittarius and your 8th House of Intimacy on Wednesday, which raises the stakes in the game of love. If you’re willing to overcome your old limits and give up a little control, you can connect with an exciting new individual or put the spark back into your current partnership.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

The opportunities to get more joy out of a current relationship or connect with new and interesting people should multiply this week. Magnetic Venus dances into your 7th House of Partners on Wednesday, making you more attractive to others. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could find a desirable partner who is very different than you. But if you’re already in a relationship, planning a special excursion together will spice things up.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Get ready to spread your wings and fly this weekend. The wistful Pisces Moon is sailing through your 9th House of Adventure, encouraging you to expand your social horizons. Connecting with people from different backgrounds, in educational settings and while traveling, can be especially inspiring. Avoid overly judgmental individuals, though, since compassionate and open-minded folks have much more to offer you now.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

The party starts on Wednesday when sassy Mercury and seductive Venus enter outgoing Sagittarius and your 5th House of Romance and Play. Having a good time without making any serious commitments is a great way to ride this joyful wave of enthusiasm. Being more soft and sensitive in your approach to others, though, is recommended on Friday and Saturday with the Moon’s presence in tender Pisces and your 8th House of Intimacy.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Being gentle is a priority this weekend with the Moon in supersensitive Pisces and your 7th House of Partners on Friday and Saturday. Sure, you may not like walking on eggshells, but toning down criticism and reducing analysis is your best strategy. Let feelings lead you now, even if they sometimes seem strange and unreliable. Listening with your heart and giving your head a rest makes more sense than you might think.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Conversations kick into a higher gear with verbose Mercury and vivacious Venus skipping into outgoing Sagittarius and your 3rd House of Communication on Wednesday. Opportunities to connect with others will come more easily when you’re willing to share your ideas more openly. In fact, what starts out as a debate about politics or religion could lead to an emotional bond between you if neither of you lose your cool. Maintaining a healthy sense of humor is a clever way to catch the eye of someone special.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

The imaginative Pisces Moon lights up your 5th House of Romance on Friday and Saturday. This is a wonderful opportunity to set real world issues aside and bring a little fantasy to your life. Being creative in the pursuit of love prompts your current partner to swoon or, if you’re single, makes you more captivating to someone new. Don’t let the reality of the past limit the dreams you can make come true right now.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your personal life could get a major boost with romantic Venus dancing into your fun-loving sign on Wednesday. Focusing more attention on your appearance amps up the charm that’s already working in your favor. A key to being more attractive to others is to amuse yourself first. When joy radiates from your eyes and laughter comes naturally, others will want to join the party. Yet learning to be sensitive to people’s needs is the last piece to turning you into the complete package.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Conversing with a soft voice and moving in a gentle manner can make you more desirable this weekend. The whimsical Pisces Moon occupies your 3rd House of Communication on Friday and Saturday, which can bring you unexpected moments of delight if you make yourself available to them. Drop your skepticism, because opening up the doors to your mind and your heart allows real love to wander in.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your commitment to causes can be a real boon to your personal life this week. Flirty Venus and friendly Mercury enter outgoing Sagittarius and your 11th House of Groups on Wednesday, mixing idealism with social opportunities. Connecting with someone who shares your beliefs provides a common interest that can fuel a wonderful relationship. Meeting a new companion while socializing in a group is likely now, so hanging out with your friends this weekend improves your chances at finding love.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

The Moon in your sweet and sensitive sign on Friday and Saturday can sprinkle a little magic dust on your relationships. Escaping from routine activities and dressing more imaginatively sets the stage for romance. What may start out feeling like a fantasy can turn into something real, so don’t turn away from people and situations that inspire you. Yes, the magical moment may pass, but others will follow if you have faith and keep having fun.

the daily humorscopes for monday, october 31st

the daily humorscope 

Monday, October 31, 2011

 
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Good day to act sneaky. Try glancing sidelong at people, or standing just out of sight.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
The mountain will be happy to come to Mohammed, but Mohammed should be prepared for a brief (in geologic terms) delay.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Try not to be too impulsive, today. Ask youself if you really need that howitzer, or if you just think it’d be fun to have.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
You’ll become best pals with a large invisible rabbit, today. Well, actually he’s a “puka”, which is a type of Celtic spirit, but he’ll look like a large invisible rabbit.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
A strange package will appear on your doorstep — a basket of fresh longan fruit, lined with a page from yesterday’s Beijing newspaper. This could be a sign…
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
In a rather bizarre and unfortunate turn of events today, your lips will go ballistic. Shortly thereafter, your Ziggy Marley accent will kick in. You will be comforted to know that those are simply the first two signs of a “spaz attack”, which is more common than most people realize, and usually non-fatal.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
You may lose sight of what is truly important to you, if you’re not careful. In other words, it not whether you win or lose, it’s whether you end up with your leg in a cast for 3 months.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Someone will turn a cold shoulder to you, and your feelings will be hurt. You’ll get even by turning a tepid elbow to them, later. Just don’t let it escalate to the blazing ankles stage, is all.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Your slogan for the week should be “Carpe Diem”, or “Seize the Day!”. Once you seize it, give it a good shake, just to prove you mean business.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
Hmm. Hard to read this one. The carrot stopped right between “kidnapped and tortured” and “wins the lottery”. Probably a little of both, I’d guess.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)
A member of your family will be involved in a tragic accident with an electric nose-hair trimmer. This will affect your attitude towards product liability lawsuits.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
You will tend towards simplicity in your life. The Voluntary Simplicity movement has been gathering momentum lately, so you’ll have plenty of company. And heck, who cares if it’s “voluntary”, right?

It’s Halloween!

It’s Halloween!

Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly
like witches on switches across the sky.
When elf and sprite flit through the night
on a moony sheen.

Tonight is the night when leaves make a sound
like a gnome in his home under the ground.
When spooks and trolls creep out of the holes,
all mossy and green.

Tonight is the night when pumpkins stare
through sheaves and leaves everywhere.
When ghoul and ghost and goblin host dance round their Queen.
IT’S HALLOWEEN!!!

Wishing You & Yours A Very Blessed & Prosperious Samhain!

Samhain Comments & Graphics


Double, double, toil and trouble
Fire burn and cauldron bubble…
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. 

~William Shakespeare, “Macbeth” 

~Magickal Graphics~

Set Up an Ancestor Shrine – Ancestor Altar

Set Up an Ancestor Shrine – Ancestor Altar

In many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, the ancestors are honored, especially at Samhain. This Sabbat, after all, is the night when the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its most fragile. By setting up an ancestor shrine or altar, you can honor the people of your bloodline — your kinfolk and clansmen who have helped to shape the person you are. This altar or shrine can be set up just for the Samhain season, or you can leave it up all year long for meditation and rituals.

If you’ve got the room, it’s nice to use an entire table for this shrine, but if space is an issue, you can create it in a corner of your dresser top, on a shelf, or on the mantle over your fireplace. Regardless, put it in a place where it can be left undisturbed, so that the spirits of your ancestors may gather there, and you can take time to meditate and honor them without having to move stuff around every time someone needs to use the table.

Also, bear in mind that you can honor anyone you like in this shrine. If you have a deceased pet or friend, go ahead and include them. Someone doesn’t have to be a blood relative to be part of our spiritual ancestry.

Make the Space Special

First, do a physical cleaning of the space. After all, you wouldn’t invite Aunt Gertrude to sit in a dirty chair, would you? Dust the table top or shelf and clear it of any items that are not related to your shrine. If you like, you can consecrate the space as sacred, by saying something like:

I dedicate this space to those
whose blood runs through me.
My fathers and mothers,
my guides and guardians,
and those whose spirits
helped to shape me.
 

As you do this, smudge the area with sage or sweetgrass, or asperge with consecrated water. If your tradition requires it, you may wish to consecrate the space with all four elements.

Finally, add an altar cloth of some sort to help welcome the ancestors. In some Eastern religions, a red cloth is always used. In some Celtic-based paths, it is believed that a fringe on the altar cloth helps tie your spirit to those of your ancestors.

Welcome Your Fathers and Mothers

There are different types of ancestors, and which ones you choose to include are up to you. There are our blood ancestors, who are the people from whom we directly descend — parents, grandparents, etc. There are also archetypical ancestors, who represent the place that our clan and family came from. Some people also choose to honor the ancestors of the land — the spirits of the place you are now — as a way of thanking them. Finally, there are our spiritual ancestors — those who we may not be tied to by blood or marriage, but who we claim as family nonetheless.

Start by selecting photos of your ancestors. Choose pictures that have meaning for you — and if the photos happen to have the living in them as well as the dead, that’s okay. Arrange the photos on your altar so that you can see all of them at once.

If you don’t have a photo to represent an ancestor, you can use an item that belonged to him or her. If you’re placing someone on your altar who lived prior to the mid-1800s, chances are good there’s no photograph existing. Instead, use an item that may have been the person’s — a piece of jewelry, a dish that’s part of your family heirloom set, a family Bible, etc.

You can also use symbols of your ancestors. If your family is from Scotland, you can use a kilt pin or a length of plaid to represent your clan. If you come from a family of craftsmen, use an item designed or created to symbolize your family’s artisanship.

Finally, you can add a genealogy sheet or family tree to the shrine. If you have in your possesssion the ashes of a departed loved one, add those as well.

Tying It All Together

Once you have everything in your shrine that represents your ancestors, consider adding a few other items. Some people like to add votive candles, so they can light them while meditating. You may wish to add a cauldron or cup to symbolize the womb of the Earth Mother. You can also add a symbol of your spirituality — a pentagram, ankh, or some other representation of your beliefs.

Some people leave food offerings on their altars as well, so that their ancestors can partake of a meal with the family.

Use the altar when you perform a Samhain ancestor meditation or a ritual to honor the ancestors.