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The Witches Digest for Wednesday, October 25th (Horoscopes)


The Witches Digest for Wednesday, October 25th

(Daily Horoscopes & Divination)

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, October 25th

Claire Petulengro

From The Astrology Room


ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Current aspects tell me that you are disappointed close ones are not supporting you as they said they would. Talking not shouting is the best way to deal with them. You’ll feel the bigger person if you stick to this tact.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
This week you have not just one, but several pieces of important news coming your way. You start to see that you have been doing what others told you to and not what was in your own heart and head.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Resist the temptation to make changes for the sake of it. You would be far better to stick to what you had planned and to tie up loose ends, than you would starting new projects.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
You feel as if you’re running out of time, but certain close ones still need time to get used to the ideas you’re pushing upon them. A great week to take tests or to build bridges.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Sometimes you need to take a departure from what you’re doing in order to get inspiration. Today is such a day, but you may have trouble trying to get out of a family commitment. Meet them halfway for a happy medium.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
You feel the urge to make changes, but careful you’re not making them for the sake of it. Wouldn’t it be better for you to make a mental list of your priorities before you start getting rid of the good with the bad?

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
Last week you could not see the wood for the trees so to speak. However today Saturn offers you the gift of clear thinking and you begin to feel like a better version of you.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Something which didn’t work out last year is given a second chance by someone you didn’t even think was on your side. Relax, you’ve worked hard over the last few months and those who watched have noticed this fact. Ring now to excel where you’ve failed.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Close ones have not been as supportive as you had hoped they would be, but with the delicate line up which has affected us all this month, they are likely to have been more involved in their own dramatics.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
You’re pushing away the very person you wanted to get closer to. If you keep testing them then they may decide to test you, so careful what games you decide to play Capricorn.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Legal dealings or official worries can be turned around in your favour, if you keep honesty to the fore. We both know that you prefer to have all cards laid out on the table anyway. Ring now to hear which signs finally ready to commit.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
You know what needs to be done, you just don’t seem to know how to go about it. Taking time out this week for reflection makes you realise you have to do things your way.

Your Daily Love Horoscopes for Wednesday, October 25th

By Marie Desimone


General Horoscope

Everything seems to be functioning as it should today, without unnecessary drama. Nevertheless, the ambitious Capricorn Moon motivates us to set priorities, make a plan and do whatever it takes to reach our goals. Although it’s not difficult to find a groove and stay on track now, we still need to be on the lookout for subtle curve balls being thrown our way from invisible realms. Exercising free will counterbalances being at the whims of fate.



Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19

Setting your sites on a distant destination can be an act of faith for many people. But you are so determined to reach your goal now that you spend more time collecting information and creating a strategy than is necessary. Of course, being well-prepared increases the likelihood of a favorable outcome, but your atypical behavior is puzzling to those who know you well. Don’t waste energy worrying about anyone else’s analysis of your efforts today. The only one who you need to prove anything to is you.



Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20

Although you are driven to honor a high ethical standard, your need for practicality might tempt you to soften your stance now. Searching for the truth can be a fulltime job, especially if you decide to leave no stone unturned until you find the answers to all your questions. But sometimes, fulfilling basic needs becomes so urgent that you must let your idealism slide. Don’t be too hard on yourself during this temporary state of affairs. Robert Tew wrote, “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”



Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20

Finishing a job is easier than it looks today. Nevertheless, you’re still subject to your all-too-familiar attraction to variety. Fortunately, you can perform a bit of magic now by asking structured Saturn for help. Set a timer when you start a task and every time you are distracted, bring your attention back to the clock. This simple practice helps to set an efficient rhythm to your work. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Concentration is the secret of strength.”



Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22

You can make extraordinary gains on a major project today, especially if you remain open to receiving assistance from your peers. It’s not that you are dependent on others; it’s just that a simple nudge or a bit of well-timed advice is more significant than you realize. Naturally, you must do your part by committing to a schedule and working hard to meet your deadlines. Your exemplary example sets the tone for everyone else. Hal Elrod wrote, “The moment you take responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you can change anything in your life.”



Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22

Scheduling your activities carefully so you can meet all your commitments is a smart strategy. But you could add so much structure to your day that you’re constantly thinking about what you need to do next, rather than being present in the moment. People notice a change in your attitude today and might even think you are micro-managing everything. Gaining efficiency is an admirable goal but not at the expense of meaningful human connections. Over-planning kills the magic of spontaneity and the joy of surprise.



Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22

There may be so much happening in your life now that it’s challenging to focus on one thing at a time. Your performance at a routine task feels empty today, even if your coworkers appreciate your effort. You want your creativity to be acknowledged, not just your hard work. Unfortunately, finding your productive groove might prove to be a simpler task than maintaining it throughout the day, requiring extra concentration on your part. Consistency is your friend.



Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22

Your self-confidence is the only necessary ingredient to start a project, and your growing enthusiasm even motivates others to care about your cause. Naturally, you like the idea of collaboration, but you might find it particularly taxing to work with anyone else now. Sometimes, embarking on a course of action excludes outside assistance, especially if you’re not sure yet where you want to end up. Businesswoman Anne Sweeney said, “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”



Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21

You are caught in an unusual dilemma of your own making today. You know you’re on a positive track that’s leading you to a successful conclusion of a job well done. But you can’t seem to escape a handful of self-limiting beliefs that impede your progress. It is said that working smarter is more productive than working harder. Part of your current intelligence is the wisdom to relinquish some aspect of the past, which, in turn, allows you to release old behavior patterns that are no longer of use. Don’t overthink, just let it go.



Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21

You’re not in the mood to share your goals with anyone today. You prefer everyone to think that all your efforts are going toward more immediate concerns. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to take your mind off your future now, since you know that every move you make is part of a long-term trajectory. Unfortunately, the amount of cerebral energy you use to keep your deep-rooted truth a secret is a greater burden than describing it. Revealing your dreams inspires others to do the same.



Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19

Although you’re willing to discuss your plans today, you might keep a few parts of your overall strategy under wraps. You want to engage in conversations that could spark new ideas, but your cautious nature won’t allow you to give away any trade secrets. You are a champion at calculating the best odds and you’re not interested in reducing your chances for success now by encouraging any serious competition. Economist Michael Porter wrote, “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.”



Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18

You have unused skills and undeveloped talents that can elevate your standing in your career. However, you’re in no hurry to bring out these secret weapons yet. You believe that you only get one chance at making your impression on those who could help you professionally — and you’re willing to exercise your self-restraint while you continue to sharpen the tools in your toolbox. Joyce Meyer wrote, “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”



Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20

Oftentimes, you set a goal and figure out your plan while you’re already in motion. You Fish like to zig-zag back and forth as you wiggle your way closer and closer to your loosely defined destination that gains clarity as you approach it. However, your modus operandi is radically different today as you rely on a detailed itinerary that you have already created and revised many times. Your advanced preparation will serve you well now, clearing the way for your steady progress until you reach your dreams. is Part of the Daily Insight Group ©2017

If Today is Your Birthday: October 25


Your appetite for life and experience is big, but you also know that you have to work to achieve all that you want. Although your emotions run deep, you are a practical person with a sound mind and intelligent outlook. You are charismatic, original, and your interests are many and varied. Your sense of humor is sarcastic. Seldom afraid of a challenge, your approach to problems is to embrace them and then conquer them! You are charismatic, bold, and intelligent.


Famous people born today: Glenn Tipton, Marion Ross, Pablo Picasso, Jon Anderson, Minnie Pearl, Katy Perry.

Get A Jump on Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, October 26th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From the Astrology Room


ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Your life is so very different from how it was this time last year. You feel so much more confident in who you are and where you are going. The return of someone to your circle gives you much to think about and consider.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
This is a really good day to take steps to give up any bad habits and to move in new directions. Someone you thought was a good influence, has actually turned out to be a bad one.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
The pressure is on in your house of work and I see that competition is fierce. Be true to who you are and don’t do anything which may later be deemed as underhand my friend.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
The stars line up to push you into the arms of those who can easily lead you astray. Don’t lose sight of who you are, but also recognise that you are testing your limits and if anything, this week is sure to prove an interesting one.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Your close ones are only acting as they are because they want to see how far you would go for them. You have made some empty promises and it’s important you to live up to them today.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
Mars has been making it hard for you to tell the difference between fact and fiction. You would be wise not to make any major decisions today, but rather enjoy what you have recently finished to your satisfaction.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
Confused feelings have led to you feeling unsure what to do. Maybe if you stopped looking to everyone else for advice and asked yourself what you want your standards to be, then you’d be happier?

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
The stars line up to help you better understand why family acted the way they did recently. You may even find it in your heart to forgive! And this all goes to show what a long way you have come my friend.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
We have all done things we regret Sagittarius. The only difference is that you’re having trouble admitting you made a mistake. Doing so today helps you move on quickly and painlessly.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
Try not to say negative things about the decisions your close ones have made. You may be better to leave them to learn their own lessons, or you could end up becoming the scape goat.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
You finally get the chance to catch up with those you have not had chance to speak to for a while. You learn information which can and help you find peace over something you’ll soon see, was not your fault.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Information you gather over the course of the next few days help you to see with clarity what you need to do professionally and financially. Gossip must be ignored tonight. I see that someone is trying to get a reaction from you.

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The Witches Digest for Wednesday, October 25th (Witches Guide to Wednesday)

The Witches Guide to Wednesday, October 25th

(The Witches Guide to Wednesdays)

Today is Wednesday, October 25th


Wednesday is the day of the Teutonic deity known as Wodin or Odin, an aspect of the Allfather, god of knowledge, wisdom, enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes, the planet Mercury.

Deity: Woden

Zodiac Sign: Gemini & Virgo

Planet: Mercury

Tree: Ash

Herb: Cinquefoil

Stone: Emerald & Sardonyx

Animal: Raven & Cat

Element: Air

Color: Red & Blue

Number: 6

Rune: Odal(O)


Celtic Tree Month of Gort(Ivy) – September 30 – October 27

Runic Half-Month of Wyn(joy) – October 13 – October 27

Goddess of the Month of Hathor – October 3 – October 30



The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Wednesday, October 25th, We Celebrate the Goddess Freyja


Goddess of Abundance, Fertility and War

Freya was the sister of the god Freyr, and was one of the Vanir, the Norse deities of earth and water that lived in Asgard. Venerated by women, heroes and rulers alike, she was the Scandinavian goddess of fertility and abundance. Freyja could be called upon for assistance in childbirth and conception, to aid with marital problems, or to bestow fruitfulness upon the land and sea.

In some traditions, she is known not only as Freyr’s sister but his wife as well.

Like Freyr, she is associated with material wealth. She was known to wear a magnificent necklace called Brisingamen, which represents the fire of the sun, and was said to weep tears of gold. In the Norse Eddas, Freyja is not only a goddess of fertility and wealth, but also of war and battle. In fact, she is the lady of the hall of the battle-fallen in Valhalla. While some have theorized that she was the leader of the Valkyries, the Eddas don’t specifically identify her as such. She also has connections to magic and divination.


Daniel McCoy, who runs the excellent Norse Mythology for Smart People website, says Freyja is “considered to be something of the “party girl” of the Aesir. In one of the Eddic poems, for example, Loki accuses Freya (probably accurately) of having slept with all of the gods and elves, including her brother. She’s certainly a passionate seeker after pleasures and thrills, but she’s a lot more than only that.


Freya is the archetype of the völva, a professional or semiprofessional practitioner of seidr, the most organized form of Norse magic. It was she who first brought this art to the gods, and, by extension, to humans as well. Given her expertise in controlling and manipulating the desires, health, and prosperity of others, she’s a being whose knowledge and power are almost without equal.”


Freyja was similar to Frigg, the chief goddess of the Aesir, which was the Norse race of sky deities. Both were connected with childrearing, and could take on the aspect of a bird. Freyja owned a magical cloak of hawk’s feathers, which allowed her to transform at will. This cloak is given to Frigg in some of the Eddas.


In The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe, Dr. Hilda Ellis Davidson says, “Most of the goddesses who became the wives of the gods came from the underworld, and were said to be the daughters of giants. The greatest of the goddesses was Freyja, sister of Freyr and daughter of Njord; she is a goddess of many names, and may originally have been the same as Frigg, the wife of Odin, since elsewhere in Germanic tradition we hear only of one goddess, Frigga, who was the wife of the sky god.”

Honoring Freyja Today

You may want to make offerings to Freyja if you’re doing workings related to your love life – especially if it has a sexual component. Honey, chocolate, and other sexy foods are a good start, but you also can include a song, prayer, or poem in her honor.


In some traditions, Freyja is called upon for protection – especially if you’ve been in a domestic violence situation. Qarinth is a Pagan from Tucson who says, “I was in a relationship with someone who hurt me, not just physically, but emotionally.


I connected rather unexpectedly with Freyja when I was trying to work through it all, and she’s really the one who gave me the strength and courage to get out and move forward with my life. I made an offering of blood to her, and while I don’t know if that’s what she specifically wanted, it felt right at the time and she accepted it, and looked after me when I needed her the most.”


Finally, you can set up a shrine to Freyja in your home – decorate your altar with symbols of femininity and strength, in whatever manner resonates with you.


Patti Wigington
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Wednesday’s Conjuring


Wednesday – is associated with Mercury

Candle colors – Purple

Magickal Conjuring for the Day: Mastery, Domination Work, Wisdom, Healing, Dealing with Legal problems.

—Starr Casas, Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies

The Magickal Day of Wednesday


Wednesday is named for Woden himself, although the Romans called it dies Mercurii. This is a day associated with the color purple, the planet Mercury, and the metal quicksilver – which is also called mercury. See a pattern here?

When it comes to deities… yes, Mercury! However, there are a few other gods associated with Wednesday, including Odin and Hermes, Athena, and Lugh. Gemstones like adventurine and agate come in handy as well, as do plants such as aspen trees, lilies, lavender and even ferns.

Business and job-related issues, communication, loss and debt, traveling, and journeys are all tied in to Wednesday. This is a good day to do a working to open up lines of communication – especially if your own actions are preventing you from being an effective speaker or listener. Go someplace new or return to an old favorite stomping ground, step up your game, and settle up your accounts.

The Witches Guide to Wednesday


Be bold and daring today! Expand your knowledge of the Craft by working with the planetary energies of Mercury on this multifaceted day of the week. Consider the Greco-Roman gods Mercury and Hermes and all of the many lessons they have for you. Embrace change and movement, and work on your communication techniques. Conjure up a little good luck for yourself with that Mercury dime spell. Call on Athena to inspire you to try magickal arts and crafts and to be more creative in your own spellwork and witchery.

Meditate on Odin and see what you can discover about him. I wonder what sort of fabulous and fascinating magickal wisdom you will uncover? Odin is a shaman, after all; he may appear in many guises and faces. I guarantee that he will make you laugh at yourself before he is through with you, but you will learn. It’s up to you what you do with that knowledge. Will you let it shapeshift into wisdom?

Wednesday is the wild and wily day of the week, so try to go with the flow; don’t fight the quirky energies of the day. Most importantly, follow your heart, and always keep a good sense of humor, because of Wednesdays you will really need it.


Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

Daily Magickal Applications for Wednesday


To the Romans, this day was called Dies Mercurii, or “Mercury’s day” Mercury was a popular character in the Roman pantheon. A messenger of the gods, he presided over commerce, trade, and anything that required skill or dexterity. The Celts also worshiped Mercury and eventually equated him with the Norse god Odin (some spelling variations on this name include Wotan, Wodin, and Wodan). In Norse mythologies, Odin, like Mercury, is associated with poetry and music. Interestingly enough, both Odin and Mercury were regarded as psychopomps, or the leaders of souls, in their individual mythologies.

Odin, one of the main gods in Norse mythology, was constantly seeking wisdom. He traveled the world in disguise as a one-eyed man with a long gray beard, wearing an old, beat-up hat and carrying a staff or a spear (which brings to my mind images of Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings). In the Old English language, this day of Mercury evolved into Wodnes daeg, “Woden’s day,” or Wednesday.

Wednesday carries all of the planetary and magickal energies and associations of the witty and nimble god Mercury himself. Some of these mercurial traits included good communication skills, cleverness, intelligence, creativity, business sense, writing, artistic talent, trickiness, and thievery. And don’t forget all of those wise and enigmatic qualities associated with the Norse god Odin/Wodin, not to mention the goddess Athena’s contributions of music, the arts, handmade crafts, and writing. Wednesdays afford excellent opportunities for seeking wisdom, changing your circumstances, and improving your skills, be they in trade and commerce, music and art, or in communication and writing.


Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, October 25th

St. Crispin’s Day

Waxing Moon

Moon Phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Capricorn

Incense: Lavender

Color: Yellow

Correspondences for Wednesday, January 25th

Dedicated to the Teutonic god Woden or Odin, an aspect of the “All-Father” god of knowledge wisdom enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes.

Element : Air

Planet: Mercury

Zodiac Sign : Virgo / Gemini

Angel : Raphael

Metal : Mercury

Incense / Perfumes : Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea

Oil: Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender

Color : Red, Orange, Light Blue

Stones : Bloodstone,Garnet, Aventurine, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite

Plants/Herbs : Almond, Anise, Cherry, Clover, Dandelion, Dill, Fern, Hazel, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lilac, Mace, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vervain

Magick to Work: the conscious mind, study, travel, divination, consulting oracles, wisdom, communication ,cleverness, contracts, creativity, information, intellect, memory, erception, science, wisdom, writing

Mercury’s Energy


*Notes: perform on a Wednesday and/or during the waxing Moon with the Full Moon being strongest. An orange or violet candle is associated with any magick cast on this day.

Day: Wednesday

Color: Orange, violet, multicolored, pale yellow

Metal: Quicksilver, alloys.

Stones: Carnelian, fire opal, agate

Plants: Anise, caraway , cassia, club mosss, dittany of Crete, lavender, licorice, parsley, sandalwood, storax

Rules: Gemini, Virgo

Oils: Lavender, lemon, lily of valley, nutmeg, sandalwood, styrax, vervain

Rituals Involving: Intellect, memory, science, creativity, business, magickal conjuration, divination, prediction, eloquence, gift of tongues, speed, speech, writing, poetry, inspiration, improvement of mind power, healing of nervous disorders.

Physical Chant for Mercury:

Magick, the Arts, success on my trade,
Business wisdom and divination,
These gifts I would gain for my physical growth
And to help in my conjurations.


Dancing with Dragons, Invoking Their Ageless Wisdom and Power
D. J. Conway, Author

The Witches Magick for October 25th – A Spell that is Bittersweet

This spell is made to help you pick up the pieces and get on with life after love has died, however hard this may be. Cast when the moon is waning, or in the first day or two of a new moon. The spell calls for a root of bittersweet, or woody nightshade. This is toxic and should be treated with great care. Spellcasters who do not wish to use it, may prefer to use a substitute.

You will need:
A photograph of your former lover
A fireproof dish
A root of bittersweet
A red velvet bag (velvet is best, but another cloth can be used)


Put the photograph in the fireproof dish and set it alight. As it burns, see all the pain you have experienced flowing from you, marrying with the
smoke and vanishing into the ether. As they drift off say some suitable words, such as:

Leave my heart and set me free.
Please take all pain away from me.
As my love now burns to dust,
Help me make the moves I must.
And let it be done, that it harm no one.

Continue repeating the words until the picture has burned to ashes. Now, very carefully take the bittersweet in your hands and hold it against your solar plexus. Visualize your residual negative feelings flowing into the root. When you feel that it now contains all these emotions, very gently touch your forehead with the charged root as a way of indicating that bad feelings have gone and have been replaced by good ones.

Finish by wrapping the root and the ashes of the paper in the red bag, and next time you are going to be a distance away from home, take it with you and bury it. As you do so, bring a picture of your old lover to mind and take a minute or two to send thoughts of friendship and peace to him or her.

Ritual To Celebrate the Cycle of Life and Death

Samhain is a time like no other, in that we can watch as the earth literally dies for the season. Leaves fall from the trees, the crops have gone brown, and the land once more becomes a desolate place. However, at Samhain, when we take the time to remember the dead, we can take time to contemplate this endless cycle of life, death, and eventual rebirth.

For this ritual, you’ll want to decorate your altar with symbols of life and death.

You’ll want to have on hand a white candle and a black one, as well as black, red, and white ribbon in equal lengths (one set for each participant). Finally, you’ll need a few sprigs of rosemary.

Perform this rite outside if at all possible. If you normally cast a circle, do so now. Say:

Samhain is here, and it is a time of transitions.
The winter approaches, and the summer dies.
This is the time of the Dark Mother,
a time of death and of dying.
This is the night of our ancestors
and of the Ancient Ones.

Place the rosemary on the altar. If you are doing this as a group ceremony, pass it around the circle before placing on the altar. Say:

Rosemary is for remembrance,
and tonight we remember those who have
lived and died before us,
those who have crossed through the veil,
those who are no longer with us.
We will remember.

Turn to the north, and say:

The north is a place of cold,
and the earth is silent and dark.
Spirits of the earth, we welcome you,
knowing you will envelope us in death.

Turn to face the east, and say:

The east is a land of new beginnings,
the place where breath begins.
Spirits of air, we call upon you,
knowing you will be with us as we depart life.

Face south, saying:

The south is a land of sunlight and fire,
and your flames guide us through the cycles of life.
Spirits of fire, we welcome you,
knowing you will transform us in death.

Finally, turn to face the west, and say:

The west is a place of underground rivers,
and the sea is a never-ending, rolling tide.
Spirits of water, we welcome you,
knowing you will carry us
through the ebbs and flows of our life.

Light the black candle, saying:

The Wheel of the Year turns once more,
and we cycle into darkness.

Next, light the white candle, and say:

At the end of that darkness comes light.
And when it arrives, we will celebrate once more.

Each person takes a set of ribbons — one white, one black, and one red. Say:

White for life, black for death,
red for rebirth.
We bind these strands together
remembering those we have lost.

Each person should then braid or knot their three ribbons together. As you do so, focus on the memories of those you have lost in your life.

While everyone is braiding or knotting, say:

Please join me in chanting as you work your energy and love into your cords:

As the corn will come from grain,
All that dies will rise again.
As the seeds grow from the earth,
We celebrate life, death and rebirth.

Finally, ask everyone to take their knotted ribbons home with them and place them on their personal altar if they have one. That way, they can be reminded of their loved ones each time they pass by.

Note: Rosemary is used in this rite because although it seems to go dormant over the winter, if you keep it in a pot you’ll get new growth in the spring. If there’s another plant you’d rather use, feel free.


Patti Wigington
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Samhain Ritual to Honor the Forgotten Dead

As Samhain rolls around and the veil grows thin each year, many people in the Pagan community take the opportunity to hold rituals honoring the dead. This may take the form of setting up an altar to honor the ancestors, or to hold a vigil for those who have crossed over in the past year. In general, we’re pretty good about remembering those who have touched us, whether they were family of the blood or of the spirit.

However, there’s one group that is typically overlooked at this time of year. It’s the people who passed through the veil with no one to mourn them, no one to remember their names, no loved ones left behind to sing their names with honor.

Think of the people out there, not just in your community, but around the country who are buried with no headstone, because there was no one to pay for a marker. Consider the old woman in a nursing home or care center, who died with no children or nieces and nephews to bid her farewell in the final moments. What about the homeless veteran who used to panhandle on your city’s streets, who one day just stopped showing up at the corner, and is now buried in an unmarked plot with dozens of others just like him? How about the children who are lost, for whatever reasons, in our world, and die alone, whether by violence or neglect or illness? What about those who were once remembered, but now their gravestones lie untended and ignored?

These are the people that this ritual honors. These are the ones whose spirits we honor, even when we do not know their names. This ritual can be performed by a solitary practitioner or a group. Keep in mind that while you can perform this rite as a standalone ritual, it also works well being incorporated in at the end of your other Samhain rituals.

You will need a collection of candles in colors and sizes of your choice – each will represent a group of forgotten people. If there’s someone specific you know of, who died alone, choose a candle to represent that person as well. For this sample ritual, we’ll use a candle for men, one for women, and another for children, but you can group people in any way that works for you.

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now. Even if your tradition doesn’t require it, it’s a good idea to have designated sacred space of some sort for this ritual, because you’re going to be inviting the dead to stand outside and watch you. You can do a simple delineation of the circle with string, birdseed, salt, or other markers. Another alternative is to simply create sacred space around the participants. Or, you can do a full-on circle casting like this one: How to Cast a Circle

Decorate your altar as you normally would for Samhain, and include the collection of unlit candles in a prominent position. Safety tip: put the smaller ones at the front, and the taller ones behind them, so there’s less chance of you setting your own sleeve on fire as you light them.

Particularly if you’re doing this during the Samhain season, there’s a lot of activity crossing back and forth over the veil, so it’s a good idea to take a moment to meditate and get grounded before you begin.

When you’re ready to start, say:

Now is the season of Samhain. It is the season of our ancestors, of our glorious dead, of those who have fallen and crossed over the veil from this world to the next. This is a time for us to honor them and pay tribute.
Tonight, in the darkness, under this starry sky, we remember those who were forgotten. Tonight we memorialize you, the unknown, the unloved, the unwanted of our world. Whoever you may have been in life, tonight, now, in death, you are ours as you watch from the other side, at least for a little while.

Light the first candle, representing the group of your choice. Again, for purposes of this ritual, we’ll assign this candle to the women:

Women who were lost to us, how did you pass? Were you old and alone, crossing over with no one but your own ghosts to keep you company? Were you young and healthy, taken from us unexpectedly, your crossing as much a surprise to you as to anyone else? Does your body lie in a cold office somewhere, waiting to be claimed? Or do you lie under the stars tonight, in a field or a forest where you’ll never be seen? Forgotten women, your spirits are with us tonight, watching us from outside the circle. We remember you, and want you to know you are honored. You are remembered.

Light the second candle, for the second group you are honoring:

Men who were lost to us, how did you pass? Did you die in a strange place, far from your family and friends, lost to everyone but your own demons? Were you in the prime of your life, or creeping along against the ravages of old age, watching as disease and neglect took their toll upon you? Are you buried in an unmarked plot in a potter’s field somewhere, or do you lie under these glorious stars tonight? Forgotten men, your spirits are with us tonight, watching us from outside the circle. We remember you, and want you to know you are honored. You are remembered.

Light the next candle, for additional groups you may be honoring:

Sweet children, crossed over from this world to the next. Your lives were far too short, for whatever reason, and you left us before you grew. On the other side, perhaps there is a mother to hold you when you need to feel loved, a father to comfort you when you are afraid, a big brother or sister to guide you on your journey. Wherever you may lie, and whether you were big or very, very small, your spirits are with us tonight, watching us from outside the circle. We remember you, and want you to know you are honored. You are remembered.

All of you, women, men, children… you may have crossed over unnoticed when you left this world, but for now, you are remembered. You are unforgotten. You are honored by us this night of Samhain, and if it helps you along your journey, then so may it be. Know that this night, you are with us in memory and spirit. Know that you are no longer the lost and unreachable dead.

Take a moment to meditate on what you have just said. See if you can feel the presence of the lost ones as you stand at your altar. You may notice a distinct shift in the energy you’re feeling, and that’s normal. It’s also why this next part of the ritual is very important: you’ve invited them to watch you, and now you need to send them on their way.

Spirits, guests from the place beyond, it is time. We have honored you and celebrated your names, though we may not have known you in life. Now is the time for you to move on. Go back to the places from which you came, to the places in which you belong as one of our beloved dead. Go back, knowing that this night, you were honored and remembered. Go back across the veil, and remain in that world. You will not be forgotten again, and we will honor you with our memories. Farewell, rest easy, and may the coming parts of your journey be worthy of you.

Take a few minutes to get yourself centered. End the ritual in whichever way you normally do, breaking down the sacred space. Extinguish the candles, and offer a quick final blessing of farewell to each group as the smoke drifts away into the night.


Patti Wigington
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A Pagan Blessing for the Dead

Choose four participants. One carries a rock, representing the earth, and stands to the North. One carries a feather, representing Air, and stands to the East. Another stands to the South, carrying a candle or some incense to represent Fire. A fourth can hold a cup of Water to the West — if you’re fortunate enough to hold your ritual near an ocean or river, use that to represent Water. On your altar, in the center of the circle, place a picture or some other memento of the person you are saying goodbye to.

Form a circle, and call upon the elements. Invite the powers of the four directions to come watch over you. Stand in the center and say:

Take me now, take me now
for to face the Summerlands*.
By the earth and wind and the fire and rain
I’m on my way,remember me.

Turn to the North and say:

Take me now back to the earth
from which we spring and then return.
I shall cross over, now it is my turn.
I am not afraid Remember me.

Repeat this verse, turning to each of the four directions. Substitute the different elements where appropriate.

Finally, touch each family member with your athame as you say the following:

Blood of my blood
Bone of my bone
Flesh of my flesh
Keep my soul alive
I will live on
Within your hearts
I am not afraid
Remember me

If you have ashes for the deceased, you may wish to scatter them at this time. Take a moment to reflect on the good memories you have of your departed friend or family member.

*If your particular tradition believes we go to some other place after death, feel free to substitute the appropriate place name for “Summerlands.” If you’re not sure where we end up, you can simply say “the other side.”


Patti Wigington
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The Witches Digest for Wednesday, October 25th (Astronomy)

The Witches Digest for Wednesday, October 25th


Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Wednesday, October 25th

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 90.91° E
Sun Altitude: -19.38°
Sun Distance: 92.427 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 7:11 am↑ 105° East
Sunset Today: 6:04 pm↑ 255° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 52 minutes


The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 29.40° NNE
Moon Altitude: -70.83°
Moon Distance: 251708 mi
Next Full Moon: Nov 4, 201712:22 am
Next New Moon: Nov 18, 20175:42 am
Next Moonrise: Today12:16 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 27.5%


The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Oct 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm
(Next Phase)
New Moon: Oct 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm
(Previous Phase)


Overview of Your Daily Astronomy for Wednesday, October 25th

The Moon is in Capricorn all day, harmonizing with the Sun, Jupiter, and Neptune. With the emotional Moon in this practical sign, we look for ways to make us feel more secure and in control of our lives. While we may be focusing on practical affairs, we also have opportunities to draw upon our inner wisdom and intuition to understand what’s happening around us. Previously hidden or unacknowledged talents may emerge now because we need them. This combination encourages our ambitions and resourcefulness.

The Sun and Jupiter are moving towards a conjunction, exact tomorrow afternoon, stimulating positive visions of the future and a sense of new hope.

Moon in Capricorn


The Moon is traveling through Capricorn today. Make a list of goals. Work overtime. Climb higher. Don’t sulk.

We become aware of the need for structure and planning ahead with a Capricorn Moon. We are instinctively aware of the limitations of time and motivated by a desire for success. Achievement and manifestation are more important to us now. We are resourceful and don’t want to waste time, energy, or resources. This can be a somewhat sober influence, but it can also be a productive time when we look reality in the eye.

The Moon in Capricorn generally favors the following activities: Long-term activities that yield slow but steady results, practical undertakings, career issues, making a business plan, practical investments.

The Sky This Week for October 25 to 29

A great horse, a bright asteroid, and more grace the sky overhead this week.
By Michael E. Bakich

Wednesday, October 25
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 10:24 a.m. EDT. It then lies 251,751 miles (405,154 kilometers) from Earth’s center.

Thursday, October 26

Jupiter is in conjunction with the Sun. It now lies on the opposite side of our daytime star from our perspective. It will become visible in morning twilight in mid-November.

Friday, October 27

First Quarter Moon arrives at 6:22 p.m. EDT. Our satellite rises in the southeast around 2 p.m. local daylight time, but it doesn’t become prominent until the Sun sets shortly after 6 p.m. (The Moon then lies due south and about one-third of the way to the zenith.) After darkness falls, the Moon’s half-lit orb appears in northeastern Sagittarius, to the upper left of that constellation’s conspicuous Teapot asterism.

Saturday, October 28

If you live in the southern tier of states, you might be able to glimpse Mercury as October ends. The innermost planet shines brightly enough — magnitude –0.4. The problem is that it rises only a couple degrees above the west-southwestern horizon 30 minutes after sunset. Use binoculars first, then, if you observe Mercury, see if you also can spot it with your naked eyes.

Sunday, October 29

Asteroid 7 Iris glows at magnitude 6.9 as it reaches opposition and peak visibility tonight. Iris lies within one binocular field of Aries the Ram’s brightest star, magnitude 2.0 Hamal (Alpha Arietis). This area stands high in the east by midevening. The best way to find Iris is to look 1.5° south of Hamal and 1° south of the star Kappa Arietis, which glows at magnitude 5.0. To confirm a sighting, sketch the star field with Alpha, Kappa, and several stars south of them. Return a night or two later and identify the point of light that changed position. That “star” is Iris.


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The Witches Current Moon Phase for Wednesday, October 25th

Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 28%

The 5 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Phase Details for – Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 28%
Moon Age: 5.22 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 405,309.42 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,719,373.11 km


The Waxing Crescent Moon

Magick performed on the waxing crescent moon is very similar to the waxing gibbous moon (they are both in the waxing or increase phase) and indeed you don’t have to pay attention to the distinction between them if you choose not to, but you should be aware that the closer the moon comes to being full, the more powerful it’s increasing potency becomes. This can be useful to know because sometimes we all have the luxury to wait a few days until after the half gibbous moon has passed into the more powerful phase, the waxing gibbous phase. With rituals that require less lunar potency or are the first in a line of several consecutive rituals that lead up to the full moon, you can confidently use this phase of the moon. For example, a healing performed to ease a cold or mild chronic illness can easily be started during the waxing crescent phase of the moon. However, a more serious illness would be better served during the waxing gibbous phase.

Ideally, with some minor examples, nearly all magick would be best divided out between the full or new moon, but this is such a short period of time each month, that we delegate certain phases to certain less important tasks. However, remember two things. For very serious illnesses the full (for healing the illness) or black (for banishing the illness) moons are the best choices, but they are not always necessary for more minor problems. Also the time does come sometimes when we have no choice but to do ritual work during incompatible times. In emergency cases, don’t let bad timing stop you. Use other Nature Correspondences or the other types of magick (Mental or Spiritual Magick) to offset your lack of timing.


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