Your Ancient Symbol Card for October 30th is The Green Man

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Green Man



Where the Green Man appears the mystery and untamed energy of nature abounds. The Green Man indicates the presence of choices and powers that have not been muted by civilization. The Green Man represents the antithesis of technology and industrialization. He offers primal energies veiled in mystery and derived from the spirit of nature in its purest form.

As a daily card, The Green Man indicates you are in a place where you will be well served by exploring your place in the natural world. At the moment the wisdom that will serve you best cannot be found in books or on talk shows or extracted from today’s headlines. What’s called for is an affirmation of your place in the natural world.

Your Influences for the Week of October 30th

Your Influences for the Week of October 30th

 

Tarot Influence

The Queen of Wands Reversed

Vengence and domination, possibly unfaithfulness and deceit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Cancer

Creativity and a love of home are the key elements of Cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Air

Air denotes freedom and the ability to transcent the mundane. You may be, or may soon experience a spiritual or secular liberation.

 

 

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for October 30 is The Emperor

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today

The Emperor



The Emperor is blessed with the skills to successfully lead others. He can turn chaos into order and provide structure to that which is unbound. He is quick of mind and confident in his power and right to rule, and does so in a just manner. Although stern by nature, he truly is the ultimate father figure. He will provide as needed, teach those with unanswered questions, protect the vulnerable, set and maintain boundaries. His perfect world runs on schedule and is free of any disturbances. What the Emperor must be wary of is setting boundaries and rules where none are needed. If he isn’t careful not to over use his powers he may well become a tyrant.

Tarot Card of the Day for October 30th is

Tarot Card of the Day

Two of Pentacles


This suit, most often named “Coins” or “Pentacles”, is a symbol for a magical talisman that represented wealth or potential. This suit represents something supportive that is available to you — whether it be health, some kind of talent, or a material or financial resource.

The Two in this suit generally features a youth juggling, with two coins juggled in figure-eight fashion, or just the coins without the youth — one heads up, the other tails — both flipping in the air. It is clear that until one or the other coin drops, the final call can not be made; there is more to learn before a decision can be made about appropriate action.

This card counsels patience, so do not allow yourself to be rushed. The figure-eight image is a symbol of immortality and eternity. Its message is “No need to hurry. You have all the time you need to work this out, no matter how things appear right now.” Implied within this scenario is the idea that changes are in the works, but you will do better to stay calm until you have more information. Everything is in flux at a time like this.

 

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Get A Jump on Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, October 31

Get A Jump on Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, October 31

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Mars pushes you to say things you would normally think but never say. You begin to understand that by bringing everything out into the open, everyone will have the chance to be more honest about what they want.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
You’re trying to make sense of what you want, but things you have recently heard have left your heart and head in a spin. Don’t be pushed into what you don’t want but instead insist on having more time.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
You will find this week that if you love life, then life will love you back! Don’t be forced into doing something you know you will regret. Remember you’re a Gemini and that sometimes your stubborn nature can be a blessing.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
The Moon gives you reason to trust those you would not normally place faith in. You see with ease that by feeling your way through events, you build up confidence in yourself and all you do.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
I know you want to see things progress quicker than they have been, but sometimes it’s more important to take your time to build a more secure base for yourself so that it can last.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
You seem to be looking at life with fresh eyes and fresh inspiration. Finally, you’ve moved on from what and who was dragging you down. Good times await if you can find the confidence to say yes to that you normally say no to.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. You work out that in order to enjoy life, you have to try things which make you feel nervous and scared. You’re about to discover a new life goal. Ring now so I can help you enjoy this ride you’re on.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Someone you didn’t think was on your side, is about to prove that they always were by the words they offer and the actions they take today. Things will not go to plan today, but they will teach you much about what you want.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
You yearn for a healthier life style and today’s the day many of you will put it into action. You realise you want a constructive plan and that you’re better for it. This means no longer contacting the person who brings you down.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)?
The very thing you were beginning to give up hope on now stands a chance of actually happening now that you’re willing to work as a team. That stubborn mood which overtook you last week slowly starts to melt away. Ring now to hear how the Moon brings you a confession.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Life is like photography. We develop from the negatives. Work on making sense of what recently occurred and how you can move on from it to be a better person. Get the things on your agenda for the week done today.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
A happier Pisces is slowly but surely evolving. You know now that you were accepting second best when you deserve the better. Announcements you make tonight most definitely distance you from those who are no good for you.

If You Were Born Today, October 30

 

If You Were Born Today, October 30

People are instinctively drawn to you, as you are an intriguing person who is sometimes intimidating without intending to be so. This is likely due to your ability to see through any given situation, and to read between the lines. You have very focused interests and you naturally and willingly work hard on something you believe in. While your interests are focused, your talents are many and varied. Your emotions, however, sometimes lead you astray. You are a passionate soul, and your wit is sparkling.

 

Famous people born today: Harry Hamlin, Grace Slick, Henry Winkler, Ezra Pound, Charles Atlas, John Adams, Matthew Morrison, Nia Long.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!

This is an excellent period for opening up communications with others, as you are more sensitive than usual and more willing to listen. Getting your point across is easier, as it’s not only about what specific words you choose to communicate, you intuitively express the meaning and intention behind the words. You can effectively use words to soothe, heal, and teach this year. You are also more open to new ways of looking at problems, thus it’s considerably easier to find solutions.

Your concern for your future this year is stronger than usual, and you may find that during this period, the projects you start, or investments you make, will benefit you for years to come. The key to success this year is adopting a realistic, practical, disciplined, and orderly approach to your life.

You have a larger than usual desire to improve and learn during this period of your life. Optimism and confidence are with you, and you are able to attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve. Your broader perspective on matters keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses and strains.

There may be a project, idea, or person that demands much of your attention or occupies much of your thoughts. It’s a fortunate year for any project or studies that require concentrated effort. You are especially resourceful.

You have the power of practicality, realism, and caution on your side in the year ahead. Work you have done in the past begins to pay off this year–not necessarily in dramatic ways, but in small, measurable ways. You may be recognized or rewarded in some way for the efforts you put forth. Because you project a more responsible and credible “you,” people in authority are more inclined to appreciate you and recognize your work. This is a year in which you put your life in order in some significant manner. Improved concentration, a more realistic outlook, and a practical awareness of the limits of time all help you to make steady progress, particularly in your career.

There can be some intensity in your personal relationships and romantic attachments at times this year. Passions, feelings of jealousy, and possessiveness may be things you experience in others or yourself this year. You might also experience compulsive attractions and attachments, or attraction to complicated love relationships. Something tiny can trigger all sorts of buried emotions, and this can be very revealing! There can be some tension over your personal finances, and/or need to make a large payment that necessitates changes in your spending habits, but you also benefit from the new lifestyle or purchase.

There can be helpful interactions with superiors or with older or more experienced people during this period, and benefits can come as a result. There can be a choice to structure, limit, or simplify your life in a significant way that leads to major improvements in your life.

This is an excellent period for getting organized. You’re in better shape than usual for staying on track and meeting your responsibilities. You are taking your social or romantic life more seriously this year and there can be some ups and downs as you make important changes. Useful contacts can be made during this period.

 

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, October 30th

Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, October 30th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Check your diary, as it’s likely you’ve forgotten something or someone important. I can see you’ve had a lot to cope with, but I also see you now have the speed of mind to be able to tie up several matters to your advantage.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
A new and improved confidence will see you more able to talk to those you used to find intimidating. You are a better version of yourself and if there is something you have been avoiding doing, now is the time to face it.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Many of you Geminis have been burning the candle at both ends. You have had a lot to cope with this month, but what you can’t see that I can, is that you’ve come out the other side.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Trust is such an important issue for a sign such as you. I know that the last few weeks have made you doubt many of the feelings you had, but today and tomorrow give you the chance and reason to want to believe in others again.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Cancelled travel plans prove to be a blessing in disguise. You no longer worry about sticking to a routine, but instead you go with the flow opening the door for a much friendlier and more opportune few days.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
If you believe in your dreams then others will too. You have had to support others in recent weeks, but now it’s your time to shine. Stay away from that attraction you know has disaster written all over it.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
Your element of air could see you sharing secrets which are not yours to tell. Why not try to put this excess energy you are feeling into making the personal decision which is nudging away at you?

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Mars is pushing you to say things you don’t really mean just for effect. Make a mental note of what went wrong last time so you don’t over step the line in exactly the same way you did before. Ring now to hear why this is a great time for auditions/interviews.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
There are some very sensitive facts which you now need to face up to and they are making it hard for you to look certain people in the eye. Taking time to digest what happened will help you see this new path is the best option.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)?
Those you thought could not help you with your problems and worries will actually turn out to be the best source of support and information. Keeping an open mind is the key to you finding the best path for November.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)?
Lies are about to be exposed and it may change who your loyalty lies with. News of a new relationship pieces together a jigsaw which had you perplexed earlier in the month.

 

PISCES
Today you find that your plans for the future can be put into action.  Go forward with confidence my friend, as the planets will be supplying you with all of the self-assurance you need.

Get A Glimpse of the Week Ahead – Your Horoscopes for the Week of Monday, October 30th

Get A Glimpse of the Week Ahead…..

Your Horoscopes for the week of Monday, October 30th

Claire Petulengro

From the Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

The past is full of unanswered questions. Let them go and embrace the future. You have the power to shape your life to your true dreams and desires. Now you just have to find out what they are my friend. Someone you did not think you would like dealing with in business turns out to be your perfect match.

 

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

Time spent going over all that happened in the last two months can help you to let go of some of the guilt which has built up. Let go of your worries and grab hold of the constructive influences your stars are offering to you instead. Past and present mix perfectly from Tuesday, take advantage of this.

 

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

There is a more balanced feel to your chart than we have seen in some time. This has a lot to do with how much more accommodating you are to the third parties who affect your life. Careful this weekend, it is going to be all too easy for you to be led astray. Know how far is too far for a sign such as you to go. An important relationship depends on this.

 

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

Family matters have proved more stressful than usual to deal with. You may feel like cutting down on time with certain faces for fear they are going to bring you down further. Confronting them is the answer to you feeling in control. Stand tall and strong and be the best version of you. Doing so can help you form several new and lasting friendships.

 

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

The best friends (and lovers) are the ones who love you just as you are, whatever your situation. Travel plans are approaching which make your future a more interesting place to be. Don’t fight what your heart is telling you this week. Honesty is the key to you finding lasting happiness.

 

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

You have to believe in yourself and your dreams or they cannot become a reality. You start to see with ease who is on your side and who has been secretly working against you from Monday. Distancing yourself from those who have not been the allies they seem can do wonders for your confidence. Being on time for all meetings, both personal and professional, will put you back in the driving seat in life.

 

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

When one door closes, another opens, but sometimes we look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see our new path. Take time out to listen to what those around you are trying to say. They are only speaking with your best interests at heart. Chance encounters on Sunday prove memorable.

 

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

Your jealousy about a certain person or situation could well become a problem if you are not careful. Take a step back my friend and look at the bigger picture. You will soon see that events this month have proved you are a priority to those on your mind. You just couldn’t see for looking!

 

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

You’ll only know with hindsight if a decision was right or wrong. If you can’t decide on something this week then take the risk and do it anyway. Follow your heart Sagittarius and you will find that you will make the right choices. Phone calls you didn’t expect to receive help you make sense of a recent social drama.

 

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

Why do you keep trying to rush forward to the future when there is so much to appreciate today? Stop Capricorn and look around. Decide that from here on in you will see only those things which are positive in your life. The bad can wait for another day, or can be pushed to the side permanently.

 

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

There is a really social feel to your chart. You just need to make up your mind sooner rather than later what and who you want to be your priority. Children are of special significance and should be responsible for some good news before Friday. In fact, the very things you thought weren’t going to work out in your life can and will.

 

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

Try not to tell tales on new friends or you will ruin the chance of your union going any further. Showing pride in your work can attract powerful faces into your life. You start to see what needs to be done to get the family to work as more of a team. This is a great week for you to take tests, go for job interviews and tie up professional loose ends.

 

Read Your Sign’s Fall Love Horoscope

Read Your Sign’s Fall Love Horoscope

Discover what the universe has in store for your love life this fall


This fall the potential for deeply intimate connections will surely intensify! This is mainly due to the planet Jupiter moving out of Libra and into Scorpio on October 10. Jupiter in Scorpio will expand our desire to merge deeply with another person, body and soul.

On November 13 Venus in Scorpio will embrace Jupiter, offering your heart a reward if it’s willing to sit in that complex and passionate place. A New Moon in partnership-oriented Libra on October 19 is opposite wildcard Uranus. This promises an unexpected twist in your love life, so buckle up!

Keep reading to see how the Astrology of autumn will affect your sign:

Aries Horoscope (March 21 – April 19)

A seismic shift is likely to occur in your love life this fall. Starting October 10 it’s possible that you’ll begin to benefit more from your partner’s resources. He or she might receive a generous raise, bonus, or a windfall that is sure to put a smile on your face.

You’re ready to have the type of relationship that blends your need for love with your urge toward individuation. A New Moon on October 19 might challenge you to figure out how this can be balanced. While Mars is in your partnership sector from October 22-December 9, however, you’ll surely be motivated to try.

Taurus Horoscope (April 20 – May 20)

This fall you have officially won the jackpot in matters of the heart. On October 10 Jupiter, the planet of expansion and abundance, will move into your relationship sector for the first time in 12 years. Until November 8, 2018, you’ll have extraordinary cosmic support to make a commitment to someone you love.

If you’re single, the universe is about to grant you several opportunities to meet someone special. Venus will tour this same area of your chart from November 7-December 1, and Mars takes over from December 9-January 26. You’ll end this season knowing someone loves you, truly, madly, and deeply.

Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – June 20)

For most of this fall you might feel like you’re the star of a steamy romance film. If you’re single, expect major possibilities to open up in your love life starting October 19. In fact, from October 22-December 9, you might declare that you’re having the best sex you’ve had in years. If you are going into this season under a dry spell in the romance department, you’re sure to be out of it by winter. If you’re in a relationship, expect extra harmony between December 1-24. You might even become engaged or get married.

Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – July 22)

If you’ve surrendered to the single lifestyle after ages of trying to find the perfect mate, you might be surprised how much life changes for you this fall. On October 10 Jupiter, the planet of blessings, will move into your romance sector for the first time in 12 years. This is one of the most auspicious cosmic indicators for true love coming into your life. Jupiter will remain here until November 8, 2018, so don’t think these blessings are only for the fall. Making them sweeter this season, however, is the fact that love planet Venus will also join the same part of your chart from November 7-December 1. Venus and Jupiter embrace on November 13. Open your heart to love … it’s coming your way.

Leo Horoscope (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Communication between you and your sweetheart will certainly be lively this fall. Expect more heated discussions as well as vital decisions to happen in your love life from October 22-December 9, while Mars in relationship-oriented Libra tours your message sector.

If you’re single, the best time for romance this season will happen from December 1-24. This is when Venus moves through your true love sector, and you can easily meet someone with the power to capture your heart. If you’re already taken, expect romantic sparks to fly between you and your lover. You’ll surely feel those butterflies in your stomach!

Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

The very best of your romantic potential happens early in the season. As fall begins you’ll be blessed to enjoy both Venus and Mars in your sign. These cosmic lovers are not only helping you look more radiant and sensual, but it also supports other people feeling a stronger pull toward you. Your magnetism reaches a peak on October 5 when Venus and Mars exchange a heated embrace. Expect an ultra-sexy day! There will be a domestic frustration near October 8, though, that threatens to ruin your romantic vibes. Don’t let it get you down.

Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

You have so much to look forward to this season in matters of the heart. Although expansive Jupiter will leave your sign on October 10, it doesn’t mean your blessings will end. Instead, they’ll begin to focus on your finances.

The reason relationships look so wonderful for you this season, however, is due to several celestial events. First, Venus moves through your sign from October 14-November 7, granting you extra magnetism and beauty. Then, a New Moon in your sign on October 19 supports new relationships if single, and a positive change if you’re taken. Mars travels through your sign from October 22-December 9, giving you the courage to go after who you’re attracted to.

Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

This fall you are truly coming into a golden period in your life — one that will surely extend to matters of the heart. It all begins on October 10 when Jupiter, the planet of luck and abundance, enters your sign for the first time in 12 years. Until November 8, 2018, you’ll be the cosmic favorite and will have remarkable support for love and relationships.

Venus will also move through Scorpio from November 7-December 1, adding confidence and beauty to your vibe. On November 13 you can expect an ultra-lucky day in life and love when Venus and Jupiter embrace. You are blessed!

Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Your social life will be hopping this fall. If your heart has been feeling lonely lately, all you need to do is accept more of the invites from friends to attend gatherings and other events. You might join a new group or organization after October 19 — one that exposes you to a potential love interest.

Between October 14-November 7 you are under extraordinary support to find love either through or with a friend. Don’t waste this remarkable time! Venus then moves through your sign from December 1-24 granting you more confidence and allure. Work it!

Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

You crave social connections that invite mystery, depth, and real substance. Fortunately for you, this season the universe is ready to bless you with this in a major way. Starting October 10 and lasting until November 8, 2018, Jupiter will move through your friendship sector, making sure that friends benefit you in a myriad of ways.

Venus moves through the same area of your chart from November 7-December 1, and on November 13, Venus and Jupiter will embrace in a super fortunate connection. You might find the love of your life on the internet or through a friend’s introduction. This could even happen at a party, meeting, or other social event.

Aquarius Horoscope (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

For most of this season your love life might resemble a snooze fest. But don’t despair — it’s not going to bring you down in the least bit. In fact, it appears you are completely focused on dazzling career opportunities that will begin to surface after October 10. You’ll be so busy climbing up the ladder of success that you’ll make peace with the fact that right now, romance simply must take a backseat. One notable exception to this will occur on October 5 when Venus and Mars make a steamy embrace in the most erotic zone of your chart. You can anticipate something extra sexy to happen at this time. Then, get back to work!

Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 – March 20)

You and your mate will start off the season with a bang! Venus and Mars, the cosmic lovers, will be moving through your relationship sector, bringing plenty of attention to sweet romance. In fact, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable day on October 5 when Venus and Mars embrace. Those first few days of fall will be quite memorable for you and your love, so don’t waste it!

You might find that your joint finances get a lovely boost from October 14-November 7. Your partner may receive a raise or other type of financial compensation that you benefit from as well.

 

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Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for October 30th

Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for October 30th

Sarah Bartlett, Astrologer

From the Astrology Room

 

Jupiter and the sun’s plundering influence through secretive Scorpio, will bring new truths into the light of day for some of us.

Others may find they’re losing touch with what they thought was the very romance that kept them high as a kite. But with the full moon in sensual Taurus this week,  we’ll also discover that what we have to give, can often be better than we thought; and we what we receive is also a joy, especially if we look carefully at what’s on offer.

 

ARIES

This week, you realize how to break free from assumptions of how you should live your life.  Whether alone or in a twosome, you’re ready for a big adventure. It may take a while to see the results, but now’s the time to start planning your fabulous future.

 

 

TAURUS

This week, partners, lovers or even admirers ‘pick up’ on your vibes. Due to the full moon in your own sign, they sense an uncertainty, a frustration, a restless need for anything other than what you have. But the cosmic line-up sows the seeds of fresh possibilities. Your personal renaissance approaches.

 

 

GEMINI

Discuss in depth what you want to do with your life, and for goodness sake, before you speak, feel what is true for you; before you agree to anything, check if you really mean it; and before you make any promises, ask yourself what it is you truly desire. If single, the lights are green for a positive new and challenging relationship.

 

 

CANCER

With powerful energy around, it’s hardly surprising you’re restless. If single, how do you fit into a new lover’s world, and do you have to give up your own? Or, does your current partner simply want to move to foreign shores, and do you want to go or stay? This week’s planetary line-up will expose you to a run of interesting options. Take your pick with care.

 

 

LEO

This week, you will be wishing ‘ oh, anything for an easy life.’ But isn’t passion and romance that what living is all about?  So get moving down the road where you know romance is round the next corner. A road where you don’t have to justify your behaviour to anyone, and where you still can maintain your personal freedom.

 

 

VIRGO

The theme of how to make your fortune in love is going to be central to your relationships over the coming months. So, bring out someone’s wild side; nurture their soul as much as you nurture your own. Just don’t let them project their own inadequacies onto you. Right now, it’s very much in your interests to be the star of your own show.

 

 

LIBRA

If there’s no theatre in your life, then you don’t feel alive and you can’t love with heart and soul. So throw the odd tantrum or stamp your feet and be challenging, whether in love or not. And very soon, all the romance will fall from the stars, and two worlds truly collide.

 

 

SCORPIO

Right now, your belief that you must be in control of all aspects of life, doesn’t seem to fit in with the erratic behaviour of others. In fact, the meaning behind this energy, is simply to confirm that you do have feelings, that you’re not immune to them, and they do need expression. This week, don’t listen to your fears, listen to your desires.

 

 

SAGITTARIUS

It’s hardly surprising you’re feeling restless. For the irritating things that emotions are, keep welling up inside you and it’s time to act.  And even if there is only one small piece of the jigsaw puzzle that falls into place, start to recreate the kind of relationship that works for you. This weeks events will reveal what has to change in your love life to make it complete.

 

 

CAPRICORN

We all over-think, and often messages sent out between two people get taken the wrong way. But this week, you have every reason to start a new dialogue with someone special. You know what you want from here on in. A place where you have more space and time to do your own thing and accept that others can do their own thing too. Trust in love and it will reward you.

 

 

AQUARIUS

It’s an odd sort of week, when you really don’t know what you want. Well, is it to liberate yourself from the chains of commitment and become a free bird, or not? In fact, the adventure you’re about to embark on, whether single or attached, will take you out of yourself into the magical world of romance.

 

 

PISCES

You could blame the planets over the past few weeks for confused thoughts.  Yet there is a positive side to all this, and that’s in your thinking. Very soon the negative will flip to something progressive and upbeat. Very soon, the planets are going to help you attract fortunate events, people and experiences to you.

Cosmic Weather Horoscope for Tuesday, October 31st

Cosmic Weather Horoscope for Tuesday, October 31st

by Jane Lyle

From the Astrology Room

 

Tuesday, 31st October:

Our Halloween astrology brings some intense, watery – and therefore profoundly emotional – energies.

The Sun in mysterious, psychic Scorpio is joined by Mercury and Jupiter in Scorpio, with the Moon travelling through mystical, intuitive Pisces until tomorrow morning.

Boundaries are shifting and melting like candle wax now, and in the weeks ahead. And that, of course, includes the boundaries between the realms of the living and the dead, the everyday world and the supernatural……Happy Halloween!

The Witches Digest for Monday, October 30, Samhain Eve (The Witches Guide to Mondays & Samhain)

The Witches Digest for Monday, October 30, Samhain Eve

(The Witches Guide to Mondays & Samhain)

Today is Monday, October 30th

 

Monday is the sacred day of the moon, personified as the goddesses Selene, Luna, and Mani. The moon is ruler of flow, affecting the changeable and impressionable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, then the powers of the moon are at their most potent.

Deity: Mani

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

Planet: Moon

Tree: Willow

Herb: Chickweed

Stone: Agate

Animal: Crab

Element: Water

Color: Green

Rune: Lagu (L)

Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal(Reed) – October 28 – November 24

Runic Half-Month of Hagal(constraint) – October 28 – November 12

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

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

On Monday, October 30th, We Honor Hecate, Queen of the Witches

Hecate

Hecate (sometimes spelled Hekate) was originally a Thracian, and pre-Olympian Greek goddess, and ruled over the realms of earth and fertility rituals. As a goddess of childbirth, she was often invoked for rites of puberty, and in some cases watched over maidens who were beginning to menstruate. Eventually, Hecate evolved to become a goddess of magic and sorcery. She was venerated as a mother goddess, and during the Ptolemaic period in Alexandria was elevated to her position as goddess of ghosts and the spirit world.
Hecate in Classical Mythology

Much like the Celtic hearth goddess Brighid, Hecate is a guardian of crossroads, and often symbolized by a spinning wheel. In addition to her connection to Brighid, she is associated with Diana Lucifera, who is the Roman Diana in her aspect as light-bearer. Hecate is often portrayed wearing the keys to the spirit world at her belt, accompanied by a three-headed hound, and surrounded by lit torches.

Guil Jones of Encyclopedia Mythica says, “Hecate is the Greek goddess of the crossroads. She is most often depicted as having three heads; one of a dog, one of a snake and one of a horse. She is usually seen with two ghost hounds that were said to serve her. Hecate is most often mispercepted as the goddess of witchcraft or evil, but she did some very good things in her time… [she] is said to haunt a three-way crossroad, each of her heads facing in a certain direction.

She is said to appear when the ebony moon shines.”

The epic poet Hesiod tells us Hecate was the only child of Asteria, a star goddess who was the aunt of Apollo and Artemis. The event of Hecate’s birth was tied to the reappearance of Phoebe, a lunar goddess, who appeared during the darkest phase of the moon.

Hesiod also describes Hecate in her role as one of the Titans who allied herself with Zeus, and says in Theogony, “Hekate whom Zeus the son of Kronos honored above all. He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea. She received honor also in starry heaven, and is honored exceedingly by the deathless gods . . . For as many as were born of Gaia and Ouranos amongst all these she has her due portion. The son of Kronos [Zeus] did her no wrong nor took anything away of all that was her portion among the former Titan gods: but she holds, as the division was at the first from the beginning, privilege both in earth, and in heaven, and in sea. Also, because she is an only child, the goddess receives not less honor, but much more still, for Zeus honors her.”
Honoring Hecate Today

Today, many contemporary Pagans and Wiccans honor Hecate in her guise as a Dark Goddess, although it would be incorrect to refer to her as an aspect of the Crone, because of her connection to childbirth and maidenhood. It’s more likely that her role as “dark goddess” comes from her connection to the spirit world, ghosts, the dark moon, and magic. She is known as a goddess who is not to be invoked lightly, or by those who are calling upon her frivolously.

She is honored on November 30, the night of Hecate Trivia, the night of the crossroads.

To honor Hecate in your own magical practice, Hekatatia at Neokoroi.org recommends:

Adopt a dog, or volunteer at a shelter, since dogs are sacred to Hecate.
Take care of a deserted and neglected place that has been abandoned by everyone else.
Walk along a dark road at night, offering prayers or hymns to Hecate, to see if she will make her presence known.

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Patti Wigington
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Monday’s Conjuring

 

Monday – is associated with the Moon

Candle colors – white or gray

Magickal Applications for the Day – Crossroads work to learn to read cards, dealing with family matters, Protection, Truth, Peace, Justice

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

The Magick of Mondays

 

To incorporate this day’s energy work spells for intuition, peace, fertility, and inspiring your inner muse.

This is a wonderful day to connect to your inner self.

Intuition and inspiration are both enhanced when imbued with moon energy.

Use today’s energy for psychic work, (intuition, divination and clairvoyance), Goddess rituals and faerie magick.

 

The Witches Guide To Monday

 

In the word Monday, we can see part of the word Moon. In the romance languages such as Italian or Spanish, this day of the week is called Lunes and clearly relates to the word lunar. On Mondays, a variety of magick may be worked. Because Monday centers on the energies of the Moon, things like psychism, dreams, feminine energy, health, success in spiritual pursuits, domestic matters, and things of family origin are especially important this day.

Mondays are best for love magick and anything concerning home or family, thus old saying, Mondays child is fair of face, which seems clearly to relate to the themes of love and health.

Angels of Monday are Gabriel, Arcan, Missabu, and Abuzaha. Arcan is known as the king of the angels of air and the “ruler” of Monday. Abuzaha (Abuzohar) serves Monday, and is very responsive to invocations and ritual magick. Missabu is a ministering angel of Arcan.

Check whether the moon is waning or waxing to determine what your spell will be. During waning moons, do spells to rid yourself of obstacles or for wisdom and protection. During waxing moons do magic for increase of any kind or to draw something into your life.

On Mondays, the best hour to work is moonrise. Get this information from your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac.

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Gypsy Magic

Witchery, Magick and Enchantment for Your Monday

 

Think for a moment on all of the witchery, magick and enchantments that you have discovered. Don’t be afraid to adjust spells to suit your own specific needs. Any gentle, illusory, and dreamy charms and spells can be enhanced when you work on the day of the week that is dedicated to the moon. Mondays are a fantastic day to boost your psychic abilities and to tune in to your intuition and empathy. It also gives you the opportunity to work with a different lunar phase each and every Monday, which means in one month you could work four different types of moon magicks on Mondays. How’s that for adding to your repertoire? You are going to have mad skills in no time at all.

So light up those lunar scented candles and add a little mystique to your outfit by wearing an enchanting lunar color. Wear your sparkling silver jewelry and maybe add a pair of dangling silver earrings or a pendant shaped like a crescent moon. Create lunar potions and philters; make a dream catcher and give it as a gift to someone you love. Burn some sandalwood or jasmine-scented incense today to inspire the glamour and magick of the moon. Slice up a favorite variety of fruit that is in season for a snack or share it with your love and enjoy his or her lunar and romantic qualities. Brew up a cup of chamomile tea, enchant it with a little moon magick, and relax and get a good night’s sleep.

Most importantly, get outside tonight and watch the moon for a while. What phase is she in? What color was the moon as she rose? Why not start a journal and write down at what location the moon rises and sets for a few seasons? This is a great way to teach you to tune in and to become more aware of the moon and the influence that she pulls into our lives. Try calling on Selene for her magickal assistance, and call Thoth for wisdom and strength. Get to know the Norse Mani and the Latvian Meness. These gods of the moon have plenty to teach, and if you allow their influence to cycle through your life, you’ll receive many blessings. Be imaginative, and create your own personal lunar magick and witchery. Go on….the moonlight becomes you.

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

The Witches Almanac for Monday, October 30th

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Waxing Moon

Moon Phase: Second Quarter

Moon Sign: Pisces

Incense: Rosemary

Color: Lavender

 


Correspondences for Monday, October 30th

Day: Monday ( Moon-day)

Planet: Moon

Colors: Silver and White and Grey

Crystals: Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Silver, Selenite

Aroma: Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood, Moon Oil, African violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, and Wormwood

Herb: Moonwart

The sacred day of the Moon, personified by such goddesses as Selene, Luna, Diana, and Artemis. The Moon is ruler of flow affecting the changeable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, its powers are at their most potent.

Magical aspects: peace, sleep, healing, compassion, friendships, psychic awareness, purification, and fertility

Monday is ruled by the moon – an ancient symbol of mystery and peace. Monday is a special day for mothers as the cycle of the moon has long been associated with the female menstrual cycle. Those wishing to conceive a baby would be wise to try on a Monday as the magic of motherhood is strong and pregnancy is in the air.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving agriculture, animals, female fertility, messages, reconciliation’s, theft, voyages, dreams, emotions, clairvoyance, home, family, medicine, cooking, personality, merchandising, psychic work, Faerie magic, and Goddess rituals.

Monday Is Ruled By the Moon

 

This day of the week is dedicated to the moon and all of her magic and mystery. Mondays are for women’s mysteries, illusion, prophetic dreaming, emotions, travel, and fertility.

Some suggestions for Monday enchantments would include:

*Getting outside and looking for the moon in the heavens. Sit under her light and absorb a little glamour. Call on the moon goddess Selene for practical help in magical issues.

*Invoking the god Thoth for wisdom and insight

*Empowering your silver jewelry under the light of the moon. Wear moonstone or pearl jewelry today to add a lunar and magical shimmer to your outfit. Be mysterious and subtle and wear moon-associated colors such as white, silver, and blue.

*Working spells for safe travel with a simple moonstone

*Gathering bluebells, jasmine, gardenias, or white roses to create a little garden witchery with the flowers that are associated with the moon

*Setting up a lunar Tarot spell today to increase your psychic powers

*Eating a lunar fruit such as a melon to be healthy, serene, and at peace

*Brewing up a cup of chamomile or mint tea and enchanting it for sweet dreams and restful sleep

 

The Energy of the Moon

Planet: Moon

Day: Monday

Color: Silver, white, light blue, purple

Metal: Silver

Associations: Childbearing and family life, purity and virginity, healing, wisdom, intuition

 

Connect with Moon Energy Through Scrying

 

Scrying is a method of opening the mind to voices and images from other realms. Full Moon scrying is best done outside in sight of the Moon. A black shiny surface is required, so a bowl or plate that has a black glaze, or a large piece of black obsidian is ideal.

Position yourself comfortably where the moonlight reflects on your dark surface. Look closely at the bowl, stone or plate. It’s okay to let your mind wander. Scrying is designed to elicit daydreams and bring forth your subconscious thoughts. Try not to intellectualize what you are doing, seeing, or thinking about. Just look into the Moon glow reflection and let the ideas and images flow. It’s a good idea to keep a scrying journal, keeping track of the date and what sign the Moon was in, as well as anything you may have seen, heard or thought during the exercise. Remember, scrying takes practice. Make it a monthly journey to other realms.

Samhain Approaches

 

I was about half asleep this morning, drinking my coffee. I was thinking about Samhain and how I looked forward to it each year. To me, it is the most beautiful time of the year.

The Veil is thinning, the energy is rising, you can feel it coursing through your veins. The magick and excitement is building in the atmosphere. For Witches, this is the most magickal time of the Year. We make plans on how we are going to celebrate. What kind of rituals we are going to do? What time should we start them? Any ancestors going to show up this year? Lots to do and little time left to do it.

I know what I am getting ready to say the Elders in the Craft already know and have heard it a thousand times. I just wanted to talk to the new ones to the Craft about what to expect or not. They come to our Religion so full of joy, eager to learn, wanting to do everything just right. Samhain is exciting for the Elders, can you imagine what it is like for the new ones? That is why I am writing this. I love each of you. I never want you to face discouragement or doubt yourself. I just want you to always be prepared. I know we all talk about our Ancestors and doing rituals to bring them back. You know it is breathtaking to have that kind of power.

I know when I did my first ritual to call my Ancestors back, I got very disappointed. No body showed up! I had been a witch for a long time but it was still a blow to the ego. I guess the reason mine don’t show up is because they stop by for a visit all the time. I went about double checking and checking again, what did I do wrong? I always thought it was me, always. Then it hit me, my ancestors might have reincarnated. It wasn’t that they didn’t love me or want to be with me. They had been reincarnated.

All those years, I felt like it was me and that does effect you. Then I realized how selfish I had been. Instead of feeling disappointed and unloved, I ought to have been rejoicing. They had all been reincarnated and they walk this plane as I do. Don’t do as I did. If, after all your preparation, none of your ancestors appear, don’t be sad. Instead rejoice and be proud for they are here with you on this plane. They were given the opportunity to live again.

Celebrate your ancestors, give them the honor and respect they deserve. But if no one appears, don’t be disappointed, you did nothing wrong. Your ancestors have been reincarnated. Now that is something to celebrate. They were given the opportunity to walk this plane with us. Thank the Goddess for giving them the opportunity to be reborn.

I don’t want to dim your hopes, I just want you to be prepared. No one ever told me and I guess the Goddess was the one who finally revealed to me what had happened. I have years when ancestors show up, then I have years when they don’t. But I go ahead and make all the preparations. I invite my ancestors home to visit with me for a while. When they do show up, that makes up for the year no one showed. The experience is indescribable. You have to experience for yourself. Make your preparations, prepare your rituals and your spells. But please learn from me, if no one shows up, rejoice for their new body and soul they have been given. Rejoice because our Goddess chose them as being worthy enough to reincarnate. Never stop trying to communicate with them, never. Always make preparations for their coming. You have nothing to lose but everything in this great Universe of our to gain.

Samhain might seem like a dark time of the year. A time when death is all around us. But it is also a time to celebrate new life.

 

A Celtic View of Samhain

One of the most widely known pagan holidays is Samhain, a day that is celebrated by Wiccans, Pagans, and Druids alike. The modern Samhain has its roots in the ancient Celtic fire festival from which it gets its name, pronounced SOW-en, believed by some to mean “summer’s end”. Samhain is the Irish Gaelic name for the holiday, which is also called Samhuinn in Scottish and Calan Gaiaf in Welsh (Kondratiev, 1998) . According to the Gaulish Coligny calendar it is called Trinuoxtion Samonii, which means the “three nights of summer’s end”, indicating that the holiday was originally celebrated over a three-day period (Kondratiev, 1998) .

In modern vernacular Samhain is called Halloween, abbreviated from All Hallow’s Eve, the name given to the holiday because of it’s placement near the Christian church’s holiday of All Saints day, or “All Hallows”. Originally the Catholic holidays that take place on and around Samhain of All Souls and All Saints days were in February having been set during the Roman feast of Feralia, but when the Church spread to the Celtic lands the dates were shifted to November.

The Celts celebrated Samhain as the ending of the old year and beginning of the new. Caesar tells us, in his writings about the Gallic War, that the Celts saw the day as well as the New Year beginning at sunset (Freeman, 2002) . This would mean that Samhain would have been celebrated starting as the sun went down on one day and continuing on to end at the next sunset. Samhain stood opposite Beltane, and as Beltane marked the beginning of summer, Samhain marked the beginning of winter; moreover as the beginning of the New Year Samhain was probably the most important holiday of the year (McNeill, 1961) .

The precise dating of Samhain is difficult to determine, as it was, like all the Celtic festivals, agrarian based, but it is likely that it would take place around what is now November as this is the time when vegetation dies and the sun is clearly waning (McNeill, 1961) . In most modern practices the date is set on October 31st, although some people still celebrate it on November 12th holding to the older date before the transition between the Julian and Gregorian calendars that shifted everything back two weeks (McNeill, 1961) .

It is the end of the harvest period, and indeed any produce not gathered in by Samhain is left in the fields (Kondratiev, 1998) . This is done because tradition holds that after Samhain night everything left in the fields belongs to the fairies; in some areas the people believed that one fairy in particular, the Púca, went out on Samhain night and claimed all the fruit that was left by urinating on it, or some say spitting on it (Estyn Evans, 1957; McNeill, 1961; Danaher, 1972) . At this time as well the herds that were put out to summer pasture at Beltane are brought back in, reuniting the herders with their families and allowing the people to decide how much stock could be kept over the winter and how much should be butchered (Estyn Evans 1957) . This was a time for settling debts, and as the last of the harvest fairs ended people would make sure that anything they owed was paid before Samhain (Danaher, 1972) . Samhain was a time that was both joyous and eerie, as it was marked by great feasts and community gatherings, but was also a time for telling ghost stories and tales of the faeries stealing people (McNeill, 1961) .

Today we continue to celebrate with this dual feeling, enjoying the atmosphere of closeness and the visitations by our dead family members, but also relishing the scariness that comes when the veil is so thin. Great bonfires would be lit just as at Beltane and Midsummer. While the Beltane fires were traditionally lit at dawn the Samhain fires were lit as the sun set as a symbol of the light surviving in the dark (McNeill, 1961) . These modern bonfires are carry-overs from the ancient Celtic time when all the fires in each home would be put out and the Druids would light a huge bonfire on a hilltop from which all the other fires would be relit (McNeill, 1961) . This practice in Ireland centered on Tara, as it was believed that what was done there would spread outward from the center (Kondratiev, 1998) . After all the fires were extinguished the Druids would light a bonfire at Tlachtga, a sacred site near the hill of Tara (Kondratiev, 1998) . Even up until the 1970’s people still regularly lighted bonfires on Samhain night in Dublin (Danaher, 1972) . .

In some areas of Ireland when the fires began to die down men and boys would scoop up still burning embers and throw them at each other, which may possibly be linked to older rituals, although the practice is dangerous (Danaher, 1972) . In Scotland the ashes from the bonfires were scattered to fertilize the fields and for protection, since it was believed that they possessed the power to drive away dangerous spirits (McNeill, 1961) . In other areas people would blacken their faces with the ashes, believing it was a protection against baneful magic (McNeill, 1961) .

Possibly the most prominent theme of Samhain was that of the thinning of the veil between the worlds. On this night the dead could return to visit the living and the fairy hills were opened, releasing all the creatures of fairy into the mortal world (Estyn Evans, 1957; McNeill, 1961) . The belief in this was so strong in rural Ireland even up to the last century that it was considered extremely bad luck not to set an extra chair at the table, put out a bowl of a special porridge, and leave the door to the home open on Samhain (Estyn Evans, 1957) . In other accounts the door should be closed but left unlocked and a bowl of fresh water left out by the hearth to welcome any returning family ghosts that choose to visit (Danaher, 1972) . In Ireland, however, it is more widely believed that November 2nd is the day when the dead return to visit (Danaher, 1972) .

This is of particular interest because it may reflect the older practice of celebrating Samhain as a three-day holiday, in which case the return of the dead may have marked the final day of the celebration. In modern practice in Ireland people would light a candle for each deceased member of their family, and in some cases visit the graveyards where they were buried to clean the graves (Danaher, 1972) . Although popular imagination paints the idea of the dead returning in a negative light this is not the way the old belief was; in the old practice people didn’t fear the dead who came back to visit but saw them as protective of the living family (Danaher, 1972) . It is a very old doctrine of the Celts that the soul is immortal and passes from one life to spirit and then to another life so it would be impossible for the Celts to see Samhain as a holiday devoid of celebration (McNeill, 1961) .

Just as all the dead were free to return to earth to visit, so the realm of Faery was opened up, although it has always been a very blurry line between faeries and the dead, as it was often said that some of the dead went to live with the fairies. The denizens of fairy were most likely to be encountered now and it was said that should a person meet a fairy rade and throw the dust from under his feet at them they would be compelled to release any humans they had taken (Danaher, 1972) . This night was one of celebration and merry making, but people preferred to travel in groups, fearing that to walk alone on Samhain risked being taken forever into Faery (Danaher, 1972) . It was thought that dusk and midnight were particularly dangerous times, and that the fairy troops passed to the west side of homes, and along water ways making it best to avoid these times and places (McNeill, 1961) . It was also a long time custom to shout out beware (seachain!) or water towards you (chughaibh an t-uisce!) if one was tossing water out of the home so that any passing fairies or ghosts would be warned (Danaher, 1972) .

This is the time that all the fairy raths, or hills, open up and the inhabitants parade from one hill to the next playing music which some people claim to hear (Danaher, 1972; McNeill, 1961) Anyone who had been kidnapped to faery could be freed within the first year and a day from when they were taken, but the spells to do so were the strongest on Halloween, as we can see in the old tale of Tam Lin (McNeill, 1961) . Because the faeries were all abroad it was also the custom in many places to leave them food offerings, but unlike the plates of food left for the dead, the food offerings for faeries took the form of a rich porridge that was made and then placed in a small pit dug in the ground (Sjoestedt, 1949) .

Another feature of the celebration is divination for the year to come. One form of such divination was to observe the direction the wind was blowing at midnight, as it was believed that this would indicate the weather of the winter to come (Danaher, 1972) . In a similar way the moon, if visible, was used for divination: a clear moon meant good weather, a cloudy moon would be observed and the degree of clouding would represent the amount of rain to come, and clouds passing quickly over the moon’s face meant storms (Danaher, 1972) . Other folk divinations took on a more homely focus as, for example, two hazel nuts or walnuts could be named after a couple and then placed near each other by the edge of the fire and if the stayed together it was a good omen but if the popped or jumped apart it meant the relationship would not last (Danaher, 1972) . Apples were also used in a variety of ways, including the modern game of bobbing for apples, which could be used to tell a person’s luck in the year to come.

Another method to foretell and individual’s fortune was to blindfold them and seat them at a table in front of a certain number of plates or bowls each of which contained something different; the bowl which the person touched first indicated something about how their year would go (Danaher, 1972; McNeill, 1961) While these practices are clearly modern they are fully in the spirit of the holiday and using divination to predict the fortunes of a person, and these methods are more easily used today than some of the older ones which focused less on the individual and more on the welfare of the community. In Scotland there was a form of divination that utilized the sacred bonfire; a circle would be made from the ashes of the still smoldering fire and around this circle of ashes stones would be placed to represent the people present – in the morning should any stone be moved or damaged it indicated doom for that person (McNeill, 1961) .

Samhain is also a time in the Celtic world to give thanks for the harvest, and the bounty that had been secured to get the people through the winter. McNeill compares Samhain to saying a prayer of thanks after a meal, just as she sees Beltane as a prayer before a meal (McNeill, 1961) . In certain parts of Scotland it was the custom up to the 1600’s for the people of a town to gather and each contribute a portion of ale, which one man would then carry out into the ocean as an offering to the sea god, Shony (McNeill, 1961) . Another interesting custom is the baking of a special oatmeal cake, which would be prepared with much ceremony and then offered to a stranger (McNeill, 1961) . This may be a reflection of older customs of sharing from one’s own abundance to ensure more in the future; this is also a reflection of a similar custom from Imbolc where after the feast the remnants were offered to the poor of the community (Carmichael, 1900) . Offerings would be made during this time by tossing them into the sacred bonfires, both in thanks for blessings received and symbolizing requests the people would like granted in the new year (Kondratiev, 1998) .

It is likely that the modern practice of Halloween trick or treating comes from older Celtic practices, called guising. In County Cork into the 19th century there was a practice of that involved a small procession led by someone dressed as a white mare that would go door to door asking for tolls and singing (Estyn Evans, 1957; Danaher, 1972) . In some parts of modern Ireland it is still the practice of trick or treating children to chant “Help the Halloween party! Any apples or nuts?” (Danaher, 1972) . This request for apples or nuts is almost certainly a reflection of older traditions, as apples are strongly connected to the Otherworld and the Hazel was a symbol of occult wisdom (McNeill, 1961) .

All through Scotland it was the custom of groups of boys to go out disguised and travel from door to rood asking for money or treats, often while singing or chanting (McNeill, 1961) . The practice slowly switched to children going out dressed in masks and carrying torches who would repeat chants like “Hallowe’en! A nicht o’ tine! A can’le in a custock!” (Halloween! A night of fire! A candle in a holder!) or “Heigh ho for Halloween, when the fairies a’ are seen, some black and some green, heigh ho for Halloween!” (McNeill, 1961) . Both of these chants reflect the older practices of the pagan holiday in referring to fire and to the fairies being abroad.

Finally, Samhain was also connected, as where all the fire festivals to some degree, to blessing activities and making charms to bless, draw luck, and protect in the year to come. In Ireland it was a custom to make a charm very similar to the solar cross of St. Brighid which would be hung on the wall over the inside of the door to ward off all bad luck and harm in the year to come (Danaher, 1972) . Infants and children would be sprinkled with blessed water and a piece of iron or a cold ember from the fire was placed under their bed to protect them; in other areas a mix of oatmeal and salt is dabbed on the child’s forehead (Danaher, 1972) . In Scotland, even up until the 1850’s, people would go out on Samhain and make torches from wood or heather and these would be lit from the sacred fire (originally the Druidic fires and later the bonfires lit at home) ; these torches would be carried around the boundary of the home sun-wise by the family to bless the place (McNeill, 1961) .

There are a few specific deities associated with Samhain, which vary by area. In Scotland, many believe that it is at Samhain that Brighid turns over control of the year to the Cailleach, who rules then until Imbolc (McNeill, 1961) . The Cailleach is in many ways the spirit of winter and of the cold weather, who controls the storms, so her rule during this time of year makes sense. For some people who follow the Tuatha de Danann of Ireland Samhain may be a period to honor the Dagda and the Morrigan , who in mythology were said to have joined together on this date. Indeed many important events occur on Samhain in Irish mythology.

In modern practice, there are many ways to incorporate these Celtic traditions, whether you are solitary or celebrate in a group. I recommend celebrating the secular Halloween first, as it is firmly rooted in the ancient practice of guising. Go to a place you consider sacred and create sacred space as you normally would, then call whatever gods and spirits you feel appropriate for the rite. During the rite itself offers should be made to the Gods in thanks and to ask for their continued blessing, and porridge may be offered to the faeries. Afterwards you could have a bonfire after putting out any other fires and turning off all the lights, but even if that’s not possible, a symbolic bonfire could be made, perhaps in a cauldron, or a large candle lit. Put out all the lights and then relight your sacred fire for the new year and then small offerings can be made to the fire, both in thanks and with requests for the year to come.

One practice that I and several friends use that reflects the old idea of lighting candles for the dead is to carve the names of all those we care about who have passed onto a candle and then light it during ritual in their honor. Different methods of divination can be done, either based on traditional methods or more modern ones, to see what the year to come might bring. When the rite is done you can either pick up the candle or light a candle or small torch from the ritual fire and walk around your yard or ritual area, clockwise, carrying it to bless the space for the year to come. Then you or your group should have a potluck feast; it might be nice if everyone contributed a dish that held some significance for him or her or was a family recipe. Portions of this should be set aside for the visiting dead who should be as welcome to attend as the living members. After the feast this plate can be left on the table for the dead, and the candle in their honor can be left burning, if it is safe to do so. When the celebration is over ashes can be taken from the ritual fire and kept as a protective charm for the year to come.

Author: Morgan
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Footnotes:
Carmichael, A., (1900) . Carmina Gadelica , volume 1.
Danaher, K., (1972) . The Year in Ireland. Mercier Press
Estyn Evans, E., (1957) . Irish folk Ways. Routledge and Kegan Paul
Freeman, P., (2002) War, Women, and Druids. University of Texas Press
Kondratiev, A., (1998) . The Apple Branch: a path to Celtic Ritual. Citadel Press.
McNeill, F., (1961) . The Silver Bough, volume 3: Halloween to Yule. Stuart Titles Limited.
Sjoestedt, M., (1949) Celtic Gods and Heroes. Dover Publications

All Saints’ Night – Samhain

Samhain, which is also called Halloween, All Saints’ Night/ Day? and the Day of the Dead, falls on October 31. Samhain (pronounced “sow-enn”) has become known as the “witches’ New Year.” Although it is mentioned here first, there is no practical importance to this, since it is located on a wheel that has neither “head” nor “tail.” In fact, this festival is of secondary importance in the eight festivals of the sun.

For this festival, accessories such as red apples, spiral shapes, dry branches, dark mirrors (for making contact with the next world), and crystal balls are used. The dominant colors in this festival are brown and black. Today, the festival is used mainly for rituals connected with prophecy or predictions.

This festival is extremely important in the wicca calendar that was developed in agrarian society. This is the time following the grain harvest, and the farmers would estimate the number of livestock they could feed during the winter. The remaining cattle would be slaughtered, and that is why this festival is also linked to “the red harvest” – the festival during which many animals were slaughtered and their meat was preserved for the winter.

The festival marks the time when the souls of all those who died during the year go over to “the other side,” and all the souls of those to be born during the coming year enter this world. The festivities are directed at those who died, especially those who died during the past year. Moreover, it is customary to mention the forefathers and to relate various myths. Because of the connection with the next world, this is the time of year in which “the curtain between the worlds is thinnest,” and sorcery is extremely powerful and effective.

A widespread ceremony during Samhain is “the feast of the mute,” so called because it is not customary to talk during the ceremony, since the dead also participate in the feast and do not utter a sound – they just eat. This feast is shared with those who have left the world. An extra plate is placed on the table for those who are no longer with us. I am sure that every reader will recall a similar custom linked to the dead in his or her culture. After the meal, the plate is taken out and placed on the threshold of the house.

The Samhain meal consists mainly of the last “produce” of the fields and trees before the winter and the harvest, as well as of many meat dishes. In myths, this is the festival in which the goddess mourns her husband, the god, who has been killed, and awaits the imminent birth of his child, or for his return (as in the case of Tammuz). The festival therefore signals the death of the god, who sacrifices his life for the community.

Day-by-Day Wicca: A complete guide to Wicca from Beliefs and Rituals to Magic and Witchcraft (Astrolog Complete Guides)
Tabatha Jennings

“Perhaps the most famous icon of the holiday is the jack-o-lantern. Various authorities attribute it to either Scottish or Irish origin. However, it seems clear that it was used as a lantern by people who traveled the road this night, the scary face to frighten away spirits or faeries who might otherwise lead one astray. Set on porches and in windows, they cast the same spell of protection over the household. (The American pumpkin seems to have forever superseded the European gourd as the jack-o-lantern of choice.) Bobbing for apples may well represent the remnants of a Pagan ‘baptism’ rite called a ‘seining’, according to some writers. The water-filled tub is a latter-day Cauldron of Regeneration, into which the novice’s head is immersed. The fact that the participant in this folk game was usually blindfolded with hands tied behind the back also puts one in mind of a traditional Craft initiation ceremony.”

– Mike Nichols, All Hallow’s Eve

Jack-o’-Lantern Spell

First, prep your pumpkins by scooping and cleaning them out. Then carve your jack-o’-lantern into any expression or bewitching pattern that you desire. Afterwards, arrange the pumpkins in a place of prominence. Once you have the fresh pumpkins in place, then add a few tealights in the bottoms of the pumpkins.

Please note: never use a live flame inside of a foam pumpkin— it is a fire hazard. Only use candles with a flame inside of a fresh, real pumpkin.
When dusk falls, begin to light all the candles in your pumpkins. Repeat this Halloween jack-o’-lantern charm as you go along lighting the carved pumpkins at sundown on Halloween night:

See this pumpkin all glowing gold?
Protection for my home it holds.
Frighten off evil and turn back negativity
This spell is cast by the magick of
All Hallows’ Eve.

When the last of your jack-o’-lanterns are lit, close up the spell with these lines:

The wheel year spins on and I celebrate this time.
I seal up this Samhain spell with a simple rhyme.

Source

Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
Ellen Dugan

The Magickal Fruit of Samhain – The Apple

 

Many folks think of the apple as the fruit that goes with the autumn equinox/ Mabon only, but to be honest it has many more magickal ties to the sabbat of Samhain. Apples have a vast amount of magickal folklore in many religions and traditions. The apple has been unfairly called the forbidden fruit; on a more positive note, they have also been called the fruit of the gods and the fruit of the underworld. It is interesting to note that in the Druidic tradition, apples were used as an offering to the dead. The practice speaks of burying fresh apples on Samhain so the souls of the deceased can feast on them while they are waiting to be reborn.

Apples are associated with many goddesses, and here are a few you may be familiar with: Aphrodite and Venus, and Ishtar, Astarte, Gaia, Hera, Cerridwen, the Norse goddesses Freya and Idunn/ Idunna, and, of course, Pomona, our Roman goddess of the apple tree, the orchard, and the apple harvest.

Apples and Witchcraft lore also have a long and colorful history. Crosswise-sliced fresh apples make great natural pentacles on an altar no matter what time of year it is. In herb magick, the apple tree and its fruit are considered to be feminine and are associated with the element of water and the planet Venus. The apple fruit is used for love, passion, friendship, wisdom, and healing magicks. In the language of flowers, a cluster of apple blossoms signifies attraction, while the apple blossom itself promotes fertility. The fruit has a slightly different meaning in the language of flowers.

 

Here, the apple fruit represents wealth and fecundity, which, when you think about it, shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

The foliage and twigs of an apple tree may also be worked into spells to promote good health, long life, and knowledge. Also, a wand made out of an apple branch and covered in nine silver bells is thought to be especially potent. You may have heard of this before, as an apple wand decorated in such a way is called a silver bough.

Apples are thought to be the container of life and a symbol of immortality in many magickal traditions. There is the Celtic Isle of Apples, or Avalon, that was ruled by Morgan le Fay. Also, there was the Greek gardens of Hesperides, where a sacred apple tree grew that bestowed— you guessed it— immortality. This particular apple tree was a wedding gift to the goddess Hera from Gaia herself, when Hera marriecalled the Hesperides. Legend says the nine maidens joined hands around the sacred apple tree and sang as the sun set and the evening star rose— which is the planet Venus. And, of course, we have Idunn’s or Idunna’s golden apples that kept the Norse gods both vital and immortal. The apple, no matter what magickal culture venerated it, was thought to hold the essence of the soul.

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Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
Ellen Dugan

A Halloween Apple Spell for Love Divination

To perform the Victorian apple peel trick, you must pare an apple in an unbroken chain and then flip the apple peel over your shoulder into a previously placed pot or cauldron of water. The peel will unfurl in the water, taking the shape of the first letter of the first name of your true love.
Chant this as you toss the apple peel:

Apple peel, apple peel, let’s you and I play a game
Take the shape of the first letter of my true love’s name.
By the mystery of love and the magick of Halloween
With the help of Pomona, now make your symbol clear to me.

 

Now take a look and see what letter appears. Good luck!

Source

Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
Ellen Dugan

“The eve of the New Year or Oidhche Shamhna was a gap in time. Thus, the spirits from the Otherworld could enter into our world. Rituals on Oidhche Shamhna include providing hospitality to the dead ancestors. They welcomed the dead with food and drink and left the windows and doors of their homes open for the dead to enter. But all spirits from the Otherworld were not good; there were evil spirits too. To keep evil spirits away from their home, they carved images of spirit-guardians onto turnips and placed them at the doors of their homes. As part of the festivities young people wore strange costumes and moved around the village, pretending to be dead spirits visiting from the Otherworld. The Celts believed that on the eve of New Year not only did the boundary between this world and the Otherworld dissolve, but the structure of society dissolved too. Boys and girls would dress up as members of the opposite sex and play pranks on the elders.”

– Celtic New Year

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