Calendar of the Sun
Colors: Yellow and gold
Altar: Upon a cloth of yellow and gold set six yellow candles, a pot of honey, many ornaments of gold and brass, peacock and vulture feathers, golden coins, a glass of river water, a bottle of honey brandy, peaches, and pumpkin seeds.
Offerings: Pumpkin seeds, yellow or orange fruit, honey, and brandy.
Daily Meal: Yellow food, fruit, sweet things, honey.
Opening Chant for Oshun:
Love is a river,
Flowing from my heart,
Flowing from my heart.
Daughter of the River,
Goddess of Love,
Golden one whose taste is honey
Whose touch is the flow of water
Whose dance is enchanting
Who is the glint of gold and the sound of laughter
And who is much more than these things,
Bless us with your ability to love
And see the divine within every one of us.
Lady of the peacock,
Let us appreciate beauty when we find it,
In any form that it arrives.
Lady of the vulture,
Let us remember that even those things
Which are ugly and rotting
Need merely to be transformed
And that they, too, are part of the cycle of life.
Let us be a vehicle for that transformation.
You love is like the river
That flows along forever,
Mixing sweet waters with the salt of the sea,
And as we live our bittersweet lives,
We will remember and revere your shining dance.
(All take drums in a circle, and let there be drumming and dancing in honor of Oshun.)
Pagan Hour of Hours
Halloween Charm Bag For Drawing Money
from “HALLOWEEN, spells, customs and recipes”
by Silver Ravenwolf
You could make a bunch of these to use as Witchy Party favors at your Samhain party…. Write the instructions and ingredients to the charm but provide each guest with the orange bag. Okay here we go….. you will need (per charm):
7 pumpkin seeds 1/4 teaspoon dried, ground pumpkin rind 1/4 teaspoon dried mint 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon 1 silver coin 1 small orange flannel bag with 17 in. red ribbon black felt pen
On a new moon before Halloween, mix the herbal ingredients together Hum:
“East and west, and south and north Prosperity, I bring thee forth.”
Draw a dollar sign on each side of the pumpkin seeds.. Add the pumpkin seeds to the mixture. Pour into the orange bag. Hold the coin in your hands until it gets warm. Humming the same chant all through this. On the following Thursday, hold the bag in your hands and repeat the chant until the bag becomes warm. Add 7 knots to the ribbon around the bag – two are for money, three for abundance, four for stability, five for protection, six for luck, and the seventh know to seal the spell. Put away until Samhain.
On Samhain, hold the bag in your hands over the need fire until the bag warms in your hands. Repeat the chant as you do this. Keep on your person or in your purse etc. Good for one full year. You can rework the spell on a new moon to keep the bag at its peak This makes a very nice gift for the certain someone.
Samhain Ritual Potpourri
by Gerina Dunwich
45 drops patchouli oil
1 cup oak moss
2 cups dried apple blossoms
2 cups dried heather flowers
1 cup dried and chopped apple peel
1 cup dried pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried and chopped mandrake root
Mix the patchouli oil with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
(The above “Samhain Ritual Potpourri” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 164, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
After carving up those pumpkins, don’t just throw the seeds away or eat them all. In each little pumpkin seed lies a large store of natural energy. Save seeds to bring magick to your life year-round. They’re great for increasing strength, promoting prosperity, encouraging health, and enhancing growth and expansion. Grind them to include in incense and magickal powders, carry one in your pock for a good luck talisman, or tie a few inside a small square of fabric to make a charm to promote peace and balance in the home. You can even use pumpkin seeds to create your own set of biodegradable runes—just use a pen and some natural ink to make the glyphs.