[2021] Popular and Practical Samhain Rituals and Traditions

From WitchJournal.com

EVA MARIA  WHEEL OF THE YEAR

Beloved Samhain night is just around the corner. This time of the year is definitely the most magical and witchy of all other seasons. Below you can find information on Samhain Rituals, Traditions, and History. Are you going to try any of them?


What is Samhain?

 

Beltane of the Southern Hemisphere

Today, in the Pagan calendar, the north celebrate the coming of winter at Samhainn. And all the while the sun is peaking up from behind the lush vernal trees and dancing for us once more in the southern hemisphere, as we welcome Beltane on October 31st. Or as I like to refer to it Beltane of the underworld.

A pagan spiral formation in Faerie Glenn where everything is miniature and enchanted. Copyright Content Catnip 2010

Beltane is  the Gaelic seasonal festival historically held to mark the midpoint between the spring equinox & summer solstice (Là Bealltainn in Scottish Gaelic; Lá Bealtaine in Irish). Fire is the traditional means of marking this spring festival of optimism & return.

A famous Ossianic lament…

Click here to read more about Southern Hemisphere Beltane from ContentCatnip.com

October 23 Daily Divination Journal

Tarot

From TarotX.net – Linestrider Tarot Deck – Temperance

Temperance – Major Arcana

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Anglo-Saxon and Frisian Rune

From The Rune Site – Anglo-Saxon and Frisian Runes

The reason I have combined the Frisian and Anglo-Saxon rune sets together are due to their close relation to each other. Originally the Frisian set was created by expanding the Elder Futhark set by four runes (the first four listed below – Ac, Os, Yr and Ior). Then later one new rune, Ear, was added to form the Anglo-Saxon rune set sometimes called the Anglo-Saxon Futhork.

It should also be noted that the Elder Futhark rune Ansuz was renamed Aesc for these sets.

Ac

Sound: “a” as in “sat”
Stands for: Oak Tree
Casting meaning: This rune symbolizes great potential power and is a rune of great usefulness. Ac channels the power of strong, continuous growth from small beginnings to a powerful and mighty climax.

Witch’s Rune

From psychic-revelation.com

The Crossed Spears

Keywords: Arguments, negativity.

Meanings: The Crossed Spears is a rune that signifies arguments and negative events. Often this can be of an upsetting nature, rather like the Tower card in the tarot. It is not all bad though. If it is near to a positive rune it may indicate the end of a quarrel and healing. Especially if it lies near the Rings. This rune could mean a promotion at work, or a fast recovery if you’re ill.

Druid Ogham

From A Druid Ogham- For more information about Phagos

Phagos

Teaching, education, mastery, virtuosity, legacy

Tree: Beech (Fagus spp.)

Letter: Ph or F

Phagos is a reminder of the mental discipline it takes in the process of acquiring knowledge. When you get to the point of knowing a subject so well, you can teach it effortlessly, then you have mastered the subject on the mental plane, which reverberates through the other planes. Saturated knowledge is knowing a thing inside and out. Those who believe in reincarnation believe this is the kind of knowledge that does not go away when you shed one mortal body for the next one: for instance, a skilled midwife will stand a good chance of coming back as a competent ob/gyn who stumbles upon their talent in a seemingly random way. Or a lute player may be reborn and pick up the guitar at age twelve and learn it faster than any other kid in their class because of knowledge picked up in past lifetimes.

Teaching and inspiring others to master a subject is the physical manifestation of knowledge, or in old terminology, the Word made flesh. Beech tree bark makes a primitive form of paper. Phagos implies the written word and the transmission of knowledge through our uniquely human invention: writing.

Teachers and teaching are often undervalued in the modern West, with denigrations such as “those who can, do; those who can’t, teach,” being thrown about by the arrogant who have never been able to translate their mental skill in a way that consistently inspires others to learn. Bad teachers abound, and they can be bad for any number or reasons: some choose teaching when they have no passion for it, some want the glory of being labeled a teacher. Everybody knows that a good teacher is worth their weight in gold when it comes to the transmission of knowledge, and that a bad teacher is hardly worth the powder to blow them to hell, and often what a teacher is paid has nothing to do with what they’re worth. If you have a good teacher, let them know. Learn all you can while you are able to do so with the best teachers you can find (we live in the age of the internet, and a huge number of great teachers “live” there). Concentrate on a small number of subjects until you gain complete mastery, because you will take that knowledge with you long after your current flesh body dies. If you know a subject well enough to teach it, this Ogham is encouraging you to spread the wealth of your knowledge with other humans in a direct and potentially physical way such as writing.

Questions when you draw Phagos: …

Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondences for Saturday

From A Pagan Mess

Planet: Saturn

Element: Earth

Colors: Black, Purple

Keywords: Banishing, Protection, Control, Order, Boundaries, Self Discipline, Cleansing

Saturn brings a powerful, somewhat intimidating power to Saturdays. This is another great day for banishing and protection magic, as well as for setting strong boundaries. The energy of Saturn is very orderly and is great when structure is needed.

From mycrystalaura.com.au

Saturn’s day
Planet: Saturn.
Colours: Maroon, Dark Shades and Black.
Metals: Lead and Pewter.
Crystals: ObsidianJetCoralHematiteSerpentine, Salt.

From Angel Fire

Saturn: binding, protection, neutralization, karma, death, manifestation, structure, reality, the laws of society, limits, obstacles, tests, hard work, endurance, real estates, dentists, bones, teeth, farm workers, separation, stalkers, murderers, criminals in general, civil servants, justice, math’s, plumbing, wills, debts, financing, joint money matters, discovery, transformation, relations with older people

SATURDAY Ruled by the Roman God of the harvest and planting.

New starts and firmly planting your seeds of intention or good focuses on Saturday.

Saturn Rituals: Disciplining ourselves.

Element: Eart

h Colour: Black and sometimes purple

Number: 3

From ask-angels.com

Archangel Cassiel (Oriphiel) – “Speed of God” 

Cassiel is associated with the planet Saturn and with taking responsibility, taking action, and getting more balanced and grounded.

Know as “The Father of Time” or the Archangel of Time, Cassiel which comes from the Hebrew word: Kafziel meaning “Speed of God” can assist with healing along the lines of time, aligning with the Divine nature of time… And accessing the hidden secrets and mysteries of the universe held within and outside of time itself.

I am Sorry for the Lack of Usual Post

So, I got a refurbished laptop and within a month it had a major problem. It went into sleep mode and would not come out of it. Yesterday WISH online shopping finally sent me the label to send it back. I went last evening and got it started on it way back to WISH. Which left me with either my desktop computer, which I can only sit at for about an hour until my back pain is so bad I have to lay down, or my Kindle tablet which takes me twice as long to post through. My wonderful fiancée took me to Rent-A-Center where he had coupons for a nice reduction in price for a brand new laptop, which I am using now. When we got home with it last evening I could not get on to use it. So, I put it aside very frustrated but I must have done something right because I did not have to take it back to the store to be able to use my own account on it. But as I was having a horrible morning I did not pick this laptop up to try to get on to it again until about 15 minutes ago and now here we are.

Now I have to take this one back because the Delete key doesn’t work. I give up for today. Looks like I will only be doing the daily and birthday horoscopes later today.

October 21 Daily Divination Journal

Tarot Card

From TarotX.net – For more information on The Hooded Man from the Wildwood Tarot Deck

The Hooded Man – Major Arcana

Menu of Contents

I. The position of The Hooded Man Wildwood Tarot on the Wheel of the Year

II. The Description of The Hooded Man Wildwood Tarot

III. The Meaning of The Hooded Man Wildwood Tarot

IV. The guideline of The Hooded Man Wildwood Tarot

V. Keywords and extensions of The Hooded Man Wildwood Tarot

More The Hermit Cards from Famous Tarot Decks

1. The Hermit Rider Waite Tarot

2. The Hermit Linestrider Tarot

3. The Hermit Thoth Tarot

Anglo-Saxon and Frisian Runes

(Look for a post that explains Anglo-Saxon and Frisian runes)

Ac

Sound: “a” as in “sat”
Stands for: Oak Tree
Casting meaning: This rune symbolizes great potential power and is a rune of great usefulness. Ac channels the power of strong, continuous growth from small beginnings to a powerful and mighty climax.

Witch’s Rune

From psychic-revelation.com

The Sun 

Keywords: Success, progress.

Meanings: The Sun is a rune of success and positive outcome. For a straightforward yes/no question it can be read as “yes”. It also denotes progress and personal enrichment in life. When it is the leading stone it equates to the outcome card in the Tarot.

Druid Ogham

 From A Druid Ogham- For more information about Huath

Huath

Barriers, toil, hard work, obstacles

Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.)

Letter: H

Huath indicates an obstacle or series of obstacles that must be overcome with no going around. This could mean learning a subject, for instance playing the piano, and the infamous 10,000 hours of practice any instrument requires to attain mastery.

Huath is a task that you must go through the long haul to make happen. For instance, Huath could be overcoming your own self-destructive behavior or getting over an obsession. It could also be starting the business of one’s dreams or mastering a field of study. Any way you slice it, there are no short cuts. The task at hand takes patience and immersion. You must look at the task from all sides, brainstorm it — Huath is the Spirit of Fire for a reason — and understand its limits. Forcing a route will simply not work. Huath is the idea that worthwhile goals often require personal sacrifice and perseverance through challenges. Look at the goal as no less than a test of your own character. Many lifetimes have brought you to this. Rise to the occasion. Be determined, even when the rest of life tries to distract you, deter you, and defeat your best efforts. The physical plane is designed to beat you down; that is this plane and it sucks. Too bad. Figure it out. Master yourself first, cast no blame, and learn to adapt to challenges.

Questions to ask when you draw Huath: …

I Ching

From IChing.Online – For more information about Hexagram 29

Hexagram Twenty – Nine / 29

K’an / Dangerously Deep

Water follows Water, spilling over any cliff, flowing past all obstacles, no matter the depth or distance, to the Sea.
The Superior Person learns flexibility from the mistakes he has made, and grows strong from the obstacles he has overcome, pressing on to show others the Way.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

You are facing a crucial trial along your Journey.
The danger of this challenge is very real.
It is a test of your mettle.
If you can maintain your integrity and stay true to your convictions, you will overcome.
That’s not as easy as it seems when you are faced with the sacrifice of other things you’ve come to depend upon or hold dear.

Numerology

From World Numerology – Number 29

Twenty – Nine

It is the same as 11. See “Master number 11.” More serious, less social, and can tend to become cynical.

From World Numerology – Master Number 11

See “The Master number 11.” Highly intuitive, even psychic, this Master number is a channel between the sub-conscious and the conscious mind. Highly charged. Can be neurotic.

Angel Number

From Angel Numbers – Number 29

Believe in yourself and in your virtuous life path. You have all the qualification at this moment to help other people around you. Just do what you do best and bring your natural talents to good use.

Animal Spirit Guide and/or Helper

From SpiritAnimal.info

Oh, the Blue Jay! Through the magic of symbolism, the Blue Jay teaches us to follow our feelings and intuition. As a spirit animal, it reminds us that our personal power is in our own hands and that we are free to take flight at any time, which is another way of saying that we have the freedom to choose our own path in life. The Blue Jay is playful yet serious, curious and yet sly, intelligent and cunning. It is also wise and perceptive. Whether a friend or foe, the Blue Jay teaches us how to be realistic and yet optimistic, careful and yet daring. In its expression of personal power, it symbolizes how we can rise above obstacles and challenges in our life.

The symbolism of the Blue Jay…

 

For Your Viewing Pleasurer

The fascinating history of cemeteries – Keith Eggener

This is an interesting take on regular burials and cemeteries. The History of Cemeteries

October 21 On This Day in History

From On This Day

Important Events

1805 Battle of Trafalgar: British Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats combined French and Spanish fleet. Nelson shot and killed during battle.

1854 Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War

1944 World War II: US troops capture Aachen, 1st large German city to fall

1948 UN rejects Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons

1950 Chinese forces occupy Tibet

1993 Failed military coup in Burundi, led by ex-President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, includes assassination President Ndadaye; 525,000 Hutus flee

All these links include birthdays, deaths, weddings and divorces.

Today’s Historical Events

Today’s Film and TV Historical Events

Today’s Historical Music Events

Today’s Historical Sports Events

 

Justice Spell

This is a gray magic spell. The intention of this spell is the person it is being cast on is for them to only suffer as much as you suffered. It is not done to cause any permanent damage to the person on the receiving end of it unless they caused permanent damage to the person casting it.

Be very careful if you write this type of spell that it does not cross over to being a black magick spell. Remember the Threefold Law a.k.a. The Law of Three. Another thing to remember is the Wicce Rede “Do as ye will, lest it harm none”

Justice Spell

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

A Piece of Paper 2 inch/5 cm by 2 inches/5 cm

A RED pen or pencil

A small jar with lid (like from baby food)

Crushed Egg Shells or Black Salt (enough to fill the jar with the piece of paper inside)

Candle – Whatever color you feel you should use to seal the lid onto the jar

Prepare the Jar for the Spell:

Write the persons full name onto the piece of paper as you think about the wrongs they have done to you then fold it in 3. Keeping thinking of your intention for the person to suffer only as much as what they did to you. Pour half of the egg shells or black salt into the jar, place the paper in the jar and pour the rest of the crushed egg shells or black salt over it, stop when the jar is full to just under the lid.

THE SPELL:

Remember to keep your intention in the fore front of your mind as you say the spell at 3 times. The more you repeat it the stronger it will be but be careful so it does not do more to the person than they did to you or you may wind up feeling everything done to you again.

May (Name Of person) feel, what I felt.

May what (Name of person) did to me,

go back to (Name of person) just as strong as (Name of person) did to me.

May this spell tighten around (Name of person) like a belt.

ENd the spell whatever way you usually end any spell after you have repeated this spell

 

Good Morning or Afternoon or Evening

To me the represents the Sun God from Ancient Egypt RA ( also know as From Wikipedia List of Solar Deities) and the Moon Goddess Luna (also known as  From Wikipedia List of Lunar Deities)

Fall has definitely started here in Illinois. I checked the temperature to know how to dress to take our 3 fur kids out. The Weather Channel app on my cellphone says it’s 51⁰F but feels like 46⁰F. I’m going to need more the my thin hoodie this morning which is fine with me. I like the cooler temperatures, watching the last flowers of the year bloom, farmers gathering their crops, leaves changing and falling as Gaia/Mother Earth gets ready for her winter slumber.

There’s nothing in nature that I like more than a good snowstorm preferably when all my loves ones are home safe and sound. To me one of the best things in my life is to curl up on our enclosed front porch in my warm winter fleece shirt and pants and wrapped in a comforter with my cup of 1/2 coffee, 1/2 hot chocolate and just let my mind go wherever it wants too.

In the summer I like to sit outside on the front stoop with either a cold soda or water or iced coffee early in the morning as light eats away at the darkness or as the darkness eats away at the light. This year because of moving to farm country I got to enjoy a still small fawn come with its mother watching over it to nibble on the grass or the older bucks and does coming to graze along the tree line on the hill. Listening to the sounds of frogs and other wildlife that enjoy living in a swampy environment. Seeing a Fox looking for food. Again I let my mind go wherever it wants too.

I did not realize for a long time that when I sit outside at dusk and dawn when it is warmer or inside all toasty warm when it is cooler that this is a form of meditation. For some people that cannot quite their thinking to do what most people refer to as meditation this is a good alternative. I have found this type of random letting my mind ramble that I am able to communicate with and get answers to questions I have asked my Spirit Guides sometimes months ago. It is also a time for me to reflect on how I might change things about myself or decide what I want to accomplish during the day.

Another reason I like winter is most of the things that bother my allergies go dormant for a few months. The biggest negative for me with the change of the seasons is the temperature fluctuation bring about bad fibromyalgia flares and my joints hurt more but this is all part of my body dealing with getting older and helping me to remember I am it is not a child anymore. Although I love letting my inner child come out for a while every day through coloring, our writing a silly story, or doing arts and crafts, while watching cartoons and still getting a good laugh out of most of them.

SHHHH… don’t tell on me but this winter I plan on getting my fiancée, Big Dawg (he got the name when he did canine law enforcement training in his younger years…shoulder shrug) into a snowball fight as this man really needs to find his inner child. He is a warm, loving, and consider man but really needs to lighten up a bit. Remember this info is just between us.

He doesn’t even like to give out anything to child for trick or treating…yes this year that is changing and I am giving out cute Halloween themed pencils. No candy as there are a few people every year that have to many negative nasties around them and/or to much negative energy inside of them and the aura that try to hurt children by putting needles, pins, pieces of not edible things into candy or whatever kind of edible they are passing out to unsuspecting children.

Ok here I’m going to gray magic but I would love to have just one of the people to forget that they have poisoned the candy they are handing out and eat one themselves. This is the one Shabbat that I do a Justice spell, I wrote a few years ago, not aimed at one specific person but at humanity as a whole through out the USA. What the intention of the spell is that the person get equal negative energy or negative whatever they have put out towards another person or persons. That they mean or bad person gets no more but no less than they put out or did to someone else. That spell will be going up today.

What is your favorite season and why? Do you remember to embrace your inner child? If you do not please try it, it make living life as an adult so much more fun. If you allow your inner child out, how do you do it? I am really looking for more ways to let mine out. I am anxiously awaiting the first wet snow to fall to make a snowman and snow angels.

A tidbit about my sister Lady Silver Sage likes the season of Fall or Autumn the best out of the four.

Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondences for Wednesday

From Angel Fire – Wednesday

Mercury: wisdom, healing, communication, intelligence, memory, education, correspondence, phone calls, computers, messages, students, merchants, editing, writing, advertising, signing contracts, sibling, neighbors, kin, accounting, clerks, critics, music, editors, journalists, visual arts, hiring employees, learning languages, placing ads, visiting friends, legal appointments, astrology

The day of Woden, whose name is also pronounced Odin, a Norse God of poetry, resourcefulness and all things mystical. Attune with these energies this day and you find Odin’s power will be with you.

Other correspondences for Wednesday are:

Mercury Rituals: Career

Element: Air

Colour: Orange

Number: 0

From Plentiful Earth – Wednesday

Planet: Mercury

Element: Air

Gender: Masculine

Deities: Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin, Woden

Colors: Yellow, Silver, Gray, Purple, Orange, Mixed Colors

Crystals: Agates, Amber, Aventurine, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli, Mercury/Quicksilver, Pumice, Sodalite, Zinc

Herbs & Plants: Aspen Trees, Ferns, Lavender, Lilies, Periwinkle

Incenses: Eucalyptus, Mercury Oil, Jasmine, Lavender, Sweetpea

Energies & Associations: Answers, Arts, Business Transaction, Chance, Charisma, Communication, Creativity, Debt, Divination, Education, Fear, Flexibility, Fortune, Gambling, Luck, Mental Health, Psychic Work, Quickness, Study, Summoning Spirits, Swiftness, Teaching, Travel, Work, Writing

From LightWarriorsLegion.com – Wednesday

From mycrystalaura.com.au

Wednesday   (Wodin’s day)
Planet: Mercury.
Colours: Yellow, Grey and Mixed Hues.
Metals: Mercury and Zinc.
Crystals: CitrineAgatesAventurine, Mica, Pumice.

From ask-angels.com – Wednesday

Archangel Raphael –“Healer of God”

Raphael’s main focus is healing, on all levels including mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical healing. Raphael helps those who are in need of healing, those who are healers, and those who wish to develop healing abilities. Simply ask Archangel Raphael to help you, or to go to a loved one, and you will invoke the assistance of this powerful Archangel. Raphael will also work behind the scenes to heal situations, relationships, and to inspire you to make healthy choices.

Golden Opportunity: How to Make Your Own Safe Food Coloring at Home

I was amazed when I read this article about what manufactured food coloring can do to a person. Than I was excited to read how it explains how to make your own out of vegetables and other things.

Information on how and why to make your own food coloring

It’s hard to imagine birthday cakes without colorful writing, vibrant flowers, or other exciting designs. But the colors in our cakes, candies, and other popular foods may not be as innocuous as their pretty exteriors would lead us to believe.

Research suggests that synthetic food coloring may harm human health in a variety of ways. But in spite of the risk factors, these colorants are cropping up in more foods than ever before. Although they provide no nutritional value, they’re added to a wide range of foods to intensify color or give those foods the color people expect to see.1 (For example, boxed cake batters may be dyed yellow in to look like they’re made from real eggs.)

With a little effort, you can avoid synthetic food coloring. Here’s why

What Happened on October 17 in the Past

From On This Day

Important Events

  • 1854 French and British forces bombard Sevastopol for the first time during the Crimean War
  • 1907 Guglielmo Marconi‘s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland
  • 1943 Burma railway completed, built by Allied POWs and Asian laborers for use of the Japanese army
  • 1973 OPEC oil ministers use oil as an economic weapon in the Arab-Israeli War, mandating a cut in exports and recommending an embargo against unfriendly states
  • 2017 Islamic State headquarters Raqqa declared under full control of US-led alliance by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello after 4 months of fighting

October 17 Historical Events

Film and TV History

October 17 Music History

October 17 Sport History