Costumes

 

Merry meet all,

Are you all thinking of the perfect costume for that soiree or seance? The store aisles are full of costumes. It is still early while you chow down on candy corn or roasted pumpkin seeds to get a costume. The stores such as Value Village, a thrift store, carries an array of costumes, perfect for whatever strikes your fancy.

I have never worn a plastic costume for as long as I can recall. Samhain is a special time of year so your costume should be too. My Mother was a seamstress and was always sewing a costume at the last minute. I still own the spider web cape. That’s a good thing because that type of fabric is very hard to find. The spider web design on the black chiffon type fabric is hard to see but it is there. I attached the tiny black plastic spiders to the cape. It is still in great shape.

I know my dear readers know I am a seamstress. But if you choose to make your own costume, bear a few points in mind. Start now if you want enough time to make the costume and make any final changes/ repairs to the costume. Don’t go into too much detail of the costume, Do keep it simple. Some of my sewing projects took longer to make than I initially anticipated. Be sure you have all the materials and tools you need plus a friend’s assistance. Stock up on thread and other supplies so you aren’t racing to the fabric store 5 minutes before closing time.

The easiest choice is buy a costume. It may initially cost a lot but sewing is so complicated, the best solution is to buy it. But that doesn’t have to mean going cheap. A great costume at a decent price can still be found. I hope you all find the perfect costume. Don’t think that buying one is not as great as making your own. Sewing a costume is tedious and can result easily in frustration.

If you have costumes left over from your younger days, donate them or give them to someone younger like your  sibling. It is one night and the point of the festive holiday is to have fun. That brings to my next point. Make sure you are comfortable and safe in your costume. Make sure you can see where you are going and flame retardant can be kept in mind too. You should be able to move freely and feel good in it. It couldn’t hurt to check on your sibling’s costumes too. Masks shouldn’t hinder your visibility.  I’d much prefer to stock up on costume makeup than costumes.

The trick with costumes when buying one is asking yourself if you will wear it more than once. That way you get your money out of it. And not to sound vain here but compliments can help you earn your buck with your garment.

Good luck finding  that perfect Chewbacca or Spiderman or Wolfman costume!!

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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Haunting

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Samhain creeps closer and closer. This time of year is renowned for the veil becoming thin and spirits roaming the earth. Some of them may even be our ancestors. A special book is on hold for me entitled 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die by Lorren Rhodes. I can’t wait to read it and learn more about different cemeteries around the world.

Recently I was approached by someone to perform a house cleansing for them. I prepared a kit for the house cleansing last night. I included candles, sage smudge sticks, palo santo, a charcoal disc, resin, an altar cloth, a black cloth, cauldron ash, blood moon oil, a feather, charcoal disc tongs, a skull spoon, a seashell to hold the smudge, a pouch to hold my special recipe of protective salt, a protection potion, a vial of black salt and a vial of garden sage. I also included a brown candle to banish spirits and a purple candle for psychic development as he is quite intuitive.

All of these items have a purpose. I magically empowered them and put my intention in them. My special salt recipe is table salt with ground rosemary and a few drops of clary sage essential oil. I sprinkled blood moon oil  on everything. I stored the salt in vials and small jars. I selected and empowered special gemstones for the house cleansing too.

I created a protective talisman for him. I fashioned a pentacle from clay and dried it in the oven. It will hang from jewelry wire and a small crystal quartz gem hangs from the pentacle. It is empowered with the intention of protection. I empowered it by leaving it on my altar to charge it with energy.

I stirred the salt, clay sage essential oil  and rosemary together with the skull spoon. It is stored in a jar. I shook the jar too to evenly distribute the ingredients. Sage can clear a room of negative energy. Palo santo clears a room of spirits more potently. The feather will be used to wave the smudge around the room.

The rosemary, clary sage and salt mix can be used in a cleansing bath, and to protect the home. I am all prepared to perform the house cleansing. I can’t wait for Friday.

The Horror Writers Association is once again hosting the annual Hallloween Haunts blog event. I am happy to be participating in it again. I shall post more about that later.

If any of my dear readers here are doing séances or cleansing their own homes of unwanted energies. consider using the same tools I listed above to aid you. Good luck to you all and have a magickal fall season. 

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

 

 

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Skulls

 

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October has come with magick and the changing of the seasons. Pumpkins fill store shelves and bask on decks of houses. Today the sky is overcast, birds fly to my feeder and leaves fall to the earth.

I bought a cool skull ornament from Pier 1 imports. I bought the last one the store carried. It is decorated with jewels and there is a pearl in the eye. I named her Tiamat. I also found a cool dark black spiderweb fabric tablecloth. I love spiders so finding that was a definite bonus. I won’t decorate my house too much for Samhain because it looks like that all year in here.

I bought the skull because I like them, I’m not scared by them and I am drawn to the morbid and macabre. Or I wouldn’t be writing this blog. Today I am having a nice dinner with my Mom for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to dine on some good home cooked food. I think I will get some herbs for the garden. My garden is dying back for winter.

Skulls symbolize death and to me, something eternal. They scare people because they remind them of their mortality. Skulls adorn cathedrals and catacombs. They are popular for their cool appearance.

I hope you all find a cool object to help you celebrate Samhain this month. The stores are now all full of decorations.

My blog post for the Horror Writers Association about cemeteries is scheduled for October 25th. I will be promoting and posting it here when the time comes.

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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Thrifty Shopping for Samhain )O(

 

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Are you spying pumpkins and sunflowers on store shelves yet? The local stores here are now carrying their range of ghoulish and witchy Halloween items. I scored a stunning dress yesterday. Its the perfect time to stock up on items for Samhain. I believe that the best witchy items aren’t found at witchy shops but at thrift shops.

You don’t have to blow the bank to stock up on Samhain provisions. I can’t afford to though I wish I could. Candles, incense and gemstones can be purchased on a budget. While you are shopping, ask yourself if you will use it and if you really need it. Buy something that has more than one purpose. A gown that you will wear once shouldn’t be bought at full price. The Halloween trinket that looks cool now may end up collecting dust on a shelf. Think hard about your purchases. I have spider stickers on my walls but I left them up all year. If I ever took them down, I would store them in a bag or folder for future use.

If you want to buy pumpkins, again think about how you will use it. Pumpkins are good in soups, bread and of course, roasted seeds. Use small pumpkins for cooking and the large ones for decorating. Soak the pumpkin in bleach water and it will last longer, giving you more bang for your buck. Save some seeds to sprout for next year’s pumpkin patch.

Here are some ideas for you to save on money and witch up your pad: Corn cobs with black kernels can hang on a side of a kitchen cabinet all year. Paint a small plant pot black. You may need to add a few coats of paint. Store the graveyard dirt in the now transformed urn. It is so cheap and such a cool way to decorate for Samhain. I leave my ‘urn’ out all year. I taped black cardboard bats to my walls and left them up. Hang braided garlic up for protection in your kitchen.

Buy candles and candlesticks at thrift shops. You can program your intentions into the candle once you get home. If you are bolder to make your own, and you’re like  me, create your candle making tools over time. Do not buy it all at once. But don’t be discouraged from making your own candles either. It is fun and rewarding once you know how to. I love it. I just need to invest in some fancy candle molds.

 I hope this was helpful. Have a wonderful autumn season,

Blessed be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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In the autumn spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The dark time of year is nearly here. I love Mabon. You can read more about Mabon on my other page. Mabon is the autumn equinox. Mabon is a time of balance.

I harvested my garlic. I unearthed the garlic with a trowel. I didn’t think it out enough the spot where I planted the garlic. There were roots and rocks. I will grow the garlic somewhere less tricky next time. The earth smelled good. The white stems were brittle. I collected the garlic from the earth. Then I cut the cloves/ bulbs from the stems. I will let the bulbs and cloves dry out for a few weeks. I will then brush the dirt off. Mmm my own garden grown home made garlic. I can’t wait to taste it.

I saw pumpkins in the local grocery store. The day feels a little cool and its overcast. These are the autumn days I love. The spirit world is closer to us now too. Working in the garden  is one way to develop a relationship with spirits. When I harvested the garlic, I left some gemstones in the soil. It is a way of thanking the spirits for their help with the garlic.

This fall, before the frost, I will leave an offering of milk, honey or wine for the spirits for their help during the whole growing season. This act makes the spirits feel appreciated. If they feel that way, They want to help when they see that.

I’ll post more about that in the future.

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch

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Spooky News

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I have spooky good news!! You have heard some of this already but I have been on a lucky streak.  FunDead publications is publishing my short story, The Grimm Pumpkin, in their anthology this summer. My poem is published in the whimsical anthology Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things by Nimbus. And– my horror poem, Encounter with Death will be published by Lycan Valley Press in a dark verse anthology of poetry this fall.

So this is great news and even more reason to celebrate autumn. I have a million reasons to do that anyway but this is one more. If you go to my Published Works page, you can hover over the image of the book which will take you directly to the publishers website. I hope you all do stroll over there or to a local bookstore and consider buying these books.

Fall is coming. I love the season of autumn. It awakens the paranormal lover within me. Well I love the paranormal anyway. My favorite color is autumn. My other favorite color is October. I want to plan early this time how I shall celebrate Samhain instead of running around like a jack o lantern with its head cut off. Well you know what I mean. I will bake early and prepare early. I find it too stressful to leave things to the last minute. I also plan to perform the ancestral supper, my tradition, alone. It is too awkward to do that with other people. Besides I see it a certain way and I have to perform alone. It makes sense to me. That’s ok with me.

I am still editing my novel. I am making headway. I’ve completed the short story edits and signed the contract. I can’t wait to read One Night in Salem, where I’ve never been. I hope to visit there one day.

Lots to look forward to !!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )0(

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Autumn Harvest

Broomsticks & Cauldrons

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I’m excited about the upcoming publication of my short story, The Grimm Pumpkin, in the anthology One Night in Salem, produced by FunDead Publications. I have signed the contract and finished the edits. If you go over to my Published Works page, the book is listed there. If you hover the mouse over the image of the book, you are taken by hyperlink to the publisher’s website. You can learn more about the book and where to preorder the book. I can’t wait for the book release. I am proud to be involved in this project.

The other good news is that the anthology of childrens’ poetry including my poem is also published. Not by the same publisher, but I feel great about that too. The book is also listed in my bibliography.

The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Mabon. Its hard to…

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Mount Olivet cemetery Part 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The harvest season is upon us. Before we know it, summer will give way to the cool crisp days of autumn. I returned to Mount Olivet cemetery today. I explored the other far side of the cemetery. I prefer the side of the cemetery close to the road. I am more familiar with that side.

I like the energy better there. I am very sensitive to energies. It feels very open for a cemetery. You would think it would look or seem shrouded in mists, bony trees and there’d be more crumbling ruins. The cemetery is open and has a feel like you were walking through a park.

Crows flew through the cemetery or perched on tombs. I paused in my step when I saw a crow resting on a tomb marker. He didn’t seem bothered by my presence at all. He flew over to a tree. I respect and fear crows. They warned me of a death in the past. I believe crows can sense if a witch is near or around them. They can remember a person. I’ve lived in my neighborhood for eight years. I am sure they know me by now. I will offer them bird seed.

As I walked through the whole cemetery, it hit me how vast the cemetery was. It also hit me just how many of the dead inhabit the cemetery. I approached a tree where I found a clean mussel shell and some heavy white rocks. A seagull was hungry in the past.

I hope to try the exercises from Michelle Belanger’s book Walking the Twilight Path soon. She has a book about becoming more familiar with death and cemeteries. I suspect I have to try the exercises under cover of night to avoid suspicion from ‘muggles’. But it is still July. I see July as a month of uninhibited fun and time to take time of from death and cemeteries. August ushers in the season of the harvest. I will begin her exercises in the autumn once it begins.

I am partial to donning cloaks and long dresses with billowing sleeves. I usually wear black too. I wear black because it attracts spirits and it is a cool color. I feel more alive in black. I like to look like a witch. I have gone to extreme efforts such as sewing lots of my own clothing. I am sure I would get glances parading around a cemetery  in my paraphernalia but honestly I don’t care. I dress for myself not for other people. Life is too short.

I can’t wait to get started on my new project. It’s so awesome that there’s a cemetery so close to where I live. That will make it easier then I can return home on the nature trail, which is also close by. All I need is a journal and an open mind.

A few more books to read if you’re interested in necromancy are Goth Craft by Raven Digitalis, Summoning Spirits and Nocturnal Witchcraft by Konstantinos, Spirit Conjuring for Witches by Barrabas, and The Witches Book of the Dead by Day. If you read all these books, you will have a more rounded amount of knowledge about honoring the dead. I would highly recommend that. You have to be careful.

There are other books available on the subject. I am suggesting these titles because I have already read them and enjoy them.

I now know how to cast off energy once I exit the cemetery that I don’t own. People should familiarize themselves with centering, grounding and shielding their energy. Then you can discard what you don’t want in your aura more effectively.

I have a new reason to anticipate autumn’s arrival. Blessings

Lady Spiderwitch

 

 

 

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Bones, Blood and Poison: The Path of Traditional Witchcraft

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City of the Dead- Mount Olivet Cemetery

Merry meet all,

I live near the Mount Olivet cemetery with its own claim to fame. It is where the Titanic victims were buried. I often visit there, I stroll near the graves down a path littered with tree roots, dead leaves and rotted apples. Apple trees grow on the other side of the stone wall. Though the trees appear to grow in and out of the cemetery.

A brook runs on the other side of the cemetery. The brook gurgles. I like to think of it as a vessel for spirits to travel to the Underworld. 

Trees line the outer edges of the cemetery. A crow nest rests in one of the trees. The cemetery is somewhat kept up in good condition. Crows perch on tombstones, ruffling their ebony feathers. They must sense and guide more spirits than we sense. Crows have long held the reputation of guiding spirits over to the Otherworld.

I once saw something that reeked of death and disgusted me. Our society tucks death away into a corner, glossed over, unseen. We don’t like to look at the ugly bare side of Death. We now have funeral homes, morgues and the like to take care of our loved ones when their time comes. We hand over our Elders to caretakers in special homes. We slather creams on our skin, exercise and live in eternal fear of death. It’s not going to happen to us. It is in someone else’s yard. We don’t look at it or acknowledge it. We can dye our hair and trim fat away. We crave youth. Death is real. It is the other side of life. It is inevitable. It skips alongside life from the second we are born. It skips us in our step eventually. We all have our turn. It is a question of when. Every time I see a cemetery, I am reminded of that unalterable fact.

I saw a few carpenter ants on a rotted apple in the cemetery. It occurred the day before the 1st of October. I assumed the carpenter ants were dead. They didn’t move. I studied the tree trunk. It appeared for a moment to be in the cemetery and on the outside of it by the way the trunk was shaped. Sunlight shone on the apple tree trunk. I returned my attention to the apple. Then …. one of the ants moved. I was disgusted. It was the way the ant moved that revolted me for some reason. I stared at the apple, feeling my insides churn. The ants were attracted to the taste of the apple’s fruit. I walked to another spot but I couldn’t forget it.

I don’t know why I saw that. It was in a way an embodiment of that which we most ignore: death. The decay of the body or of the flesh of the apple. A reminder of mortality. It is fitting it was witnessed within the cemetery. Egg shells abandoned by baby birds have a terrible smell. Nature is visceral, organic, raw and untamed.

Tours of the cemetery are offered to the public. There are signs posted to guide people who visit the cemetery about particular sections of the cemetery. Since I live nearby, I hike through it many times as I go to the metro transit to catch a bus. The graves of the Titanic victims are buried in a small plot. A plaque stands near the graves to inform tourists of the tragic tale of the Titanic.

So far I have only explored one side of the cemetery. I have yet to visit and acquaint myself with the other parts. I love sauntering through the cemetery, hearing twigs crunch underfoot and mashing leaves with my shoes. I like the wind in my hair. I like to think of a cemetery as its own microcosm, its own world, other, a city of the dead full of its own web of life. It holds that within. 

Do I fear death? Sure I do. But I just have my own weird perspective. I have a fear of drowning too. Every autumn, where I live, there is a lovely birch tree trunk where I see insects crawl up and down it, birds visit it, and cats climb its trunk. But in one corner of the window where I can see the tree, spiders build webs to catch insects. I’ve seen spiders catch struggling moths in its snare. I usually get grossed out then. I think death and nature are intertwined. Spiders don’t eat their prey: spiders drain the blood of their prey. The spiders check for prey when they sense a tremor in their amazing webs. Nature is beautiful and also about death. In the winter, the foliage dies back, the gardens fall under the scythe, the earth rests till spring. It happens without question, inevitable. 

I also aid in the cleanliness of the cemetery. I clean up the garbage and debris people leave on the ground. The dead deserve a clean environment for their eternal cold rest. It is disrespectful to scatter garbage everywhere. If people can do that, then it is fair to assume they don’t have respect for the dead. 

Get to know the history of your town. A great way to do that is to explore a cemetery or two on your own. It can teach you a lesson about death. Hopefully the lesson will be necessary yet not unpleasant.

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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