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Spooky Samhain Storm

Merry Meet All,

I am back from my brief hiatus and trip away to Twa Corbies. I had a great time. Alas, the weather prevented us from enjoying the Bonfire. We were forced indoors and watched movies instead. That did not stop me from having a great time. I saw the horses and the other barn animals. They are too cute. The highlight of the trip was the ride up to the cabin in the woods. No, not that cabin. The woods were peaceful and quiet. I heard the rain plunking down on the roof of the cabin. When my mother picked me up to go home, the trip ended on a tragic note. My mother hit a painted turtle with her car. We turned back and the poor creature’s shell was cracked and it was bleeding. Ouch. We took it back to my friend’s place who put the creature out of it’s suffering. He harvested the meat of the turtle. I felt better knowing the turtle was not suffering. Some of you may be grossed out. I know Cliff Seruntine and he believes in using the entire animal and in not wasting it. He hunts deer but he uses the entire animal for drum skins or something like that. The fact that the turtle was injured so close to Samhain hit me like I was whacked like a sledgehammer. It upset me more. I plan to honor the turtle this Samhain.

I also want to say that I hope those who are in the path of Hurricane Sandy are faring well. I live in Nova Scotia. We have had rain, dark cloudy skies, and strong winds. I have seen pictures of the storm’s impact and it looks like frightening stuff. I hope for those who were impacted by Sandy to be well and safe.

So for those of you are who are not impacted by Sandy, and have fled to higher ground, I would love to hear what you think or how you plan to celebrate Samhain this year. Perhaps you are worried about the hurricane and planning on partying indoors? I welcome guest bloggers to post on my blog and share their thoughts and inspirations. I look forward to hearing from you all!! Or if you want, you can commnent to share your ideas.

I encourage you all to make your safety a priority this Samhain. Have fun and blessings to all of you and those impacted by the superstorm.

Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

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The Magic of Samhain

Merry Meet All,

Can you feel the chill and energy in the air? Do you hear it in the crinkle of the leaves and the whispers on the wind? Do you smell it in the air and the scent of pumpkins baking in your ovens? Samhain is only a few days away. I hope you’re all ready.

I will be out of town this weekend. I will be back next week, so I won’t be able to post on my blog. But I won’t forget about my blog while I frolic with spirits, faeries, the Green Man, and the other wondrous mysterious creatures of the Elfwood at Twa Corbies Hollow. More about that later.

Samhain is next week and if you have all been following my blog, you should be all ready. I have a few last minute details I have to take care of. I plan to do that today. The Full Moon will be shining in the ghostly skies soon. There is much to look forward to.

Wishing you all a happy, safe, memorable, magical Spooky Samhain!!
Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Samhain on a Shoestring

Merry Meet All,

On Hallowe’en the thing
you must do
Is pretend that nothing
can frighten you
An’if somethin’ scares you
and you want to run
Jus’ let on like
its Hallowe’en fun
– From an Early Nineteeth-Century Postcard

Samhain is tons of magical fun. Many witches this year will be gathering in their covens to celebrate the third harvest Sabbat. Costumes, decorations and candy can become expensive. Read more to learn how to celebrate and have a memorable time.

If you or your child needs a costume, you can either sew the costume yourself or look in a thrift store for a costume. My sister visited me and came home with a bag of free material for a costume for her daughter. Hold a costume swap with your friends and make the costume swap into a party.

You can still have some spooky decorations to give trick or treaters the shivers when they come to your door. Scarecrows are easy to make. You need some sturdy wooden sticks, old clothing, and they can be stuffed with leaves. Cobwebs are affordable and can be strung across a fence for a spooky look. To make bats, shun the expensive cardstock and use bristleboard for a scary troop of bats that can be holepunched and hung from trees to spy on eager children.

Buy candy in bulk and consider buying just one or two kinds of candy. Raisins are a good, healthy snack and chocolates can be bought in bulk to save money. Buy candy in bulk from Costco and divvy it up between you and your friends for the big night.

Save the decorations that you make for Halloween for the following years. Or reuse a black cape from a previous costume for a new costume idea this year. I was gifted with a black wool cloak that can be reused every year.

Get decorations from the dollar store. That is a great way to have decorations without spending a lot of money. Save them and keep them in good condition for next year’s freakfest. Get inspired from the entries from this blog, such as the bat mobile. That can be saved for several Halloween parties.

Carve a pumpkin on the day of Samhain. Buy a few more for baking and cooking. Make Samhain shortbread cookies. You can buy Halloween cookie cutters at the dollar store that can be reused every year. Roast the seeds and make a pot of delicious healthy pumpkin soup.

Make a cd of scary tunes. Set your stereo outside and crank up the volume. Use an extension cord to be able to play the music outside. Hide and dress up in a costume. Watch the kiddies scream with glee when they come to your door for candy.

I hope these tips help you and get you in the mood for a sensational, spine-tingling Samhain.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Invocation to Bast

Merry Meet All,

Black cats are a famous symbol of Halloween. But cats are also at risk at this time of year. It is imperative that you protect your frisky felines. Here is a meditation for you to try to invoke the Egyptian Goddess Bast. I performed this meditation at my altar at Samhain. I am going to write it like how I experienced it, but you can rewrite it and alter it to your preferences.

I entered a temple. In the temple, were lots of cats- no surprise, and the Egyptian Goddess Bast. The temple was dark and the hall was dark. I walked down a long hallway, fragrant with incense. On either side of me were beautiful cats watching me as I stroke down the corridor. I reached the end of the hall, which opened into the main room of the temple. The cats kept watching me. At the head of the room, across a huge pool, was a woman and a cat. I assumed it was Bast. I bowed and implored Bast to protect my cat Lady Shadow. I bowed again, left an offering, and exited the temple.

In China, the tiger is considered the king as opposed to lions. The tiger is associated with Tsai Shen Yeh, the Chinese God of wealth. Asian lore portrays the tiger as the guardian of the dead. The tiger is sometimes seen in graves for protection, ensuring peace for those who have passed away. The symbolism of the Chinese Tiger is power, energy, royalty, protection, generosity, illumination, and unpredictability. Tigers are associated with yang energy and are a solar animal which corresponds with the solar symbols of the sun, summer, and fire.

Meditate on the Chinese tiger if you wish to honor one who has passed on. If you want to attract wealth to your life, concentrate on wealth and copper coins.

I hope your cats stay safe this Samhain.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Education about Nature

Merry Meet All,

Today I hear the leaves scraping the ground, blown by the wind. The trees are almost bare now and a gray sky darkens the sky. It is early yet but I plan to enjoy a walk on the nature trail. This weekend I plan to go to Twa Corbies and share a wonderful magical weekend with my friends.

Samhain is not just about trick or treating or performing a ritual to honor our ancestors. The dumb supper ritual is a huge part of it, to be sure. I have heard some debate about people attending Wiccan schools to learn about being a witch and those who say if you want a ‘Free’ education to learn to be a witch, just go outside. I’m in favor with the outdoor enthusiasts. To me, the best place to learn is by going outdoors- in all weather.

I scoff at those Pagans/ Wiccans/ what have you, who would never dream of shedding their expensive velvet cloaks and huge silver pentacles. Nothing wrong with having some flair but to freak out if your mascara and glitter runs down your cheek when it’s freezing outside when you are supposed to be honoring the Four Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water is so passe to me. Personally I can’t understand that mentality. I have performed rituals outdoors in freezing cold weather. Granted, it would be uncomfortable to perform a ritual skyclad in winter cold outdoors. I’ve never done it but I was cold when I performed a ritual outdoors in the park.

But I digress… Samhain is the time to don your woolly cloaks and venture outdoors to clear the sidewalks, pathways, roads, etc., of the leaves. Put some tea in your thermos, call your friends, and get outside while the awesome colors of nature are there to be enjoyed. If you live in the country, you may be fortunate to hear owls, see deer, coyotes, or rabbits.

It is the time to feel the energy around you and to catch the Fae and Sidhe spying on you. Time to leave offerings to the fae who aided you in your garden all summer. I left an offering of honey mixed with milk and sunflower seeds on my garden. The birds ate the seeds.

Collect nature findings such as acorns, seeds, pinecones, fiery colored leaves, or wildflowers for flower arrangements. Look for animal tracks. Explore a trail you have never noticed before. Enjoy some time spent on the trail or park and meditate to connect with your gods. Test your knowledge about squirrel, crow, or birds calls. Decorate your lawn, deck or garden for Halloween. Bring in herbs or flowers for the winter from your garden.

I grew up in the heart of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I was immersed in nature and at nature’s mercy. There is no gas station, hospital, large grocery store, or restaurant there. We learned to live by our wits. I went on whale cruises, learned how to identify herbs, learned how to spot animal tracks, went on hikes, learned how to fish and trim trees,and how to horse back ride and burn brush. If only those Pagans and Wiccans thought that way. They want to learn in a pristine clean environment. I spotted many many moose, heard owl calls, watched blue lightning flash over the ocean, saw eagles soar over the ocean, and watched whales splash and show off. I loved every mintue of it.

The photo is taken from the deck at the chalet in Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Cabot Trail, Cape Breton. Home is where my heart is.

So in closing, please, get outdoors and enjoy nature. Nature is showing off. I think the Goddess took a colorful paintbrush to the trees.

Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch )0(

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My magical purple candle

Merry Meet All,

Samhain is a magical and mystical time. My lawn and garden are a colorful melody of fiery leaves. Even though my garden is preparing itself for the harsh winter, it is still stunning. The coleus mingles with the fiery colorful leaves.

Most witches are busy bustling in their kitchens, scurrying to be ready in time for Samhain. This weekend I made a purple pillar herbal candle. I am proud of it. It turned out beautifully. I like the melt and pour method of making candles.

Paraffin wax has its benefits and its minuses. It is easy to melt and suited for a melt and pour method, but paraffin wax does burn black soot. The black soot is harmful to your health. Despite that, it is the most widely used wax. Soy and beeswax are better for our health and the environment.

I melted the paraffin wax in the double boiler and turned the heat down to a low temperature. In another pot, on low, I melted juniper, bay leaf, lavender, willow, sage, rosemary, betony, lemon vervain, lemon balm and bee balm, and mugwort with olive oil. I picked a bit of willow bark from the tree growing beside the house I live in and added that. I remembered to thank the tree and prepared the wick. When the paraffin wax had melted, I added the purple dye and the herbal oil to the wax. I allowed it to blend and carefully poured the wax into the glass jar. I sprayed the jar with cooking spray prior to adding the wax.

I tied the excess wick to a pencil and rested the pencil across the glass jar to keep the wick centered in the candle. The wick was quite long and trailed on the counter. That is a useful tip if you want a nice neat centered wick when you are finished. The other option is to stick a wick pin in the center then later, add the wick. When the wax had cooled, I topped the top surface of the candle with more wax. I still had a small hole in the top part of the candle, so I pushed in an amethyst bead piece.

The candle set in the jar overnight in the freezer. I could not remove the candle from the jar till morning, when the jar shattered. I guess I have to invest in plastic molds from now on. I left lots of wick and trimmed the excess.

When making candles, it is advised that you take your time to turn out a stunning candle, never leave melting wax unattended, and do not burn yourself from the hot wax. Do not pour wax down the kitchen sink. I am eager to learn more about making candles and creating many beautiful candles in the future.

My candle is powerful. I will use it wisely during the Samhain Ritual on the 31st!!

Have a wonderful Samhain
Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Spooky Samhain Poetry

Merry Meet All,

Samhain would not be complete without a round of poems that fire our imaginations and conjure images of spooks and spectres. The poetry I like is of a different time. These poems are famous and stand the test of time. Let’s join in and enjoy these spooky poems. Make a hot cup of cider, put on warm wool socks, curl up, and enjoy this treat.

My favorite poem is The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service. A chill crawls up my spine when I hear my grandmother read this poem with her thick Scottish accent. She does the poem justice.

The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service

There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold. The
Arctic trails have their own queer tales that would make your blood run cold. The
Northern Lights have seen queer sights but the queerest they ever did see Was that
night on the marge of Lake Lebarge, I cremated Sam McGee.

Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee where the cotton blooms and blows Why he
left his house in the south to roam round the Pole, God only knows. He was always
cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell Though he’d often say in
his homely way that he’d sooner live in Hell.

On a Christmas day we were mushing our way over the Dawson Trail Talk of your
cold through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail! If our eyes we’d close then the lashes froze till sometimes we couldn’t see It wasn’t much fun but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.

And that very night as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the snow And the
dogs were fed and the stars o’erhead were dancing heel and toe He turned to me and
“Cap” says he “I’ll cash in this trip I guess and if I do, I’m asking that you won’t
refuse my last request.”

Well he seemed so low that I couldn’t say no then he says with a sort of moan “It’s
the cursed cold and it’s got right hold till I’m chilled clean through to the bone, Yet tain’t being dead-it’s my awful dread of the icy grave that pains So I want you to swear that foul or fair, you’ll cremate my last remains.”

A pal’s last need is a thing to heed so I swore I would not fail And we started on at the streak of dawn but God he looked ghastly pale He crouched on the sleigh and he raved all day of his home in Tennessee. And before nightfall a corpse was all that was left of Sam McGee.

There wasn’t a breath in that land of death, and I hurried home, horror-driven With a
corpse half hid that I couldn’t get rid, because of a promise given; It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say “You may tax your brawn and brains, But you promised true, and it’s up to you to cremate these last remains.”

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code. In the days to come, though my lips were dumb in my heart how I cursed that load! In the long, long night, by the lone firelight, while the huskies, round in a ring, Howled out their woes to the homeless snows- Oh God, how I loathed the thing!

And every day that quiet clay seemed to heavy and heavier grow; And on I went, though the dogs were spent and the grub was getting low. The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in; And I’d often sing to the hateful thing, and it hearkened with a grin.

Till I came at last to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict there lay; It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the Alice May. And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I thought of my frozen chum; Then “Here”, said I, with a sudden cry, “is my cre-ma-tor-eum!”

Some planks I tore from the cabin floor and I lit the boiler fire; Some coal I found that was lying around, and I heaped the fuel higher; The flames just soared, and the furnace roared such a blaze you seldom see, And I borrowed a hole in the glowing
coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

Then I made a hike, for I didn’t like to hear him sizzle so: And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled, and the wind began to blow, It was icy cold, but the hot
sweat rolled down my cheeks, and I don’t know why; And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak went streaking down the sky.

I do not know how long in the snow I wrestled with grisly fear; But the stars came out and they danced about ere again I ventured near; I was sick with dread, but I bravely said, “I’ll just take a peek inside. I guess he’s cooked and it’s time I looked.” Then the door I opened wide.

And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar; And he
wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said, “Please close that door. It’s fine in here but I greatly fear you’ll let in the cold and storm– Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it’s the first time I’ve been warm.”

There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic Trails have their secret tales That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights, But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge I cremated Sam McGee.

“MacBeth” William Shakespeare

Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble…
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

From an early nineteenth-century postcard

May every trick
That you try to-night
Foretell a future
Of true delight.

Samhain Benediction

It is time to bid farewell
As this Samhain passes slowly
Soon the dawning will embrace us
And the sunset portal close
Until the turning of the year
We must part for just a while
Yet I know there is no ending
And the golden thread spins outward
To that place where you are going
Until I travel there to meet you
Or you return upon the autumn
On that sacred night of Spirits
When we shall meet again.
Blessed Be
– David Norris

Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Feast of the Dead

Merry Meet All,

If you are not in a coven, fret not. You can still enjoy Samhain and perform a wonderful ritual. Read more to find out how.

Prepare your house or room. Ues black & orange candles, carved pumpkins and some other traditional Samhain items on your altar. Refer back to the earlier entry for ideas on how to decorate your altar.

Prepare the table for the Feast of the Dead. It should be covered with a black- or brown tablecloth and set with dishes. Place a chair at the head of the table, draped in a black cloth, to represent the spirit. The spirit’s place is set with a white votive candle on it. Set places for each of the dead that you hope will join you, and place black votive candle on their plates. Plates for the living are empty, of course, awaiting the feast food to be served.

Food Preparation
Keep it simple or as elaborate as you prefer: bread, fruit, nuts, and juice or wine. If you’ve invited living guests, make it a potluck. Since the ritual will be performed in silence, try not to clutter the tabletop.

Light the candles and turn out the lights
Call the quarters (ask the Guardians of the WatchTowers to witness and protect your circle.) Cast a circle (use whatever method your tradition tells you.)

Invite the deities
Refer back to the Gods of Samhain post to get ideas on which deity to invoke. Be careful!
Thank them for their help this year and for the guidance offered during the year. Ask that they offer guidance during the new year. If the departed loved ones were esp. cloes to the deities, invite them as well.

Feast of the Dead
Light the candles on the plates of the dead and the spirit
The feast should occur in reverent silence so that you can think about departed friends and relatives. Think of their passing and your hopes for their joyous return. Try not to be too sad to reflect that the departed are at peace in the hands of the Goddess. Speak in silence to invite them to the Feast of the Dead. When the feast is over, thank your spirit guests for coming, bid them farewell, extinguish the candles on the plates, and leave the table.

Banishings and Resolutions
Before Samhain, write a list of things from the last year that you wish to banish:
Bad habits and addictions, unkind feelings toward yourself or others, anything you do not wish to carry into the New Year.
Light a black candle & burn the list in your cauldron, then scatter the ashes outdoors. Speak to the deities about the blessings you wish to welcome into the New Year. Asking the deities for future rewards should be accompanied by your plans to help manifest them. They will support you if you show sincerity.

Divination
Samhain is the ideal time for divination because the veil between the worlds thins on Samhain eve.
Use whatever divination methods resounds to you now. You could fill a cauldron with water, or use tarot, runes, crystals.

Thank the Deities
Give “thanks” to the deities by offering food. Say “All things come from the earth and return to the earth. Corn and grain, corn and grain, all that falls shall rise again.”
Save the remainder of the cakes and ale to pour on the earth later.

Close the circle
Thank & dismiss the Guardians

Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Cakes and Ale for Samhain Rituals

Merry Meet All,

Autumn is a magical time. A crisp chill is in the air as we share in the rich harvest of pumpkins and herbs from our gardens and fields. They inspire memories of a brewing pot of cider, carved pumpkins, and squash soups. Here are a few recipes to celebrate autumn.

Cider

Apple cider is a delicious healthy treat.
1 gallon of cider, one orange, apple, three cinnamon sticks, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 handful of rose petals.

Pour the cider into a stainless steel pot. Peel the orange and save the peel. Squeeze the juice from the oranges into the cider and let some orange slices float in the pot to absorb the flavor. Core and peel the apples and add to the cider and the nutmeg and the cinnamon. Allow it to steep and simmer. Add lemon rind to mixture. Sprinkle with rose petals before serving.

Making cider from scratch

Making cider from scratch is best if you have a large amount of free time. If you are hosting an event that calls for cider and are unable to get to a grocery store before it closed, here is an alternative way to make cider.

Go out in nature or to your backyard if you are fortunate enough to own an apple tree. Collect apples that appear unblemished and bring them inside. Wash them and core the apples, discarding the seeds and peels. Put on a pot of boiling water. Add the apples to the pot and boil then simmer. Let the apples simmer in the pot till they are soft, then strain. Add the same ingredients as above. Tip: Save the softened apple pulp to make applesauce with it to enjoy your cider.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

1 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, two teaspoons melted butter or olive oil, salt to taste *Options* garlic powder, cayenne pepper, seasoning salt, and Cajun seasoning blend. Preheat oven to 300 F.

Clean the seeds. Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or olive oil, and seasonings of your choice. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for forty-five minutes until golden brown.

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

1 medium sized onion chopped, two cloves garlic sliced, one tablespoon peeled and chopped fresh ginger, one large sweet potato cut into one-inch cubes, one large white potato cut into one-inch cubes, and two to three carrots sliced.
Spices
1 level tablespoon Neekoo Chai Masala (an aromatic blend of cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, fennel and ginger), one heaping tablespoon Madras curry powder, one level tablespoon organic grey salt, one teaspoon Neekoo Persian Spice and black pepper to taste. Substitute the ingredients if necessary.

Stir-fry the onions in cooking oil, when the onions are translucent, add the ginger, garlic and the other spices. Stir for a few minutes. Add the chopped vegetables and stir. Add about two litres of water, cover, bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer until potatoes are cooked. Blend smooth with blender. Wait till the food has cooled before blending the ingredients. Return the stock to the pot and reheat. Enjoy. You can store this soup in the freezer.

If you grow pumpkin or squash in your garden, the bees help to pollinate the pumpkins. The bees visit the flowers of the fruit. Pumpkins also remove toxins from the soil. Pumpkin soup is a healthful treat-and the pie is too.

These recipes will delight you and your family. Decorate the house, wear your costumes, and share in the ritual of preparing the dishes with the whole family or your friends. Enjoy the magic of autumn.

Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Samhain Ritual

Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble!!

Merry Meet All,

If you have all been following these posts, you should be prepared for Samhain. It is almost here!

Samhain is nearly here. The dark time of the year casts its’ shadow. The last of the harvest is gleaned from the fields and frosts glistens on ripe pumpkins. It is the time of year when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. Samhain is the Witches’ New Year and the time of the Crone.

Hekate is a Crone goddess. The Crone is one of the triple goddess aspects of maiden, mother and crone. The Crone is the elder wise one who is relied on for her knowledge, wisdom and healing. Hekate is associated with the moon, cronehood and the underworld. Hekate is a guardian of the three-way crossroads. She is portrayed as bearing the keys to the underworld, joined by a three-headed dog and surrounded by lit torches. She is associated with ghosts, the dark moon, and magic. Animals that are sacred to her are black cats, ravens, owls and wolves. Hekate can be invoked on November 30, the night of the crossroads, on October 31.

The cauldron, or womb of the dark goddess is a vessel of rebirth and renewal into a new life. The cauldron is symbolic of our deep collective unconscious. Hekate is equated with Persephone, queen of the Underworld. She was an attendant of Persephone. Hekate was a goddess of childbirth and watched over young women in their maiden phase of life.

Those who worship godddesses of a lighter aspect overlook Hekate. Only to do that is to deny the third phase of the goddess: the crone. The crone is not as revered as she once was. It is common to tease an older woman as a hag or a crone. Its true meaning has faded from peoples’ memories. We have lost much of our traditions and lore.

I perceive Hekate as a protective goddess. She is fearless and strong. I participated in a ritual in a coven where we invoked her. The ritual was fun and energetic. We held hands as we danced in a cirle and chanted her name. It was a memorable ritual.

Many Witches and Pagans like to honor the spirits of our ancestors at Samhain. This ritual can be performed on a dark moon or a full moon night. Since Samhain is a Sabbat of death, Hekate guards the door to the spirit world. A ritual to honor the crone goddess and our ancestors is shown below.

Before the ritual, prepare yourself by physically cleaning and purifying your sacred space. Wash the dishes and sweep the floors, put the laundry away and file away any loose papers. Clutter can affect your ritual. Remove the negative stale chi from your living space by smudging it with sage. Have a meditation bath to purify and prepare you for the ritual. Add soothing essentials such as lavender or frankincense and salts to your bath. Assemble your altar ahead of time. You can begin your ritual sooner if you are prepared ahead of time.

Decorate your altar area with items that correspond to Samhain such as chrysanthemums, mugwort, pomegranates, pumpkins and skulls. Your altar cloth can be black and orange. Light black and orange candles and burn spicy cinnamon, clove, rosemary, and allspice incense. Place pictures of departed loved ones on your altar.

Begin the ritual with a meditation. Cast the circle according to your tradition and call the quarters. It is optional to invoke the horned god though the crone ritual is designed for the Goddess.

Light the quarter candles and reflect on what you want to achieve during the ritual. Ask what you seek and nothing more. Leave an offering of seeds, herbs, grains or flowers. Display a sincerely reverent attitude. She will favor you if you show respect for her aspect.

Say aloud: “Hekate, goddess of death and renewl, on this Samhain eve, I do honor you, goddess of cronehood, the moon and the underworld. I implore to hear my call. I need your guidance as I reach for spiritual growth.” State what you request be that a positive change in your life, a transition from a bad situation to a positive one or protection.

Light the candle and put it near the offering bowl. Say: “I offer this flame to light our ancestors’ paths.” Dip the cakes into the ale and put it near the offering bowl. Say: “I offer this food and drink to our ancestors tonight. May this food sustain you. Blessed Be.”

Be open to the messages that you may receive. Leave the offering outdoors for the spirits and the wildlife. Complete the ritual and close the circle. Tidy up the altar area. Let the candles burn down. Cast your incense ashes and candle stubs outdoors. Remember to ground and center yourself after the ritual with cakes and ale. Imagine that you are a tree and you are pushing your roots down into the cold earth.

It is a tradition to setup a dumb plate for those who have passed. Set a plate with utensils on the table. Prepare a dumb meal from your harvest and offer some to your chosen deity. Enjoy the meal with cider and wine. Ask for blessings on the harvest and to guard your family from dark spirits on Samhain eve. Carve a pumpkin and set it at a window to ward off the dark spirits. Light a white candle at the window to guard the spirits of the deceased. Roast the pumpkin seeds.

The crone goddess Hekate may appear to you during a meditation or in your dreams. Heed your dreams and insights when she shows herself to you. Hekate is a strong goddess and not one to invoke lightly. She is a protective Crone Goddess. May her blessings grace you in life.

A recipe for Hekate Oil!!

3 drops myrrh
2 drops cypress
1 drop patchouli
1 dried mint leaf

Mix the essential oils in a base of sesame oil. Add a drop of mint leaf to the blend of oils. Wear during rituals of defensive magick. Also wear during the waning moon in honor of Hekate, Goddess of the fading crescent moon.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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