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Samhain Rituals

Merry meet all,

This post is about how I celebrated Samhain.  I was granted a magickal Sabbat. 

I performed two rituals on October 31. I strongly felt the energy in my apartment. I played music, ate my supper and as I did, I honored the spirits that were with me that night. I lit candles and incense, and meditated as I ate dinner. I didn’t have food available to offer spirit but I did compost some food and I still placed photos of my deceased pets on my table near where I was eating. When the meal was done, I proceeded to perform a Solitary Samhain ritual. I found the ritual in my Halloween book written by Silver Ravenwolf. I put a candle in the pumpkin and lit a candle which I placed at the window to guide the spirits that night. The ritual went well. Since I won earlier at the witch shop bingo game, I had plenty of supplies necessary to enjoy a Samhain feast. Here is a photo of my altar:

 

 

 

 

I ate roasted seeds, pomegranates and sipped cider. I offered the food and sparkling cider to the spirits too. I divined with my pendulum so it could tell me if the spirits were present and the pendulum answered yes. I felt their presences. My apartment was redolent with the energy and presence of the spirits. I watched a movie after. It was October 31st and I had no interest in going to sleep. 

On Nov. 2, I attended the local annual Samhain Public Ritual on the Commons. I liked the spiral dance the most. The moon shone high in the starry night sky. The candles glowed and the smoke billowed. I enjoyed the ritual very much. Here is a photo of the altar at the public Samhain Ritual.

 

 

 

 

 

I did something different this year that I want to share with all of you. I made a video recording of me reciting a poem. I don’t know where I found the poem but I love it and wanted to share it with everyone. I have included the link here so you can watch it. 

I am so proud that my short story, The Grimm Pumpkin, is published for the fourth time! Here it is in its newest incarnation published by Irish Horse Productions in Samhain Secrets: I am including the link  to Amazon.ca should you wish to purchase a copy of this 500 page tome. 

The Link to the Amazon site to buy the book: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1702127184/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_asp_f9RjR.PKXMAVD?fbclid=IwAR3BdxyErz5P2m1_xPehhYhc64Z52DRTESpwRYNybHPz5dZ9KYW1Hdb3mc0

I love the month of October. Now it is November, the month for Hekate. I still feel a strong energy in the air, a haunting gray sky lies heavy over my fave city, and pumpkins still sit on front porches, though shriveled now. I baked Samhain soul cakes and I still have cookies, pumpkin bread and barmbrack bread to enjoy. 

We all celebrate and cherish October and Samhain in our own way. What matters is that we honor spirits and not just cherish each moment of October as it passes, but also enjoy it and share that with others, be they spirit or mortal. We should get a lot out of the month of October. We now have a whole year to anticipate the seductive magic of October. I like November too. The fiery leaves are still on the trees, the energy lingers in the air. 

I wish you all a wonderful Samhain Sabbat!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Samhain Secrets and drama queens

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I am proud to announce that another short story of mine is published- again! Irish Horse Productions has published my short story, The Grimm Pumpkin, in Samhain Secrets. The book is available on Amazon. I am proud that my story is in its 4th reprint. It is the story of Samuel, a normal teenager who harbors a dark secrets about his ghoulish pumpkins. Here is the link to the book on Amazon. It is available as a paperback and Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XL3RQK2/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1?fbclid=IwAR3xI3GzZKR-kC_Xh7W5xZNZqHHkC9OPfeQ9QZqM5zJIH9yL8tvmASJt1jo

Samhain is here!  I am very happy and I bet you are all carving pumpkins while sipping cider with your friends. I was at the witch shop yesterday. I bought a beautiful black floor length velvet dress. The public Samhain Ritual will be on the Commons this year. This is a description of the event.

At Samhain Pagans celebrate the harvest while looking death in the eye. This public ritual provides an opportunity for people to come together and take stock of the year that was. Samhain is the time to commemorate our dead and reflect on our own mortality. All that falls shall rise again and Samhain is also a beginning. A fresh page.

This annual event was born on the Commons in 1997 and has always been open to the public. The ritual is designed to be inclusive and safe and provides a doorway into modern paganism for the curious newcomer.

The event is also designed to strengthen the local Pagan community. Drumming, dancing and chanting together in ritual removes barriers and builds bridges between us. This makes for a stronger community.

Indeed! It helps you to meet new people and see familiar faces, to share a passion with like minded people. It is a good time. If it is not a good time, you have found the wrong coven and need to seek out a new one. I go every year and I have always had a good time.

Now … here are a few more pointers on how to have the best most memorable and magical time you can have in terms of drama queens and toxic people. For example, I have made the decision to quit throwing parties and seances in my home. It is unfortunate but I went too way too much work for only 1 guest to arrive. I quit. The other guests were too obnoxious to attend. But you can bet they will all be attending the Public Samhain Rit on the Commons. I can’t help but take that personally.

I know I said I usually have a good time at the Public Ritual. This year, however, I know some people ugh and that includes my ex who I suspect is already seeing someone else (ouch) will be there. I have decided that I am distancing myself and maybe if it means not even really participating or if I do, to be standing far from him so the negative energies don’t ruin the event for me. I do have a right to a good time. I am not too nice anymore. I am setting new boundaries now. If I stay far from where he is, I should be fine. We have to establish healthy boundaries around ourselves. It is good for us. Boundaries are meant for the person not the many. I am not a people pleaser. But then being someone who has seen the worst in people, if anyone had gone through what I have been put through, not that I will be anymore, you would or may feel the exact same way.

So this year, make it your priority and stick to it to avoid the drama queens and the toxic psychos out there. You can do it and you will feel good about yourself. They are not hard to spot: they want all the attention on themselves, often at the expense of someone else, and that person is the one who is hurt usually. I no longer have the time for this.

I wish you all a toxic-free, merry Samhain!!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Handbook for the Dead

 

 

 

 

 

Merry meet all,

I am proud to announce that my chilling account of an encounter I had with a spooky entity is published in Handbook for the Dead. The Frightening Floyds produced the book. It was recently released on Amazon! 

This is a description of the book: “DON’T FORGET YOUR HANDBOOK…Welcome all spirits! The Frightening Floyds present to you, Handbook for the Dead – a guide to help all new manifestations realize their functional perimeters. Within this anthology, you’ll read paranormal accounts from individuals who have experienced phantoms and disturbances that have not only chilled them, but also left them with some new insight into the supernatural. Now, they want to share their stories and wisdom with you. That way, if you’re feeling a little flat, or even if you’re a lost soul, you won’t have to draw a door and knock. Handbook from the Dead is sure to please the strange and unusual in everyone, and we promise it doesn’t read like stereo instructions.”

I hope this entices you to buy a copy for yourself. I can’t wait to receive my own contributor copy by owl mail and read the other authors’ experiences with the paranormal!

I am so happy to be involved in this project. Here is the link to the Amazon page so you can get yourself or a friend a copy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733548262?fbclid=IwAR3J164Ky0nmiK4HazQPEQeupXia0kbOysJhR67Zl8gFt0Xc3Wwzq6JlWz4

This reminds me of the movie Beetlejuice! I look forward to reading it and adding it to my collection of true spooky accounts! After all, truth is stranger than fiction. And nowhere is that more true than in the pages of the Handbook for the Dead! So grab a copy today! The image above is the cover image of the Handbook for the Dead. 

I have another announcement to make! My short fiction story, The Grimm Pumpkin, is published by Irish Horse Anthologies in the book Samhain Secrets! It is not released yet on Amazon. I am eager to read that too. So far it is only released on Kindle. I found out I was in the book accidentally. But no harm done, I am thrilled to be included. That means it is my story’s 4th reprint. I am very excited and pleased about that. I will post more about that later. 

I hope you are all having a magical wonderful October. I know I am. I wish you all the best merry Samhain!

I myself am strange and unusual!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

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Sequel to How to Decorate for Samhain

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I am really in the mood for Samhain. Yesterday afternoon, I was busy crafting up a storm! I thought I would share my own crafts with you to get you in the mood for our fave spooky Sabbat. I painted gourds, created a cool garland and conjured a candle. I will share here in this post how it was all done. So grab your craft supplies and a coffee!

The pumpkins were the easiest craft to do. Gather newspaper for the paint so it doesn’t stain everything else, flat paintbrushes, black acrylic paint, a palette or dish to hold the paint, and a pumpkin. The picture above shows the gourds when the paint dried. Brush a coat on being sure to cover over all the green or original orange coloring. Get the paint into every spot. Let the paint dry between coats. Leave the gourds on the newspaper in an area where they won’t be disturbed  to dry. Then store them with your other Halloween decorations. Black, orange, gold and white colors are good choices. 

Yes that is an Ouija board mousepad peeking out the photo there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Garland The garland was a bit harder to do. I had a thick stack of brown paper lunch bags just sitting there in a linens basket. I really wanted to do something special in terms of decorations this year. I cut out a 7-inch square of the lunch bags and thought about how I would decorate them. Paint each square orange. I decided that the papers would spell out ‘Trick or Treat’. Each bag or paper would be one letter except for “OR’.  Hole punch the top right and left corner of the bag to work the string through later. Measure the bags. Each one should be seven inches long roughly. Measure with a pencil or other marker 5 inches vertically. Then mark that on the bag. Don’t make the markings too obvious. Cut the bottom of the lunch bags to form a point. See the photo to see what I mean. The edges of the paper curled. So I cut out typing paper using one of the painted lunch bags as a template, and painted them black. When the paint dries, I will glue the black papers to the orange papers, remembering to hole punch the black pieces. When you string them up, be sure to have all the letter papers in the right order before you begin. Leave plenty of string. Don’t cut the string till you are sure you like how it is all arranged and you have hung the garland up on a mantle or window. One more tip: Have the black painted papers facing out not in. 

Here are a few more suggestions on how to decorate your home for Samhain. If you don’t have any cobwebs, cheesecloth is a good second choice. Save and paint fake (unless you are me and I save, clean and bleach chicken bones). Paint them gray, white or black. Arrange them for a Halloween/ Samhain centerpiece on your table or mantle. Let the guests wonder if they are real. Use fake vampire teeth to act as a napkin ring.

Lay a white tablecloth down on your table. Layer a black spiderweb lace tablecloth over the white cloth. Set down a black tray or a gold tray, depending on your preference. Then arrange all your beautifully bewitching painted gourds around a (fake-up to you-) human skull or animal skull. Tuck in the bones, maple leaves, gemstones, and maybe some sphagnum moss if you have it. Arrange tall black taper candles in used wine bottles behind the skull. Now you have a charming and magickal centerpiece on your table sure to spark conversation!

Have a merry Thanksgiving!!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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How to Decorate for Samhain

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I am posting some suggestions on how to decorate for Samhain. For myself, it looks like Halloween in here all year. But I wanted to pass on some suggestions and add a sprinkle of how to defend yourself from unwanted spirit energies in your home. 

I like the theme of black on white. If you look at some of the magazines about home décor, they are catching on to this idea with Halloween decorations. I think that the black on white decoration idea works if the white is clean, cold and yes, classic. It does not work so much with a warm white or beige. The idea here is neutrals. Try putting a sheer black spiderweb lace tablecloth on over a cool white tablecloth. Then add on black napkins, black cutlery, black plates and wine filled goblets. Everyone will be asking how you did it. Add some skulls in candleholders to show that finished touch. Perfectly spooky!

Now for more color and detail: Use the fake vampire fangs to hold your napkins. It will act as a napkin ring. String up a bat mobile-more on that in a moment, or a garland that spells out words like trick or treat or Halloween. Hang the garland up over a mantelpiece or a window. It will catch the eye. Hang a black wreath over a door. Tape some black bats to the front door to entice your guests to your soiree! You can paint or carve pumpkins any color you want. A black pumpkin positioned near the garland and bats would draw interest. 

 I have a black lace bat and spiderweb curtain that hangs at my bedroom door. I brush by it every time I pass through the doorway. It is really cool. Invite bats over to your cool pad. Bat stickers are available at your local dollar store. I will leave the stickers up all year. If you want to, that is up to you. I placed them near the ceiling. They look cool. I put the largest sticker in the center and arranged the rest of the bat stickers going from smallest to big.

I have a black lace spiderweb lace tablecloth on my table all year. I own a few of them, including a matching black spider web lace table runner, black spiderweb lace placemat and matching doilies. (But then I’m that weird person). I also bought big black spider stickers and they are climbing the walls to the ceiling near my altar. My walls are cold white and the spider stickers are black. See how it stands out? It catches the eye. 

Orange Chinese lanterns and carved jack o lanterns add a fiery color to your palette. Gourds, apples, and bound cinnamon sticks are interesting too. Set a skull figurine to the center of the table. Arrange apples, mini skeletons, gourds, pumpkins and black lace or black moss and you have a centerpiece sure to spark a conversation among your guests. 

The ideas are endless. The sky is the limit if you use your imagination. My neighbor was kind enough to drill a hole through nine hazelnuts and string them for me. I hung the hazelnut protection charm om the inside of my back door. I also hung up a clothes hanger bent into the shape of a ‘g’. I swear by it as a charm. It does work. After arranging and setting up all your spooky and beautiful decorations, spritz your home with an asperge of salt, cedar, sage or frankincense. That purifies and protects your home.

Black cat optional…

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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My Favorite Color is October

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I went shopping this weekend. I conjured cool Halloween items. The first on the list of cool Halloween items is a very large black (of course) rubber spider web doormat. I love the huge rubber rug. My cat likes it too. The next on the list is a set of 4 skull black and white dinner plates. The plates have a trim and a large skull in the center. I bought a cool black thing you rest your cooking utensil on. I bought some black and orange candles, an orange pillar candle that smells of lovely pumpkin spice, a black wand that makes mystical sounds, a beautiful black wire elven crown, fairy wings that I shall cover with black fabric later and lastly, a black spiderweb placemat and black spider web doilies. 

Yes I am ready for Samhain. I am planning and preparing for a Samhain Séance party. I bought a large jug of cider for my legendary cider mix. I am offering pomegranate seeds, barmbrack bread and pumpkin bread, and of course roasted seeds. Carved pumpkins will glow eerily among the candles and incense shall fragrance the room. I hope it all bewitches my guests. 

One note about the barmbrack bread: I may not leave the traditional items in the bread, to avoid anyone choking. I am trained in CPR but it would be nice to avoid disasters. I haven’t begun decorating yet. I will do that later. 

I bought a cool Halloween magazine, which is packed with a million suggestions. I am inspired by the issue. Are you all excited about Samhain? I am. Well that’s obvious. The movie It is in theaters if you can’t get enough of the October spirit and horror movies. I may catch Maleficent next week. I enjoy watching Ghost Adventures too. I wonder if they have a special Halloween show. 

My story is published in Paranormal Chronicles about how the Five Fishermen Restaurant came to be haunted! Be sure to read the issue! My other story is published in The Handbook for the Dead and released on Amazon! Add these to your reading list! I am excited about it and I hope you are too. 

I can’t wait to sit and read the October newsletter from the Horror Writers Association! The issue is huge. It is not October without the Horror Writers Association. 

I implore you to enjoy the month of October as much as you can. It’s only once a year but I live like it’s every day of my life. If you all saw the inside of my home, you’d agree. Watch horror movies, make your pet wear a crown, pile leaves and collapse on them, roast seeds, and hang ghosts from the ceiling. Let me know in the comments what you did to celebrate the most magical of months. 

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

 

 

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The Season of the Witch

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October has arrived!! I am so excited and I feel fall in the air! I already pureed a pumpkin, roasted the seeds and brought in all my plants for the cold winter ahead.  I live for October. I am not the only one. 

The veil begins to recede in October. Suddenly the whole world around you changes and you feel it in your oxygen, in your blood and in your bones. I do. I am attending the local annual Samhain Public Ritual on the Commons on November 1st. I am hosting my Samhain Séance Party on October 19th. I shall be busy for my party what with decorations, cleaning and preparing food and my legendary cider! I shall also hold my own personal dumb or ancestral supper. I bought a book at Chapters titled The Sacred Herbs of Samhain. I just know I will enjoy reading this book in time for Samhain. 

I already have a costume selected for Samhain! I want to be a dark faerie this year. I bought a wand that makes mystical noises and glows, a dark elven crown, wings and tights. I have decorated my wall near the ceiling in my bedroom with black bat stickers. I bought yet another black lace spiderweb tablecloth because you know, I really need one. I bought small black bat stickers for my BOS. I harvested my Chinese lanterns which reminds me I have to bring one more in from my garden. The frost is here. I sewed a brown fairy skirt. It is a short skirt. The upper peplum skirt is thick dark brown lace. The lower peplum skirt is sheer brown organdy fabric. The waist of the small skirt is elastic. It looks beautiful. Here is a photo of the skirt:

 

 

 

 

 

I seem to be prepared for Samhain! Almost aside from seriously scouring my home to be clean enough for the party and baking. I brought in and repotted the ginger, geranium, parsleys, 2 pepper plants, the catnip plant and the lemongrass. They will bloom or go dormant all winter until the spring of rebirth. Penny loves to eat the catnip-and then nip me! 

The theme of the Samhain Party this year will be a séance. I hope people arrive all ready for a séance. I cannot wait. I can’t wait to try it but I didn’t want to try alone. So harvest your garden goodies, roast some parsnip, potato and carrots and put on a pot of herbal tea! Light some incense and reflect in  your journal or BOS how you would enjoy celebrating Samhain! Let me know what you come up with. 

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

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Fall in the Air

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Tonight I made applesauce. I wish I added a tad more sweetener. The applesauce tasted tart and could have used a smidgen more sugar. That is how I learn. It is beginning to look and feel like fall. 

My garden is dying down. John Barleycorn has died. The metaphorical and literal scythe has fallen. My plants once verdant and green now wither and yellow. It breaks my heart and relieves me at the same time. I know my garden worked hard all summer. My garden has earned its rest over the cold season till spring’s return. 

Pumpkins adorn front porches. The thrift and craft stores are now all well stocked with Halloween products. I went to Value Village last night. I tried on a couple costumes- one of a raven dress and the other was a Witch dress. Neither held my interest. But what did catch my attention were the wings, striped socks- and buckled shoes?, lacy gloves, wands and tutu tulle skirts. I have a costume. This year I want to be a dark faerie instead of the usual Witch. Well one year I was an undead bride. I usually go as myself and this year I want to be different when I attend the annual Samhain Ritual. I happily lost track of time as I explored all the Halloween products. I mean each and every costume, boots, socks, skirts and cloaks. I checked it all out- then went home and enjoyed a hot meal. Yup it was fun. I wished I had some money but that is coming soon. 

This morning, I brought my lemongrass and ginger indoors. Lemongrass won’t survive a winter here in Atlantic Canada. I love the lemony aroma anyway. The ginger had some sprouts so I hope that grows well indoors. I plan to bring in more plants once I obtain terracotta plants. They are better than plastic. I hope the two dill seedlings I brought in fare well too. Time will tell. 

I want to save seeds from my garden too. My tomato plants are ripening on a windowsill. I saved some pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin I pureed and the seeds I roasted!! They are for next year. 

Once New moon arrives, I want to finish my Fire Cider project. The New moon begins in 3 more days. I made Fire Cider, put it all in a jar, and have stored in the fridge. I shook the bottle daily for a complete month almost. I kept an eye on it. I hope the ingredients have blended well. Now I shall strain the mixture and decant the cider into a new clean sterile jar. I will test it and then add sweetener. I plan to have Fire Cider around to combat colds and flu. 

Have any of you begun any fall projects? I would love to learn more. Please comment below. Enjoy Mabon!!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

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Mabon Correspondences

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We are now in Mabon. I attended a public Mabon Ritual this weekend. I really enjoyed it. 

Mabon is about balance and the autumnal equinox. The symbols of Mabon are: corn, autumn flowers, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, acorns, pine and cypress cones, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes, cornucopia, horns of plenty, burial cairns, apples, marigolds, harvested crops. wine, gourds

The colors of Mabon are: orange, Dark Red, Yellow, Indigo, Maroon and Brown

The Deities of Mabon

Goddesses: Modron(Welsh), Bona Dea, Harvest Dieties, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres, Morgan(Welsh- Cornish), Snake Woman(Aboriginal), Epona (Celtic-Gaulish), Pamona(Roman), the Muses(Greek)

Gods: Mabon, Modron(Welsh), Sky Father, John Barleycorn , the Wicker-Man, the Corn Man, Thoth(Egyptian), Hermes, Hotei(Japanese), Thor, Dionysus(Roman), Bacchus(Greek) and all wine Deities

Altar Decorations: acorns, pinecones, autumn leaves, pomegranate, statue of the Triple Goddess in her Mother phase.
Mabon Herbs: Rue, yarrow, rosemary, marigold, sage, walnut leaves and husks, mistletoe, saffron, chamomile, almond leaves, passionflower, frankincense, rose hips, bittersweet, sunflower, wheat, oak leaves, dried apple or apple seeds.
Foods of Mabon: cornbread, wheat products, bread, grains, berries, nuts, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, corn, beans, squash, roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc), hops, apples, pomegranates, carrots, onions, potatoes, roast goose or mutton, wine, ale and ciders, breads, apples, pomegranates
Animals: dogs, wolves, stag, blackbird, owl, eagle, birds of prey, salmon & goat, Gnomes, Sphinx, Minotaur, Cyclops, Andamans and Gulons.

Element: water.

Incense : pine, sweetgrass, apple blossom, benzoin, myrrh, frankincense, jasmine, sage wood aloes, black pepper, patchouly, cinnamon, clove, oak moss

Mabon Stones : During Mabon, stones ruled by the Sun will help bring the Sun’s energy to you.clear quartz, amber, peridot, diamond, gold, citrine, yellow topaz, cat’s-eye, adventurine.

Customs: offerings to land, preparing for cold weather by bringing in harvest, cutting willow wands( Druidic), leaving apples upon burial cairns & graves as a token of honor, walks in forests, gather seed pods & dried plants, fermenting grapes to make wine, picking ripe produce, stalk bundling

Spellworkings of Mabon: Protection, prosperity, security, and self- confidence. Also those of harmony and balance. Taboos:It was considered unlucky to cut down the very last of the Harvest, and so was also left to stand in the field by some traditions.

Activities of Mabon: Select the best of each vegetable, herb, fruit, nut, and other food you have harvested or purchased and give it back to Mother Earth with prayers of thanksgiving. Hang dried ears of corn around your home in appreciation of the harvest season. Do meditations and chanting as you store away food for the Winter. Do a thanksgiving circle, offering thanks as you face each direction – – for home, finances, and physical health (North); for gifts of knowledge (East); for accomplishments in career and hobbies (South); for relationships (West); and for spiritual insights and messages (Center). Decorate the table with colorful autumn leaves in a basket. Display the fruits of the harvest – corn, gourds, nuts, grapes, apples – preferably in a cornucopia. Or decorate with wildflowers, acorns, nuts, berries, cocoons, anything that represents the harvest to you. Like its sister equinox, halfway across the Wheel of the Year, the Autumn Equinox is a good occasion for a ritual feast. Plan a meal that uses seasonal and symbolic fruits and vegetables. You can serve bread, squash, corn, apples, cider and wine. Make some homemade wine or cordial gather and dry herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods. Make grapevine wreaths using dried bitter-sweet herb for protection. Use ribbons of gold and yellow to bring in the energy of the Sun, and decorate with sprigs of dried yarrowor cinnamon sticks. Make a protection charm of hazelnuts (filberts) strung on red thread. Make a witch’s broom. Tie dried corn husks or herbs (broom, cedar, fennel, lavender, peppermint, rosemary) around a strong, relatively straight branch of your choice. Make magic Apple Dolls Gifts of the Harvest can be used to make tools and emblems that will remind us of their bounty all year round. Look for colored leaves. Collect fallen leaves and make a centerpiece or bouquet for your home. Save the leaves to burn in your Yule fire. Vist an apple orchard and, if possible, pick your own apples. Hang apples on a tree near your home. Watch the birds and other small animals who will enjoy your gift. This is also the time for replacing your old broom with a new one. As the broom corn is ripe now, besom making is traditional and magickal this time of year. Begin the festival with a vineyard or orchard harvest. You might check the farm lands in your area to see if there’s an orchard or pumpkin patch that allows customers to harvest produce for themselves. Traditionally Sabbat festivals begin at sun set on the eve of the Holiday. You can use the daytime hours of this holiday eve to prepare baskets for harvesting the next day. Baking a pumpkin pie (from scratch if possible) is a wonderful way to bring in the fragrance of the holiday season

Credit to: https://witchesofthecraft.com/2012/09/06/mabon-activities-and-correspondences/ for article info. 

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

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Harvest Plant Protection

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The full moon passed recently. The moon was beautiful! The frost has come this week-it’s early! I have to cover my plants tonight. The tender plants need to be protected. 

Mabon is almost here! I can sure feel autumn in the air. It’s that time of year again. I harvested a good sized green tomato and a tiny cucumber today. The tomato refused to ripen on the vine. It took its own sweet time. So since there was a frost and I was so impatient, in they came. See photo below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To protect your plants from the frost, you can use glass cloches, buckets or old sheets. You may still have some tender annuals that are producing veggies such as tomatoes. See the cucumber in the image above? Btw, garden grown veggies are tastier than the ones you buy in the store. Don’t believe me. Grow your own then comment below. Remove the coverings in the morning. The plants need to breathe but be covered at night. Watering the garden during the late afternoon is a good idea. I just stepped out to protect my plants and it was so cold out! Wow. Good thing for tea. 

Hardy plants will be fine. The temperatures warm up during the day time. Don’t smother the plants! Keep an eye on the temperatures on the websites. Trust your instincts. Stock up on soil and pots if you want to bring plants in for the winter. I plan to bring in the catnip for Penny, the lemon grass, the ginger, the geranium and my herbs such as basil, parsley and maybe a few other ones. I do plan to plant garlic this fall but in a different spot than before for bigger garlic heads. 

I hope this all helps you eager gardeners to protect your plants from the frost. I am sad because I want to help my plants grow as wonderfully as they can. At the same time, I know that time of year is here! But I will keep draping old sheets over my garden at night and letting them get sun all day. If you do the same for yours, you can still have a good harvest! Your plants worked hard for you. They deserve care too. 

BB Spiderwitch

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