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Autumn Harvest Time

Merry meet all,

Mabon is almost here! I survived the hurricane Dorian. It was super crazy here. My garden survived the hurricane. I harvested the shallots, a cucumber, a tiny cherry tomato and several purple beans. I froze the beans, am drying the shallots and stored the cucumber in the fridge. Last night when I had power back in my apartment, I conjured a pot of health boosting vegetable soup. 

When I had power in my apartment again, I made a pot of coffee and pancakes fast. It is amazing how weird everything is when there is no electricity. Nearly 500,000 people were without power. Now that the storm has passed, it is time for recovery. 

The stores are carrying Halloween stuff now. It is the most magical time of year. I love Mabon. I personally like to think of the whole month of September as being October 30th leading to October 31st. Now is the time to think about the harvest- metaphorically and literally. I have harvested herbs, veggies and flowers from my garden. I shall also reflect on what I am harvesting over the year since the last Samhain. 

Soon the stores will be carrying pumpkins! The Full Moon this weekend is also a Harvest Moon! That is a good time also to reflect on what you achieved or gained over the year. I plan to do a full moon esbat. I usually perform them solitary but I am not really alone. Spirit is with me. So take the time to reflect on your year. 

On to a new topic:

I have a friend who truly is being harassed by a nasty spirit, or what some may call a demon. I believe him and I always know when a story  or cry for help is genuine. A good sign is that the one who is being haunted if he/ she is fake, then they are boasting. He is not boasting, he is suffering. That is a huge difference. I am able to actually see spirits so I may have a different perspective here. I wish I could help him in person but he lives far away from me. I could really help him if I lived where he lives. I am sure I could and I wouldn’t be as affected by the demon because I know how to shield and deflect such bad energy. He wants to attempt an exorcism. I wish I could teach him how to shield himself. Once you cast off that bad energy, then you can’t be affected or overpowered again and the spirits hate that. 

They want you to be weak. They want you to suffer. They feed off of that. 

Yes I am a Ghost Adventures fan. I read Zac Bagans’ book, I am Haunted. In the book, he describes how he takes a long time to get rid of parasitic ghost pests. Sounds like he doesn’t know how to shield himself either. I feel now like I am privy to elite secret information, knowing how to shield myself. Maybe this will show you all just how important it is. 

Samhain is not far off. Not only is this a good time to harvest what we reaped, but also a good time to prepare ourselves for a spooky season. !!

 

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Cemetery sentiments

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Recently I visited an arts store because they carried Halloween stuff. I strolled through the aisles, and made mental notes on what to buy once I finally had some money. Seeing the Halloween stuff ( statues, skeletal arms, witch dolls, upside down bats, brooms) cheered me a little. Samhain is my favorite time of year.

The air is cooler today. It is still August but the leaves were falling already in the cemetery. I was also recently in a cemetery trying to write poetry. I did get one poem done though it is far from word perfect. I like the cemetery I visited. I saw a moth flitting over the ground, birds pecking for seeds, crows screeching from the treetops.

The engravings on the tombstones were too faint to read. I sat on the stone step, my notebook and a pen in hand, and just sat for a while soaking in the atmosphere. Inspiration seized me. I now want to write a small chapbook of poetry. It will be effort but everything is effort. There were tombstones of varying sizes and shapes. Everyone probably considered me weird seated and doing what I was doing, but I don’t care.

There is no safer place to be. The quiet of a cemetery lets me think. They are not such dangerous places but people should still use common sense. I just like dark verse.

One problem or side effect of being clairsentient and writing poetry in cemeteries is taking spirits home with you. Parasitic astral larvae live in cemeteries and often want to come home with me. While they get my empathy, I am just not sure I want to suddenly see dishes fly off shelves or my bed rattle late at night. I leave the energies there when I exit a cemetery. I do feel for them- I am sure being dead is no fun, but I have to establish and maintain boundaries.

Ah fall.. time for cardigans, cider, root vegetable meals, and pumpkins. Onions, parsnips, turnips, potatoes are all excellent healthy veggies. The skins are often the most nutrient rich part of the root vegetable. So go ahead, as you peruse some dark gothic poetry, enjoy soups and stews. If you grew the veggies yourself and cook them yourself, you enjoy twice the amount of nutrients because you know where they came from. I advocate for organic food. I know I will be. I grew my own garlic, dill, basil, mint, lavender, chives, and even shallots this year. I can’t wait to harvest more. I did harvest my garlic and dill and froze the dill, The garlic is braided and hanging up in my kitchen. I am waiting till the perfect harvest time to gather in the rest. The health and quality of growing your own veggies and herbs is unsurpassed- and not tainted by those horrid chemicals from the supermarket.

Enjoy fall!

Blessings Spiderwitch

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The Natural Psychic by Ellen Dugan

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Mabon is almost here! It feels like fall already. My fave time of year is almost here! My garden is so beautiful even in the rain. Samhain follows after Mabon. Soon pumpkins will decorate everyone’s porches. 

I want to recommend a few good books about psychic development that I enjoy. The first one, The Natural Psychic, by Ellen Dugan, is a great book. She does away with the usual morbid or tell you how to do this or that. Instead, she fills the book up with a down to earth tone and is such an engaging writer. You feel like you are seated across from her at a noisy café. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. The front cover shows flowers and a bright yellow cover. 

The Natural Psychic is a great introduction book about psychic development. I highly recommend it to anyone just starting out. She includes diagrams, quotations and goes in depth on a lot of material. She covers what psychic ability is, the different types of psychic ability from clairaudience to clairvoyance. She follows that with a section on mediumship, then tarot cards- the tools of the psychic’s trade, to psychic phenomena to psychic defence and what do after you have all that training and knowledge, which most books never include. This book is invaluable. It covers everything you would need to know about being psychic and best of all, proves being psychic is not crazy but totally natural. 

The other books I encourage everyone to read are The Complete Guide to Psychic Development by Cassandra Eason and Raymond Buckland’s books about witchcraft and spirit communication. But I do just love Dugan’s book. Her style and tone are refreshingly different and  is so positive. 

I plan to reread Dugan’s books and the other books I mentioned. I hope this encourages you all to try the books and the exercises included within them. 

Enjoy the last of summer!

Blessings Spiderwitch

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Autumn Tides

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I just read the entire August issue of the Horror Writers Association newsletter. Wow it was a great read. I can’t wait to read some of the novels mentioned in the newsletter.  Paranormal Chronicles is launching its fall issue in September- in time for Halloween!! My article about the history of the Five Fishermen restaurant will be included in the next issue! More to look forward to. That and the Halloween stuff will soon be in stores. That makes me get out of bed!!! I will be back when I am broke.

I submitted an article to Paranormal Globe about my scary sleep paralysis experience. I hope they like the article and post it on their site. I am waiting to hear back from them. I haven’t had many supernatural experiences lately. That may change once October rolls around. I do plan to host a Samhain party and the theme this year is a séance.  I hope that goes well. It is still August but I hate leaving planning to the last minute. I also have the latest Witches and Pagans magazine to read and drool over every single printed word. I am sure it will be a great read, it always is. 

I just harvested rhubarb. I will prepare it later and store it in the freezer. I chop the rhubarb in bits on a cookie sheet with no rhubarb piece touching the other. Then I freeze it on the cookie sheet for one hour and then I store it in a plastic Ziploc bag in the freezer. The rhubarb chunks never stick together that way. 

Most of you are harvesting your goodies from the garden. Or, if you’re like me, you are anxiously waiting for your veggies and fruits to grow. I still sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the soil around my plants and I still fertilize my veggie plants too. I do that every second week or more if need be. Fertilizer gives plants a boost to grow better and be more productive. 

For all you horror movie aficionados, there is a hot lineup of movies sure to have you sleeping with the lights on!! First off is Scary Stories to tell in the Dar. The trailer freaks me out and I haven’t seen the rest of the movie yet. Whew. The next horror movie is Ready or not, and the bride must survive a harrowing night of a hazing ritual from her crazed husband’s family. Hold onto your crossbows! Next is Jacob’s ladder. I saw the trailer and put this one high on my must-see list. Oh yeah for sure. I have to see it. And I know you all are greatly anticipating the sequel to It: Chapter 2. We can’t leave Doctor Sleep, the awesome sequel to The Shining. I have read the novel twice and seen the movie. I can already taste the popcorn. I bet you all can too. Yup I am lining up to see that one too. That is the most anticipated horror movie fall lineup of 2019. I hope you all get a chance to enjoy the flicks. 

Blessings Spiderwitch

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Pumpkins Vine Time

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The Halloween stuff is in the stores!! Oh my I’ll grab my broomstick and fly over and won’t be back till I’m broke!!! October is three months away. I’m still waiting for my veggies to grow though. I am anticipating a big harvest though. This is the time of year when I get excited. I live for Samhain. It’s time to dust off our brooms and our cauldrons, don our striped socks and head over to the stores selling the Halloween stuff.

My pumpkin vine has flowers!! My zucchini plant has a new flower too. I can’t wait for them to get big already. My cucumber plant has lots of flowers but tiny cucumbers. Oh my goddess it’s not like they have all year to grow. Can you tell I’m frustrated?

A real gardener is patient. I still can’t find that gardener. Since we are in harvest season, I hope you enjoy reading this post and learn how to grow your own!

Here are some tips on how to grow our favorite Halloween fruit-pumpkins. Pumpkins need up to 120 days to mature. Pumpkins can be grown from seed. However this year I had luck with the transplants I bought from the local plant store. Wait until all chances of frost have passed. They will grow in warm weather. They can take over a garden too and need up to 30 feet of room to grow.

Before planting your transplants, add plenty of compost material to the soil. You can grow the plants in hills. You mound up the soil and then (If you want to start from seed), put one seed per hill and plant up to four seeds in each hill Make sure there is plenty of room between the vines.

Pumpkins need tons of water. Be sure to only water the plants enough and to avoid root rot. If they look wilted, then the plant has died. Feed the plants a healthy mix of phosphorus and nitrogen, and add more phosphorus than nitrogen, which helps them grow their very best.

If you want to prune the vines, then be sure the vines have pumpkins on them first. When you carefully prune the plants, then you force the plant to stop concentrating on the vine growth and it focuses on maturing the fruit vine. This produces better fruit growth in the long run. Also, consider sprinkling diatomaceous earth under your plants. I did all summer and I have a healthy big zucchini plant in my garden that is pest bug free!

If insects are a problem on your vines, then plant nasturtiums. You have to attract pollinators to pollinate your plants. Aphids, cucumber beetles and stink bugs are a pest to your plants. By planting flowers such as nasturtiums, you will attract pollinators and the insects that might like some aphids for a tasty meal. Plant lots of flowers to increase your chances of healthy plants overall.

Harvesting pumpkins is fun and saves you money!! When the stem looks dry and the fruit is an orange color, it is time to harvest them! Knock hard on the rind of the pumpkin. It should sound hollow. Scrape your fingernail on the rind. It should not scratch easily. Harvest before the frost!

Use your favorite witch tool or boline to cut the pumpkin from the vine. Leave a few inches of stem to avoid disease. Let the pumpkins to cure for a couple of weeks first and store them properly. When they are fully cured, you will know. Allow for air ventilation and don’t dry them out near other fruit. Fruit give off ethylene gas. You can coat a pumpkin in oil which seals it for storage.

Enjoy your glowing orange pumpkins after all this hard work. !!

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

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In Memory of Rosemary Ellen Guiley

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I was saddened to hear that Rosemary Ellen Guiley had passed. She was an amazing person with many books to her credit.  I own some of her books such as The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits and The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca. I love them both and plan to read these splendid books cover to cover. 

This is what the throngs of people who loved Rosemary Ellen Guiley had to say about her: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Rosemary Ellen Guiley (July 8, 1950-July 18, 2019) who was an American writer on topics related to spirituality, the occult, and the paranormal. She is also a radio show host, a certified hypnotist, a board director of the “National Museum of Mysteries and Research” and the “Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters”, and a “Lifetime Achievement Award” winner from the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society, Michigan. She has written more than 49 books, including ten encyclopedias, the newest of which called “Planet Bigfoot” she sent to us just a few weeks ago which is several sasquatch related stories that have been published with Fate Magazine. ” 

(Facebook.com)

Well I shall enjoy the legacy she left behind and enjoy reading her books proudly displayed on my bookshelf. I am not done purchasing half her books. I plan to get more books by her. I hope those who loved her and knew her well are comforted by the fact that she did leave a great legacy behind. She has inspired me to be sure. 

In other news, I printed out the Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase Volume 5. I hole punched the pages, stored them in a binder and decorated the binder a little. I shall enjoy reading the poems and hope to learn from the writers how they wrote their own poems in my binder. 

Let’s all remember Rosemary Ellen Guiley in our thoughts. 

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

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Annabelle Comes Home & countdown to Samhain

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Recently my boyfriend Vlad and I saw the suspenseful horror movie Annabelle Comes home. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was also truly scared by it. I want to watch it again. The  movie did not disappoint. This is the plot synopsis of the movie-“While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.
Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target–the Warrens’ ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.
—Warner Bros. Pictures
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren keep a possessed doll locked up in an artifacts room in their house. When the doll awakens the room’s evil spirits, it soon becomes a night of terror for the couple’s young daughter and her friends.
Determined to prevent Annabelle from creating even more chaos, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll into the artifact room that is locked in their home, isolated in a “safe” place, protected by a sacred glass and with the blessing of a priest. But what awaits them is a night of horror, as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who turn their attention to a new target–the Warrens’ 10-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.

Taken from the IMDB website.

If you haven’t seen it yet, go. I got to go to a special free screening. In other news, it is 104 days till Samhain. That also tells me how many days my garden veggies have. Samhain is my favorite time of year. I love attending the public ritual and have scarcely missed a year. There is much to look forward to then.

I made two cat protection bottles. I also recorded this in my big spell book. I filled them with naturally shed claws and fur, catnip, salt, sage, rose petals, lavender, catnip, tiger’s eye and amethyst chips, and olive oil. I blended it all well. I glued the black cord to the cork top with hot sealing wax . I concentrated as I did all this. I visualized and empowered the small bottles with my protection intentions. As I did, I saw my cat Penny- one is for me and one is for Vlad and his kitties. As I did, his kitty Nervil came to me the strongest. Salt is for protection and there is more salt in his vial. It is meant to be sealed and used for protective magic. These are just the instructions. I also hot glued a cat to the cork top. Nervil came to me the strongest. He was right there, big eyes wondering, paw extended, wanting a hug.
And because I know Vlad, I also added 6 pieces of (the Devil’s number), Devil’s claw root resin. I do believe these protection jars shall serve him and me well.
I burned a beeswax candle and burned some incense. The night felt magickal. Could be Nervil was protecting Vlad or is in need of it.
I shall gift him the protection bottle the next time I see him.

July is a hard month for me. August is more in line with my energy than July. August is just before September and October. I love the autumn season the most. However, I still want my garden to bloom and flourish so at the same time I can wait. My zucchini plant is taking over my garden. I can’t wait to harvest zucchini. I do feel strange, loving October so much and yet wanting summer to last to give my garden a chance. I shall enjoy it while I can. 

Today the sun is shining, my kitty’s napping and the birds are chirping. The birds chased a squirrel from the bird feeder. I sit here typing, pondering, worrying. I should be out with the flowers and bees and birds. I shall post more as it comes closer to October. !!!

Blessings Spiderwitch

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Purple Rain

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Recently I decided to paint my writing desk purple. This was a big decision for me. It was hard deciding if I should paint the desk and even harder to choose a color. I just finished painting the desk. I chose a deep deep purple berry color which I madly love. I am pleased as punch on how well it turned out.

I coated the whole desk and drawers in a coat of primer first. I put a drop cloth beneath the desk, gathered the paint brushes, paint stirring tool, paper towels, a kitchen knife, and a hammer. I recruited a friend of mine, Morrige, to help me paint the desk. The paint I used was melamine paint and the color was Blackberry Currant. 

On a hot afternoon, we toiled on painting the desk and chatted. The painting of the desk took far less time than if I had been alone. I appreciated the help and repaid him with a cold rum and coke. I love the color purple. The desk was meant to be purple. I hated the color it was before. 

The deep purple color I chose has an equally deep meaning. Purple represents power, sanctimony, spirituality, protection, psychic ability and healing. The special day is Thursday, its ruling planet is Jupiter and its astrological sign is Sagittarius- so it should go without saying I love purple! 

Since I am extremely creative, I do believe I shall experience a boost in my creativity. I should call on the Goddesses or Gods that rule creativity and ask them to bless the newly transformed and now stunning desk. 

I may try painting stencils onto the desk. My bedspread tapestry is purple, my curtains are purple and my bookcase is purple. The desk matches the rest of the décor and furniture in the bedroom. 

Afterwards, I rinsed and dried the paintbrushes. I cleaned the paint stains and mopped the floor. I am waiting to put the drawers back in the desk. I love how it turned out. I do believe the purple desk is the new focal point of the room and shall boost more witchy writings!!

 

Blessings 

Spiderwitch

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Paranormal Chronicles

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The June issue of the free online magazine Paranormal Chronicles is released!!! The June issue includes my story about my encounter with an eerie phantom. I am so excited!!

Here’s what the awesome editor GL Davies says about it: “Proud to launch Issue 3 of the Paranormal Chronicles FREE digital magazine! 175 FREE pages from the TOP researchers & authors in the WORLD! The who’s who of the paranormal. Plus one lucky reader is going to be winning a (gasp) £25 Amazon voucher. Putting this together is one of the hardest things I can do & thats why I do it..AND The new Paranormal Chronicles Podcast smashed 37K listeners & 5K downloads! HARD WORK + A DREAM + BELIEF = Making dreams come true!! Links to everything in the comments! Take the Bull by the horns and dare to do the things that make you happy!! Thank you to all the wonderful writers, readers and supporters of the magazine! Awesome TEAM! 5308 Readers & counting!! #lifeisforliving xXx http://fliphtml5.com/opbbo/lqki.”

I am thrilled!! Also, Anubis Press is publishing my story about my other paranormal encounter in Handbook for the Dead. I hope you will jump to your tablets or phones or laptops to google Paranormal Chronicles and read my story and the other eerie tales. Tell everyone about it! 

I will post more when I know more about the Handbook for the Dead. Enjoy the Full Moon! 

Blessings Spiderwitch

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Spooky News

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This week was a good one. On Sunday, I spent the day at the beach with my beau and his friend. We were on a jungle Jim of high boulders and rocks then enjoyed the afternoon at a sandy beach. The ocean waves lapped the shore. The sun beat down on us. I loved it. My beau did too. 

I received a cool certificate in the mail from the Horror Writers Association. I won in a cookbook contest. I love the certificate. I also finally got to gift my boyfriend with a  copy of a book I ordered. The book was titled The Howling: Studies of the Horror Film. Vlad is a true horror movie fan. I do believe he will enjoy the book. 

I hope to plant black hollyhock seeds this year. I am soaking the seeds till they germinate in a bowl of water. It would be cool to grow black flowers in my garden to satisfy the darkling in me. 

I bought a cool and beautiful black bag from Killstar. For anyone who truly is a darkling/witch, try that website. Killstar is the cat’s whiskers. It is truly cool. I love the bag and the fact that a pentacle is clipped to the bag. I also ordered a Book of Spells wallet. I intend to order more items from them. I love the online store with truly witchy cool items. They really get it. They will leave you drooling. 

As I sit here, sipping my coffee, youtube music in the background, I find myself suffering. It is not yet October but only 4-5 months till October. June and July feel like lazy months. Not much spooky has been happening. It will once October arrives. How I live for October. 

I think I need a countdown to October. I also need to peruse the Killstar website for more delectable irresistible purses, dresses and tops. Just to be prepared!!! 

I Shall post more here. I just want you to all know I didn’t forget you.

 Have a great summer!!

BB Spiderwitch

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