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Divination at Samhain

Finale of the Dark Season

Merry meet all,

Divination is perfect for Samhain. You can perform divination any time, but the time and the energy is ideal at Samhain. 

You can use scrying mirrors, apples, acorns, and pendulums for divination. A scrying mirror has a reflective surface. Again, read the books I recommended for more tips on divination. You gaze into the reflective surface and images may appear. Trust your first impressions. You might see fire, clouds, dark stones, and be ready to receive any messages. A scrying mirror is a mirror painted black. They are easy to make. Clean a mirror of dust and spray paint the mirror black. If you apply five coats of paint, the mirror should have a good surface for scrying. 

Peel an apple, and keep the peel in one long piece. When the peel comes, drop it on the floor. The letter it forms is the initial of your true love. Wait until midnight at Samhain, and slice an apple into nine pieces. Carry the apple pieces into a dark room with a mirror. At midnight, eat the apple slices while gazing into the mirror. When  you eat the ninth piece, an image of your lover should appear in the mirror. 

Fill a cauldron with water. Try using olive oil or another essential oil in the water. The drops that float can reveal something. Or light a candle and spill the drops of wax onto the water. See what shapes the wax forms. The shape can indicate something about a future lover. 

Tie a hazelnut onto a string and use it as a pendulum. Take two nuts, one for yourself and one for your lover, place them on a grate on your fire. If they roast quick, your relationship will end quick. If they burn well, you will have a long and healthy relationship. 

Tarot cards are perfect for divinations as well. Use whatever strikes your fancy. Good luck divining your futures!!

 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch 

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Spirit of Samhain

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Merry meet all,

C’mon, where’s a flash fiction story? I haven’t seen any yet. Send ’em in!

Even though the frost is almost here, I’m amazed at my garden. You can’t stop a plant from growing. I will still collect peas, a shallot, flower seeds, and other herbs for storage during winter. The flowers growing in the garden aren’t intimidated by a frost. My garden is winding down and still beautiful. I keep the leaves on the garden all winter. 

October is a magical time of year. I watched a lovely video last night about how a Witch setup her Samhain altar. She had great ideas. I admit a bit of jealousy with her amethyst sphere. Now I need one. But I also learned something from her video. I setup my own altar wrong. Perhaps she arranged her altar according to her tradition, but she put her goddess items to the left of the altar. I fixed mine. But she knew so much about Samhain. I am unable to find the video or I would have shared it here. 

Samhain is the time when the veil between the world of the living and the dead are thinnest. Samhain’s a great time to contact spirits and hold a seance. I have two reference books about contacting spirits. The Witches Book of the Dead by Christian Day and Nocturnal Witchcraft by Konstantinos. I can’t recommend these books enough. They are grounded, practical yet magical texts chock full of information on how to do it safely. I’m writing a ghost story myself, a novel, and these books were beautiful research resources. There is also my blog you can check out for information. Christian Day is a master on the subject. Weiser Books published the book. But his authority shines in the book. 

I own a round table and I plan to setup a black velvet altar cloth upon it and arrange my tools and hold a seance of my own. I know how to do this safely and have fun. Remember to concentrate on positive energy. I always place a photo of my grandfather on my altar. One important thing the Witch in the video mentioned was to only place photos of those who truly have passed on. You don’t put a picture of a living person on your altar. Also, she said if you wish to collect graveyard dirt, to do so respectfully. I will post more tomorrow about seances, incense, altar setup, and more about Samhain. 

I have to get on my broomstick and go shopping. But I wish you all a magical day. 

Blessings,

Lady Spiderwitch

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October Magick is in the Air

autumn 2

Merry meet all,

I am home from a peaceful and invigorating walk on the trail. I love walking on the nature trail. I always have a coffee in the am, but the trail walk woke me up more than coffee. 

I encourage you all to enjoy every  minute of October. The month of October only comes once a year. So enjoy it to the last!! Hoist your mead and munch on those roasted pumpkin seeds. You do have organic roasted pumpkin seeds, right? Ok. The photo above I took while out on the trail. Squirrels visited my feeder and birds chirped and flew overhead. Leaves fluttered to the ground. This is a magical month. I will post more on how you can get the maximum enjoyment from Samhain, whether you are a solitary, as I am, or in a coven. 

 Many Mabon blessings,

Lady Spiderwitch

 

 

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The hunt for orange October

Samhain scene

Merry meet all,

October is here! I hope you’re all excited as I am. In fact, I’m sure you all are. Every Witch knows what this means. It means that Samhain is almost here. That is enough to be excited about! As Ray Bradbury wrote in his creepy novel, “Something Wicked this way comes“, “October is a rare month for boys.” And girls. And Witches. 

So dust off your cauldrons and pentacles and hang on to your broomsticks!! A fun month of mystery and magic awaits. In case you’re curious, the dish towel is from Pier 1 Imports. I bought the cool black mug at Little Mysteries. They do sell online. Little Mysteries is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Today, October is heralded in with a deluge of rain. Colourful leaves litter my garden, making my garden more bewitching than ever. I will be posting here but if you are curious to learn about more ways to celebrate Samhain, you can peruse the previous Samhain posts. There’s posts about how to make your own costumes, contact spirits-safely!, make delicious recipes, incenses, and more!

So stay tuned for more about Samhain. 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch

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Samhain Celtic New Year

Merry Meet All,

Samhain is around the corner. I hope you have all been trying the crafts and projects posted on this blog. Let’s take a step into the past to learn the history of Samhain.

Samhain is the Celtic Witches New Year. The Celts divided it into two seasons of light and dark. Samhain (Scottish Gaelic: Samhuinn) translates to “summer’s end”. In Wales, it was known as Nos Calan Gaeaf, the evening of the winter calendar. They had never heard of the Christian religion and when the Christians took over, Samhain became All Hallow’s Eve, to commemorate the souls of the blessed dead who were canonized that year. November 2 became All Souls Day. Prayers were offered to those who departed and those who waited in Purgatory for entry into Heaven. The Celts did not take to this change lightly. The Christians left them with little choice.

Samhain was a time for celebration. The people gathered together to smoke meat, make preserves, bring in the livestock, and harvest nuts and berries from the hedgerows. They made offerings to their gods and goddesses. They held festivals and to this day still light bonfires. They scattered ashes from the fires onto the fields to protect them during the winter months. The bonfires became known as bonefires, because they threw bones into the fires. As the last flames died, you had to run home fast and cry, “The black sow without a tail take the hindmost!” The last crops of the fields were left as an offering to their gods and goddesses.

Samhain means “End of Summer.” It is the third and final Harvest. Samhain is when the Veil between the worlds is lifted and it is easier to communicate with spirits. Samhain was the time for the Cailleach- the winter hag who ushers in the killing frost. Lore tells of the doors opening to the lands of the Sidhe (pronounced “shee”) or the Faery Realm being opened.

Next, we will look at Samhain lore and superstition.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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