“Between the heavens and the earth
The way now opens to bring forth
The Hosts of those who went on before;
Hail! We see them now come through the Open Door.
Now the veils of worlds are thin;
To move out you must move in.
Let the Balefires now be made,
Mine the spark within them laid.
Move beyond the fiery screen,
Between the seen and the unseen;
Shed your anger and your fear,
Live anew in a new year!”
– Lore of the Door
Merry Evening dear readers! Has Autumn arrived in your neck of the woods? The Season of Autumn I mean *giggles* (yes, I LOVE my name this time of year…it’s so much fun!!) Well, Fall has arrived here big time. We are near peak in color..though I will say it’s not the most brilliant color I’ve seen. We have cool, breezy days, and cold nights. We’ve had some rain and some crisp, blue skies…and OH the Nights! Inky black with twinkling stars and the Blood Moon has been brilliant…big and bright and beautiful! It’s been cold enough for the heat to go on, the fireplace to have a roaring fire, and sweaters and jackets pulled out of closets. My crockpot and oven are hot most of the time, and I constantly want to go for a walk, or cook something with apples, or pick up perfect leaves to press and save. I’ve got a stack of books on one side of me, and a basket of crochet on the other. I am one happy Witch! After all, it IS my Season! 🙂
Samhain is coming upon us fast. The Witch’s New Year…the night we all anticipate all year long. It is the Most magickal, the Most emotional, and the Most busy night of the year for many of us. There are gatherings to plan, rituals to prepare, feasts to cook, fires to tend, ancestors to await a visit from, and quiet introspection and divination to be done. For many, there is also trick or treat night, costume parties, houses to decorate to the delight of children and adults alike, and finding the perfect Witch hat or cape to please ourselves! Whew….no wonder October…the best month of the year..flies by so fast!! They say Time flies when you’re having fun…and October is proof of that!
Last year, my Samhain was a bit thrown together and scattered…..because I was in the process of selling our home. This year, I’m working and planning ahead. I have a Circle of Witches now who will gather here on Nov 3 for our fire gathering and feasting. I have Beggar’s Night on the 30th which I’ll spend with hubby, daughters, son-in-law and grandkids and whoever else happens along. There will be soups in the crockpot, bread in the oven and a yummy apple dessert to share. Samhain night is our Ancestor Supper and a solitary ritual for myself. Oh and of course a fire!! Speaking of desserts..I have to share a new recipe I came across!! So simple and soooo yummy!!
Picture courtesy of Allrecipes.com
Country Apple Dumplings
2 baking apples of your choice, peeled, cored and wedged into 8 wedges per apple ( 16 total)
2 cans of crescent rolls
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
12 oz can of Mountain Dew or Sprite (yep..you got it) LOL
Preheat oven to 350* Grease a 9″ x 13″ baking dish
Cut each apple as above and set aside. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll each apple wedge in the dough starting at the smallest end. Pinch to seal and place in the baking dish.
Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the dumplings. The pour the citrus soda over the dumplings.
Bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown.
*I understand this recipe is All over Pinterest! LOL.
For me, what really represents what Samhain is all about…. Is the thinning of the veil..the chance to communicate with those who have passed thru the veil….The Ancestor Supper, Soul Supper, Dumb Supper. Whatever you call it, it represents a meal with your ancestors. Lighting candles and setting a place at the table, and inviting those who have passed over to come and partake with you, is a lovely and meaningful ritual. If you are truly quiet in mouth and mind, you may hear what they have to say to you….they DO want to communicate. They want to know how we are doing as much as we want to know how they are doing. It’s our chance to express that they are missed, that they are still loved, that they will never be forgotten. They may have words of wisdom for us as well. One of the things I do, is place Rosemary in pots at their place setting. Rosemary is for remembrance. Another thing to do for yourself, write them a note or letter and place it at their seat. Often, one seat at my table, represents All my ancestors..those recently passed and those long gone. What is your practice? Do you have a Dumb Supper, divinate or scry at your altar, burn letters? All are wonderful ways to honor our Ancestors on this night.
My Soul Supper Table 2011
So you busy Witches, smile while you’re busy flying around on your brooms preparing for this most magickal of Nights! Whether your Night is solitary and quiet, or a huge gathering, or something in between….there is no doubt that you will Feel your most Witchiest, your most magickal, and your most Joyful! For the muggles, it’s just about costumes and candy…for Us! It’s sooooo much MORE!!! Many Blessings for a wonderful Samhain. May your Path be filled with Mystery and Magick!
*oh…no drinking and flying LOL!!