“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!!
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.
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!!
8 responses to “The Wheel Turns to Samhain 2013……………….”
I am glad you are having some lovely Autumn days. I’m reeling with Fall goodness here too. I do love an easy recipe – I’ll have to try this one! A very happy Samhain season to you – enjoy!
I think im going to leave a plate for my uncle that passed this year even a treat for my dog who passed as well. And i would really love to make bread of the dead as well never made it before. But even in florida the weather feels very fall i love it. Thanks for the recipe i plan on trying this out tonight. Thanks for the post . Blessed be
Both of my parents passed within the last year so I will be welcoming their spirits this year. I always wait hopefully for my beloved grandfather who passed in 1976. He usually makes his presence known and I look forward to it.
Oh, Autumn, I just love the Autumn season , too! And you! Haha
It’s been a lucky one here since some years we don’t get much fall and just move into real winter so fast. This year I’ve had a chance to enjoy the changing leaves, the smell of the air, the sunny but frosty mornings, and the slower pace of things.
Samhain is usually pretty solitary for me. I’m going to host a dumb supper this year, I think.
Blessings to you and yours this season!
Hi Happy Autumn, Autumn!! so nice to see you are doing well and enjoying the season. I am a solitaire myself so normally I host an open house for neighbors to partake in homemade goodies like seasonal fruit pies and decorated cupcakes and cookies along with hot spiced cider. It’s my way of celebrating . Later in the evening I hold my ritual and remember my family and friends who have passed on. Nothing terribly special but it’s what I do. 🙂 I hope you and your family have a wonderful blessed Samhain season.
blessings always, June
My ritual is simple and quick (what can you expect from an Aries?). I tell my parents that I’m doing okay and don’t worry about me. As their death grew imminent, they expressed concern over me. Here they were the ones who were dying, but they expressed concern about me! They didn’t wait until Samhain to pay me a visit — Dad paid me a visit directly after his death, and Mom chose the Winter Solstice. The first time it happened, I thought my own grief cooked things up. But when it happened with Mom, I knew that they were indeed telling me not to grieve because they were doing well.
Dear Lilypads..I’m so sorry I’m slow responding..I’m afraid the season got away from me. What a lovely thing your parents did for you and I’m so sorry for your losses. To lose one parent is hard to handle..two unimaginable. They are indeed letting you know they are ok. I’m pretty sure my last worries would be for my children and grandchildren as well my friend. You were blessed with wonderful parents who loved you. I wish you a blessed Yuletide season and much love…Autumn
I love it! I am going to have to make those, they look so good! =)