October and Samhain’s Sirens……….

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Merry Meet everyone!  I hope that you all had a very Blessed Mabon and that Autumn has finally come to your neck of the woods.  I love October! It’s my very favorite month of the whole year lol..as all of you who know me or have read anything here know.  My name ought to give it away as well.  I come so alive when Autumn comes…my heart is brighter, my steps are lighter, my energy level is high and I relish every moment of this most wonderful time of the year! How does it make you feel?  Are you loving every minute or are you just dreading that Winter is coming?  I sure hope that you are all loving it!! Most of my Witch friends of course, are loving it! 🙂

“Crispy air and azure skies,
High above, a white cloud flies,
Bright as newly fallen snow.
Oh the joy to those who know October!

Scolding sparrows on the lawn,
Rabbits frisking home at dawn,
Pheasants midst the sheaves of grain,
All in harmony acclaim, October!

Brown earth freshly turned by plow,
Apples shine on bended bough,
Bins o’erflowed with oats and wheat,
And satisfaction reigns complete. October!

Radiant joy is everywhere.
Spirits in tune to the spicy air,
Thrill in the glory of each day.
Life’s worth living when we say, October!”
–   Joseph Pullman Porter

Here in Ohio we are finally having Fall weather.  Nice days with cool nights.  We were very dry but finally, yesterday and today, we got some rain.  The leaves are changing color…brilliant reds have started and some trees are losing their leaves like crazy already.  We are having fires in the fireplace (so so cozy!), the crockpot is in action and I’m in the mood for homemade breads, baked goods with apples and pumpkin, and soup!  Today, it didn’t get out of the 40’s and I had to wear a sweater!! Yay!!  I have decorated the house for Fall, my spice scented candles are lit often, and wood is stacked at the back door, ready to give us cozy, warm fires for the next few months.

 

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A beautiful “Autumn Blaze” Maple

 

Our garden beds are cleaned up of all the flowers that are spent or ready to be cut back.  I harvested the last of almost all my herbs.  Fennel seeds are still maturing and I always leave some lavender and rosemary for my Samhain altar and Ancestor supper table. I got more then three harvests from my herbs this year. I so loved it and will miss my herb bed over the long Winter.  But I have lots of dried herbs for cooking, my herbal potions and products and of course, for Magick!

 

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My wonderful last harvest of herbs!

 

I’m late doing this but I wanted to let my readers know that it’s time for Samhain’s Sirens!  An online blog written by many wonderful Witch friends of mine.  It started on October 1 and will continue through Samhain.  You will find lots of wonderful Witchy things…blog posts, crafts, music, drink recipes, Remembrances, altar pictures etc etc…and oh….lots of recipes from ME!  I dug out some of my best and favorite recipes to share with you!  Come follow the fun and try to win a give -away too!  The link is on the right here on this blog…look for the icon that says Samhain’s Sirens. Just click on it and it’ll take you there. Once there, you can sign up to follow it so you see the post each day.  You’ll love it! It’s all about putting us in the mood for this wonderful Sabbat!

Mercury has gone retrograde today (uh oh) and we are waxing to the Full Blood Moon.  The veil is thinning..can you feel it?  The wheel is spinning fast to Samhain.  Too fast!  September flew by and I want time to slow down now so I can savor every moment of this delicious Season.

 

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I’ll be back soon to talk about Samhain, share some recipes and have a visit.  In the meantime, throw on a sweater and go outside. Breathe in the crisp air and scent of woodsmoke,  listen to the wind through the beautiful colored leaves of the trees, look for that waxing Moon, feel the Earth beneath your feet before She’s covered with snow, and have a taste of tart cider or apple.  Be grateful for the beauty of this time of year!  Mother Earth is giving us quite a show before She goes quiet to rest.  Blessed Be!

 

Blessings and Love, Autumn

*All the pictures are my own.

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11 responses to “October and Samhain’s Sirens……….

  1. HappyCrone

    Autumn is slow coming to the Pacific Northwest this year. While the mornings and evenings are getting cool, we were nearly 80 today. I planted daffodil bulbs today and the ground is so dry. This is pretty rare for this area in October. My husband said that pumpkins were being unloaded at the grocery store this morning, I am so excited! My thoughts are turning to cool weather foods, and apple whatever, pie, crumble, crisp or cake. Wonder if it is the smell of the cinnamon? I harvested hawthorn berries (haws) earlier this week, and they are now becoming tincture. My little back yard yesterday was filled with quail, and I have noticed the squirrels are a bit more chatty. Autumn holds so much magic!

    • Hello Cate! I think the scent of cinnamon indeed has a lot to do with our love of baking this time of year 🙂 I’m glad Autumn has arrived in your neck of the woods too…it’s even cooler now here! Enjoy this magickal season! Hugs!

  2. Sunshine Fae

    Happy happy to say that Fall is here although there will be a few more days of 80’s before they decide to stay in the deep south! I saw a few trees with changing leaves yesterday which was so nice. You know how I too begin to feel alive when the air cools! My place is decorated to welcome fall and even tho’ I don’t cook, I enjoy those foods which seem to bring in the Fall Season! Thank you once again for your magickal post! Blessed be! And Happy Autumn! ❤

  3. Jennifer

    I am loving the fall weather, love seeing the leaves change, still not ready for the snow though, lol. I have heard that it will be bad like last year. Love your mantle and the decorations!!! I have herbs that I need to bring in, there is a lot of everything it seems. We didn’t have any rain yesterday but it was cold. I am looking forward to reading all of the blogs on Samhain’s Sirens too. Have a great day!!! Love the blog. What a great way to start my Sunday! Hugs!

  4. Debra

    Oh such a lovely time! Blessings to you and thank you for your lovely blog posts. You always make me feel so happy and alive when I read your blogs.
    I’m enjoying this season so much.
    Blessed Be.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving! Your mantle looks amazing 🙂

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