“Suddenly the day was gone,
night came out from under each tree and spread.”
― Ray Bradbury “The Halloween Tree”
Merry Meet my friends! It’s been a bit too long since I’ve posted anything here on my blog. As you all know, Autumn is my favorite time of year and I’ve been very much enjoying all the pleasures of this beautiful, magickal season! We’ve had temps anywhere between cold, frosty mornings to unseasonably warm afternoons..like today! We went from 32* a couple mornings ago, to 74* today! It’s typical here for Ohio though lol. I love it either way. We are at peak color or close to it and it’s a brilliant year for color. The skies have been clear, with star-filled, Moonlit nights that I love so much! Crisp, autumn days with leaves crunching underfoot and falling in colorful waves upon the ground, pumpkins grinning from porches, and you gotta love sweaters and scarfs coming out again! I’m in my element that is for sure!. I’m energized and content!
I hope that you all are enjoying the lovely season too! Whether you are coming into spring in the southern hemisphere or the fall here. I also hope that you have been reading and enjoying Samhain’s Sirens this month! You will find amazing bloggers, music, information, pictures, recipes, crafts, give-aways and so much more! My recipes are there on most days, so if you’re looking for wonderful Samhain recipes, you need only look there. The link is on the right side of my post over there —–> You’ll love it!
The veil is thinning as all witches and pagans know. Our ancestors and loved ones wait to connect with us, to share with us, to impart knowledge and love to us. We have only to listen. I have many friends who have lost loved ones recently, as I have, and I know they look forward to feeling them close again. Even our beloved pets. It’s what Samhain is all about for me. That connection to our family, friends, ancestors, and guides. There are many forms of divination of which to use to this gain….but I find a quiet flame and quieting my mind, opening myself to them, is all it takes. What is your best way? Scrying? Tarot? Meditation? ….There are many. I’ll be setting up my altar with many tools for that purpose, but being quiet and listening is the main thing for success, I have found. I hope that you are so blessed with a visit from those you seek the most….and maybe you’ll discover someone else who is trying to reach you too! Be open to all possibilities!
Samhain is also the Witch’s New Year! We wind down a year of Sabbat celebrations, of Moon phases from new to full to dark. We have gone from cold, long nights to hot, long days. We’ve had meteor showers, eclipses, Blood Moons, Supermoons and all the magick that we bring to our lives each and every day. The New Year is a time to celebrate our past year, let go of those things unwanted..both physically and mentally, and look forward to planning our next year. It’s a time for looking back and looking forward. I find myself getting ready to nest in. Even with the upcoming holidays, it’s knowing the dark season is upon us. Being by hearth and fire during long, dark, cold nights can be cozy, introspective, productive and filled with comfort and joy. Even if you don’t have a fireplace, fill your home with the warmth of candlelight, bake and cook things that scent your home with goodness, have warm blankets and cozy jammies you love, a stack of books by your chair, a project or two you’d like to get done, and maybe something new to learn too. Your winter will be wonderful. I always look at it as a time to work on myself, my home and a time to increase my knowledge on something I want to learn!
Yesterday, my daughters and grandkids and I did something together that was so simple and so fun. We made homemade applesauce. A really, yummy, cinnamon-y applesauce. The kids got involved by learning how to use an apple slicer, stirring in brown sugar, measuring out cinnamon etc. They loved it as did my daughters and I. It so brought to mind for me doing that very thing with my grandmother when I was a child. And while I don’t remember making applesauce with my girls when they were young, we certainly did a LOT of baking and cooking together. Seeing my daughter teaching her children what she learned from me…well…it’s a special thing. I can’t wait to tell my grandma, when I hear from her through the veil on Samhain night, all about it! ❤
I thought you might enjoy trying the recipe too since apples are abundant right now…. so here you go! This is not the canning type of recipe. This is for immediate use. Jarred up, it should last a while in your fridge.
6 pounds of apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 8 slices (use your favorite kind..we used cortlands)
1 cup apple juice or apple cider
3 Tbs lemon juice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar. (we added 2 Tbs more)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.
Use a masher to mash down any chunks. If you like it super thin, run it through a blender or food processor (we liked the texture without doing that)
Store in covered jar or plastic container.
So easy and you will love it! Would be great in recipes calling for applesauce as well!
I am in the process of working on getting my altar set up. I got my Mabon altar taken down, cleansed and cleaned my table and it’s ready to set up. Samhain is my very favorite altar to do..well, I think it is. I love most of them. I’ll post a picture here as soon as it’s done. I’ll also be back in a few days with more recipes as my recipe posts are my most popular 🙂
My coven of wonderful sisters will be gathering on the 30th. Samhain night is Beggar’s Night here…so we have chosen the night before so we could be with our families for Trick or Treat with our kids and grandkids. We will have a feast, a hearth fire, a ritual for our loved ones who have crossed the veil, and we will be in full Witch regalia which is so so fun! I so love celebrating Samhain with them. That includes those sisters I hold dear that live in other states….they know who they are ❤
Samhain is a magickal time. To me, the most wonderful time of the year. (now that song is going through your head right? LOL!) However you celebrate it, whether quietly or with full All Hallow’s Eve celebrations…enjoy it!! I’ll be back soon!
Blessings and Love,
*All pictures are my own.
5 responses to “The Wheel Turns to Samhain 2015……”
Found my pumpkins yesterday at the grocery store. I know, not quite the same as when I raised them myself, but one does have Warts!!! So cool! I love the pictures of the applesauce prep…I could just smell it! Oh my. Have you ever made Apple Butter? Have a go, it is so yummy on biscuits. Hot and buttery biscuits. I live in orchard country and the fruit stands are rolling with apples right now. Must get some!
I was just thinking I could use the apples a neighbor gave me from her tree to make something yummy and cinnamony! I can hardly believe we are only a week and a half away from Samhain! The wheel turns so quickly these days….must pick the tiny pumpkins that seeded themselves in my garden. They are too small to use for anything other than decoration, but for that they are perfect!
Blessings, sister mine.
love fresh apples this time of year!!! love to you and yours in your spoaces sis!!!
I found this so comforting and strengthening and fun, too. Thank you for all you share
Applesauce is so easy and yet so good. We have been blessed with a wild tree that has beautiful apples that make a pink applesauce. We don’t do anything but let them grow and they are really clean.
I don’t use any sugar or spice at all, just cook the apples down and use my immersion blender to blend in the peel. Easy peasy and super good for you! I put up a lot to use in baking. My co-worker suggested using little cinnamon candies (Red Hots) instead of sugar and cinnamon. I purchased some but haven’t used them yet.
Blessed Samhain to you and yours.