A brooding calm in all the air,
A dreamy quiet everywhere…
A golden glow to light the day
That fades in purple mists away—
This soothing calm, this presence bright,
October’s sweet and mellow light.
~Phebe A. Holder, “A Song of October,”
Merry Meet my friends! How is your Autumn going so far? Autumn weather has finally arrived here in Ohio in the last week or so, and it’s been re-vitalizing, beautiful and wonderful! As you all know….my favorite time of year and I seem to just wake up!
I apologize again for a longer -than- usual absence. My life is really busy these days and I’ve had to prioritize what I can get done. As much as I love to write, and I do write in my journals etc, I just had to put my blog aside…again. Between my in-laws moving here, losing my only day nurse that helps me with my daughter, a trip to Sleepy Hollow (which was fabulous and I’ll write about that trip here in a day or two) plus preparing the house for Autumn/Winter, and the usual every day stuff like family, time with my grandkids etc etc. Please know, I know you ALL are just as busy….but I’m explaining why I’m not writing here as much.
Having said that all, Samhain is coming fast and I wanted to be here with you all to show my enjoyment of this most special Sabbat time of year! As our summer seemed to linger longer than usual this year, I’m busily jarring dried herbs from earlier in the year, and making room for the last harvest of herbs to hang and dry. My herbs are still thriving and huge so my last harvest will be abundant! Hubby and I have been busy cleaning up the garden beds, cutting back, protecting, and preparing the beds for next Spring. Also, things in the house, like washing rugs, curtains, windows, having furnace inspected, fireplace cleaned and a cord of wood ordered so we are ready for the dark months! Despite all the work, I so love this time of year and take the time for walks, Moon basking, apple and pumpkin baking, and a little shopping for new jackets, and sweaters etc. I’ve also been busy crocheting scarves and blankets which I find incredibly Zen. What are you doing to prepare for the dark time of the year?
The veil is thinning and all Witches can feel it. My mind often goes to my loved ones who have passed onto the other side of the veil. I can’t bake without thinking of my grandmother, hear a song on the radio that reminds me of a good friend, or visit the cemetaries, adrift in falling leaves to feel close to those who are still with us in mind and spirit. Witches prepare their altars to honor their ancestors and loved ones during this most magickal season. But we also look back on the last year, as Samhain is our new year after all. What worked for us, what didn’t, what we keep and what we throw away/let go. We make plans for our New Year, knowing that we have the dark time of the year coming, when we may be a little less busy, have more time to reflect by fires, read, organize, dream, learn, and decide what we may do to improve constantly on our lives, our minds, our bodies and spirits.
My coven will gather on the 29th for soups, breads, desserts and a fire. A ritual to honor the New Year and our ancestors. It’s a wonderful time of wearing our witchiest garb, and while fun, we are also very dedicated to the night…the time…the veil…..the looking forward and backward…helping each other if needed. We all celebrate solitarily as well….but our combined energies make it an amazing night!
I’m a true believer in constantly learning and expanding my knowledge base. So I’ve begun to think about what books I’d like to read over the Winter. What are some of your favorite witchy books, or learning books you’ve read lately? I’d love some suggestions! I have some books on tarot, crystals, reiki, certain goddesses etc I’ll be reading…along with good fiction of course! Any suggestions most appreciated as I’m always looking for something I don’t know about 🙂
October is crisp days and cool nights,
a time to curl up around the dancing flames
and sink into a good book.
~John Sinor (1930–1996), in San Diego Union-Tribune
I’m off to enjoy a bit of time outside today…perhaps starting to harvest those herbs, or just taking a walk. I’ll be back in the next day or two with a post about that trip to Sleepy Hollow and as always, some wonderful recipes for Samhain. Also, a bit of news I should be ready to talk about in the next week. In the meantime, It’s Autumn!! That wonderful blue sky, sunny days and crisp nights, woodsmoke and falling leaves, sweaters and scarves, pumpkins and apples, witches and black cats, all things spooky and wonderful, Time of year!! Autumn passes so fast…enjoy every beautiful moment!!
Blessings and Love,