Merry Meet my witchy friends! Today I finally got my Samhain Altar ready…my favorite altar I think for my favorite time of year! I had so much fun choosing the fabric for the altar cloth..and I found the perfect one. It is in indigo, black and orange..the colors representative of Samhain…it has Jack O’Lanterns, witches hats and witches brooms…just cheerful and fun.
My Samhain altar is about fun and seriousness at the same time. The fun stuff is the owl, the pumpkin and raven, black roses, skulls etc. The serious stuff…the pics of my ancestors who have gone on before and I will be calling on on Samhain night! The witchy stuff..an orange Goddess candle to represent the last harvest festival, and the black God candle, to represent him dieing and waiting to be reborn in the spring. Other harvest reps are the pumpkins, indian corn, acorns and leaves. Crystals are jet, obsidian, black tourmeline, red river carnelian, orange carnelian and orange jasper. There is a large piece of obsidian that could be used for scrying..as diviniation is very powerful at Samhain. I have the reps for the quarters as always, one change is my cauldron is representing Air as I will be burning loose incense rather than a cone or stick. My atheme and wand are always on my altar of course.
My ancestors pictures are precious to me…these are mostly pics taken when they were young. My maternal grandfather, both grandmothers, both sets of great grandparents and a great great grandmother. An aunt who died when she was 2 years old..all mean much to me. I call on them often and I can’t wait to visit with them again on Samhain night! There is also pics of my two chihuahuas..Pepper and Charlie…my girls are in the pics too..but thank Goddess they are still with me!! The thinning of the veil is a very magickal mystical night for all witches. Who would you like to hear from that night?
I just had to post this pic too..this is my male cat Jasper…1/2 of my familiars…coming to bless and approve my altar. He does this everytime..the minute I’m done setting up…here he comes..he jumps up..sniffs around..bats the crystals around..plays with my wand and then jumps down. He is a very witchy cat and I love him!
I mentioned that I would be burning a loose incense recipe on Samhain night…my next post will be about that..the recipe and the how to’s….I’ll post in the next day or so.
Merry Part until then..Samhain Blessings to each of you, Autumn
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Last night I watched the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics! Wow! What a great show the Canadians put on. The whole Nature theme was right up my alley! The aboriginals were beautiful in their ceremonial finery. When they made the Circle and then it widened and turned to the ocean with swimming graceful whales and fish it was so amazing. My very favorite part was Kd Lang singing “Hallelujiah” ….it was so smooth and effortless and beautifully melodic it really brought tears to my eyes. As did seeing our proud young athletes walk into the venue. My heart went out to the Georgian team too..you could see the pain on their faces from losing their young teamate. Such a loss but the show went on as it should. I look forward to being glued to the tv for the next 2 weeks so as not to miss one moment of the games…my DVR will be heartily used!
My poor little Kitty, Harley, has an injury to her left front paw and leg. I took her to the Vet yesterday..luckily it is just soft tissue injury, nothing broken. She is on anti-inflammatory meds for 10 days to help her heal. She is staying quiet and laying on my lap alot (which I love!) and will be ok soon. I hate when an animal hurts..its not like you can explain to them why and they can’t tell you whats wrong. Poor baby. The vet said she may have been stepped on, or jumped off of something wrong, or playing with my other cat, Jasper could have caused it..who knows. I just know I’m glad she’s ok. As I am a Witch, I of course did a spell..a healing candle spell..to help her on her way. I believe fully that a burning candle, anointed with magickal oil and with my hopeful intention placed into it will aid her in healing. It’s Magick after all!
We ended up with 14 inches of snow over a week and now we are hearing that we may get another 2-4 by tuesday! Mother Nature is putting on her own show this winter to rival the Olympics! Go Apollo!! Sorry, he’s racing now and i love him!!! OMG! He almost got 4th…but two Koreans fell and he got the silver..JC the other american got bronze …whoo hoo! Stunning race! Ok..back to the snow, while I love winter and love snow, I have to say enough already! Bring on the spring! However, I will say too that I love watching the cardinals at the birdfeeder and resting in the snowy trees. The Goddess blesses me whenever I glimpse it.
I bought yarn today to start a baby blanket in a soft lilac purple and I’m going to put a yellow ruffled edge on it. That will give me something to do while its snowing. I’m going to crochet this one instead of knit..its faster and easier and I haven’t crocheted in a long time so it will be a nice change for me. I love making soft lovely baby items and my grandaughter is definitely partial to knitted blankets over any other!
I am getting very excited about our Book of Shadows arriving any day now..I hope! I’ve been working on pages for it and will spend some time tomorrow doing more I’m sure. It will be a blessed day when my sister, daughters and I can all sit down with our glue sticks and spells and information pages and start putting our books together..I can’t wait!!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Valentines Day and my wishes for you are that you are loved by many!
Blessed Be, Autumn