November 19, 2014 · 10:05 pm
Merry Meet! I hope this posting finds you all well, staying warm and safe if you’re in the line of the Winter Storms and enjoying a great week! I’m sitting by the fire tonight, in my jammies with a glass of Irish whiskey and ginger ale. Winter has arrived in full force here in Ohio. We got 5-6 inches on Sunday night into Monday morning, and have had our first single digit temperatures too! Way, way earlier than usual to be this cold and this much snow! But I LOVE it!! It’s so beautiful, that first snow of the year. The snow often covering trees still holding onto their Autumn leaves. It’s official..no more mowing, gardening, weeding, or watering until next Spring! 🙂 Now we have the cold and snow and all the Magick the season of Winter can bring!
I had the pleasure of going on a small trip to the Smoky Mountains last week. Those who know me or have read my blog for a while, know how much I love those mountains. I try to go every year, sometimes twice like this year 🙂 Just seeing them causes my whole body to relax, my soul to sing and my heart to fill with peace. I don’t know why…perhaps I’ve been there before in a past life, but I just adore seeing them and being in them. Speaking of snow, it was the same there. VERY cold, breezy and while there wasn’t any snow on the ground, the higher peaks of the mountains were covered in beautiful snow. The smaller mountains were still covered in lots of beautiful colors of Fall. Mostly in reds and deep oranges. So gorgeous! The contrast of Autumn and Winter was stunning!
I was blessed to have with me; my daughter and three of our friends. Women I love as Sisters. Fellow Witches. All members of my Tribe/Circle. We had such a great time. We set up an altar when we settled into our cabin. Everybody brought something to place on it. One of my Sisters went out and collected a few things from nature…. on a very steep graded hill I might add LOL. We added those, lit incense. and let it sit until the next night. We spent time in a few shops, ate some amazing meals and spent a LOT of time talking over the next few days. Our altar was used for tarot readings for each of us and lit candles for private reasons. It was a magickal time. Next year, I think my whole Circle of Sisters is going to try to go there together!
I’m so blessed with the women in my life in general. I have two blood sisters who I love. My chosen family of like -minded sisters is so important to me too! Whether they are someone in my life I can touch, be with in person…or if they are my wonderful facebook/instagram friends who touch my life through social media every day, I’m blessed. I know so many of my Sisters who have been through such hard times and yet they are strong, kind, wise, positive, giving, and loving. It never ceases to amaze me how they will go out of their way to offer a word of empathy, healing, love, humor, knowledge and ideas. I believe that women…sisters…can do a lot of healing to what has been done to our Mother Earth, to what the world’s religions have taken away from women, and to what a very often cruel society ( and some men) bestow on women in general. Looking and listening to my Sisters on our beautiful trip to the mountains, give me hope that the Goddess is emerging more and more, making Herself known to more of those Sisters in the world I have yet to meet, and working to heal our world in so many ways. Fills me with gratitude to be a part of it! To walk with the Goddess….and my Sisters!
To Jeanni, Shawna, Diana and Sara..thank you for a wonderful trip! To my other close sisters/friends…you know who you are…Thank you for filling my life with love and friendship. To my Sisters all over the world..thank you for being a part of my daily life despite the miles that separate us! And always, Thank you to the Goddess who guides me, loves me, protects me and fills me with great Joy!
A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit,
a golden thread to the meaning of life.
Blessings and Love, Autumn
*Pictures are my own.
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September 16, 2014 · 3:25 pm
“Smoke hangs like haze over harvested fields,
The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth
And you walk under the red light of fall
The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain
The sharp, gentle chill of fall.
Here as we move into the shadows of autumn
The night that brings the morning of spring
Come to us, Lord of Harvest
Teach us to be thankful for the gifts you bring us …”
– Autumn Equinox Ritual
Merry Meet my friends! Autumn has arrived here in Ohio! Even though Mabon isn’t until the 23rd, Autumn is here none the less. I for one, couldn’t be more Happy about it! My favorite time of year!! Already I feel like a heavy load has been lifted. The heat and humidity of Summer makes me feel heavy, weighed down, and tired. I am energized as the cool days and even cooler nights are upon us. We have had our first (and second and third) fires in the fireplace! There is nothing more cozy to me than a fire on an Autumn evening.
My oven has been busy with baking. My crockpot is on the counter permanently, garden beds are cleaned up of flowers that are spent and I’m about to harvest a huge amount of herbs..most of them for the last time this year. Summer couch covers are washed and put away, warm blankets have been brought out, the chimney and furnace have been inspected and cleaned, a cord of wood has been ordered, and Winter clothes are in the closets and Summer clothes put away for next year. Autumn cleaning is near finished.
We are seeing some color in the leaves already as I showed you on my last posting. Some trees have lost their leaves completely, but there is LOTS of color still to come. Bees still abound in my gardens. Birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and other ground animals are gathering frantically. This morning I had a huge amount of activity at my bird and squirrel feeders. I had a couple dozen mourning doves, a pair of cardinals, 3, yes 3! male blue jays, a Flicker woodpecker and multiple finches, sparrows and other small birds. Our white squirrel Luna, other gray squirrels and several chipmunks were also scurrying and gathering! It was wonderful to watch. I still have my hummingbird feeder up for migrating hummers, but we haven’t seen one for a few days now. If you don’t already, please think about feeding these animals and birds…to help them through the long hard Winter we are being promised again this year. You will get so much pleasure out of it!
My Mabon altar is set up and plans are made for my Circle/Tribe to meet on Sunday evening here. There will be an outdoor fire, weather permitting, desserts, spiced cider and good company! Several of us are also attending our local Pagan festival on Saturday which we are looking forward to. For several of us, it’s our first time to go! I am usually on vacation this time of year so haven’t been able to attend. I can’t wait!
Yesterday, I was flipping through a Taste of the South magazine and came across a recipe that sounded so yummy I thought I’d share it here with you. It sounds soooo spicy and good for Fall! The picture is theirs as well.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1⁄2 cups sugar
1 1⁄2 cups whole milk
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Orange Glaze (recipe follows)
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