Blessed Sun's Day Pagans!
Just some news:
Important October Dates
Witch SuperCenter October Sale Items
Herb of the Month - Patchouli
Stone of the Month - Fire Agate
Rune of the Month - Othala
Tarot Card of the Month - The Lovers
Correspondence of the Month - Planetary Influences
Spell of the Month - Gaia Healing Spell
Important October Dates
(All times are CDT)
October 15, 7:02 am - New Moon
The new Moon of October 15 is at 22º Libra, on the brilliant fixed star Spica in constellation Virgo and opposite dare-devil Eris. With this Moon, we find a brave new method of addressing the issues brought up at the September full Moon. That last moon was pretty challenging since it was igniting the extremely flammable Uranus square Pluto. We still have the soothing Ceres/Saturn/Neptune trine for protection, but instead of that harsh Moon aspect to the Uranus square Pluto, we now have a harmonious trine from Mars.
Mars should bring determination to resolve any matters that the hope medicine of the Ceres/Saturn/Neptune grand trine may have overlooked. Grand trines can be a buffer, but can also make things so comfy that one may inadvertently become complicit in so called ?evil deeds? simply through inertia and turning a blind eye. You have to look at the planets involved. Yes, positively, these planets can be sweet hopes and dreams. But Neptune can be an escapist lush, Ceres indulgent and Saturn slow as snails. Leave all three lumps in front of a cinema flat screen with a vat of beer and we can wave bye-bye to the Uranus square Pluto revolution.
October 29, 2:49 pm - Full Moon
The Storytelling Spider Moon
Spider is the weaver, the link to past and future, and the keeper of language and creativity. She bestows her gifts upon writers and poets. Among some cultures, it was she who wove the "primordial alphabet" so that we humans might possess a written language. To some African peoples, Spider is Anansi, the storyteller. He is the Keeper of history and knowledge.
Storytelling can strengthen bonds among family and friends. It can heal and transform individuals. It can also be a fun Halloween game. On this Full Moon, tell your story as a solitary or as a group. Speak it in the third person and make it dramatic, as if you were telling an epic tale of challenge, heroism and love. As a group, pick someone at random to begin. Then go around the circle, with each person adding a sentence or two as you build the story of your community together. Alternatively, make 10 to 20 cards with various words on them. These can be silly words for a fun game or words to evoke insight for a healing story. Sit in a circle and have each person take the same number of cards without looking at them. Go around the circle with each person using one word in a sentence at a time to create humor or healing.
~ Kristin Madden in Llewellyn's 2012 Witches' Datebook
October 31 - Samhain
(Crossquarter November 7)
Animals/Mythical Creatures – bats, cats, dogs, pooka, goblin,medusa, beansidhe, harpies
Gemstones – black stones, jet, obsidian, onyx, carnelian
Incense/Oil – frankincense, basil, yarrow, lilac, camphor, clove, wood rose, wormwood, myrrh, patchouli, apple, heliotrope, mint, nutmeg, sage, ylang-ylang
Colors/Candles – black (ward off negativity), orange (good luck), indigo, homemade apple or mint scented herbal candles to light jack-o-lanterns or for altar candles
Tools/Symbols/Decorations – black altar cloth, Halloween items, jack o’ lanterns, oak leaves, acorns, straw, balefire, besom, black cat, black crescent moon, cauldron, divination tools, grain, magic mirror, mask, bare branches, animal bones, hazelwood, pictures of ancestors
Goddesses – The Crone, Hecate (Greek), Cerridwen (Welsh-Scottish), Arianrhod (Welsh), Caillech (Irish-Scottish), Baba Yaga (Russian), Al-Ilat (persian), Bast (Egyptian), Persephone (Greek), Hel (Norse), Kali(Hindu), all Death & Otherworld Goddesses
Gods - Horned Hunter (European), Cernnunos (Greco-Celtic), Osiris (Egyptian), Hades (Greek), Gwynn ap Nudd (British), Anubis (Egyptian), Coyote Brother (Native American), Loki (Norse), Dis (Roman), Arawn (Welsh), Sacrificial/Dying/Aging Gods, Death and Otherworld Gods
Essence – magick, plenty; knowledge, the night, death & rebirth, success, protection; rest, new beginning; ancestors; lifting of the veil, mundane laws in abeyance, return, change
Dynamics/Meaning – death & transformation, Wiccan new year, wisdom of The Crone, end of summer, honoring, thinning of the veil between worlds, death of the year, time outside of time, night of the Wild Hunt, begin new projects, end old projects
Purpose – honoring the dead, especially departed ancestors, knowing we will not be forgotten; clear knowledge of our path; guidance, protection, celebrating reincarnation
Rituals/Magick – honoring/consulting ancestors, releasing the old, power, understanding death and rebirth, entering the underworld, divination, dance of the dead, fire calling, past life recall
Customs – ancestor altar, costumes, divination, carving jack o’ lanterns, spirit plate, the Feast of the Dead, feasting, paying debts, fairs, drying winter herbs, masks, bonfires, apple games, tricks, washing clothes
Foods – apple, pumpkin pie, pomegranate, pumpkin, squash, hazelnuts, corn, cranberry muffins, bread, ale, cider and herbal tea
Herbs – allspice, broom, comfry, dandelion, deadly nightshade, mugwort, catnip, dittany of Crete, ferns, flax, fumitory, mandrake, mullein, dragon’s blood, sage, straw, thistles, oak (leaf), wormwood (burn to protect from roving spirits)
Element/Gender – water/male
Threshold – midnight
So make it true, make it real, and always make it magickal!
Airwolf-humbly serving my Goddess.