Merry Meet All,
I have noticed the skies in October are the bluest of all year. Leaves are colorfully sprinkling over the lawns and fields and pumpkins are glowing ripe orange. My garden is slowly going to sleep for the long cold winter ahead. The leaves, buds and petals are fading. I have taken the decorations and put them aside till next spring. My garden is still lovely. The worn rocks, dark soil and vermillion green leaves are striking in their beauty.
October 11 is the time of the Full Moon, the Blood Moon. This full moon arrives before Samhain and it is the moon of change and of falling leaves. The correspondences are dark colors such as blues, purples, and black. The gemstones are obsidian, amethyst and tourmaline. The gods Herne, Apollo, Cernunnos and Mercury will appreciate being honored this Samhain. The herbs to use in your rituals are apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, mint, sweet annie, catnip and pennyroyal. The element of air also corresponds with the Blood Moon.
The veil is at its thinnest at this time of year. Use this time for spiritual growth and to practice your divination. You can also try to contact a deceased ancestor if you seek guidance in life. The Full Moon is known among the Natives as Hunter’s Moon because the deer would be fat and the foxes would be easy to spot from the fields that were cleared.
The 28th of Friday is the beginning of the Celtic Tree Month of Reed. Reflect on what you have accomplished during the year since last Samhain and what worked in your life. Begin the new Celtic year on the right foot. Donate unwanted items to charity and take the time to fix, repair things and clean so it is fresh after Samhain. Give your altar and tools a heavy duty cleaning to remove stale chi.
Make a mugwort infusion and rinse your altar tools in it. Scrub down your altar with the mugwort infusion. Mugwort or yarrow are cleansing and are associated with magick.
Have a magickal Full Moon