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Divining to meet the dead

Witch

Merry meet all,

October is a time when people like to remember the dead, or those who  have passed on before them. The veil grows thin, enabling contact between the living and the dead to be more possible. There are several ways to reach out to your deceased loved ones. 

Necromancy is the art of divination of contacting the dead. A great book to read to learn more is Christian Day’s book The Witches Book of the Dead. I can’t recommend this book enough. 

First of all, do protect yourself. Christopher Penczak wrote a great book about psychic protection, which I recommend you read before delving into divination. It is important to protect yourself from unwanted energies. You can tell me about whatever you encounter. I will believe you. I have seen a shadow person. It was so scary I nearly fell through my chair. But there are good energies too. He also wrote a great book titeld The Mighty Dead. 

You would look both ways before crossing a street, right? I hope so. Okay the same implies here. 

Ouija boards. I have never used one. Yes I have heard the horror stories but I tend to reserve judgement until I try something. Use caution and be respectful. I have no idea if it would work but I recommend trying this with a friend.

Crystal balls, candles, tarot, and scrying with liquids in cauldrons are another method of divination. If you want to, here are some cool tips for better divination. When scrying with fire, look at the blue flame which is the gateway to better contact with the dead. Watch to see if your candle does anything unusual while doing your magick. Make note of it in your BOS. Put some olive oil and water in your cauldron. Gaze into the bowl. Wait and see what psychic impressions you receive. Have an open and ready mind. 

It’s a good idea to physically clean your sacred space before hand and cast a protective circle. Use your besom to sweep any negative chi away. Cleanse the space with sage and cedar. Light a white candle for purification. When performing your divination, use black candles because the candles draw in energy and attract spirits. Use a black altar cloth and wear black clothing, Spirits are attracted to those who dare to be different. 

Taper candles work best. These candles burn longer, giving you more time to do your thing. Votive candles are good too but tea lights would burn out too fast. Incense that corresponds with Samhain is best. Mugwort, mandrake, poppy, foxglove, belladonna, sandalwood, and datura are best suited. 

Consider acquiring a skull to use for divination. Make sure you get the skull legally. More information can be found in the above mentioned books. I found an animal skull on a hike and kept it. I used the skull in a spell. I placed my hand on the skull, concentrated hard, and as soon as I did, I sensed my grandfather. He is probably watching over me now. I saw him clearly and so quickly when I closed my eyes. So it does work. A skull is a gateway to spirit. It doesn’t matter if the skull has a jaw. That too can affect the magick you perform. 

I shall post here more about divining to meet the dead as the month goes on. 

Happy Hauntings@

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch 

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A Garden to honor my ancestors

Seedling Magick

Merry meet all,

Tonight I’m sipping coffee and I occasionally peek out to my blossoming garden. It cheers my heart to see the plants grow. I also take pride in it for a different reason. 

I am carrying on the work of my ancestors. I am part Celtic and part Viking. My maternal grandmother is from Scotland. My maternal grandfather is from Cape Breton-French Acadian. My father was Norwegian. 

They would have worked hard in a garden to provide the food to feed their families. It was a produce or perish way of life then. They would have raised livestock. I don’t raise livestock but I do have two familiars. A garden was necesary. I also know how to fish, saw wood, gather and store wood, and operate a real wood stove. I know how to identify animal tracks, herbs and berries, and cook homegrown food- and ride horses. I often practice slow cooking, as opposed to eating processed food out of a can. Yes I do know to work a coleman stove. 

Allow me to elaborate here. One time in Pleasant Bay, my sis Niki harvested some root veggies from her garden. She cooked a pot of stew and it was cooked on the wood stove. I love the sound of a stainless steel kettle rattling on the wood stove- and a woodpecker pecking at the outdoor house walls. Then I was given the pot of soup and I held the pot of stew on my lap the way to the main house, where we all enjoyed it. I mean, it was delicious. Well it was made from totally locally grown vegetables and cooked on a wood stove. What was there to not like? 

I also can sew and clean. I know you may be thinking these seem like such domestic chores- especially since last fall, I was in the kitchen literally cooking all day. But I filled glass dishes with the plastic red lids with four different soups and I was able to feed myself all winter long. 

I have a fresh stash of lentils and beans. I know what to do with them. Performing this work is satisfying because I feel like I am carrying on a tradition. I have occasionally gone camping, maybe not as often as I should. Spending so much time in Pleasant Bay has helped me appreciate going for a simple walk. Well today was rainy. I also know how to make candles, make crafts like candles, jewelry, and bind books But my main pride and joy is my garden. I fail to understand why no one started a garden in the backyard here before me. Oh well my job. And I love it! I bought a celtic cookbook to also honor my ancestry. 

I am studying the different gods and goddesses in the Celtic pantheon. That is just fascinating to me. I do have a hard time getting my hands on books and information on the Vikings so I could honor that side of my family. I hope to learn more about them. 

I plan to make good use of the raspberries in my garden in jam and maybe eat them with pancakes. I plan to grow tomatoes, kale, lettuce, carrots, beets and radishes, potatoes, chives, garlic, rhubarb, and onions. For someone who lives on a meagre budget as I do, this is a lot of food. This includes the herbs and flowers I shall also harvest in the fall. The Witch Hazel will be cool. I haven’t planned on what to do with that yet. I can also harvest roots, seeds, and flower petals for various magickal uses. 

I let my Samhain pumpkins compost in my garden all year. The orange pumpkin was closer to the house. The white pumpkin composted over the tulip and garlic bulbs. When I raked the leaves this spring, I didn’t find the white pumpkin. I guess that is how well it composted. But the soil, bulbs and bugs would have benefitted from the nutrients from it. I did find the dried crumbling remnants of the orange pumpkin. I know it helped the soil. 

I planted snowdrops because I read they were sacred to Brigid. This is one of many ways I hope to explore and deepen my connection to my ancestors.

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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Moon Mysteries

Thunder Moon July 2013

Merry meet all,

Tonight the Blood Moon rules the skies. October’s Full Moon is known as the Blood Moon. Celebrate the moon by following the information here. 

Since it’s October, the moon is powerful and more special. Bake some esbat cookies. The best recipe can be found in Cunningham’s Wicca book. You can buy cool halloween themed cookie cutters at the dollar store. Use the cookie cutters in shapes of bats, ghosts, and witches to add some extra fun to your cakes and ale ritual. 

The dark half of the year is upon us. I am for myself, never sure what colour of altar cloth to use at a Mabon full moon. I guess a dark or light colour can do either way. It depends on your intent. Use a dark colour to represent the dark half of the year or light to symbolize the moon’s purity and light. Use silver and white candles. Sprinkle silver glitter on the altar. Decorate your altar with gourds, pumpkins, and fruit such as pomegranates. Pumpkins are to me, about childish mischief while pomegranates make me think of the undead in Hades and our dark lady Persephone. When the moon shines high in the night sky, start your ritual. These are simply guidelines to help you on your ritual. 

You can include pictures of your ancestors on your altar. A Blood Moon ritual can go so many ways. We are close to Samhain (Hallowe’en), and yet it is still Mabon. You could concentrate on your ritual being between Mabon and Samhain. I totally enjoy Mabon almost as much as I do Samhain. You can honor your ancestors during the ritual. Remember to be thankful for the bounty you have received from the last year. Samhain is the Celtic Witches New Year. This is the time prior to Samhain to tie up loose ends, finish projects, and think about what you have achieved in the last year. 

This fall, leave an offering of milk and honey outside/ in your garden. I do in spring and fall. The earth winds down now in preparation for the long cold sleep. My garden is covered with gorgeous autumn leaves. The vines are brown and I have stocked up on many diverse seeds from the plants. Say something or chant as you spill the libation on the earth. The nature spirits have worked hard on your plants and should be honoured and thanked. Don’t think they aren’t there. When a tenant power cleaned the whole outside of the apartment building ( a broken house), the spirits got so angry. I didn’t see them, I felt them. I actually had to calm them and burn sage outside to appease them. So be respectful. Leave a gemstone and sage and milk and honey. I will too!!! Besides, the adorable chickadees expect me to supply them with seed in the best bird feeder I have ever owned. 

Now the veil between the worlds is thinning, Consider performing a divination or a seance. I plan to dedicate my Hallowe’en Oracle deck tonight. 

CORRESPONDENCES

Gemstones: hematite, obsidian, clear quartz crystal, and amethyst and tourmaline

Herbs: Apple blossoms, mugwort, sandalwood, catnip, Sweet Annie

Gods: Herne, Apollo, Dionysius, and Cernunnos- Diana, Persephone, Morrigan, the Crone

Trees: Apple and yew

Colours: Dark blue, purple, black

Element: Air

Enjoy this season and all that it has to offer. Remember your ancestors and those who have gone before you. Leave an offering for the fairies outside. Celebrate the Blood Moon tonight. Carve pumpkins and feast on roasted seeds. 

Blessed be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Links; Treats, not tricks. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXa5BMorxT0

For all you Poe fans:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saFt_wKcnk0

 

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Moon energy

Merry Meet All,

Monday brings the energy of Gemini in today. Gemini is a playful sign. Gemini meets with the vibration of Ceres earlier today. Ceres has a mothering energy to it. The energy of Ceres fits well, since Monday is a moon-day. Monday is associated with the moon, peace, healing, and psychic awareness.

The colour correspondences are grey, lavender, white and silver. The moon is waxing towards Full Moon. This is the ideal time to draw things to you. Cast a circle tonight under the growing moon and consider what you hope to attract, whether that is a new job, a fertile garden, or romance. Mercury has gone direct, which should make correspondences with other people easier. This is a magically potent time. Take advantage of that. Also, think of what you can offer to the gods/ goddesses you worship or the deity you honour. They shine more favourably on you when you leave offerings.

Soon it will be time to invite the faeries to assist you in your garden. The earth is stirring. The light half of the year is here.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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