Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26: Morose Monday

We're feeling a little morose today.

It's our last Monday with you, but we're determined to make it fun!


Join us for our continued celebration as we count down the days to Samhain!








The winner of the Totem Medicine Wheel Report from The Secret Life of the American Witch is...

 

Paula J!


Today's Blogger: Silver Swan

Celebrating Samhain & Halloween, Samhain Siren Blog Post

That crisp chill is in the air, those muggy nights have turned refreshing, and the sudden explosion of growth and activity that was the last push from Summer is finally starting to calm down. Oh yes, autumn is finally here.

The best part of Autumn? The one night that the veil is at its thinnest. Call it Samhain, Hallowe'en or All Hallows Eve, 31st October is definitely a night to remember.

When I first started celebrating Samhain as opposed to Hallowe'en, my first thought was 'what do I do that's different to what I've done before I came onto my Pagan Path?' The ideas and lists that stemmed from that grew, but the essence of the question remained the same to me- can Samhain and Hallowe'en be celebrated together?

Over time I came to the conclusion of yes - yes it can. I'm notorious to friends and family for my love of Hallowe'en. If time would permit, I wouldn't be out of place in Tim Burton's Halloween Town, planning and prepping all year round! The energies that build towards thinning that veil spur me into action and I end up planning several activities for Hallowe'en that usually revolve around a house party, as well as planning my ritual and celebrations for Samhain itself. I love decorating for Hallowe'en, gearing my house out in commercial festivities and playing creepy music. For my altar, I decorate with a mix  of commercial and natural decorations, making use of the beauty of nature as Autumn begins in the UK.

Although celebrations start at night fall, my Samhain ritual tends to start once all the trick or treaters have finished knocking on my front door (though there are so few that actually come now!) so I won't be disturbed during my ritual. Samhain itself is a week long celebration for me, as I celebrate All Hallows Week, usually blogging about my festivities leading up to 31st October. After the chaos of working full time, planning for All Hallows Week, actually celebrating the week and Samhain itself, that first week in November is a relaxing one.

With Samhain marking the beginning of the Dark Half of the Year, I use the week after Samhain to plan out what I want to achieve during the darker months. I usually focus on developing my magickal abilities-meditation, tarot, runes, chakra/energy work, etc.

My celebration of Hallowe'en starts with music working its way onto my iPod- those classics that are so notorious with the 31st October. From there I begin to decorate my house- this is usually about a week in advance to the big day. On the night itself in between trick or treaters at the door, I cook a small feast for my fiance and I, and we watch horror movies, etc, until late when my Samhain ritual begins.

Here's hoping that this year will be a magickal Hallowe'en and a Blessed Samhain!








The Sirens Song with Jennifer Rasmussen


A little Beetlejuice anyone? Come on now! Jump in the line!



Today's Recipe with Autumn Earthsong


As I’ve said before, I love Autumn mornings.  And I love oatmeal.  This recipe is just pure comfort food to me.  Your family will love it.  As a matter of fact, double it and invite some friends or extended family over too!  Such a great way to start the day!

Overnight Apple- Cinnamon Oatmeal (slow cooker)
 *Serves 5-6

2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1-1/2 cups milk
1-1/2 cups water
1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1/4 teaspoon salt
Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter


Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary). Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well.
*Recipe can be doubled in 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Increase cooking time 1 hour.

Blessings and Love,
Autumn

Autumn Earthsong is back for the 3rd year as our resident Kitchen Witch. You may have seen her recipes in Imramma Magazine and The Sunday Stew as well.  Autumn has been a practicing Witch for 17 years and hails from Ohio. She is a wife, mother of two, and Nana to three busy little grandchildren.  Samhain is a favorite time of year for her….with her name indicating what Season she loves!  Cooking for family and friends this time of year is also a joy…..Especially this time of year!   Hearth, Fire, love of family and good food is how she brings Magick to her home.   You can also find her blogging at www.autumnearthsong.com.   She looks forward to sharing her recipes with you all and hopes that you have a very Blessed Samhain Season!



Stones and Crystals with Jennifer Hodgson


Citrine

Citrine comes in a yellow to yellowish brown or smoky gray-brown color. Be careful when purchasing citrine to make sure that it isn't amethyst that has been heat treated.

Citrine never needs cleansing, it not only absorbs negative energy but also transmutes and grounds. Citrine can cleanse the chakras and act as an aura protector.

This crystal can activate the crown chakra and open intuition.

One of the many amazing things citrine helps with is manifesting wealth.

If you are looking for a crystal to carry to help with self-esteem and self-confidence this is the one you need.



Today's Giveaway from  Hemlock and Garnet Artist Loren Morris

I love the vintage Halloween postcards of yesteryear. For this plaque I chose a Halloween postcard that was published in 1909 by Taggart Publishers. This fun card features a witch with her two cats flying through the air on Halloween night. An owl joins them in front of a full moon.One of her cats is magical enough to fly without the aid of her broom.

I re-created this wonderful postcard in polymer clay and acrylic paints on an 8 3/4 inch x 11 inch wood plaque.

On the back of the plaque I have included a picture of the original postcard with it's description and I have also signed it.


Value: $125


Here's how to enter: (Canadians, skip this part and go to your section)

Like/Get Notifications on the Hemlock and Garnet Facebook page . Come back, comment on this blog post and tell us that you did.

Remember to add your email address to the page (if you don't want to post it publicly, simply send it via the contact form at the top of the page).

Want extra entries??

1. Visit the Saga's Cottage Etsy shop. Come back, tell us what you like best there.

2. Tweet about this giveaway. Comment with the link to your tweet.

3. Blog about this giveaway. Comment with the link to your blog post.

4. Follow Samhain's Sirens on Facebook. Comment, and let us know you did (if you're already following, just comment and say so!)

5. Follow this blog so you'll be in on all of the fabulous fun throughout October! Comment here that you did.

That gives you 6 chances to win this fabulous prize!

CANADIANS: LOOK HERE!
Canadians, your country requires that you answer questions instead of participating the American way ;) So, we're bringing you some good old-fashioned trivia about your country this year. Answer the question correctly in comments (don't forget to put your email address in the comment!) and you'll be given 6 entries in the giveaway!

Here's your question:

This sport, which originated among the Algonquian tribes of the St Lawrence Valley, is the oldest organized sport continuously played in North America. What is it?

This giveaway is open until 9pm EDT tonight. Winner will be announced tomorrow  at 9am EDT. Remember, we have to notify the winner in email first, so those email addresses are critical for you to qualify for the giveaway!

Good luck everyone!

See you tomorrow for more Samhain countdown fun!

57 comments:

  1. I like Hemlock and Garnet's Facebook page!
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  2. 1. My favorite item at Saga's Cottaeg Etsy shop are the Pan & Fairy Notecards.

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  3. 2. Tweeted.
    https://twitter.com/ItsMsChicky

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  4. 4. I follow the Sirens. Everywhere they go.

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  5. 5. I follow this blog. And I really want to win this. <3

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  6. I follow Hemlock and Garnets page and Samhain Sirens! I follow this blog! I love Saga's Cottage, too! I have re-shared this post.

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  7. I am a current stalker of Hemlock and Garnet's Facebook page. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  8. I love the Edgar Allan Poe spirit board from Saga's etsy page.

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  9. I am a current stalker of the Samhain Sirens Facebook page.

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  10. I am a faithful follower of this blog.

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  11. I tweeted https://twitter.com/PaulaALupi/status/658677218340687872?s=09

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  12. I tweeted https://twitter.com/PaulaALupi/status/658677218340687872?s=09

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  13. I love the Edgar Allan Poe spirit board from Saga's etsy page.

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  14. There is SO MUCH to LOVE about Hemlock and Garnet! My favorite piece I would have to say, The Visitor board. So sad it had to be one of a kind!

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  15. Twittersphered https://twitter.com/elijahtrent/status/658744446910078976

    and of course I like, follow Sirens...doesn't everyone?
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  16. I liked Hemlock and Garnet's FB page. Orionova@gmail.com

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  17. I still like the E.A. Poe spirit board the best. :)

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  18. I follow the SS blog. Of course! Who doesn't?

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  19. I have "liked" your pages but "love" Loren's artwork and greeting cards. I also enjoyed all the wonderful stories, recipes, blogs, and ex specially these giveaways. Sensational Sirens!

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  20. Already liked Hemlock and Garnet on FB

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  21. I like Hemlock and Garnet on Facebook.

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  22. Loren Morris is very talented. All of her things are wonderful but if I had to pick, I would choose the Mandrake Apothecary Jar.

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  23. My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/658746498729971712

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  24. All of the apothecary jars look lovely to me over on Saga's Cottage Etsy site.

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  25. My blog post on this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2015/10/beautiful-handmade-plaque_26.html

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  26. Of course I still like the Sirens' Facebook page.

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  27. And of course I still love following this blog! =^_^=

    Wishing you all luck!

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  28. As usual, lovely post from all the sirens! Thank you for sharing.

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  29. http://casualpagan.blogspot.com/2015/10/samhains-sirens-october-26-morose-monday.html

    Blogged it :)

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  30. I follow this blog, as does all of you!

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  31. The sirens always sing to me over on FB.

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  32. I like Hemlock and Garnet on Facebook.

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  33. I like "The Visitor" notecards. I own the original artwork so that is my favorite in the shop.

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  34. I liked the Hemlock and Garnet Facebook page.
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  35. I follow this blog

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  36. I follow Hemlock and Garnet on FB, I ADORE her things!!

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  37. I tweeted :D
    https://twitter.com/RavenFeatherGC/status/658724102493052929

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  38. I love the Morrigan print in Saga's Cottage Etsy shop!

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  39. I follow Hemlock & Garnet on FB under Jonquil Alexia. jonquilsgrdn@ gmail.com

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  40. The Mandrake Apothecary Jar is my current fave at Sagas Cottage. Also, yea for Bettlejuice!

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