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...
Today's Blogger: Silver Swan
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
Overnight Apple- Cinnamon Oatmeal (slow cooker)
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 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 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 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.
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).
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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!