Friday, October 5, 2012

October's Magick

October
Named for: “Octo”, meaning ‘eight’
Anglo-Saxon: Win-monap
Birthstone: opal, tourmaline
Flower: calendula

October Moon Magick:
Blood Moon
Herbs: ginger, myrrh, allspice, basil, clove
Stones: alexandrite, citrine, lilac kunzite
Scents: pine, patchouli
Colors: dark green, brown, gold
Trees: yew, cypress, maple, oak
Deities: Astarte, Horned God, Lakshmi, Ishtar
Elements: Air/Water
Astrological Influences for October:
Libra: ruled by Venus, projective/masculine, cardinal, air
Scorpio: ruled by Mars, receptive/feminine, fixed/water

Pagan Holiday:
Samhain
October 31
Samhain (pronounced 'Sou-wen') is a celebration that has a more somber side than the revelry of modern Halloween. It is a day of remembrance of your ancestors and for those family members who have passed over.

Pagan families may set an extra place at the supper table on this evening, to honor those loved ones who are no longer with them. The veil between the world of the living and the dead is thinnest on this eve, and this night is an excellent time to perform divination, or try to connect with those from the other side.

Herbs: patchouli, sage, heather
Altar Flowers/Herbs: acorns, apples, pumpkins/gourds, dittany, autumn leaves
Feast Foods: pumpkin, squash, nut breads, sweet potatoes, milled drinks (cider, wine), roast meat, root vegetables
Animals: bats, cats, crows, ravens, owls
Incense: cinnamon, cloves, myrrh, patchouli, pine, mugwort, nutmeg
Rituals/Spells: making besoms, divination, spirit contact, crone magick, working with dark energy, spells for new beginnings

Crafting Your Magic:

Ancestral magic is cast with the Blood Moon. Do magic now to communicate with family members who have passed, to connect with your ancestors and your heritage. Magic surrounding divination is relevant, it’s the perfect time. Cast spells for justice and balance, and to overthrow anything oppressive which may be blocking your path to success. Ambition is highlighted, use magic to increase the potency of your own, or cast magic to contain ambition that may have run amok. This is also the perfect time to step into the dark shadows and take advantage of the vibrations found there. The gray witch revels in the magic of the Blood Moon and in this season.


Magickal Herbs

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In the tradition of Samhain, we're going to look at herbs used to call up spirits.
 
Mugwort
To bring forth protective & benevolent spirits, Mugwort is burned on charcoal with star anise, althea, and resin incenses like frankincense, myrrh, copal, or benzoin.
Energy: feminine/receptive
Planet: Venus
Element: Earth
Powers: strength, psychic powers, protection, prophetic dreams, healing, astral projection
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Dandelion
The root, when dried, roasted, and ground like coffee, is used to make a tea. This infusion will promote psychic powers. This same tea, steaming and placed beside the bed, will call spirits.
Gender: masculine/projective
Planet: Jupiter
Element: Air
Powers: divination, wishes, calling spirits
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Thistle
To call Spirits, place some thistle in boiling water. Remove from heat and lie or sit beside it. As the steam rises call the spirits and listen carefully; they may answer your questions.
Gender: masculine/projective
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Powers: strength, protection, healing, exorcism, hex-breaking
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Wormwood
Wormwood is burned to summon spirits. It is sometimes mixed with sandalwood for this purpose. If burned in graveyards the spirits of the dead will rise and speak, according to old grimoires.
Gender: masculine/projective
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Powers: psychic powers, protection, love, calling spirits
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Sweetgrass
Burn sweetgrass to attract good spirits, or beings, before performing spells.
(Strangely enough, I couldn't find any correspondences listed for sweetgrass, other than it's power to call in spirits.)
 
 
Disclaimer:
Never ingest any herbs, or feed them to someone else, if you are not absolutely sure they are safe!
 
 

 Kitchen Wytchery

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As the Kitchen Witch knows, natural magick can be found in certain foods, recipes, as well as herbs. In this section we're going to put this knowledge to work.

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We celebrate Samhain at our house big time. I'm going to include in this newsletter my own recipe for pumpkin pie & my 'secret' recipe for the large pot of hot apple cider that is a tradition at our house. The photos included are family photos of Samhains past.

My Pumpkin Pie:
1 16 oz. can pumpkin (about 2 cups)
1 13 oz. can evaporated milk (but sometimes I use sweetened condensed milk-- it makes it more 'chiffony'...is that a word?)
2 eggs 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 sugar
the spices:
Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and a dash of salt. Most recipes call for 1/2 teaspoon each, but I'm much more generous with my spices!
the crust:

I tried for years to learn to make a good pie crust, and I almost gave up out of frustration-- then I found this recipe. It's almost foolproof, no kidding.

2 and 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup shortening 1 beaten egg 1 tablespoon vinegar 1/4 cup water
Mix the dry ingredients together and cut in the shortening, as usual. Then combine the egg and vinegar, stirring it up a bit, and add this to your dry ingredients. Add the water a dash at a time as you work it in, you'll be able to tell when you get a good texture.

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Hot Apple Cider

I have a *Huge*-- did I say huge?-- kettle that I use to mix up my cider. This sits and simmers all afternoon on the backburner of my stove, wafting a wonderful aroma throughout the house.

Ingredients:
5-7 large jugs of applejuice 8-10 bags of peach tea a handful of cinnamon sticks and a large metal tea ball filled with whole cloves and allspice

You can leave a shaker of nutmeg sit on the counter & anyone who wants to add a dash of this spice to their mug of apple cider can do so.  If you don't like this cider full force, you can dilute it some with water to suit your own taste.

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Our kitchen isn't as organized as Rachel Ray's or Martha Stewart's, but we get the job done. Above are kettles of cider brewing in preparation for a Samhain evening.falldivider.gif picture by witch_of_endore

Let's take a look at the ingredients we just used from a magickal perspective:

Peaches-- love

Nutmeg-- one of the most popular uses for nutmeg is to assure fidelity. It's also used for spells centered around luck, money, and health.

Cinnamon-- spirituality, success, healing, power, psychic powers, lust, protection, love

Allspice-- money, luck, healing

Cloves-- protection, exorcism, love, money

Apple-- love, healing, garden magic, immortality



Happy Samhain!!
from Lady Amythyst


The information for this blog post has been taken from:

"The Gray Witch's Grimoire" by Amythyst Raine
Archived newsletters from The Witch's Corner


 

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