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A brief history lesson on the witches hat and the Canadian Witch will show you how to make her Samhain Ritual incense.
Canadian Witch - http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTk1lTPVAXQJYjURZzZ0i-Q
The name Jack in Jack-o-Lanterns perhaps comes from the story of "Jack the Irish Villain", a man rejected by good and evil who wandered the world forever looking for place to rest. His only warmth came from a small candle in a rotten potato. Irish immigrants brought with them to North America the Jack-o-Lantern tradition, but turnips were scarce so the pumpkin became a good replacement.
A prominent emblem of modern Halloween festivities, the pumpkin was long revered as a symbol of fertility and protection against evil. Today's grotesque hollowed-out pumpkins, lit from within by candles, were originally intended to protect revelers by scaring away any evil spirits abroad on the particular night. Nowadays, this function seems to be increasingly forgotten as poplar mythology revels in tales of pumpkin monsters and pumpkin-headed demons, leading successive generations of children into the mistaken belief that pumpkins themselves represent evil and may be in league with witches, vampires and so forth.
In keeping with the original idea that pumpkins bestowed protection against evil was the old tradition that they were best planted on Good Friday. Once growing, they should never be pointed at: to do so inflicts the power of the evil eye and stunts their further development.
Witch lore suggested that pumpkin seeds could be consumed to calm an excessively passionate nature, and that when mixed into a paste with oil and rubbed on the skin they eradicated freckles.
Cassell Dictionary of Witchcraft David Pickering Pg. 216
Here are some common superstitions that have long been a part of the folklore around this time of tear:
Burning candles inside a Jack O’ Lantern keeps evil spirits away.
If you don’t burn candles on Samhain, you will suffer bad luck the rest of the year.
If you gaze into the flame of a candle on Samhain, you will be able to see the future.
If you hear footsteps behind you on this night, do not turn around to see who it is or you could be confronted by the personification of Death and pass away!
If you allow a fire to burn out on Samhain, you will have bad luck the rest of the year unless it is relight by a priest.
If you see a spider on Samhain, then it is likely that the spirit of a dead loved one is watching you.
If you want to meet a witch on this night, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards.
If you give out nuts to children on Samhain, you will be protected from the Devil.
If you ring a bell on Samhain, then the dark spirits will be scared away! It’s a good thing that a lot of doorbells are rang on that night.
If a bat flies around your house three times on Samhain, you will die within the year.
To ward off bad spirits, bury animal bones in your front yard.
If the flame of a candle flickers and turns blue, there is a spirit in the room.
If a crow caws at night on Samhain, then death is very near.
All souls in purgatory are released for 48 hours to roam the earth on Samhain.
If you float egg yolks in a bowl of water on this night, you will see patterns that will tell you about your future.
If you eat a hazelnut on Samhain night and fall asleep, you will dream of your future spouse.
The first person to go apple bobbing and successfully catch and entire apple in their mouth would also be the first to marry.
Knocking on wood on Samhain will keep bad luck away.
Gazing into the flame of a candle on Samhain will allow you to see your future.
If you look down and you are casting no shadow at all, then you are in danger of having an evil spirit steal your soul.
If you walk backwards down a staircase holding a mirror and candle, you will see the face of your future wife or husband.
If you blindfold yourself and go out into the garden on Samhain and pull up Kale, the roots will tell you whether or not your future wife or husband will be tall or short, old or young, or healthy or unhealthy.
Trees men planted long ago
-They never fail to thrill;
In Spring and Summer, Autumn, too,
They set the hearts aglow,
Giving in wealth of leaf and fruit
Earth's oldest, newest show!
One of the most beautiful times of year to travel is in the fall when the leaves on the trees turn colour.
Leaf peeping is an informal term for people who travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where foliage changes colors, particularly New England. The origin of the term "leaf peeping" is not well known. A similar custom in Japan is called momijigari.
The term "Leaf Peeper" is used both with appreciation (for those businesses that benefit from the millions that pour into New England each fall) and with disdain (from those who have to use the roads that are popular with leaf peepers). Hobbyists who get together for leaf peeping commonly refer to their gatherings as Leaf Peepshows.
Best places in Canada for autumn 'leaf peeping'
Take a walk outside and admire the leaves!
Pictures from space show that fall is in full swing in parts of North America. Clusters of trees have shed their summer greens in favor of autumnal oranges and reds around the Great Lakes and New England. NASA's Terra satellite went leaf peeping last week from its perch about 438 miles above the planet. The Earth-watching satellite captured the fall colors spreading around the Great Lakes on Sept. 26 and New England on Sept. 27 using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS.
Halloween began centuries ago as a pagan holiday that honored the dead that warned of a netherworld of spirits and ghosts. Today, Halloween has morphed into a day for breaking rules, pushing boundaries and wearing disguises. But Halloween remains a time for us to deal with our own mortality. Our modern Halloween traditions have ancient roots -- people were going door to door and begging for treats on Halloween night as far back as the Middle Ages.
We may think our Halloweens are crazy, but Halloweens past have been wilder and more dangerous than they are now. During the depression, Halloween became so violent and destructive that civil authorities had to step in and prevent wide-spread vandalism in cities across America. Their solution, the ritual of "trick or treat," now generates $2 billion dollars in candy sales each season. And these days adults get dressed up for the holiday almost as much as kids do. But no matter how many jack-o-lanterns get carved or kids yell "trick-or-treat!" Halloween is still all about the "scare." Two thousand years and counting, and we still like to be scared on the night of October 31.
English magician and occultist, who described himself as the 'Beast of the Apocalypse' and was called by the media 'The Wickest Man in the World'. Crowley both enraged and fascinated others with his rites of sex, magic and blood sacrifice Despite the excesses, some consider him one of the most brilliant modern times.
He was born Edward Alexander Crowely in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. His parents, members of a fundamentalist sect, the plymouth Brethren, raised him in an atmosphere of repression and religious bigotry. He rebelled to such an extent that his mother christened him 'the Beasr' after the Anyichrist. Crowley was drawn to the occult at a young age and was fascinated by blood, torture and sexual degradation. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, but never earned a degree, instead devoting his time to writing poetry and studying occultism. in 1898, he joined the London chapter of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (HOGD) and quickly advanced to the highest grade. After leaving Cambridge he named himself Count Vladimir and pursued his occult activities full-time in London.
Stories of bizarre incidents circulated, perhaps fueled in part by Crowley's mesmerizing eyes and aura of supernatural power. Some individuals professed to see ghostly light surrounding him, which he said was his astral spirit. His flat was said to be pervaded by an evil presence, and people who crossed him were said to suffer accidents. (This power was also claimed by Crowley's contemporary, the eminent novelist John Cowper Powyrs, although Powys feared and tried to sublimate this 'gift' in himself).
Following his expulsion from the HOGD, Crowley traveled and delved into Eastern mysticism. He lived for a time at Boleskin Manor on the southern shore of Loch Ness in Scotland. He had an enormous sexual appetite, and his animal vitality and raw behavior attracted an unending stream of willing women. In 1903 he married Rose Kelly, the first of two wives, who bore him one child. He had a steady string of mistresses and also tried unsuccessful to beget a child by magic, the efforts of which he fictionalized in a novel, Moorzchild(1929).
He spent World War I in the United States, putting out pro German propaganda. In 1920, while driving through Italy, he had a vision of a hillside villa. He found a place on Sicily, took it over and renamed it the Sacred Abbey of the Thelemic Mysteries. Envisioned as a magical colony, the villa served as the site for numerous sexual orgies and magical rites, many attended by his illegitimate children. The behavior led Benito Mussolini to expel Crowley from Italy in May 1923.
Crowley's later years were plagued with poor health, drug addiction and money trouble. He earned a meager living by publishing his writings. Much of his nonfiction is rambling and muddled but continues to have an audience. In 1934, desperate for money, he sued the sculptress Nina Hammett for libel in her biography of him, Laughing Torso (1932), in which she stated that Crowley had practiced black magic and indulged in human sacrifice. The testimony given at the trail so repulsed the judge and jury that the trail was stopped and the jury found in favor of Hammett.
In 1945 Crowley moved to a boarding house in Hastings, where he lived the last two years of his life, dissipated, drug-addicted and bored. Cowley's published books include The Book of Law (1904), Magick in Theory and Practice (1929) and The Book of Thoth (1944)
Dictionaty of the Occult 1996 Geddes & Grosset pg.59,60,61
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Medieval:Blood, Celtic:Harvest Moon, NeoPagan:Blood Moon, 2014 OCT. 08 10:51 Universal Time
In October, we see the Blood Moon travel through the sky. This moon is also called the Shedding Moon or the Falling Leaf Moon. Coming right before Samhain, it's a time when the nights are crisp and clear, and you can sense a change in the energy around you.
Also Known As: Shedding Moon, Falling Leaf Moon, Hunter's Moon
Published on 3 Oct 2014
THE ELDERS – OCTOBER 2014
Blood Full Moon and the Embrace of the Ego
Transmission by Anrita Melchizedek
There is a total eclipse of the full moon on October 8, 2014. This is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon – the name for the full moon after the Harvest Moon. It’s also a Blood Moon, and this eclipse is the second in a series of four so-called Blood Moon eclipses. For North America and the Hawaiian Islands, the total lunar eclipse happens in the wee hours before sunrise on October 8. For New Zealand, Australia and eastern Asia, the total eclipse is seen after sunset on October 8. A partial lunar eclipse can be seen before sunrise, October 8, from much of South America, or after sunset, October 8, from western Asia.
Follow the links below to learn more about the 2014 Hunter’s Moon and the October 8 total lunar eclipse.
October 08, 2014 The second lunar eclipse of 2014 is also total and is best seen from the Pacific Ocean and bordering regions. The eclipse occurs at the Moon's descending node in southern Pisces, two days after perigee (October 06 at 09:41 UT). This means that the Moon will appear 5.3% larger than it did during the April 15 eclipse.
October 25, 2014The final event of 2014 occurs at the Moon's ascending node in southern Virgo. Although it is only a partial solar eclipse, it is of particular interest because the event is widely visible from Canada and the USA.
Bob to answer your question the three circles around the table are known as the Three Circles Of Existence as recorded in the Barddas: The first circle is Abred, the physical world where we live; The second Circle of Gwynedd, the blessed realm of the Otherworld; and the third Cicle of Ceugant, The Great Beyond, where none exist but God.
"We, the Shaman, stand upon the earth at the center of all--- the 1st Circle; the Caer Sidi, the sacred stone circle, exists as the Otherworld boundary all around us, the 2nd Circle; and beyond this, lies the Eternal ocean of the unknown, the 3rd Circle of Infinities."
The Lost Books of Merlyn Douglas Monroe Llewellyn
Old Calendar: The Holy Guardian Angels
Each person on earth has a guardian angel who watches over him and helps him to attain his salvation. Angelical guardianship begins at the moment of birth; prior to this, the child is protected by the mother's guardian angel. This protection continues throughout our whole life and ceases only when our probation on earth ends, namely, at the moment of death. Our guardian angel accompanies our soul to purgatory or heaven, and becomes our coheir in the heavenly kingdom.
Angels are servants and messengers from God. "Angel" in Greek means messenger. In unseen ways the angels help us on our earthly pilgrimage by assisting us in work and study, helping us in temptation and protecting us from physical danger.
The idea that each soul has assigned to it a personal guardian angel has been long accepted by the Church and is a truth of our faith. From the Gospel of today's liturgy we read: "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father" (Matthew 18:10). The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "the existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls 'angels' is a truth of faith (328)." From our birth until our death, man is surrounded by the protection and intercession of angels, particularly our guardian angel: "Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life (336)." The Church thanks God for our helpers, the angels, particularly on this feast day and September 29 which is the feast of Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael, archangels. Today's feast appeared in Spain during the sixteenth century. It was extended to the universal Church and made obligatory in 1670.
O Angel of God, to whose holy care I am committed by the supernal clemency, enlighten, protect, defend, and govern me. Amen.
October 2nd is the feast of the guardian angels.
"No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent, for to His Angels God has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways. Upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone." Psalm 91: 10-12
A heavenly spirit assigned by God to watch over each of us during our lives. The doctrine of angels is part of the Church's tradition. The role of the guardian angel is both to guide us to good thoughts, works and words, and to preserve us from evil.
Heavenly Father, Your infinite love for us has chosen a blessed angel in heaven and appointed him our guide during this earthly pilgrimage. Accept our thanks for so great ablessing. AMEN
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There is support from the unseen to guide our lives on Earth.
Carm, a wholesome farm girl, marries her first love and then abandons everything she knows. After six weeks of marriage, a devastating storm kills her husband, widowing her. In a strange city, torn by her loss—young, scared, and with no resources she lives a life she wasn't ready for. Her emotions fall extremely low. To make it comfortable to live in her own skin, she self-medicates with drugs and alcohol. She is pushed to the edge as her relationships become tremulous.
Haunted by her deceased husband and introduced to a witch, Gretchen, she sees past the darkness. Carm discovers, with the aid of witchcraft, how to accept the past, celebrate the present, and anticipate the future.
“Look!” Beth said. “It’s the neighborhood crazy lady. Look at the getup on her.”
An older woman dressed in a long black cape, hood up, entered. Carm observed the aged woman slide into the back booth, push the hood from her head, and then fluff her stylish gray hair with her fingertips. Seconds later, she searched through the pocket of her cape to remove her unique glasses. She put them on.
“She’s all yours, Carm,” Beth said, laughing as she left to retrieve her food order.
Carm hesitated, took a deep breath, and headed to the table. She stood beside the odd woman. “Would you like a menu?”
“No,” she heard her say through the murmur of chatter. “I’d like green tea and rye toast, please.”
She left to serve orders, watching the strange woman remove a magazine from a paper bag and thumb between the pages.
She returned to the table with her food and drink, and she couldn’t help but stare. The woman’s skin, although fair and wrinkled, still looked pleasing to the eye. Her pointy nose, chin, dark makeup, and magnified cat-like eyes gave her the appearance of a witch. She didn’t reinforce the typical stereotype of an ugly, warty witch she had read about as a child. Her demeanor was regal. She in no way resembled an old hag.
“I’m glad to see you are not still playing the victim. You would have never lasted in this city,” the aged woman said, reaching for her tea and toast.
“The day you saw me, I was scared. I didn’t know what to expect. You can see all is well.”
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AT THE EDGE
by Angie Skelhorn
eBook ISBN: 9781629291499
Print ISBN: 9781629291505
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Sub Genre: Contemporary
Short Novel of 55380 words
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Edited by Barbara Legge
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