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Sunday, 19 April 2009

The Sacred Month Of October

The Sacred Month Of October
October is my chosen month of the year, as it unceasingly begins with the most primitive clean bite of Autumn apples and admiringly ends with Samhain, the Wiccan New Year - prior to particular as Halloween.

The Samhain add to celebrates the diminishing of the facade concerning the worlds of humans and spirits. As a importance, Samhain is steadily referred to as "The Mysterious of the Witches." It is such an extreme Sabbat to Wiccans and supreme Neo-Pagans that I request be presenting a person post dense a minute ago to it. This post is an sweeping statement of the month, as well as a bit of a Samhain course book.

To the Celts, October was connected to the spacious tree, or "ruis". In the old Celtic calendar, October was the bear month in the year, which is why Samhain is in spite of that particular as New Year's to Wiccans and Neo-Pagans.

In that way, the spacious tree is symbolic with early period and endings tangled, or death and replenishment as played out on the Revolve of Year. For Wiccans, the spacious is sacred to the Holy being in her Crone aspect, which begins to transfer renown at this time of year.

As noted U.K. witch Marie Bruce points out in The Witches Fact list 2010, elderberry wine is an appropriate leaning for ritual and to broaden as libation at the decline and dark of the moon - the Dreary Holy being time of renown. Even the Wiccan Rede underscores this sacred relationship:

"First-class BE YE LADY'S TREE,"

"Cook for too long IT NOT OR CURSED YE'LL BE!"

Magickally speaking, October is the month for releasing resigned emotions and traditions, communing with the Dreary Holy being and discernment Her wisdom, and communicating with appreciated ones who abide agreed ruined - whereas this dependable does NOT mean summoning spirits and "psychic" games. Wiccans and Neo-Pagans abide a vast organization of be an enthusiast of for the dead, and physically luminary them done Samhain.

OCT. 7, 1:45 P.M. - NEW MOON

New Moons imply replenishment, early period, a clean slam, the start of a new drive. This new moon tourist attractions Sagittarian virtues (irreverent, dazzling, kind, opportunistic, cunning), and Ninth Lower house themes (in the midst of usual addition, spirituality, travel, best quality expansion).

This is a time of expectation and dreams; the moon seeks knowledge. New Moons are era of new early period, and this New Moon offers the command of a celebrity new understanding of what gives our life meaning.

To move in the teaching of Sagittarius truth forever requires a spring of suppose and drive in what we know. In pursuing this path, there's the disturb of becoming insular and overzealous, of refusing to go to at all to other points of view. The state confidence that serves Sagittarius so well in a range of situations can sometimes make better evils if we imagine our own truth is ordinary.

Navigating the Sagittarius have a medical condition requires that we chafe feeding our intelligence with other ideas and perspectives, to chafe ourselves gymnastic and animated. But for the sake of leap forward, it's equally extreme to know like to escape to our own imaginations and get back what we find hand over. This escalation of our grounds of what is doable and what is appointed is what the Sagittarian New Moon inspires.

OCT. 22, 8:37 P.M. - Fertile MOON


To the Cherokee, October is the Collect Moon, as this is like nation gather and detachment supreme of their diet. To the Choctaw, this is the Blackberry Moon. In warmer regions, late-cropping berries open now and are steadily dehydrated or conserved for winter use. The Dakota Sioux go to see this the Moon Like Quilting and Beading Is Terminated. These creative pursuits transfer a range of hours, so nation observe them like less outside work can be done but adequately beginning in spite of that carcass to see fine background.

October closes the foodstuffs add to as the bear grains and other crops come in. Gastronomy sway occupies amateur leisure activity. Though modern supermarkets are an likelihood, a range of benefits come from cumulative and preserving at bare minimum some of your own foor. Equally, magickal artifacts crafted by the slacker maintain to accept aloof power than purchased ones. This is too a good time to craft sacred and magickal decorations to clause for winter partying.

Rituals steadily draw the foodstuffs - idolization the fruits of our hard work, goodhearted repute for what we wanted and requesting a lush concede. Magickally, gather friends for craft workshops to make items for splendor use.

~ Elizabeth Barrette in Llewellyn's 2010 Witches' Datebook

OCT. 31, SAMHAIN (HALLOWEEN) - Deterioration MOON

Samhain, bar "SOW-EEN OR SOW-IN" is the supreme magical and extreme night of the year for Neo-Pagans, Wiccans and Celts more or less the world. Exactly opposite Beltane on the Revolve of the Year, Samhain is Beltane's dark twin and the Witches New Year.

The name Samhain is derivative from Old Irish and technique naughtily "summer's end." A foodstuffs feast with ancient line in Celtic polytheism, it was connected to festivals believed roughly speaking the actual time in other Celtic cultures, and continued to be revered in overdue medieval era.

It has elements of a feast of the dead. The Gaels assumed that the brim concerning this world and the otherworld became thin on Samhain; to the same degree some animals and vegetation were dying, it in so doing approved the dead to allotment back preside over the facade that separated them from the living. Bonfires played a giant part in the festivities. Citizens and their typical would steadily velocity concerning two bonfires as a cleansing ritual, and the bones of slaughtered typical were cast dressed in its animate.

Samhain rituals begin at twilight on Oct.31, the hours like the facade concerning the worlds of humans and spirits is at its thinnest and the dead return to go with their kin. The modern world recognizes this as the secular holiday Halloween.

The facade begins to thin about Oct. 15, with the facade is at its very thinnest upon the eve of Oct. 31. The holiday add to goes to about preside over Nov. 10 or so. Now this time, forecast is at its fastest affair. Use a forecast crystal pendulum, or other fun magickal tools, to divine answers for yourself or appreciated ones anytime done the Samhain Sit out, and done your Hallows Eve ritual.

SAMHAIN IS A Tempo OF Intense JOY AND Citizens Amid A Superior Universe

At this time the spirits of the dead and populate who abide not yet been uneducated stick populate of us living in the corporeal world. Depressing Celts provided diet and joyfulness for these spirits, enticing them to velocity stuck between them in this feast in their luminary.

In that way, Samhain is the celebration of death. It is the time to deem with our natives who abide agreed on and label them taking into account once more, dressed in our lives. A time to embrace our pedigree reminding ourselves of the bond we abide with populate who abide gone earlier us dressed in the vast what went before. To indication their lives and the looking back we accept precious. WE Conduct NOT Ancient history YOU.

As we label our natives to transmit thru the facade dressed in our world this Samhain Eve, you don't spirit them to get hungry put aside the way! Apples and pomegranates set free as a gallant diet stage and request aid in your drive unsullied travel as they transmit preside over the facade concerning the worldly realms.

SAMHAIN IS Inscribed ON A Human AS Moral AS A Pious Place

Materially, it represents a time of gathering money for the ache winter months that are coming. For populate who had a bad add to preside over the fall, Samhain is a time to clause for the perils that winter may bring.

Piously, Samhain is a time for reflection and meditation on death, and the luminary of your natives who abide agreed to spanking amount. It is an opening to be at one with your outer surface, gift and selected. The Intense Event of the Recent is revered on Samhain Eve to broaden tribute to populate who lived earlier you, and populate who request come last you.

Samhain predates the Roman public holiday of the Recent, Lemuria, and All Hallow's Eve - the eve of the Christian holiday to luminary the saints, All Saint's Day. All of these festivals, whereas called by outlandish names, are celebration of the awe, speaking with, and be an enthusiast of of the dead.

Samhain is steadily named the "Hurry Collect" or "Summer's End." The Earth nods a sad farewell to the God, and Wiccans and a range of Neo-Pagans steadily restructure his death and next of the Dreary Holy being done the Samhain Rite.

The God and earth fall dressed in have a lie-down, as the nights reach, and winter begins. Wiccans character the God request taking into account once more be reborn of the Holy being, and the drive request put off. This is the time of reflection, the time to luminary the Ancients who abide gone on earlier us, and so the time of "Seeing" (forecast). As we consideration the Revolve of the Year, we come to boil our own part in the eternal drive of Joie de vivre.

The Holy being, who has three aspects (Triple Holy being) as Maiden, Father, and Crone or Grandmother, is respected now in Her Crone aspect, the Wisewoman, our guide in the lessening time of our lives. She who weight that we transfer time each year for introspection and self-evaluation, She who weight we make outshine of ourselves in the coming year.

The Horned God, too, who was depicted as a spasm man with antlers and respected in His aspect of God of the forests, fields, flocks and herds, is now respected by Wiccans and Neo-Pagans as the Noble of Transient and Activity.


Apple Resolutions: It's traditional earlier Sahmain to transfer an apple, record it in shared, curriculum your medical condition or bad traditions dressed in it, (or you can write down all your bad traditions, or what you spirit to lobby group on parchment paper and engrave it stodgy the apple), put it back together (use unnatural toothpicks), and along with veil it in the opening. This is obviously a outspoken grandparent of our modern day New Year's Resolution tradition.

Bobbing for Apples: Bobbing for apples is a recurrent Halloween chore that has evolved from the fad of capturing the spirit of the dull Holy being, who request distress for her consort, the God, until Yule. To summary fruit sacred to her (the apple) was to restraint her continued apparition and good request, even whereas she was assumed go up to "incommunicado" for the taking into account six weeks.

Inwards is an check out of an grandparent invocation:

Populace Chant

By Jennifer Ellison

We become infected with your said voices

speaking words of wisdom

dressed in our unwilling minds.

Your whispers provoke our dreams,

our hearts,

our needs.

You who are our natives

who taking into account walked upon the earth

and were part of our conventional life eternal,

we acclaim you with all that is sacred in our lives.

You who planted the microbe of knowledge,

you who sought inner bid,

you who claimed your love for the Gods and Goddesses of old,

we consign you luminary and acclaim your name.


lacking you I would not be here.


lacking you I would not be here.

Citizens that abide come earlier and gone overconfident,

lacking you I would not be here.

I consign you luminary and acclaim your name.

We ask you for counsel,

for you abide the power of knowledge.

You abide been uneducated in us,

part of our someone.

We incentive upon your power so that we may move ever situation.

Your road,

we pursue as all children request.

You are our relations and with all the love in my someone,

I consign you luminary and go to see your names.


I acclaim you with the earth in my palm.

I acclaim you with the fire in my argument.

I acclaim you with my trace as I consign donations to your extent.

I acclaim you with the blood and water of life within my map.

I go to see forth for you with luminary for all infinity.

SAMHAIN Keep up TO Honor Populace

Substance needed:

One black candle

Oil for anointing your candle

Fabulously chopped tuneful basil

A hollow of water

An stage for your natives (cash, feeling, etc)

Bring about by casting the Consecrated Become.

Smell your black candle with your fixed oil. Push the candle in the chopped basil (for idolization natives), so that it firewood to the candle. Set it respectable in the stop, somewhere it request brightness. Try not to move it too very much, or the basil may fall off.

Fine the candle, concentrating on the grandparent that you wish to find again. Contain the hollow of water go fast in vanguard of you and the candle. Backdrop the hollow so that you can see the candle's char glistening in the water. Seem to be dressed in the hollow, rent the reflection of the candle char transfer you cumbersome dressed in a attentive watch.


"Candle keen, keen take home,

My eyes now see with new kind

I speak to you, who agreed earlier

I velocity willingly up to the admission

Utilize to me so I may consign

Summon up to you so you may flesh and blood."

Deem gazing dressed in the water, rent your end course from one thought to the taking into account as it request. You may see shapes, ideas, nation, or other bits and pieces in the water. Let the images come, and store them on show in your end. Like you knowledge ended, thank your natives for coming to you. Retreat them the stage you abide equipped for them.

Fix the circle. Retreat the stage overnight. You may make up of it the taking into account day by burying it. You neediness let the candle brightness all the way down, motionless if this is not doable, along with you may light it an assortment of days in a row for the actual indication, finishing up your mechanism by Nov. 1. If you abide any candle left by this perceive, along with veil the carcass with the stage you left.

Note: Many Wiccans and Neo-Pagans write down out the names of each appreciated one on the other side of the facade on slips of paper. They read the names aloud admiringly, along with brightness them in a Samhain cauldron to unbutton their love and luminary dressed in the pollution that rises dressed in the Consecrated design.

Don't fail to spot to transfer nice of the characteristic opportunities of this magickal month -- embrace your relations with all of the colors festive tricks, but too by embezzle solitary walks to suburb with the Holy being and believe on the year outer surface, and the one that is about to begin.

Trial your fuse surface for apple and fall festivals, and Oktoberfest tricks. Be comprehensible to dawn acceptable of time in vivacious schedules to wrap the topic on set up house, and even in vehicles to phenomenon at the fact that is fall trees.

Cap the month off with hot cider, and doll Jack-O-Lanterns!

"- DANU'S Descendant"