Samhain – Flashback 2009

“This is Hecate’s holiday, a celebration of the Crone and the powers of dark feminine principle. This is the Celtic day of the dead, and a power day in the wheeled calendar. The Celts traditionally wore white to welcome the first day of winter and the increasing darkness. By now the garden should be cleared; tools cleaned, oiled, and put away. The house gets its own cleaning, windows polished to sparkle, freshly laundered curtains re-hung. Scour the front step to remove bad luck and rinse with sage tea to protect all who dwell within. Toss the old broom and use a new one to sweep away misfortune. The ash from old fires should be removed from the hearth and the stones scrubbed; lay a new fire to light the way for the ancestors.

This decent into the darkness from which all new life and ideas cone is potent time for prophecy and omens. Astrological Samhain (November 7) has a powerful Crone Moon that lends veracity to her predictions just at dawn. Give honor to the Triple Goddess with offerings of roasted apple and hot cider. Bob for apples to commemorate the trip by wter to Avalon. The magical power hour for the gibbous Halloween Moon is ten or so.”

Copyright K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datbook 2009 Page 115

Samhain – Flashback 2008

“It is bel;ieved that the spirits of the dead remain wandering until Samhain, when they can finally cross over to the “other side” to rest, as the passage between the living and underworld is open. With this doorway between worlds slightly ajar, the festival of Samhain is also regarded and respected as a time that allows mischievous and restless spirits to make a temporary return to our world.

On this night, take a symbolic journey to the underworld with a virtual or actual walk in a labyrinth. The mystical labyrinth is believed to be a metaphor for the journey of the death and rebirth as you travel through the sprial patterns to the core and return on the same path. If you can visit a labyrinth, take the journey. Or you can mark out a temporay labyrinth on sand, or on the ground with twigs, string, or tape. As you travel to the center, leave behaind thoughts and images that no longer serve you, shedding unnecessary emotional burdens. Upon reaching the center, stop and imagine you have arrived at the underworld where you can communicate with loved ones who have died. On your walk out, focus on the release and rebirth and enjoy the symbolic transformation.”

Copyright Emely Flak Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008 Page 115

Beltane – Flashback 2009

“Bring out your Sun jewelry, sparkling citrines, amber, and tiger’s eye; the light is still increasing and the earth and its water are teeming with new life. Driving the maypole into the earth replicates the ancients seeding the earth with Hermes stones for fertility. Its height signifies the union of sky and earth, and the dancing helps energize the earth. The wreath slides down the pole as the ribbons are woven – sympathetic magic at its most potent.

The Druid goddess for this important festival day is wise Sulis, who lived in the sacred grove at the Celtic hot springs at Bath, England. When the Romans moved into Britain, they built magnificent buildings to utilize the healing hot baths,. They blended their own goddess of wisdom, Minerva, with the Celtics, Sulis, a Sun goddess of healing and sacred waters. The temple and baths of the Goddess Sulis Minerva are still open.

Walk the bounds of your land; visit a nearby sacred site; leave ribbons at your town spring; weave intentions into a rown wreath for your door to protect your household. Jump over the fire for protection and purification.”

Copyright K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2009 Page 63

Beltane – Flashback 2008

“Beltane is the sensual Pagan festival of fire and fertility, and is also know as May Day –when we dance around the omnipotent phallic symbol, the maypole. The red and white ribbons woven around the maypole represent blood and semen; the sacred fusion of female and male energies that are the creative life force.

Capture the essence of this potent fertility celebration by weaving or plaiting red and white cord or ribbon. Leave some loose, unplaited at the end to cut later. Wear your woven cord as a headdress, or place onto your altar in a heart shape. Head wreaths were traditionally worn at Beltane to honor the Queen of May.

If you are single, to attract a partner, grab a red pen and a piece of white paper and the qualities you admire in a lover. If you are in a relationship, list what you enjoy about your partner, plus a few traits you may wish to nuture. Then add what you love about yourself. Roll up the piece of paper and tie with the leftover red and white ribbon. Place it under your pillow as you sleep tonight, thinking the joy your partner, or potential partner, will bring. When you awake, store the scroll of paper in a safe place.”

Copyright Emely Flak Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook Page 63