It is that time of the year…when the mornings and evenings are crisp and fresh. When the leaves on the trees start their fantastically colourful journey from green through all the glorious oranges and reds. Ultimately, they drop to the ground obviously, but it is all part of the cycle of life. Allowing the tree to rest throughout the cold months ready to renew afresh in the spring.
I love the autumn, it is my favourite season. There is something very magical about the whole atmosphere and energy of it. Not just because Samhain is on the way, being my birthday has nothing to do with the excitement at all…honest… This time of the year just feels full of energy and magical possibilities.
Although I spent a lot of the summer working with sun magic, let’s face it, in the UK we have had one of the hottest summers ever so there was plenty of sun to work with. I am not really a sun worshipper. For me the magic happens once the energy changes. That point when the equinox hits and things start to turn.
Late September and October are when I have a clear out. I look back at the year so far, see what has worked and what hasn’t. I sort out my wardrobe, putting away all the floaty summer frocks and sandals and embrace my velvet wear and my boots. Autumn is also when I have a good magical declutter; the herb cupboard, the candles, the altar bits and bobs that have all be shoved in the cupboard over the past few months when I haven’t needed them.
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Now is the time to finish your final harvest as anything left on plants, trees, and vines on Samhain, October 31st is for the wildlife, gods, and goddesses to enjoy.
It is time, if you can, to can fruits and vegetables. To pick, during the right Moon phase for optimal power, and dry your herbs. To stick up on other non-perishables you have to buy, put extra meat and homemade or store bread in your freezer. I even buy a small thing of powdered milk in case we get snowed in.
I also check to make sure I have all my magickal supplies, candles, herbs, oils, etc, stocked and ready for use. I also make sure I have my Yule log under a trap so I don’t have a problem lighting on the Winter Solstice. Whenever possible I do a ritual outdoors for Samhain and the Winter Solstice because I do not have any type of fireplace indoors.
As for my home now is when I do a fall cleaning and through smudging in every room and my basement. I want to make sure I do not have any negativity in my home before the windows are closed and the furnace turned on giving it and/or nasty beings a place to hide in.
Please tell us what you do to get ready for you he darker and colder time of the year. Leave as long a comment as you want to. I hope I can get some new ideas from others on preparing for this time of year.
If you would like to learn more from different standpoints concerning the Threefold Law, which is also known as The Rule of Three, please click on the following link: General Search for the Threefold Law
Also known as “the Rule of Three,” the Threefold Law is part of many, but not all Wiccan traditions. It states that every magical act sent out into the Universe—whether positive or negative—will be returned to the Witch three times. This is somewhat akin to the concept of karma found in some Eastern religions, but with a Western twist, as it applies a specific equation (“three times”) to the return of the energy sent out by the practitioner.
Just what does “three times” mean, however? Some people believe that the magical work will be returned in three individual instances. For example, if you worked a harmful spell against someone you dislike, you could end up experiencing bad luck on three different occasions (a car breakdown, a horrible day at work, and burning your dinner, to name three random possibilities). Others interpret “three times” to be a multiplier, meaning that the consequences for you will be three times stronger than the intention you sent out. So you might end up with far worse luck than car trouble or a bad day!
The origins of the Threefold Law are a bit murky, but the idea is generally traced back to Gerald Gardner, who raised it in his early fictional work about Witchcraft, but did not include it as a major part of his teachings. Later Witches who learned from Gardner’s initiates—most notably Raymond Buckland—brought the concept into more widespread awareness. It is also referred to in the long poem known as the Wiccan Rede, which contains adages and advice regarding magical traditions and spiritual beliefs.
Nonetheless, there were many others involved in the origins of Wicca who did not encounter teachings on …
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“Ever mind the rule of three,
What ye send out comes back to thee.”
The Three-Fold Law is not only a Wiccan law. And it’s not dependent on an All-Knowing God watching and meting out punishment.Far worse than that! It is one of the essential threads of the universe … the very fabric of which life is made.So no matter what you do, you can’t sidestep it.Best to really understand it, then, so you can use it to your advantage and get the Universe working for you. After all, don’t you want to be on the Divine’s good side? Be aware of the Three-Fold Law and you can get — and keep — the Universe on your team!
Religious Rule or Universal Law?
The Three-Fold Law is one of the basics of Wiccan belief.Despite the name, the Three-Fold Law isn’t a Wiccan law, exactly, but rather a universal spiritual principle. We call it a law, I think, because in our respect-deficient culture we associate laws with punishment, and ….
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Something Worth Witching For.
To attempt to define witchcraft is like trying to capture smoke or bottle moonlight. It is constantly changing, shifting and evading definition. Just when we think we have captured its essence another veil is lifted only to reveal a deeper mystery. The answer to this question will never suffice to capture what witchcraft is in its entirety. Any verbal or written definition will be superficial; a finite container attempting to contextualize something infinite. Even the most eloquent descriptions of the art of witchcraft leave something to be desired. Human language, especially English, does not have the nuance to capture something that can only be experienced.
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Plants of the Moon
Lunar herbs help us connect with the energy of the Moon, bringing its influence into magic and rituals. The moon plays a prominent role in the spiritual practices of Pagans and Witches alike. It is described as being feminine in nature due to its connections to water and the subconscious, as well as its correlation to the twenty-eight day cycle of the menstrual period. The moon has a major influence over men and women here on Earth, its waxing and waning tides directly influencing how we feel, the way we express our emotions, and how we relate to others. The moon also represents mystery, occultism, the sub-conscious and the dream world. Mythologically it is associated with a number of goddesses both dark and light. The moon also has this dual nature, during its waxing cycle its energy is building making it a powerful time to manifest our desires and reflect our light back out into the world around us.
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Bastet, or Bast, was a cat goddess and the patroness of pregnant women. She loved music and dance which made her festival at Bubastis one of the most popular festivals in Egypt. According to records, her festivals had as many as 700,000 attendees. The Egyptians regarded Bastet as the personification of the sun’s beneficial powers. Her depictions show her as either a woman with a cat’s head or as a cat and people mummified cats in her honor.
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A little know fact about the misuse of the name candle holders. My mother was an avid collector of “candle holders” and did some reserched about them. Come to find out through her research that they proper name for them is “candle sticks” not “candle holders.”
If you would link to read a little history about this definition for candlesticks please click on this link: Candlestick
As Witches/Pagans, we use candles for a large variety of things. From holding our person candle and the element of Fire’s candle to those used for a specific purpose in a spell and/or ritual. We also use different sizes depending on how long we want or need the candle to burn for the spell thus the need for multiple candlesticks in different sizes.
You should have at least 2 candlesticks that a taper candle will fit into. 1-7 candlesticks for chime size candles. 1-2 for tea light or votive candles. Again I send you to look at garage or yard sales and thrift shops if you are like me and cannot afford to spend a lot on all the different holders.
Also, Magical Necessities carries a nice selection of candlesticks for all different size candles. They also offer candle snuggers. A candle snugger can be used to place a smaller candle in a larger holder and it will stay upright instead of leaning a little sideways. You may also want a candle snuffer for putting put your candle instead of blowing them out.
This link is for “Candle Accessories” from Magickal Necessities: Candle Accessories
This is a link to Magickal Necessities choices of candlesticks: Candle Holders
Look for my next article on how to use candles in magick for specific reasons. Also how to engrave, bless and empower a candle for a specific use. The controversy on whether you should snuff a candle rather than blowing it out and vise a versa