Black crow, turn back, hollow root,
Bare branches shiver like a reedy flute.
Foxes bark as their night blood hums,
Wild is the darkness that we become.
I lovingly invite them to my house every year. They stay about a month and a half. I start getting their invites back in late June and July, right when the heat and noise of summer are a little too much and I need to just step back. I look forward to their arrival, Bats dancing in the air, Witches cackling at the door. Spiders about with bigger than life webs. The food is always out for them too….candied apples in the kitchen, candy corn in glass. Devil’s Food cake, Deviled Eggs. The Vampire blood lets me know they’re happy. The ghosts energetically communicate with breezes and the skeletons hang alongside. I am in my element at last.
The night sky seems to twinkle more now or is it just me? The trees whisper on my walks. Most people say the year will be ending soon, but for me it’s just the beginning. It’s bigger than life. New Year’s Eve for us nonmortals. Death warmed over takes on a whole new meaning when you adore this many candles about the house.
Witches rule at Halloween. The veil is thin and spririts are at play. Cool winds blow as orange and red leaves whirl from trees, crunching under feet. The scent of the Wild Ones about. A time of mystery and resonant with Wild Magic. Blackbirds fly, companions of Witches.
It’s now that a magical person can take the deepest, freest breaths and remember their own magic, and how much joy that brings, how wonderful it feels and how it connects us to that awesome web of life that holds us all.
In the European traditions, Samhain is the night when the old God dies, and the Crone Goddess mourns him deeply for the next six weeks. The popular image of her as the old Halloween hag menacingly stirring her cauldron comes from the Celtic belief that all dead souls return to her cauldron of life, death, and rebirth to await reincarnation.
Here is some October Magic.
Grab a scarecrow and put him in the yard or porch with the intent of protection for family as well as house.
Write what you wish to see recede from your life on paper, and hide it in the earth near a tree you like or in it’s hollow, to rot down and be swallowed up by the energy of the dying year.
Hillsides are ablaze with flame colored trees, and darkened streets lit by glowing Jack O Lanterns. Carve your pumpkin for whatever you wish now, enchanting it to attract or protect as it’s inner candle burns.
Orange candles now available can be lit for what you want to attract, energy, ambition, sales, goals.
Black candles readily available now can be lit for protection, binding, banishing. Hold one and let it take all the stress you have. See it all going away into the candle. Light it and as it burns your troubles are melting. Feel the peace.
Be unafraid of Shadows dark
And to their whispers
Do Not Hark
You do Not hear
No worry, trouble
Loss or Fear
The perfect Tarot for this season is The Halloween Tarot by Karin Lee and Kipling West. The cards are filled with moons, cats, devils, bats and magic. Just the spirit for this season. Kipling West said it best “I wanna live in Halloweentown, too”! Yes I wish this season could last all year too. It does, in my heart.