sacred days

Scare-me Samhain

by on Oct.31, 2014, under celebration, history, magickal info, sacred days

 

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Hello dears,

This blog has been on hold for quite some time.  I have been taking some time to deal with both health issues and domestic ones, BUT on a better note, I’ve spent quite a bit of time studying my craft!  More on that later, but I’m starting to post here again, and what better time than Samhain (pronounced sow-ehn), the Witch’s holiday!

Most everybody celebrates this holiday on it’s modern calender day of October 31.  However, Samhain as an ancient pre-agricultural holiday, was more of a time of year than a day.  In most cultures, this was the time of year that one would shed the excesses of summer.  The entire tribe or village would gather to celebrate the turning of the seasons, to honor those who had crossed to the dreamland, and to mourn.  The weak animals, the prisoners, the hopelessly sick in the tribe would be culled either by official group decision or, in the case of the old and the ill, by volunteer, so as not to take precious resources from those who could survive the winter. That sounds harsh, I know, but living then was a bit more difficult than living now!

As time went on, and survival became less tenuous, civilization grew more powerful in the lives of the people, and nature a bit less so.  Patriarchal urban cultures began to take over things like calenders, religion and time, and regimentation was the order of the day.  Of course, there is a lot of history between those two periods, but for the sake of brevity, spin yourself to present day.  We now have a calender that codifies holidays into a nice digestible sheduled day.  A holiday that might have taken a week in old times, is now a recognizable single calender day.

Another way to look at Samhain is to note that at this time, the Sun is making it’s journey thru Scorpio.  That was much less important in ancient days, especially long before the Chaldeans began their planetary records that would eventually give us astrology.  But it is important to us today, as much of what we have as modern neo-pagans was colored by the work of high ritual magick.  That is not a bad thing, but it does make things more precise and measured.

Samhain can be seen as the time when the Sun passes 15 degrees of Scorpio.  15 degrees is the peak of the Scorpio energy, when it is supposed to be strongest.  That would be the time of the most activity, in this case the energy of fixed water: Scorpio.  Thus the correlation.  The problem with this, is that it brings us back to the generalized time of the holiday, rather than a single day.  That is because astrology itself is fluid.  The Sun begins it’s Scorpio peak energy days away from the 15th and continues several days after.  AND, to make things even more confusing, due to the precession of the seasons, the Sun now hits 15 Scorpio well after the beginning of November.

So, given all this contradictory and confusing history, how do we as modern pagans, celebrate this ancient agricultural holiday?  Why is it important to us?

Well of course, pagans love a party.  And a time to honor our loved ones, especially those that have passed out of this material world.  It is in this time of transition that it is claimed the ‘veils are thin’.  They are thin because we are remembering our lost loved ones, both human and animal.  Our minds are calling to their memory and to their spirits as our human nature and our bodies respond to the shortened days and the dying off of summer foliage.  This is very much a physical change, and not just a metaphysical one.  It is now that we gather with our coven, our lodge, our friends, and celebrate who we are and who we have been.  Who we will become is another question for later in the year, but now, as we pass below the horizon into the dark time of the year, we honor who and what has brought us here.  We also sanctify and strengthen our support network, the bonds that will keep us safe and alive thru the winter.

In addition, because at this time we are so sensitized to ‘vibrations from the other side’ it is a wonderful time for all sorts of divination!

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Remember the turnip lamps, carved out with candles inside that lit a villager’s way thru the night as they traveled to gather together, and the ghosts one expected to meet on the way.  Have a nice long coze with an old friend you’ve not seen in awhile, and send your love to those you won’t see again on this side of the veil.  Perhaps you will feel their love in return.  They are watching over you, you know.

I intend to carve my pumpkin today, and to embrace a few friends.  Put on my costume and dance the night away, cast a few cards, and circle with those I love.

Till next time, my dears!
Blessed be.

Marie Angeli

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Full Moon in Pisces

by on Aug.31, 2012, under garden, sacred days, the moon

Hello my dears!

Welcome to the ‘extra’ moon in the month of August.  Tonight our moon is Piscean, watery, mutable, blue, and definitely needing to wallow in something!

There are some very positive activities one can indulge in on a Piscean Blue Moon.  They involve planting a garden, creativity, and sex.  Anything that allows you to get your hands in up to the elbows, as it were.  🙂

Pisces is such a fertile sign that you could just about plant anything in season and it would grow beautifully, although watery herbs like Mallow, flowers like roses or passion flower, fruits like melons, veggies like squash, would hold the water well.  Since we are at the full phase, you can do well planting anything with above ground fruiting and flowering.  Care to put in one last rose before the autumn really takes off?  Here in the South we can start our second summer garden right about now!

Relationships can be WONDERFUL now as well.  It’s a time when boundaries flow and energies blend. This is a great time to enjoy yourself and to enjoy your partner.  Go with the moment, and just allow yourself this time to open to your own heart.

One thing to keep in mind, however, it is NOT a good time to make important and lasting decisions of any kind.  Water energy is a flowing and undetermined force.  Decision-making, like deciding to move in, saying yes to a committed relationship, or sleeping with that guy who all of a sudden looks pretty cute after your third pint, are better made in the light of a more practical moon, like Taurus.  Now is a time for impulse, so try to be impulsive about things you won’t regret later, like agreeing to go on a cruise or a tour of Geneva!  Take me!

That said, impulsive behavior is the area in which you have to really be careful with Pisces.  Alcoholic indulgence, drugs, partying, impulsive and destructive behavior are all quite well known aspects of this energy.  Try to avoid those regrets by staying away from destructive situations where you could get caught up in the Flow of the Piscean Full Moon.  In other words, avoid self-destructive behavior by not putting yourself in self-destructive situations. Instead, turn all that energy to the creative side of the moon.

As well as being known for self-indulgence, Piscean Moons are also known for sublimely inspired creation.  This full moon energy, which will continue on until the moon leaves Pisces early Sunday morning (about 1:30am ET on 9/2), is an excellent time to start a painting, sculpture, novel, to play in a jam.  In fact, both Music and Color are deeply influenced here, ruled as they are by instinct, emotion, dreams and inspiration.  Go make a joyful noise, divine the future, dream a little dream, and add some color to your life.  Enjoy!

In a few days, we’ll take a look at the intuitive side of our consciousness, and delve again into Divination 101.

Blessed be my dearies,
Marie Angeli

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