Webs of Woven Words, Threads, Stitches and Enchantments

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hallows Everyday - 26


Word Magic

hag (hag) n. an ugly old woman, esp a vicious or malicious one.
2. a witch

hagio-, a learned borrowing from Greek meaning "saint," "holy,"
"sacred," used in the formation of compound words
hagiology, hagiocracy

hagiocracy (hag' e ok' r se) n.  1. government by a body of persons
esteemed as holy

~ Burleigh Muten~

Blessings dark and deep!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hallows Everyday - 25

Black Cat - fortune meets opportunity.
The Halloween Oracle by Stacey DeMarco

The mysterious but beautiful black cat makes its appearance today. This cat, sleek and black, tells us that good fortune and opportunities will be knocking at our doors. However, we must keep a look out and grab them while we can.

It used to be that black cats were a sign of evil, hunted down and killed because they were associated with witches and the dark aspects of the supernatural. Historians believe that the massive killing of cats in the name of stamping out this evil led to the spread of the bubonic plague which killed millions. The cats kept the rat and rodent population down, rats spread this dreaded disease. We know better now.

 This card is a sign that good fortune is waiting for us, but we must grab the opportunities when they present themselves, those opportunities flash by quickly. One can do all the money or love spells that they can, but unless they go out, seeking opportunities, their spells will fail. We must always do the work in the mundane world when working magick, because this is where we are now, this is where we manifest our desires and dreams.

If you truly wish for something, you must be aware of the possibilities. Go where the action is, so to speak. Nothing comes to us without investing in the dream.

Blessings dark and deep!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hallows Everyday - 24

Three Sisters
by Frank Howell

We are the bones
of your grandmother's grandmothers.
We have returned now
We say you cannot forget us now
We say we are with you
And you are us.

Patricia Reis
from The Ancient Ones

Blessings dark and deep!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hallows Everyday - 23

... a glowing caldron full of jewelled fire;
the emerald earth a dragon's eye,
the poplars drenched with yellow light
and dogwoods blazing bloody red.

Margaret Walker, October Journey    

Blessings dark and deep!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hallows Everyday - 22

Prayers For the Autumn Evening

(light a candle)
Candle brightening, flame's own flower,
harbinger of daylight's ebb;
Light the pathway to the bower - 
find the way to spirit's web.

(after your evening ablutions)
I cast off the garments of today
and ask my Goddesses to bless me
with healing, nourishing, restorative rest
as I sleep this night. *

 (before going to bed)
I quieten my soul with the chimes of the silver branch:
great gladness in my heart, no sadness in my mind,
rich rest within my soul.
May these three clear notes, gifts of the Goddesses, *
resound through all beings,
bringing peace and rest at this Autumn day's end.* 
(extinguish your candle)

Vessel of Healing, Cup of Transformation,
I am but a drop of your draught
as I sink down to sweet sleep.*

prayers from
Celtic Devotional, Daily Prayers and Blessings
by Caitlin Matthews
Blessings dark and deep!

* a few adaptions were made to these prayers to reflect my own practice.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hallows Everyday - 21

Prayers For the Autumn Morning 

Upon Rising

I kindle my soul from the Autumn sunlight,
(light a candle)
glow of life, glow of light, glow of love,
be upon my being, my heart, and my soul
this Autumn day,
from break of light, till fall of night.

(choose a small pocket stone from your collection to carry on this day)
From the treasury of  my soul I draw forth,
gem of light, gem of life, gem of love
to preserve my soul from to darkness,
On this Autumn day.

Before Leaving You Home In the Morning

I mantle myself in the covering of creatures:
stillness of owl, perception of eagle,
humility of wren, speed of horse,
strength of bear, courtesy of deer, repose of serpent,
silence of mouse, courage of salmon.
Nine creatures about me to clothe and protect me, 
on the ways that I walk.

(extinguish the candle, place the stone in a pouch 
and tuck into your bra, over your heart)

prayers from 
Celtic Devotional, Daily Prayers and Blessings
by Caitlin Matthews

Blessings dark and deep!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hallows Everyday - 20

7 - Steampunk Priestess
Divine Circus Oracle by Alana Fairchild
Artwork: Miss Red by Monique Tulp

They eye of love in my heart
and the eye of light in my head
show me the truths most helpful for me to see
at the perfect time and in the perfect way.
I feel relaxed and comfortable,
trusting in what I see, when I see it.

At this season, with the veil between the worlds so thin, we sometimes cannot believe what we may see or what our own intuition tells us is true, for whatever reason. This card, the Steampunk Priestess, tells us there is more than what meets the eye, be it contact from the other side, or something hidden in a person or situation.

What is needed here is trust, trust in ourselves and our own intuition, trust in our guides and guardians, trust in the Ancestors. A deep and closer look to understand and discern what is happening, what we perceive, even when we have doubt or it seems so fantastical. Trust what you already perceive, even when we see, on the surface, that our intuition is at odds with what is before us in the mundane world. We need to trust our insight no matter how strange or startling it may be. No matter how confusing, all will come into right focus and we will easily understand. 

Healing: To help us take the wisdom offered, the following technique will assist to clear obstacles while putting true guidance into place.

We will place our dominant hand (the one we write with) over our hearts and place our non-dominant hands at the third eye. We then will close our eyes, relax and take a few breaths. When ready,  we will open our eyes and say the following:

My intention is clear, I see all I need to see.
I free myself in heart and mind,
to look beyond the surface of things,
to witness the deeper reality.

When ready, we relax and come back to the present. If there is something in particular we need clarification about, or we just would like to receive a message, this is a good time. We make our intention clear: 

The unconditionally loving heart of my eye
shows me the truth in the matter of _____________ .
I receive the insights I need for understanding and resolution.
In the name of the Mother of All, so mote it be. *

 Now we gaze at the oracle card above and allow ourselves to relax. We focus gently on the circle at the Priestess's third eye, between and just above the frames of her spectacles. We feel, visualize, imagine that it becomes a beam of light that is sent to our own third eye. We strongly, but gently feel a circular light shining in our heads. That light feels cool and clear, open and bright, but relaxing too.

Now we trust in the insights that come to us, we allow them to drift across our intuitive vision, even when they simply come into our minds, seemingly from nowhere. We trust what we see.

Blessings dark and deep!

* I adapted this line of Alana's affirmation to be more in tune with my spiritual path with the goddess. Here is Alana's original sentence which you may use if this feels right for you: 
"According to divine grace and divine timing, so be it." 

  Divine Circus Oracle
by Alana Fairchild

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hallows Everyday - 19

Souling Song - Samhain Version

Soul, soul, soul cakes!

We come hunting for soul cakes!
We are dead, but like we said,
On this night we'll take your bread
And while you're out of your abode,
Lighting fires of Samhain old,
Think of us, out of body
As we are, you, too, shall be.

Samhain Night, at long last,

We parade from ages past
A journey from the Otherworld
Oh, the hairs that we have curled!

Winter's Eve surrounds us,

Its open portal astounds us.
We creep into the living sphere,
And see where memories summon here.
Find us in this coldness,
Visiting with much boldness.
Share your food; we'll share our power
To discern a future hour.

Summer's End, Summer's End

Will the sun return, vital warmth to send?
Summer's End, Summer's End
Darkness lengthens in its stride across the sleeping land.

Little Jack, Jack sat on his gate,

Offering goblins and demons his cake.
Up with the chill and down with the sun,
Waning and waning, the Dark Half's begun.
All this night as boundaries untie,
Visitors friendly and frightful stop by.
Up with your mask and down with your feet,
Marching and marching to lead out the fleet.

How about this dwelling?

Its offerings are compelling,
With drinks and cakes and porridge,
And cherries and berries from storage.
Rattles at your door!
Don't be scared, but give us some more!
A banshee or a fershee might delight by new firelight.

Songwriter & Singer: Kristen Elsie Lawrence

Recipes for Soul Cakes

Blessings dark and deep!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hallows Everyday - 18

2 - Self-Renewal
Soulful Woman Oracle
by Shushann Movesessian & Gemma Summers

This is a new deck I just obtained and this is the first card I have drawn; perfect for this season. 

As I clean out old energies
I have more space for that which
wants to be birthed into my life.

Time to do some clearing work on ourselves, in our homes, work, even the car. When was the last time we smudged any of these places? When was the last time we took the time to really focus and bless our spaces, ourselves? This card reminds us that this is the perfect time to take stock of what is around us and how it affects us. Perhaps some decluttering and autumn cleaning is in order too. 

When we keep our spaces and selves clear of stagnant or unhealthy energies, we are more fully able to release what doesn't serve us; the energy that is fresh, healthy, and energetically enriching and nurturing is more easily available to us. Our minds, on an intellectual level as well as a psychic level are clear and open to receiving the messages that will assist us on our spiritual path.

Sort through the physical, emotional, and psychic debris, letting our intuition guide us as to what we want to keep - that which aids us, and that which needs to be let go of. Whatever it is that is ready to be released will go effortlessly if we allow ourselves to be in that place of openness to the goddesses' wisdom and healing. This will become a rebirthing for us, while letting us make room for new blessings, ideas, new life.

Blessings dark and deep!