I began my Hallows weekend on Friday the thirtieth, with a trip to the home of my magical partner of many years, Ruby, in Miami. I brought another friend, Susan, from my neck of the woods along. We had a lovely and moving Hallows rite which lasted until after three AM, when the fire finally died out. As usual, we chanted, danced the compass round, made our Hallows charms and had wonderful conversation. We finished by taking offerings of cheese, apples and bread to the garden and making a libation of apple cider. Like-minded, supportive and loving women in circle, there is nothing like it.
And here is my Hallows altar at Toadstool Condo! There has been a great deal of activity here all week and will continue on through November 16,Hekate'sNight.
My darling friend Lucky joined me on Hallows. We built our ancestor altar and sat around it remembering, sharing stories, laughing, crying a bit and celebrating those whom we've loved and lost. It was very moving and touched our hearts deeply.
We divined with tarot and amulets, made more Hallows charms and then went to the hedge circle to leave offerings of barley, seeds, almonds, garlic and an egg with a libation of sweet cream well laced with honey, Strega liquor and cloves.
This was a special Hallows as it marked the first years anniversary of my father's death. It was also one of the most memorable for its intense energy and the sincere specialness of being with such beloved friends, sharing the magic and sacredness.
Hallows marks the turning inward, the descent into the healing darkness of Hekate's realm. May we all find our own sacredness deep within ourselves.
Lastly, here is the Witch of Stitches at her hedge on Hallows!