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My Month With Anu

My month with Anu has come to a close and I am very grateful. It did not play out as I expected. I thought it would be a month full of ritual and meditation. What it became was a month of connection with my ancestors and a new appreciation for where I came from. Many puzzle pieces in my life came together quietly and simply. Working with Anu opened my eyes making it easier for me to see what needs to change. It wasn’t jarring or overwhelming, it was a gentle recognition of the places where I have lost myself. I don’t want to give too much away as much of this is deeply personal. What I can say is I feel stronger about trusting my intuition than I have ever felt. Ritual is wonderful, but it is not the end all be all of my connection with the divine.  Sometimes she whispers to me on the wind and no candles are required. That is what my Samhain experience was like this year.

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Preparing For Samhain

Today I sat down with my journal and a very sharp pencil to try to make some sense of Samhain. Usually what happens is I have no idea what I want to do and then it all comes together in the moment. As I put a pencil to paper today everything just came pouring out of me. I have been spending a lot of time communing with the ancestors, thanks to Anu, and so I have been revisiting the past. As I have reached for the past I feel the past reaching forward towards me. As the veil is thinning and thinning I feel like I can almost reach out and touch them. Memories surface of napping with grandpa in an olive-green chair with a green leafy pattern on it. Every other piece of furniture had plastic on it, it was like grandpa and his chair were real and the rest was cold and fake. Great grandpa did not have a comfy chair. His chair was wooden and hard and his lap felt bony and breakable. I would sit with him and sing songs in exchange for candy. Both grandpa and great grandpa had deep pockets filled with candy. To this day when I taste a butterscotch candy my mind travels back to them. They were not in my life for a very long time. Great grandpa passed when I was 11 and he was 98. Soon after my grandpa moved to Florida. These two men were the only positive males in my childhood. It makes sense that as the veil thins I would sense them here. I’m sure they were complicated men but in my child’s memory of them, they are simple, good, and accepting.

My word for next year (Samhain is my new year) is restoration. I feel that I have much to restore within. This word was the first seed on my path to understanding what my Samhain work would be. I also intend to return to working with the Queen archetype. I worked with her a few years ago and kind of fell away from it, or so I thought. I realized today that I have read so many books about so many queens and even if I wasn’t understanding why I was still working with the queen. This morning I revisited that archetype and looked at her light and dark aspects.

Now I only have to decide what the formal working will be. I know I need to clean house and get rid of some things in order to make room for fresh things to come in. I know it will come to me when the time is right.

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The Full Moon

I am thankful today that the full moon is on the way out. I feel like I got my butt handed to me by this moon. Right now I am trying to be grateful for fresh insight and clarity. I have a feeling this Samhain is going to be a doozy. Big changes are afoot and I can feel the energy shifting all around me. My month of devotion to Anu has been going well but not as I expected. She has inspired me to connect with my ancestors and figure out who I am. When you’re a wife and mother it can be so easy to lose yourself in your roles. This week my focus is on starting to identify what I want to let go and bring in for Samhain. My lesson from the full moon is being awake can be hard to take, but I’d rather be awake than asleep.

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New Moon/Black Moon

Wow! I can feel the energy cooking today.

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I started my day with a good strong cup of coffee. I put on my oldest Pentacle because it carries so much energy. I journaled to get my thoughts down on paper and to be sure I was clear before I started. Then I had some ritual time and I was very surprised. The energy was very strong and apparently I have been holding some things inside that really needed to be given a voice. Once that was completed then I set about to cleansing my house. It felt good to get the stale energy out and bring in some fresh energy. I take care to get all of the doors and windows. I also cleaned up my altar and myself.

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Tomorrow I plan to start my 30 days of devotion and I’m very excited.:) I hope you all have a wonderful new moon!

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A Month of Devotion

September has been a rough month for me. Nothing big and bad happening, I’ve just been having some health issues. I’m feeling much better now and I’m ready to start preparing for Samhain. Samhain is my favorite time of year and I tend to do some big magick and spiritual work during this time. I’m feeling inspired to complete a month of devotion. My plan is to work with Anu every day for the month of October. I have been working with Anu over the last year but I’m feeling the need to really focus right now. I’m also going to focus on meditation because I have become kind of lazy in that area.

Do you have any plans for the month of October? Do you celebrate Samhain and if so how do you plan for it?

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Fall Equinox Herb Bundles

I know I am a little early but I really felt an energy shift today. I decided to harvest some herbs and add them to others that I had, creating herb bundles. The house smells heavenly! It feels good to have a distraction from the pain I’m experiencing. I had all four wisdom teeth out and my mouth is not happy. Anyway, here are some pics of the herbs.

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What are your plans for fall equinox?

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Dreams

One feature of Mercury Retrograde is the tendency for the past to punch into the now. This has most certainly been happening to me. I have had three or four really disturbing dreams over the last week. They all feature people from the past. Some of them from the waaaay past. These dreams all seem to linger long into the day. I can’t shake them off and that tells me there is something to learn there. I have also been experiencing some pretty big shifts in perspective. Some of these changes would be liberating in a sense, but they would require me to let go of some long-held beliefs. These dreams are nudging me towards holding people responsible and at the same time forgiving them. Maybe I am at a place when I can extend compassion to the person who laid waste to my childhood? This is big shadow work! Strangely, I am not afraid. I learned a long time ago not to run from my shadow. I think I have found the first thing I’m going to throw into my Samhain cauldron.

Have any of you experienced dreams of this nature recently?

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Purification Spray

Mercury is retrograde and that means it is time for me to slow down. I decided today would be a chill day and I would flow wherever the energy takes me. I collected ingredients to brew up some purification spray. I found the inspiration for this on a website called “Art Of The Root.”

http://artoftheroot.com/

Normally I would use sage, but I’m trying to break free of my magickal rut. I am really enjoying the spray because it smells so fresh. Basil and lemon are wonderful for refreshing your witchy space.

Purification Spray
Purification Spray

Happy Mercury Retrograde!

D

 

 

Plant Love

This morning my dear doggie woke me up way before I was ready. As I tumbled out the door, growling the whole way, I looked to find that my favorite plant was gone! I immediately felt so sad. I’m sure that this happened when the guys were here to trim the grass. I’m not sure how they mistook my Russian Sage for a weed but it was hacked to bits. I spent my whole morning feeling really sad about it.

I’m one of those weird dog people. When a dog of mine passes I always feel best if I adopt another dog right away. It isn’t that I don’t care about the one that has passed, it is more that I feel the best way to honor that pet is to adopt another needy pet. I decided to apply this same logic to my lost plant. I got in the car and went and “adopted” a new one. I could not believe how happy I was as soon as I got a look at all of those Russian Sages. I grabbed the one that seemed happiest to see me and headed to the checkout. I just put my new friend into the ground and I feel so much better.

I have had a tie to the Russian Sage for many years. At my old place, I had a huge one that seemed to be indestructible. It made me so unhappy to hear that after we left they dug that beautiful plant up. 😦

You can use Russian Sage just like any sage, when it comes to spell work. It is considered a plant of Artemis, and can be used when seeking wisdom.  It has also been associated with the Trickster! The flowers can be used to bring about a sense of joy and optimism.

My new friend.
My new friend.

Russian Sage

Buying this beauty really helped me change what was starting out to be a crappy day. I am grateful.

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