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What Does Samhain Mean to You?

What is Samhain to you?

To me, Samhain is a time to start diving into my own psyche, to begin, or continue doing, shadow work. It's the time to look for what in your life is ready to metaphorically die, and then bury it. It's a time to remember my ancestors, both genetic and energetic, and honour them and their energies, to make offerings to them and bring them into the circle with you.

I also find that this time of year is the right time for doing work to heal the relationship you have with the memories of certain departed relatives. You know the ones I mean; the critical grandmother, the cynical aunt, or the distant and gruff great-uncle. People who you are related to, who never managed to overcome some of their biggest emotional obstacles in life, may regret or be saddened by the memories of themselves that they left behind when they passed over. If you have a relative who you found it difficult to connect to when they were living, now is a great time to try to do some heal…

Helpful, Everyday Practices for the Daily Witch

It occurred to me recently that one of my favorite type of posts to see on blogs, Facebook, and other media lately have been lists of things that were important to other people. Their daily routines, favorite television shows to watch, books to read, that sort of thing. Yet, I have never really done one of them myself, and that's a shame, because there's loads of lists I could make that might be of some interest to my readers. So, today, I'm doing a list of daily practices that can be helpful for the witch who wants to connect with the divine in the everyday.

Not every witch is big into elaborate, long rituals with dozens of candles and incense cones burning. Some of us have kids or pets that make this kind of practice rare, difficult, or downright dangerous (ever told a two-year-old to "no touching!" with a candle? Difficult!!!) to perform. So, I've started doing some of these things on a regular basis to connect me with the divine in little, stolen moments.

When Tarot Cards "Stalk" You

We've all experienced it... you sit down, pull up a deck of your favorite tarot cards, and start to shuffle. You're ready to receive a message, you're ready to see what the Divine has to say to you today. The cards slide between your hands, mixing over and over again, and then suddenly, you feel called to stop, and pull a card, or one flies out of the deck, grabbing your attention because it's THE CARD for today. You turn it over, and...

It's the same. Damned. Card. You. Had. Yesterday. And the day before, or earlier this week. Or just pulled basically the equivalent card from another deck.

Yup.. Tarot Card Stalkers. Tricky little blighters to deal with, aren't they? But as annoying as they can be to deal with, they serve a purpose. Chances are, you're ignoring something, a message you would rather not be true, or a situation you're hoping will just blow over if you give it enough time. As tempting as it can be to blame the return of that card on lazy s…

Taking Back your Personal Power

I wanted to sit down and write a blog post earlier today about taking back your personal power once you realize you've knowingly or unknowingly given it away to someone else, but the words wanted to come out as a video instead. I did two videos on this subject, the first I linked in with some of the concepts of National Coming Out Day, and the second provides helpful tips and advice on how to get  your own power back (or at least, I hope they're helpful!). I hope you guys will enjoy these videos, and as always, I welcome feedback, questions, etc in the comments section below.

Where are you, Samhain?

I confess, I am your average witch who lives for the Samhain/Halloween season every year. I love it when the weather turns chilly, the rains return, the leaves change colour and the winds start to blow. I live for sweater weather, having always been a person who prefers to dress in layers all cozy, rather than shorts, maxi dresses, and flip-flops. I love it when I can dig my scarves, hoodies, and shawls out, and wrap myself in coziness, pull blankets over my lap on the couch while I read or knit, and snuggle up with my kids for both warmth and love. But this year, I'm finding it hard to get into the spirit of Halloween.

Even before I identified as a pagan and as a witch, I lived for Halloween. I loved dressing up in costume as a kid, and when I was too old to go trick-or-treating I would decorate our house up for the season, usually going out of my way to make things like scarecrows, ghosts hanging from the front trees, and heaping up piles of leaves that I would dutifully rake up…