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Moon Meditation: End of the Celtic Year


I often use the moon cycles as a way to embrace the ebb and flow of meditations. During the dark half the moon, I tend to reflect on the past and planning, while the Full moon, I reflect on taking action.

This month’s moon is also the Harvest moon, the end of the Celtic calendar where you celebrate Samhain. This means preparing for the winter months, and ending the previous year.

CatSleepFor me, this year has sucked. Goals weren’t met, and in fact, most efforts ended up a mess or putting my life worse than what it was. I’d like to chalk it up as ‘life’s lessons’, but so much of the ‘not-working-out’ hinged on the idea of luck (or lack thereof). What can be learned when you seem to just have bad luck? Not much.

But even in the darker moments in life, you can learn valuable things about yourself. I believe it is the hardships that mold and shape us more than the events that work out. I’m not saying I like it that way, but my point is that you can glean a lesson despite tears and pain.

And my lesson? I realized this year I do too much. I put way too much on my plate where I couldn’t focus on the few things that mattered most. So this past September I began to trim and cut my task list down, quitting groups, and pulling back on things that wouldn’t lead me anywhere. It was very much like weeding a garden; figuring out what was blooming and what was being choked out with weeds.

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Organizing became easier with a planner. And not just any planner.  I also began to use composition books and altered them into monthly planners. I jot down ideas, add my task lists, and journal through the month. This helped me realize what was working and what was not.

A great thing with your own personalized planner is that you add new sections as needed. For instance, when December rolls around, I will add a section for gift making/buying, card making, recipes to make, events to do, and so forth.

They make great spell books, dream notebooks, or even a book of shadows.

Moon Meditation: Sit in a quiet spot with a journal. This can be anything from your computer, plain paper with pen, or a notebook. Now take long deep breaths, drawing in ‘light and energy’ while blowing out all worries and negative feeling. Once you feel calm, imagine yourself a seed stretching your root (spirit) into the earth, and drawing in its energies. Now once you feel anchored, stretch out your spirit like a tree (or flower) stretching the heavens to release doubt, fear, anger, etc. Once you feel at peace, consider the year’s end.

What did you achieve? Did you also find new goals? Did you learn valuable lessons? Is there anything you need to ‘weed’ out of your life in order to spiritually grow? Ponder these things. Once you feel ready, write these down in your journal.

Witchy Movies for October

I’ve been very sick this past week. I’m still sick. In fact I’m getting sick and tired of being sick and tired. Today, after a day on antibiotics, I’m still hacking and coughing but finally mustered energy to get a few things done.

I decided since being pretty much bedridden and watching movies all day, I’d share some of my favorite flicks for October;

Practical Magic is a lovely movie. I love how the relationships between the family (the two aunts and the sisters) play out. It includes a love story, magic and curses, and comedy.

Hocus Pocus is a comedy about three sister witches (evil) who come into the modern day to steal children to regain their youth. At first I didn’t like how they were portrayed but if you take it as the quirky story based on the stories of witches, then it can be fun.

The Craft had a ‘real’ Wiccan Priestess, Pat Devin, as a consultant. She admits its not Wicca, but did ‘what she could’ to provide elements of magic and ritual. I enjoyed it.


The Witches of Eastwick is a movie based on a book of the same title. I read the book and found some differences, with the movie having more magick and flash than the story told. It has some gross parts, it is ‘adult’, but otherwise a fun flick.

The Good Witch is the first of a series of movies based on the character, Cassie Nightengale, who the town she just moved in isn’t sure if she’s a witch or not. We, as the viewer, get to see her work in magic, and it’s a good movie for the family (kids too). A Hallmark TV series based on this will also be starting this month.

I didn’t want to include slasher or the scary flicks, but I might post them later this month.

If you have a favorite witch-based movie, post in comments.

Samhain: Honoring the dead

IMG00100Most pagans know of Samhain as a time of the year where we honor those who passed on before us.

Some traditions include lighting candles to represent each person who died this passing year. Others might set photos or mementos of loved ones, sharing stories of them on Samhain.

One year, my study group decided to include not just those who passed on, but other symbolic deaths, so we might reflect on them. One man shared the death of his marriage (divorce) while another shared the death of a job. This might also remind us that death can also offer rebirth, and the Wheel of the Year turns to another cycle.

Some ideas to honor the dead:

  • Share stories. I’ve always felt this it the most powerful way to honor those who passed on, by sharing memories of them.
  • Share songs. If you know favorite songs or music, share in ritual to honor those who passed on.
  • Hang photos, ribbons, or ornaments that represent the dead.
  • Offer prayers, thanks, and offerings. You can offer to honor them by making a promise you’ll keep in the coming year. For instance, I might promise to donate to veterans to honor my grandfather who was a veteran of WWII. I could make an offering of charity or good dead, to promise to quit smoking or take care of a family member to honor them.

What traditions do you partake in for Samhain to honor the dead? Share in comments below.