Monday, October 22, 2018

October The Blood Moon

October - The Blood Moon

October is a busy month. Originally the eighth month of the year (octo being eight) in the Roman calendar, it was set back to the tenth month around 700 BCE, when King Numa Pompilius revised the calendar and added January and February. Its astrological sign is Libra, the scales (September 23 – October 23), a cardinal air sign rules by Venus.

The ancient Egyptians celebrate the Festival of Het-hert or Hathor, on October 4th. The Romans celebrate Meditrinalia on October 11th, the tasting the new wine for the first time and honoring Jupiter as god of the wine. And the Celts close out their year at Samhain on October 31st.

In October, we enter the glorious late afternoon of the year. Bittersweet berries turn brilliant orange, and the woodland blazes with vibrant colors reminiscent of a Persian carpet. As October passes the door to the otherworld opens wider. We become more receptive to spiritual energies and feel drawn to bond with our ancestors.

The main holiday of October and one of the most magickal of the year is Samhain or Halloween. The veil thins, and we feel the presence of our ancestors and those we cherish who have passed over. Many seasonal decorations can help do this. The jack-o’-lantern illuminates a path so the spirit of our ancestors can find their way. Apples are used to feed the dead, so leave an apple near your door or on a plate at your table. Also we set a place at the table for them and celebrate with them the passing of another season and the closing of another year.

The name of October’s Full Moon, the Blood Moon, comes from the urge to connect with our ancestors. When the Blood Moon rises, it smolders like an ember in the autumn sky. She is a beacon for spiritual energy. Thank her by leaving an apple beneath a tree, or by burning some dried wormwood in a dish and meditating on your deceased loved ones.

—Excerpt from Llewellyn’s 2018 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
Article Entitled “October” by Boudica

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My Favorite Canning Recipe for Dill Pickles

My Favorite Canning Recipe for Dill Pickles

We are in high gear over here canning, drying and getting the last of the harvest in for the year. Last year Earl made these pickles and I begged him to bring them back this year. He made those jars just a week ago and we have already gone through a jar and a half. By we, I mainly mean "I have." I have a bit of an addiction to pickles. I adore them, especially Dill Pickles. These pickles almost taste like they have a parmigiana cheese flavor a bit to them? I'm not sure where it comes from but it make them the most amazing pickles I've ever tasted. I'm pressing Earl to submit them for the Eastern States Exposition next year. That's the huge fair that happens near me each year. They are that good.

I know a lot of you wrote in last week to say that you loved the jalapeno jelly recipe from last week so I wanted to pass this recipe along to you as well. If you love Dill pickles I know you will love these pickles.

What You Need
- 3 tbsp pickling spice
- 4 cups cider vinegar
- 4 cups water
- 3/4 cups granualted sugar
- 1/2 cup pickling or canning salt
- 5 bay leaves
- 5 cloves garlic
- 2 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 5 fresh heads of dill
- 13 1/3 cups sliced trimmed cucumbers

1. Prepare canner, jars and lids.

2. Tie pickling spice in a square of cheesecloth, creating a spice bag.

3. In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar, pickling salt and spice bag. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Reduce heat and boil gently for 15 minutes, until spices have infused the liquid.

4. Place 1 bay leaf, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and 1 head of dill into each jar. Pack cucumber slices into hot jars to within a generous 1/2 inch of top of jar. Ladle hot pickling liquid into jar to cover cucumbers, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Remove air bubbles and adjust head space, if necessary by adding hot pickling liquid. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip-tight.

5. Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 15 minutes. Remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, cool and store.

Tips: If fresh dill is not available use 1 to 2 tsp of dill seeds or 2 tsp of dried dill weed for each head of fresh dill.

I hope you enjoy them!

Have a magickal day!

Much Love and Many Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

Wiccan Quote - October 22, 2018

original artwork by: Ellysiumn

"Your wishes carry the potential to make your dreams happen.

- Jasmeine Moonsong

Sunday, October 21, 2018

original artwork by: Elena Dudina

Stop waiting for Friday,
for Summer,
for someone to fall in love with you,
for life.

Happiness is achieved
when you stop waiting for it
and make the most of the moment you are in now.

- Unknown

The Death Card In October

Original artwork by Elena Dudina

The Death Card In October

October is a month that is full of changes. We often talk about how the veils are thinning and we can communicate with the other side. I think that more attention needs to be given to the energy of endings today and I wanted to take a look at that with you.

Perhaps it's because everyone fears endings? The Death Card in Tarot often scares people as they see it as Death.

This is the Death card from my main tarot deck the Mystic Dreamer Tarot. People are often afraid of this card as let's face it, if you don't read tarot, this looks like a pretty darn scary card! I remember the first time I looked at my deck being a bit intimidated by this card.

However as in my readings I want you to look at some things. The Death card doesn't always indicate a physical death. honestly in all my readings I'm not sure that I've ever had it come up in anyone's readings. I have had it come up in my personal reading for a fur baby but it was a specific question asked. The Death card in the tarot is the death of some thing in your life. It can indicate that a phase of your life is ending and you are getting ready to begin a new path. It can indicate the death of something going on in your life that is not for your greater good. It can indicate the death of something that you've been working on as it's finally complete, or the end of something that you've been waiting for. Honestly it is a pretty positive card in the deck but it is one of the most feared cards because of how it is depicted and the word death.

When you look at the card I want you to focus on the girl who is white and flying to the sky indicating spiritual and emotional freedom from something in her life. The child who indicates that you may be able to recapture something magickal from your childhood or you may release something that you need to from your childhood. I have rainbows of your ancestors looking after you from the other side. Part of why I love the Mystic Dreamer Tarot is that there is so much in every card and the cards will change for me every time I read for someone.

October is like the Death card in Tarot. I think if we really emphasized the things that are coming to an end in your life right now it might freak you out a bit. However it's a matter of perspective. Let go, release any fears and release what you need to end this month. The energy around you is preparing you to start new things and making room for new energy around you. It's all about balance in energy. Without releasing old energy you cannot embrace new energy.

Embrace your ancestors this month, those you have lost, fur babies that you have lost and then transform that energy into something positive that you can take with you. I know for some of you who have suffered recent losses that can be difficult. In time though you will be able to use their energy to help give you strength as I can assure you they are on the other side watching out for you.

Really go with the flow and embrace this energy of change that's around of you. While it can be a scary time I urge you not to be afraid of it as it will go smoother if you trust and let go.

Have a magickal day!

Much Love and Many Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

Daily Correspondence - October 21, 2018

Meet and Good Morning! Today is Sunday, October 21, 2018. Sundays are ruled by the Sun, the center of our Solar system, source of light and sustainer of life. Today is a wonderful day for healing and you want to focus on personal security, strength, spirituality and success. It’s a great day for personal achievements of any kind. Sunday is a great day for spells as many types can be done today. The Sun gives energy to any spell work you do today. The best spell for today involve healing, physical strength, obtaining goals, illumination and initiating any magickal activity. If you are working with stones today choose topaz, sunstones or diamonds for protection. Use pearls and gold in crafting talismans.

Tonight's Moon is Waxing, First Quarter with 86% visibility. The Waxing Moon is when the moon is getting larger in the sky, and moving towards the full moon. It is the ideal time for magick that draws things towards you bringing about positive changes. The Waxing Moon represents the Goddess in her Maiden aspect. The Maiden is all about new beginnings, youthful ideas and enthusiasm. The next important day for your magickal work is the Full Moon on October 24, 2018.

We begin our day with the Moon in Pisces. With the Moon in Pisces, the focus is on dreaming, nostalgia, intuition, and psychic impressions. It’s a good time for spiritual or philanthropic activities. At 7:48 this evening the Moon begins her journey to Aries arriving at 2:59 a.m. tomorrow morning. While the Moon is making her journey she will be void of course or between signs. During this time we want to minimize doing anything important. It's a great time to rest, relax and take care of you. The magickal color of the day is Orange and the incense of the day is Almond.Have an amazingly magickal day!

Much Love and Many Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

**all times in EST**

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Who's Coming To Visit You With the Thinning Veil

Who's Coming To Visit You With the Thinning Veil

As the Veil thins it's easier for those on the other side to communicate with us. It's easier for them to find the energy to appear for us. It's easier to pass messages back and forth.

Who's coming to visit though?

You are going to find that people that you have lost in this life may come to visit but you may find that spirits from past lives may come to be near you now as well. You may also find that ancestors that you've met and some that you've never met will come to check on you. There seems to be a pretty significant uptick in spirit communication overall.

Think about those people in your life that may come to visit you. If you wish to receive messages from them do things to celebrate their memory. For instance if you would welcome signs from your ancestors work on the ancestry in your family. Look through old photos, ask relatives for stories. In doing this you keep their energy alive and you can make it easier for them to come and visit you.

I do want to emphasize that just because you haven't noticed any signs or communication doesn't mean someone hasn't stopped by to see you. It's not always easy for those on the other side to communicate. I honestly find that the older souls and those who have traveled many lifetimes have an easier time. Please don't take it as a sign that they aren't alright if you haven't heard something. I also want to note for those of you who have recently lost loved ones that there seems to be a gap in time for communication. For instance when I lost my Grandparents with both of them I saw immediate signs in the week after they passed, then they slowly stopped and I didn't see anything for awhile. With time I started seeing signs again. It seems to vary at that point on the person and the age of their soul.

I hope this helps!

Many Blessings to You This Samhain Season

Have a magickal day!

Much Love and Many Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

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