October 2017 Magickal Link Roundup

Samhain blessings to you all! It’s time for another magickal link roundup!

I started this magickal link roundup feature last month and I really enjoyed it for a number of reasons. First and foremost is that I like reading link roundups myself, but also because I am always finding a lot of great information that should be shared. I feel like witches and pagans come back to life in October. Books are being released, websites (including this one) have fresh ideas flowing into them; maybe witches hibernate during the summer, I know I do. Because of this, there are a ton of links this month!

If you have a favorite witchy post/blog/product to share, please feel free to post it in the comments.

~ October 2017 Magickal Link Roundup ~

13 Grimoire Prompts for Autumn on Witch of Lupine Hollow – Some ideas for things to add to your grimoire this autumn. I have been wanting to do a post like this myself, and this list definitely motivated me; expect more grimoire ideas to appear here in November!

August Eve Altar 2017 on Witchy Words – Lammas altar to inspire you. I love to see other people’s magickal setups.

Between the Light: An Introduction to Tarot Shadow Work on Warts and Cunning Apothecary – I’ve been thinking about writing about ‘shadow work’ lately as well; the Samhain season must be striking a lot of us witches the same way. This post has exercises to perform with the tarot to start exploring your dark side. I especially like the “Meeting Your Shadow Card” section in this article, which I tried out myself.

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Dia de los Muertos for Witches and Pagans

My birthday happens to fall on Dia de los Muertos, which has invited many sugar skull themed items into my house, but I’ve never explored the holiday in much detail. Last year, when I told someone my birthday was on the Day of the Dead, they said, “Oh, November 1st?” I didn’t answer, but thought it was odd.

I did a little research and found out that Dia de los Muertos is, as I has assumed my whole life, November 2nd, but that it was a holiday to honor deceased adults. However, November 1st is also a holiday, Dia de los Inocentes (aka “Day of the Innocents”) designed to honor dead children and infants (angelitos). Traditional gravesite visits are reserved for the 2nd, though the spirits of the infants and children are given 24 hours to return to their families, starting at midnight on October 31st. Decorating family altars is common during this time, and I added photos of both of my grandmothers to our altar on Samhain last year.

Below is a list of Dia correspondences that you can add to your magickal journal, and below that is a list of suggested Dia activities that you can participate in.

Some Dia Correspondences

– Altars (ofrendas, family and public)
– Cleaning and Decorating Graves
– Epitaphs (written for yourself or friends)
– Food (nuts, fruit, or the deceased’s favorite meal)
– La Calavera Catrina (circa 1910)
– Marigolds (the flower of the dead, thought to attract souls to the offerings)
– Pan de Muerto (special bread)
– Sugar Skulls (made only as offerings, not for consumption by the living)
– Water (or alcohol, for the adult departed)

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Cosmic Concerns: November 2017

This list of November 2017’s astrological events is for witches and pagans who are interested in what’s going on in the cosmos. All times listed are in EST (Eastern Standard) and should be adjusted for your own time zone. Please note that this list is not even close to being exhaustive, but compiled by me to list events that are of magickal importance. This information is great to copy into your Book of Shadows if you maintain one; if you are looking for something more extensive my guide to lunar trackers is on the site here. I hope that you find it helpful; blessed be!

Planetary Movement, November 2017

5th: Mercury enters Sagittarius 2:19 PM
7th: Venus enters Scorpio 6:28 AM
21st: Sun enters Sagittarius 10:05 PM
22nd: Neptune direct 9:21 AM

Moon Cycle, November 2017

3rd: Moon enters Taurus 5:46 AM
4th: Full Moon in Taurus 1:23 AM
5th: Moon void-of-course 4:29 AM, enters Gemini 5:26 AM
16th: Moon enters Scorpio 3:19 AM
18th: Moon void-of-course 6:42 AM; New Moon in Scorpio 6:42 AM; Moon enters Sagittarius 1:59 PM

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Crystal Closeup: Malachite

“MALACHITE.
The sudden spoon is the same in no size. The sudden spoon is the wound in the decision.”

– Gertrude Stein, “Tender Buttons”

I would be remiss to discuss malachite without bringing up Gertrude Stein. Well, perhaps that’s not exactly true, but ever since I read “Tender Buttons” in college malachite has immediately brought the section of the poem above to mind. Malachite has actually been quite inspirational to authors, so, for the first time, there’s a literature section at the bottom of this crystal closeup post.

Malachite contains copper, and historically it was smelted, as well as used to create pigments, glazes, jewelry, and decorative pieces. Its name comes from the Greek word for “mallow” and it is known for its bands of bright green color. Malachite is found in many parts of the world with some of the best coming from the Congo, Morocco, Arizona, France, and South Australia; massive deposits have been found in Russia in the Ural Mountains. Malachite grows in many formations including fibrous aggregates, botryoidal or encrusting masses, and stalactites; it often grows with azurite as well. Unfortunately, cheap, synthetic malachite is being produced; real malachite won’t be nearly as inexpensive.

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Eight More Samhain Season Celebration Ideas

It’s that time in the Wheel of the Year again, Samhain, an easy favorite amongst witches. Last year I posted my list of Eight Samhain Sabbat Celebration Ideas and this year I’m back with eight more. There are ideas for solitaries, pairs, families, and covens, as well as many that would work with multiple configurations. Some require a little preparation or shopping, so I wanted to post them early enough that you can incorporate them into your Samhain preparation. Remember, though, Samhain is a six week long season and not just one day! I must confess that the season gets cut off Thanksgiving week for me, so I start my Samhain celebration a bit early.

1. Pagan Pumpkins: I saw the pumpkin craft idea pictured above (by Terri Foss) about a year ago, and instantly I wanted to make one of my own. You can easily reproduce this craft with a natural or artificial white pumpkin, and a fine-tipped permanent marker. Decoration ideas include sigils, astrological symbols, moons and stars (like above), pentacles, or other Samhain-themed art. Black pumpkins are available at craft stores and can be decorated with a silver marker, which would also look great. If you use an artificial pumpkin this could end up part of your permanent Samhain decoration stash. This would be a really cool way to decorate a LED candle, too.

2. Tarot Reading: I recommended doing divination last year, but I found the tarot spread to the left (click to view larger) that utilizes the theme of ‘as above, so below’. This is especially important on Samhain when the veil between worlds thins. The website, Fox and Feather Tarot, is defunct, but they have an Etsy store. If you’re looking for a more involved tarot reading to do on Samhain this one works well.

A variation of this tarot spread that I would use is: 1. Release, 2. Embrace, 3. Weaknesses, 4. Strengths, 5. Path Forward. You could do this as a general advice reading, or for something more specific.

3. Homemade Treats: There’s nothing quite as special as handmade treats, with candied apples being particularly fun for the sabbat. I’ve seen people make very creepy candied apples with grape Jolly Ranchers or food coloring, but caramel also works. A simple candied apple recipe can be found here. Just be sure to use a candy thermometer since molten sugar will seriously burn you. Making candy is for badasses only! I would not let even the most responsible child near this activity, so involve little goblins at your own rick. For an extra Samhain bump, set one non-candied apple outside as an offering.

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New Moon October 19th 2017 in Libra

The October 2017 New Moon in Libra occurs at 3:12 PM EST on Thursday, October 19th, which is when the Moon also goes void-of-course (thanks, Moon). The Moon then enters Scorpio at 9:41 PM that same day. The good news is that the Moon is in Libra all day Wednesday October 18th, and it enters Libra at 1:35 PM on Tuesday October 17th. This information is also detailed in my Cosmic Concerns: October 2017 post if you’d like to see this information as a list.

That means you can do your New Moon ritual after 1:35 PM on the 17th, any time on the 18th, or before 3:12 PM on the 19th. For charging, you can leave items out on the night or either the 17th or the 18th, but if you wait until the night of the 19th they will be charged with Scorpio energy, rather than Libra energy.

The two week manifestation point for this New Moon is on Saturday, November 4th with the New Moon in Taurus. The six month manifestation point is on Sunday, March 31st 2018 with the Full Moon in Libra. The March 2018 Full Moon in Libra will actually be a Blue Moon, which is the name for the second Full Moon in a calendar month.

My guide, Witch’s Guide to New Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.

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A Witch’s Guide to New Moon Magick

This post is meant to be used as a companion to my New Moon posts. Additionally, I wrote a Witch’s Guide to Full Moon Magick post. Hopefully, with these posts combined, you’ll have the tools you need to conduct your esbats. Witchcraft is very personal, so pick and choose things that you like to do, test it out, change it, and find something that works for your Craft.

What is New Moon Magick?

A New Moon, in the literal sense, is the phase in the moon’s orbit around the Earth wherein the moon is ‘invisible’ to us here on the planet. This is because the Earth is blocking the light from the Sun from reflecting off of the Moon as it normally does. The moon will appear dark during the New Moon, which occurs every 28 days.

Magickally speaking, New Moons are used for setting intentions with a manifestation point at the next Full Moon which happens about two weeks later. Also, and way more importantly, there is a second, larger manifestation at the Full Moon that happens around six months (six lunations) later in the same sign. For example, if the New Moon is in Scorpio, there will be a Full Moon in two weeks in a different sign, and six months later there will be a Full Moon in Scorpio that completes the lunar cycle.

The New Moons is an opportunity to set intentions and put into action things that really matter, and that you truly feel are beneficial to you as a person. Also, since the cycle won’t be complete for six months, I believe it’s important to do a little divination as well.

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Cosmic Concerns: October 2017

I’m a little late this month, but hopefully it’s better late than never! This list of October 2017’s astrological events is for witches and pagans who are interested in what’s going on in the cosmos. All times listed are in EST (Eastern Standard) and should be adjusted for your own time zone. Please note that this list is not even close to being exhaustive, but compiled by me to list events that are of magickal importance. This information is great to copy into your Book of Shadows if you maintain one; if you are looking for something more extensive my guide to lunar trackers is on the site here. I hope that you find it helpful; blessed be!

Planetary Movement, October 2017

10th: Jupiter enters Scorpio 9:20 AM
14th: Venus enters Libra 6:11 AM
17th: Mercury enters Scorpio 3:59 AM
22nd: Mars enters Libra 2:29 PM
23rd: Sun enters Scorpio 1:27 AM

Moon Cycle, October 2017

3rd: Moon enters Aries 4:40 PM
5th: Full Moon in Aries 2:40 PM
5th: Moon void-of-course 6:38 PM, enters Taurus 7:56 PM
17th: Moon enters Libra 1:35 PM
19th: New Moon in Libra 3:12 PM; Moon void-of-course 3:12 PM; Moon enters Scorpio 9:41 PM

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Full Moon October 5th 2017 in Aries

October’s Full Moon is on Thursday, October 5th at 2:40 PM EST; this Full Moon ends the cycle that started on March 27th 2017 with the New Moon in Aries. The Moon moves into Aries at 4:40 PM on Wednesday October 4th, and exits Aries at 6:38 PM on Friday October 6th. This information is also available in list form in my Cosmic Concerns: October 2017 post.

I recommend doing your Full Moon ritual any time between October 4th at 4:40 PM  and October 6th at 6:38 PM to work with that Aries energy. To charge items, they should sit out on either the night of the 4th or the 5th.

My guide, Witch’s Guide to Full Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.

About October’s Full Moon

There are many names for October’s Full Moon, but the most common is the Hunter’s Moon. Other names are the Travel Moon, Blood Moon, and Dying Moon. Hunter’s Moon is the Native American name for this Moon, since it is a time for hunting game in preparation for winter. In the pagan tradition it’s called a Blood Moon because this was the traditional time of year that animals would be slaughtered before the winter comes (specifically Samhain, the third harvest festival). That’s because people used to have to choose which animals would stay inside with them during the winter, and there was no way to bring the whole flock inside. Luckily this is a thing of the past!

The October 2017 Full Moon is also a Harvest Moon; a lot of a great information on the Harvest Moon can be found on the Farmer’s Almanac site. The message of this Full Moon is that it’s time to turn inward and start your preparations for winter.

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A Witch’s Guide to Full Moon Magick

I’ve been writing Full and New Moon rituals for witches for over a year, but I have also been wanting to change how I write them for just as long. A lot of Full Moon and New Moon rituals that I write have a lot of the same components to them and, because of that, I’ve decided to take the framework I use and make a basic Full Moon Esbat that can be used any time. Witchcraft is very personal, so pick and choose things that you like to do, test it out, change it, and find something that works for your Craft.

What is Full Moon Magick?

A Full Moon ends a lunar cycle that last roughly six months (aka lunations) long. A New Moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle and each New Moon occurs in a specific sign of the zodiac. Two weeks after that New Moon there is a Full Moon in a different sign, but six lunations (months) after that there is a Full Moon in the same sign as the original New Moon. That Full Moon is the end of that lunar cycle. While New Moons are used for setting intentions, Full Moon are manifestation points. Full Moons are an excellent time for cleansing, charging, reflection, and spell work, all of which will be explained in more detail below.

Be aware that a lot of people do Moon work without being witches at all. Ezzie Spencer’s Lunar Abundance practice has nothing to do with witchcraft and is closer to The Secret. This guide, and all of my Moon Magick posts, are based on my own practice of witchcraft; while they can probably be used by anyone, they are designed specifically for witches. Hopefully, this guide can be used by any denomination of witch, but if anything feels like I’m excluding anyone, please leave a comment and I will do my best to remedy it.

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