Blessed Samhain & Celtic New Year

May the rains sweep gentle across your fields,
May the sun warm the land,
May every good seed you have planted bear fruit,
And late summer find you standing in fields of plenty.

May the rains sweep gentle across your fields,
May the sun warm the land,
May every good seed you have planted bear fruit,
And late summer find you standing in fields of plenty.

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Autumn and Mermaids

I love that this shadow holiday, Samhain or Halloween, is now celebrated so effusively.  The day when the veil between us and the otherworld is thin and porous with faerie contact palpable.

We are moving from the autumn, the direction of west and water elementals.  Our over arching consorts these past three months have been mermaids, water sprites, and selkies.  Helping us to connect to our deepest self through our emotions, sensuality, and inner mysteries.

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This fall found me blending up a mermaid perfume, which will appear in my etsy store when I’ve tweaked it some, aged it a bit, and then tested it under the glow of a full moon.  Finding the perfect dreamy balance of raw sensuality and fresh salty air proved to be a challenge.  Finally I found a delicious blend of oak moss, violet leaf, and sandalwood with neroli, roses, and a hint of jasmine.  I’m still playing with it, trying to incorporate my handmade seaweed tincture, but I poured some solids in these sweet little shell lockets.  I’ll list them in the shop soon.

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I hope you are also enjoying the beauty of fall.  Joyful, creepy skeletons and jack o’lanterns abound.  Death flashing in brilliant color and the seductive scent of decaying plant matter wafting curious comfort; refreshing in the cooler air.

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New Year and Earth Elementals

Happy New Year – Celtic style.  November marks the start of a new year in the tradition of the old ways.  We move into the time of the north and earth elementals; gnomes, elves, and dryads.  The quiet, solid, nature of rocks, earth, trees will soon be our companions

It is time to conceive.  To look deep inside, as with a night dream, and listen to the self in here.  From November through January we can ponder, what are our intentions, what would we like to manifest?  How can you bring balance to yourself and beauty to the world?  How can you make the most of this crazy life you have been gifted?

I’ll be contemplating which direction to take my meditation, perfume, writing, and faerie magic…

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beautiful packaging (picture not my own)
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a studio in nature (picture not my own)
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this… (picture not my own)

Perfume – scent, oils, botanicals and perfumes are powerful, sacred tools as well as scentual delights.   My perfume of choice at present is my own perfume creation  Dryad.  An all natural and botanical fougere type.  Dryad is an Eau De Parfum and can be worn easily by man or woman.

Dryad’s scent notes:
Cedar & Fir; Lavender absolute graced with the spirit of fern, Violet Leaf & Cassie Flower; Oakmoss, Tonka Bean & Patchouli

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Find Dryad Here

There are so many magickal ways to set intention and manifest, from ritual sex magick (no partner required!) to visualization.  As of late I’ve been exploring sigils, visualization, and faerieshaman stuff.  And of course oils and perfumes.  But these are topics for another time.

Ok, for now – one last share, a Celtic prayer/poem – “The Deer’s Cry.”

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven, light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightening
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of Sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

Do you have magical ways of making your dreams come true?  Missy and I would love to hear them!

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Happy Halloween

Wildness for a New Year

Brew a witches witchy brew
Sing a wizards wildy tune
Don’t hold tight or try to fight
Just let yourself be wild tonight.
~ Doreen Stelton

Samhain Faerie Court

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Brew a witches witchy brew
Sing a wizards wildy tune
Don’t hold tight or try to fight
Just let yourself be wild tonight.
~ Doreen Stelton

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On Samhain, or Halloween,  during the transition into the dark time of winter, the veils between our waking “real” world and that other world, including the faerie world are at their thinnest making it all the more possible to connect with ancestors and the faerie realm.  It’s traditionally a time to let go and venture into that wildness.  Light a candle, try on a costume, venture into the darkness, explore…

New Year begins on November 1st in the Celtic calendar, the day after this wild, veil-thin night.  Seems a perfect time to dream up our futures.  Map out the year in quarters in keeping with the Celtic Wheel.

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As for me, I think I’ll anoint myself with some Frankincense and Sandalwood and go on a faerie journey.  Let the scent transport me.  Or maybe I’ll get a hold of some Oud, AKA Agarwood, which is super powerful to get you to the other realm.

Here is the most respected source of the pure Oud oil I know:

Rising Phoenix Perfume has an aged leathery, incense, smokey, chocolate Malaysian distillation.  Vintage 2006 – Kayu Penyulingan Vintaj – Malaysian Oud   – Dehn al Oud.  Just the pure stuff, no carrier oil or fake stuff.  Check it out, get your meditation on, and let me know what you think!

In the meantime, Missy will be waiting for the great pumpkin…

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And waiting…

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and waiting…

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Enchanted Samhain Everyone!  Happy Celtic New Year!