My September Newsletter! ~ What’s in it?

Where did the summer go??  September is finally around the corner, or already upon us, depending upon when you’re reading this.  Autumn is my favorite time of year, and it never lasts long enough, so I’m delighted to create my newsletter, blog posts, videos, and anything else with images of fall.  This month you’ll find an interesting array of diverse articles, a monthly video, as well as links.  You’ll also find products available at The Witch’s Corner.  Need a mojo bag, a voodoo doll, a magickal oil, but you need it very personalized to you and your unique situation?  Email me at witch_of_endore@yahoo.com and I’ll work with you.  Customer satisfaction is my goal.

My monthly video:

The monthly NEWSLETTER VIDEO was a hoot taping.  It’s a loaded Q&A, and here’s questions that are included (I hope I didn’t leave anything out!)… 

1. Can you break a binding spell?
2. My roommate has a negative reaction to saging, can you explain this?
3. Are there any bad effects to casting spells many times for one intention?
4. How can I tell if I’m a witch?
5. Am I too old to begin a journey into The Craft?
6. Do you have any advice for witches in the closet?
7. Are Sabbat dates different in different parts of the world?
8. Are spells done with the help of spirits; will it backfire; can spells be done without the help of spirits?
9. Are tarot card readings done with the help of spirits?
10. Are there any “anti-magick” materials out there, things that would reverse a spell?
11. Can an old evil eye (object) bring you bad luck?
12. Can a schizophrenic be a witch?

My online Book of Shadows ~
https://wytchymystique.com/spells/

 

Contents of the September Issue:

  1.  September Moon/Wine Moon
  2. Autumn Equinox/Mabon
  3. Pagan Holiday/Mabon/Correspondences
  4. My Celebration
  5. Magikal Katz
  6. September/Crafting Your Magick
  7. This Reading is for YOU!
  8. Court Case Mojo*
  9. I Am Not a Lot of Things
  10. Video:  The Witch’s Sabbat, Mabon by MsJulieCarol

*NOTE:  Regarding Court Case MojoFor anyone reading this who is especially sensitive to the darker energies and may have gotten a case of the heebie-jeebies as they’ve read their way through this article, don’t worry, you’ll be fine, believe me.  You might feel better if you’d 1) light a white candle, 2) choose a nice incense– like sandalwood or nagchampa, and light it up, and 3) sit a few small bowls of salt out about your house, or sprinkle (asperge) your space with salted water.  It’s okay– strong energy usually leaves an impression…that’s the point.

 

The Witch’s Desk: Celebrate September! ~ Full Moon & Autumnal Equinox

Wine Moon

Herbs: lilac, mugwort, marjoram,
rose, thyme

Stones: sapphire, bloodstone,
rainbow obsidian

Scents: gardenia, rose, lilac

Colors: brown, yellow-green, amber

Trees: hazel, larch, bay

Deities: Demeter, Ceres, Isis,

Astrological Signs: Virgo, Libra

Elements: Earth/Air

Crafting Your Magic:

Feminine energy is highlighted, receptive energy. Cast magic to draw inward, magic to draw those things– both intangible and material– to you that you need to fill the void. The Goddess is in the spotlight. Work magic to benefit female issues, such as fertility, independence, and protection.

The Wine Moon works its magic in the area of love and relationships. Cast spells to discover your soul mate, find a lost love, or nurture a secret desire. The energy of Libra will bring balance to all magic cast at this time, and its energy promotes the very essence of love and sex. Cast spells now to promote healthy sexuality and to maintain or regain physical health of the reproductive system.

Concentrate on the third eye chakra, opening the doors to psychic experiences. Prepare to enter the autumnal dark months with the clairvoyant vision to see well beyond, into the light of the future.

The Autumnal Equinox: Mabon

The Goddess, in the death throes of the growing season, is at her most beautiful. As she moves towards the final harvest, in preparation for the dark days to come, she shines with the brilliance and color that is mirrored in the physical world as golden leaves, ripened fruit, withering vines, and frost-covered grass. The spiritual aspect of this stage is one that is just as beautiful, emphasizing once more the idea of completion and accomplishment, of finding that moment within development that culminates with depths of wisdom and the light of knowledge.

This day brings equal hours of light and dark, a second celebration of perfect equality. Beyond this day, light will gradually fade as the dark season descends upon the world. At this time of year, the ancient Druids would burn a large human-like wicker figure as part of their celebration. This figure represented the vegetation spirit, and indeed, the heralding of the dark season would bring an end to the growth and flowering of summer.

Modern Pagans may celebrate this holiday with many of the foods connected with this time of year in their area. Decorations may include leaves of autumn hues, sunflowers, pumpkins and gourds. The most amazing thing, I believe, is how this miraculous milestone of earth and time passes almost unnoticed by the mundane multitudes.

My Celebration:

I welcome the growing darkness that I know will follow Mabon. Moment by moment, day by day, it creeps up almost unnoticed. Until one day, you glance at the clock and realize that afternoon is barely over, evening has barely begun, and it is pitch dark outside.

My favorite way to celebrate Mabon is by lighting candles all over the house. In doing so I’m actually celebrating the darkness with light.

I light white candles for cleansing and purification, for Spirit, for the Goddess. I light white candles to wipe the slate clean, to start new lists, to begin new projects. I light yellow candles to celebrate the sun and its grace and dignity as it steps back to make way for the moon. I light yellow candles to celebrate communication and everything I’ve ever wanted to say to anyone, and those things I might regret not saying. I light yellow candles to fill my mind with words and thoughts that run into sentences and paragraphs and pages. I light lavender candles to celebrate the spirits I know are there but cannot see. I light lavender candles to acknowledge that little voice in my head, the one that’s saved my life over the years, not to mention my sanity. I light green candles to celebrate and embrace the earth. I light green candles to celebrate and embrace this wonderful physcial body that is mine. I light green candles to bathe in the glow of good health and prosperity. I light green candles to feel the soles of my bare feet connect with the dying grass, the withering garden, the falling leaves.

I light one tall black taper candle that is me, to celebrate the spark of life I carry, to celebrate future days to come, to celebrate my passage through another year…and to acknowledge and embrace my mortality.

Mabon Correspondences

Herbs: marigold, myrrh, thistles, sage

Altar Flowers/Herbs: asters, mums, pine, ferns, milkweed, honeysuckle

Feast Foods: autumn berries, nuts, roast game, root vegetables, cider, wine, bread

Animals: stags, goats, blackbirds, canines, owls, birds-of-prey

Incense: cedar, myrrh, patchouli, pine, sage, sweet grass, oak moss

Rituals/Spells: drying herbs, gathering late harvest, past life work, harvest moon rituals, making willow wands, harmony spells, protection spells for winter

Mabon Recipes

Carmel Apple Crumb Treat

2 Golden Delicious apples

4 small (or 2 large) Granny Smith apples

1/8 cup fruit juice

1/3 cup loosely packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

12 soft caramel candies

1/2 cup quick rolled oats

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup tightly packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/3 cup butter

Slice and core the apples, mixing the types together.

Pour the fruit juice into a large pot. Put about a third of the apple slices into the pot. Sprinkle with half the lightly packed brown sugar and dot with 1 tablespoon of butter. Add more apples and the remaining brown sugar and butter, and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger.

Turn the heat on Low and simmer for a while. Stir apples occasionally, until they start to soften. The Golden Delicious will pretty much turn to mush, binding together the slices of Granny Smith. This takes about an hour or two, depending on the heat and the apples.

Meanwhile, cut the soft caramels into quarters.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

To prepare the crumble topping, stir together 1/2 cup quick rolled oats, 1/2 cup flour, 1/3 cup tightly packed light brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger. Slice 1/3 cup butter and add to bowl, then cut it in with a butter cutter until the mixture is loose and crumbly.

Spray a ceramic or glass pie plate with cooking spray. Spoon in about a third of the apples and spread them on the bottom. Top with half the caramel pieces. Spoon in another third of the apples; top with the remaining caramel pieces. Spoon in the remaining apples and spread them smooth. Use another spoon to sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the top of the apple filling.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until filling is bubbly and topping melds into a lightly golden crust. Serve hot.

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Broccoli Casserole

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 package (16 ounces) frozen broccoli cuts, thawed

1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped broccoli, thawed

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; fold in broccoli. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2 qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Cover and bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Serves 8.

Notes:
1.  The full moon for September 2015 falls on the 28th; the autumnal equinox falls on the 23rd.
2.  The art in this post is courtesy of Craig Koskov
3.  The sources for this blog post are my books: The Gray Witch’s Grimoire & The Spiritual Feminist…
Amythyst’s Amazon Author Page…click Here

Farmers’ Guest House & Annie Lloyd Cottage

(*Note: You might want to turn the Youtube video on at the bottom of this post. It’s a recording by Billie Holiday, and it will lend itself greatly to the atmosphere found at this Inn– their theme is jazz.)

On our recent road trip, we spent one night in Galena, Illinois, at a 19th century restored Inn called “Farmers’ Guest House”. It was absolutely enchanting. The theme is jazz– we had a wonderful breakfast with the voice of Billie Holiday in the background. The house is gorgeous, filled with antiques and collectibles. No matter which way you turn there’s something beautiful to see, or something unique to catch your eye.

There was plenty of parking right across the street, and the whole area has a ‘vintage’ feel about it. Early September still found all the leaves green and lush.

This is just inside the entrance and the main staircase– there are two, one is private.

This was our room. Green is my favorite color, so this was just right. 🙂 I’m usually awake during the night, and this was no exception. The excitement of traveling probably doesn’t help. Placed in our room, on a lovely wooden tray, was a flowered journal and pen, and you were invited to leave your thoughts. So this is what I did, spending some time writing in the journal. When I was finished, I was sleepy enough to turn in.

I love this room!!


Our bathroom was lavender– I’m thinking, “Perfect”, right off the green bedroom– two colors that I love together.

Upstairs Hallways…filled with pretty things, vintage/antique objects and decor.

You can see the second staircase in this photo, which leads to the owners’ private living area.

This is the upstairs ‘Library’, filled with vintage board games, and we were told that we would find very early morning coffee here, for those of us early risers. I was the first one up, and I tiptoed into this room & fixed myself a large mug of coffee…

I took my early morning coffee outside to the terraced yard which rises above the house on the bluff.

The sun was just rising, and the nighttime temps had reached a low of 30’some degrees. I could see my breath & steam from my coffee cup. But it was surprisingly comfortable. I sat watching squirrels in the trees, and when something caught my eye, I turned my head to find a hummingbird suspended across the table from me, watching me intently. We made eye contact, and she remained for about another 4 seconds, then she darted away. I’ll bet I was out here over half an hour all by myself until hubby and our friends woke up.

(This photo was taken during the afternoon.)

This is a photo of the communal livingroom, looking out the east windows. There were endless movies and cd’s available to us, as well as muscial instruments, including a piano– and as the owner, Jess, said, “For those who can play, feel free to do so; and for those who can’t, feel free to try.”

Communal livingroom– west end.

The Dining Room

The dining room was an experience in itself. Here I caught myself in the mirror taking a picture of this beautiful buffet.

Below is the west wall…full of clocks.

This photo was taken, looking towards the east windows, right before we were served the most wonderful breakfast– with the sound of a woman’s smooth jazz voice singing softly in the background.

We probably spent almost two hours at the table, one by ourselves savoring the yummy homemade banana bread, beautifully served fruit dishes, omlets, coffee, and orange juice. As my girl-friend and traveling companion put it:

“I feel like a princess.”

And that about says it all.

The next hour we had a delightful time when the owners, Kathie & Jess, joined us for coffee. They are warm and inviting people with interesting backgrounds, stories, and experiences to relate– it was like icing on the cake.

All good things must come to an end, as the old saying goes, and before we knew it, it was time to pack up and head for home.