Obviously, October is particularly special because of Samhain (Hallowmas/All Hallows) at the end of the month. It is a period between times. The leaves are changing and the air is crisp and clear as the dark nights begin to draw in.
The veil between the worlds is said to be thinner at this time. Remember those that have gone before you and honour your ancestors.
October lends itself to drama and atmosphere. It is a good excuse to make the most of this time by overloading on the witchy decorations.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/beneaththemoon/2017/09/moon-magic-samhain-october-when-the-gopher-looks-back/#UC0i9sFllqakvh8M.99
I started to title this post YOUR Pagan Work Matters. But all caps looks awful, so I didn’t.
This post isn’t about prioritizing your Pagan work in relation to your professional work, family work, and other work. Rather, it’s about valuing the Pagan work you do in relation to the Pagan work I do, your friends do, and all our other co-religionists do. What your Gods and ancestors have called you to do is important. It matters – don’t get distracted from it.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2017/09/pagan-work-matters-dont-get-distracted.html#ik7h4ZaS3wMQdki1.99
“It appears even that to these black elves in particular, i.e., mountain spirits, who in various ways came into contact with man, a distinct reverence was paid, a species of worship, traces of which lasted down to recent times. The clearest evidence of this is found in the Kormakssaga p. 216-8. The hill of the elves, like the altar of a god, is to be reddened with the blood of a slaughtered bull, and of the animal’s flesh a feast prepared for the elves….An actual âlfabôt. With this I connect the superstitious custom of cooking food for angels, and setting it for them. So there is a table covered and a pot of food placed for home-smiths and kobolds; meat and drink for domina Abundia; money or bread deposited in the caves of subterraneans, in going past”
– Grimm, Teutonic Mythology
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2017/09/irish-american-witchcraft-honoring-alfar-equinox/#TL9X0dXksu5CKI5t.99
As a Nature-centered Pagan, I enjoy celebrating Ostara, the Spring Equinox. It’s one of only two times of the year when the sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west. It’s a moment of transition – the dark half of the year ends and the light half begins. The promise of Spring that began at Imbolc is now well on its way to being fulfilled.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2017/03/reimagining-ostara.html#uE5CIiW5jo17TJEM.99
Perhaps the most misunderstood holiday of the Neo-Pagan Wheel of the Year is Ostara. Many Pagans would be surprised to learn that the popular notions of its history and imagery are based upon Nineteenth Century conjecture and the scantest of historical evidence. This shouldn’t matter in terms of actual spiritual practice; just because something isn’t historical doesn’t preclude it from being the basis for meaningful spirituality. But understanding the development of the holiday should matter, if only to dispel commonly-held misconceptions about its’ history.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturespath/2016/03/a-brief-history-of-ostara/#tp7hK9rYfQIDyAhJ.99
Areas of Influence: Ostara the Germanic Goddess heralds the beginning of spring. She is the Maiden Goddess, full of potential, representing the opportunity of growth and rebirth after the stagnation of winter.
There are several different translations of the meaning of her name:- East, dawn and morning light indicating the returning warmth of the sun’s rays and the lengthening days.
Ostara doesn’t quite have the cachet of Beltane or Samhain, but for many of us it’s still a very big holiday. Much of this is because Ostara (the Spring Equinox) truly marks the end of Winter in many places. My formative Pagan years were spent living in the American Midwest where it often snowed into April. However by March 20 or so it was obvious that better weather was right around the corner, heck we usually got some sixty degree days in March which is sandals and shorts weather when you’ve been cooped up in the house for four months.
Depending on where you live Ostara is a holiday that can be many different things. For some it’s Spring in all of her glory (the jasmine just started blooming in my neighborhood) and for others a triumphant end to Winter. Whatever it is in your neck of the woods it’s worth celebrating in a big way. Here are some ideas for your Ostara Ritual or gathering.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2015/03/8-ways-to-celebrate-ostara/#1exjEtULMUc0rBSE.99
This is the spring equinox. Night and day are equal length, as the sun begins to win out over the dark of winter. It is a time of exuberance and fertility, a celebration of the abundance of nature. In fact, a time for the celebration of just about everything. Winter is over! We’ve made it! Huzzah!
Tools: Candles for the quarters, and one each for Goddess and God. Nothing else out of the ordinary. Set your altar according to custom.
No matter what you choose to call it, the Autumn Equinox has long been one of my favorite sabbats. It’s a time when I can almost hear the Wheel of the Year turning, and signs of change are everywhere. There’s so much to harvest in the garden, and the sunflowers that stood so tall and proud back in August are now heavy and tired, ready to share their seeds with the waiting earth. The nights are now starting earlier too, with sunsets now noticeably earlier in the evening. Early Fall is a magickal time, and here are a few ideas on ways to celebrate.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2017/09/8-ways-to-celebrate-the-autumn-equinoxmabon/#Arztlkw28KIlRAZu.99
Whether you call them faeries, fairies, the fae, or the fey, nature and elemental spirits are powerful and poetic allies. Working with them has many benefits. They can make a house feel like a home, and can bring a sense of etherial magic to your practice.
Fairies, John Atkinson Grimshaw. Public Domain.
I’ve been blessed with fae energy throughout my life. I credit this to my mother, who believed in faeries long after her childhood, and raised me in a home decorated with beautiful, witchy objects.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/starlight/2017/09/how-to-attract-faeries-and-work-with-them-craft/#qH8OT6A8Jyd3bjKg.99