GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 29 Oct 2018


Blessed Samhain!

May your Ancestors be close at hand to whisper in your ear in your times of need and in times of uncertainty.
May your loved ones know that they are cherished and honored by your words and actions.
May your friends be plentiful and feel the appreciation of that warm hand when times are low.
And may you too be revered and honored by your family when you join the Ancestors.

Take the time today to remember your loved ones past and present. Appreciate the tiny messages you receive each day from all those who touch your life. And never take one day for granted with all that you can accomplish.

Samhain Blessings!

Blessed be my little witch. To those who came before and those who will come after, know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed.

The NEW MOON always rises at sunrise
And the FIRST QUARTER at noon.
The FULL MOON always rises at sunset
And the LAST QUARTER at midnight.
~The New Orleans Mistic


Light A Candle Today!
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.


Goddess Month of Hathor begins 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain begins 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Calendar: Ngetal (Reed) October 28 to November 24


Current Moon Phase: The Waning Moon

Time: From full moon to dark moon (approx.14 days)

Goddess Aspect: Crone

Associated Goddesses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan

Magickal Attributes: BANISHING Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances. Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.

Waning Moon Magick: The period between the Full Moon and the New Moon, from three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the Full moon. From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. This is a time for banishing and rejecting things in our lives that we no longer wish to carry around with us.

Waning Gibbous –– the Moon is less than fully but more than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing. “Waning Moon: Symbolic of letting go, surrender, release, quiet time, contemplation, and a time of incubation.

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day Hail Luna! Hail Mani! Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon Magicks involving the subconscious, healing, emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals, women’s mysteries,mothers, sisters, female partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine,
Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The
Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Incense: Myrtle
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Candle: White
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and Goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha

Hail Tyr! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tyr’s or Tiu’s Day Day of Mars, Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco,. Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression and protection, vitality, passion, ambition and raw, unabashed power. Mars energy makes the mind acute.It is lucky to meet a left-handed person on any day except Tuesday – then it’s an ill omen. A superstition from areas of England that were ruled by the Danelaw, because the day is named for Norse God Týr who sacrificed his right hand to bind the Fenris Wolf. #FolkloreThursday

Tuesday – Wear a ruby, star sapphire, or emerald. Use topaz for amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength
Be cautious-especially while traveling.
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu,
Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries
Candle: Red
On Tuesday, cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success!
Hail Odin! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’s or Odin’s Day
Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick
involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions,
communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression,
artists, poets, and writers
Wednesday – Wear amethyst, star ruby, or lodestone. Use turquoise in amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,Eloquence
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Candle: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Hathor
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day Hail Thor!
Energy: Male
Ruler: Jupiter
attracting more of what you have.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters,
Use Growth, Expansion, Prosperity, Money, Business, Attracting More
Thors Day – Wear sapphire, cat’s eye, or carnelian. Use sapphire in rituals.
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba
Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Light Blue, Pale Green
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
Candle: Blue
Hail Freya! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the
heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s
problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve
quarrels today!
Friday – Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise, ruby, emerald or cat’s eye.
Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection,
Partnerships, Money, Sex
Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus,
Freya, Frigg, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Color of The Day: Light Blue, Pale Green
Candle: Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
Hail Loki! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn and Loki’s Day
Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and
revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are:
longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn.
Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and
conventional traditions. Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions
through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose .
Saturday – Wear turquoise, labradorite, or diamond. Use amethyst.
Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving
spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and
locating lost things or missing persons.
Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin,
Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua,
Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families,
Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines
Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for
magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths,
blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone,
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
Candle: Black
Hail Sunna and Sol! GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day
Energy: Male
Ruler: The Sun
Rule health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power,
leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands
Today’s Goddesses: Sunne, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna,
Izanami, Ochumare
Sunday’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,Myrrh
Sunday – wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans.
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
Candle: Yellow


Llewellyn’s Spell a Day

Love Your Body Spell
Spell Date: Monday, October 22, 2018

This spell starts with a shower. While cleansing yourself, think about all the things our culture tells you that are currently issues for you. As you wash, tell yourself that you are washing yourself of society’s ridiculous notions of what a person’s body is supposed to look like and be like. Get angry if you need to: talk it out, shout it out, cry and mourn without shame.

After you dry off, go to your altar, naked, and visualize your chosen deities looking at you with love and approval. Say:

“I was made by the gods and goddesses
and am therefore perfect just as I am.”

Imagine a world where everyone looks just like you and where your body is considered the ideal form of beauty and strength. Allow yourself to Just. Feel. That.

Then light a red candle and focus on your vitality, your vibrance. Open your arms and let the warm red light come into you, filling you with courage and pride in yourself. Be blessed.
This post was written by Thuri Calafia on October 22, 2018
Warrior Witch Bottle
Spell Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A couple of years ago, a series of nearby home invasions were more than a little alarming. When it comes to my home and family, the gardening gloves come off and the Warrior Witch gets ready to stir up some real protective power. I like to do this by making a Witch bottle. Originally made of clay, Witch bottles were used to ward off attacks by Witches and malicious spirits, but we can use them as a way to protect home and family.

In an old canning jar, place some hair or fingernail clippings from everyone in the family and/or your pets, broken glass, rusty nails and pins, protective herbs, soil from your yard, salt, and rice to absorb negative energy. Seal the lid of the jar with black wax and say:

“Absorb all negativity and keep back those who mean harm.
I invoke protection with the words of this charm.”

Tuck your Witch bottle away.
This post was written by Monica Crosson on October 23, 2018
Call to Athena
Spell Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

On this day of the full moon, you can reach out to Athena for wisdom when implementing any change you desire. Today you can also tap into the energies associated with Wednesday, which can be used for communication and change.

You can petition Athena for assistance by taking a drawing of an owl and coloring it with gold, yellow, green, and blue. Place the completed drawing on your altar, and anoint it with orange or cedar oil. Take a moment to focus your energies on the change you are seeking. Call out to Athena, saying:

“Athena, lend your wisdom on this
change, so if necessary I can rearrange.”

Leave the drawing on the altar until the next full moon.
This post was written by Charlynn Walls on October 24, 2018
Blessing of the Animals
Spell Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

We Pagans don’t have to wait for one day a year to bless the animals. Do this spell as often as you want to. Bless the creatures who live in our homes, the animals on our farms, and the wild animals in our cities and the wilderness. Remember that we don’t “own” any animals, because we cannot own another soul. That’s enslavement.

To bless the creatures who share our homes, buy some bird, cat, dog, or reptile treats and stand or kneel beside the animal, cage, terrarium, or aquarium. Give the animal a treat and pet it (if possible) and say:

“The Goddess blesses you and
loves you. I honor you and
share my home with you.”

For feral or wild animals (cats, squirrels, pigeons, crows, etc.), set out a few treats and speak the same words. For creatures like coyotes, bears, and alligators for whom it’s not safe in your neighborhood, throw the treats into their territory and speak only the first sentence of the blessing.
This post was written by Barbara Ardinger on October 25, 2018
Apple Self-Acceptance Meditation
Spell Date: Friday, October 26, 2018

Friday’s planetary ruler is Venus. Venus of course is known for its resonance with love energy and magick. Apples are also ruled by Venus and are quite a seasonal favorite. Love is more than romantic love; it is the love that is self-acceptance as well.

Today, find an apple. Make the choosing process part of the magick. Find one that you find beautiful, realizing that imperfections do not dilute beauty. Once you have found an apple you resonate with, put it on your altar and meditate while gazing upon it. Notice that even with imperfections, it has its own beauty, without and within. Its appearance, how it was created, and everything about it is simply magickal and beautiful. Look closely at it. Notice that even where it looks perfect there are imperfections, perhaps perfect imperfections. Know that you, even if imperfect, are beautiful just like the apple.
This post was written by Blake Octavian Blair on October 26, 2018
Balancing Your Thought Processes
Spell Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018

The days leading up to Samhain are ideal for banishing and balancing. Because magick is guided so heavily by our thought processes, it’s essential to keep ourselves in check at all times. The path of mystical consciousness is, by nature, the path of self-improvement.

We are all prone to insecurity, doubt, and a pessimistic outlook rooted in our younger years. Regardless of your age, try this simple everyday magick for rerouting your mental processes.

Place a small black stone (such as obsidian) in your left pocket, and place a white stone (such as quartz) in your right pocket. When you catch yourself thinking bitter, destructive, insecure, or otherwise negative thoughts rooted in old patterns, grip the black stone and focus the energies into the piece. Next, while touching or holding the white stone, replace the thoughts with positive, balanced, uplifting, and hopeful thoughts while drawing energy from the stone. Continue this as long as you’d like, then conclude by tossing the black stone in running water and keeping the white stone on your altar.
This post was written by Raven Digitalis on October 27, 2018
Boundary Lines
Spell Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018

Today in 1767 the Mason-Dixon line was established, creating a boundary that later divided the North and South in the American Civil War. Have you ever felt that you needed to set a defined boundary between you and someone with whom you had little in common? To do this, you’ll need a short stick and two stones of contrasting colors. Black and white work best, but any other combination will do.

Place the stick on a windowsill or shelf, and put one stone on either side of it. Every day move the stones a little bit farther apart from each other, and as you do so, say:

“You don’t see it, but I am gone.”

Little by little, make a conscious effort to cease your activities and communication with the other person. Be polite but not encouraging. You’ll soon drift apart, usually without any huge confrontation.
This post was written by Charlie Rainbow Wolf on October 28, 2018


The 2019 GBG “Year and a Day” Calendar

Since 2011, the GBG “Year and a Day” calendar has shared dozens of historic photos, news clippings and quotes from Gerald B. Gardner (GBG) and the early High Priestesses
who were instrumental in helping witchcraft to take root and grow:
Doreen Valiente, Patricia Crowther, Eleanor Bone, Monique Wilson, Donna Gardner,
Dayonis and Jack Bracelin, and others…

This unique calendar includes Pagan feast days and interesting information for every day of the year from Pantheons around the world,
Full and New moons, Sabbats and seasonal information.

The GBG “Year and a Day” calendar is both educational and entertaining!

Project Background:

Since 2011, the GBG “Year and a Day” calendar project has shared photos, news clippings and quotes from Gerald B. Gardner (GBG), Doreen Valiente and other early High Priestesses of the modern-day Craft: Patricia Crowther, Eleanor Bone, Monique Wilson, Lois Bourne, Barbara Vickers, Edith Woodford-Grimes and others .

2019 Calendar:

This year’s calendar will show photos, quotes and other info from Gerald B. Gardner (GBG) and Doreen Valiente. In addition, the calendar will show photos of some of Doreen’s tools and other Craft artefacts.

Hundreds of Pagan Feast Days:

Hundreds of Pagan Feast Days are included from cultures around the world to help tailor your own rituals, learn more about specific deities, or to better sense the unique energies of that day. Full and New Moons are also shown, including the Zodiac sign where the Moon is for that day.

Examples of Interesting Info, Every Day of the Year:

October 6: Feast of Hecate

October 12: Aleister Crowley born, 1895

October 17: Shinto Sun Goddess Festival

October 19: Day of Osiris

October 21: Feast or Ursala, ancient Czeck MoonGoddess

October 27: Allan Apple Day, for Divination to find your true Love

November 18: Feast of the Persian “Mother of the Stars” Ardvi

December 6: Dion Fortune (Violet Mary Firth) born, 1890

December 11: Feast of the Celtic Goddess Arianrhod

December 15: Eleanor Bone born, 1911

Elemental Design:

The design also includes sigils for four elements, noting the Fixed, Cardinal and Mutable signs for each month’s zodiac sign. For example, Aquarius is the Fixed Sign of Air. Aries is the Cardinal Sign of Fire.

9-Year Collector’s Set:

To meet requests for past years’ calendars, a ‘Collector’s Set’ of nine years (2011 through 2019) is available. Each year has many different images and design, and includes different High Priestesses.

Individual years are also for sale, without buying an entire set.

Fund-Raiser to Preserve Craft History:

For each calendar sold, a small donation will be made to two organizations that help preserve Craft history. Special thanks to the Doreen Valiente Foundation and the Museum of Witchcraft in England.

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“Year and a Day”

The term “a year and a day” brings us full circle, to a very special activity shown on the 366th day of this calendar. This year’s 366th day is very unique.

Curious to know more?


Heartwings Love Notes 851: Save time or spend it?

Heartwings says, “What is more precious, time or money?”

The readjustment we all go through every spring and fall is fast approaching. Stephen rejoices because he feels the hour stolen from him in the spring is being returned. What I notice is that my timing is off by a little, and all of a sudden I have an hour less of daylight to use for anything I might have planned. Plus mealtimes are disjointed for a while. Stephen is resentful that “W” took three more weeks from standard time and tacked it onto daylight savings. He can be quite vocal about it.

What is daylight savings? It’s not as though we can bank any of the minutes or hours we might wish to “save.” When I spend time, it’s not as though I take it out of my wallet and plunk it down on a counter. Time is slippery stuff and my experience with it is that there are times when it speeds by and times when it drags yet it’s all the same objective time. Ever notice that from a subjective standpoint, going somewhere seems to take more time than returning home? Yet the amount of miles traveled as well as the minutes or hours spent remains the same.

Unfortunately for Stephen’s feelings, my habit has always been to try to pack as much as I can do into whatever time I have. Much to his annoyance because he prefers to be early, I also have a tendency to try to do more than is reasonable in whatever time there is before we leave. Or else I plan too much for what is realistic and then regret what I have to leave undone. To me time is more precious than money. It is possible to save or spend cash to one’s satisfaction, however that cannot be said about time, which despite our illusions to the contrary, we cannot actually control.

Regardless how true this may be, I seem unable to avoid finding one last thing to do before the allotted time is up. Why this is I am not sure. I do believe it is a habit that would be better broken than continued. Meanwhile I will work at this the best way I know how.

May you find good ways to combat bad habits.

Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha

Have you developed good ways to change bad habits? If so, please share with me. I so love to hear from you, dear readers.


Samhain Meditation
Author Unknown

Samhain is the time of year when we honor the Ancestors. It is believed
that at Samhain the veil between the apparent world and the otherworlds is
thin, and that we can reach through the veils to contact those who have
gone before us. We honor the distant ancestors of our family, our
immediate relatives, and our friends who are deceased. To prepare for this
meditation, have your cauldron or bowl ready. If you will be outdoors have
small sticks that you can light for a fire in the cauldron. If indoors,
have a short pillar candle or votive, and a fire brick to put under your
cauldron. Place paper and pen near the cauldron.

Visualize yourself walking in a place of nature. This may be a place you
already know, or it may be somewhere you create in your mind. Be aware of
the crispness of autumn, the chill in the air, the changing colors of the
leaves, the seeds that fall from dying flowers, the pine cones and acorns
underfoot. As you walk, you come to a low stone altar with a large
cauldron sitting on it. On the altar you see articles that you know
belonged to, or are representative of, your deceased ancestors, family
members, and friends.

Next to the cauldron is a small collection of wood ready to be lit. Light
the fire. (Or candle, if indoors).

This is your opportunity to contact anyone from your family, or among your
friends, that you wish. Think of why you want to contact them. Is there
any unfinished business with anyone that you would like to take care of
now? Do you wish to ask forgiveness of anyone? Is there someone you need
to forgive? Do you want to tell someone how much you love them and miss

Next to the cauldron you see paper and pen. Sit quietly, take your time,
and write your letters. Allow yourself to experience any emotions that
arise as you do this. When you have finished your letter or letters, burn
them in the cauldron. As the flame turns them into smoke, know that as the
smoke rises it carries your message. (If indoors, be careful).

Take a few more minutes to sit quietly before the cauldron. The cauldron
represents the womb of the earth, from which we come at birth and to which
we return in death to await rebirth. Gaze into it. This is a time to
receive messages. Take your time. You may have a thought, or image, come
into your mind. You may receive the answer to a question, or be given some
wise advice. You may simply have a sense of peace.

When you are ready to leave, ground yourself by placing your hands on the
ground, and crouching down. Allow any excess energy within you to flow
into the earth. Leave the circle, returning by the same path you took
before. Take the blessings of the cauldron of life and rebirth with you.


Why Are Black Cats Considered Unlucky?

How did black cats become associated with bad luck, and with Halloween traditions?

Every year when people begin putting out their Halloween decorations, and we start dressing our homes for Samhain, inevitably the image of the black cat comes up. It’s usually portrayed with its back arched, claws out, and occasionally wearing a jaunty pointed hat. Local news channels warn us to keep black cats inside on Halloween just in case the local hooligans decide to get up to some nasty hijinks.

But where did the fear of these beautiful animals come from? Anyone who lives with a cat knows how fortunate they are to have a cat in their life — so why are they considered unlucky?

Divine Cats:

The ancient Egyptians honored cats of every color. Cats were mighty and strong, and held sacred. Two of the most amazing goddesses in the Egyptian pantheon were Bast and Sekhmet, worshipped as long ago as 3000 b.c.e. Family cats were adorned with jewelry and fancy collars, and even had pierced ears. If a cat died, the entire family went into mourning, and sent the cat off to the next world with a great ceremony. For thousands of years, the cat held a position of divinity in Egypt.

The Witch’s Familiar:

Around the time of the Middle Ages, the cat became associated with witches and witchcraft. Around the late 1300’s, a group of witches in France were accused of worshipping the Devil in the form of a cat. It may be because of the cat’s nocturnal nature that it became connected to witches — after all, night time was the time they held their meetings, as far as the church was concerned.

Contemporary Cats:

Around the time of World War Two, when the American tradition of Halloween as trick-or-treat time really got underway, cats became a big part of the holiday decoration. This time around, however, they were considered a good luck charm — a black cat at your door would scare away any evil critters that might come a’calling.

Most people are far less superstitious today than they were in the Middle Ages, but the black cat remains part of our late October decor.

Black Cat Folklore and Legends:

Sixteenth-century Italians believed that if a black cat jumped on the bed of an ill person, the person would soon die.

In Colonial America, Scottish immigrants believed that a black cat entering a wake was bad luck, and could indicate the death of a family member.

The Norse goddess Freyja drove a chariot pulled by a pair of black cats.

A Roman solder killed a black cat in Egypt, and was killed by an angry mob of locals.

Appalachian folklore said that if you had a stye on the eyelid, rubbing the tail of a black cat on it would make the stye go away.

If you find a single white hair on your otherwise-black cat, it’s a good omen.

In England’s border countries and southern Scotland, a strange black cat on the front porch brings good fortune.

As an animal totem the black cat is the keeper of secrets, gatekeeper; when black cat crosses your path she is telling you to stay aware, as something very powerful is coming into your life: be ready to recognize it and receive it.

I have a black cat, Isis, and she is one of the most intelligent animals I have ever had the privilege of living with. Her intelligence, understanding, compassion, and kindness is beyond compare. So those of you that have a lovely black cat know what I’m talking about. You can Learn more about her by clicking here.

If you have a black cat please make sure you keep them protected on Halloween.

Many blessings,
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Honoring All Hallow’s Eve: Crystals Associated with Halloween

As a kid, Halloween was probably my most favorite holiday, next to Christmas, because it meant we got to dress up, pretend and get candy! As an adult, I think I have replaced that joy with another, and that is rock collecting! Each year, I find more and more precious gems and stones that continue to amaze me! This Halloween, I would love to share some of my all-time favorite crystals relating to the season.

Dragon’s Blood Jasper:

Dragon Blood Jasper is a magical stone designed by nature and capturing a rich “dragon green” matrix (epidote) that is dotted with deep red drops of “dragon’s blood” (really, red piedmontite). Energetically, this crystal is helpful for enhancing our vital Qi or life force energy. It is a stone for strength and courage. Due to its coloring, it is also associated with the Heart Chakra. It, therefore, brings the etheric body’s lower energies, the physical, emotional and ego body to meet and match the benevolence of the Heart energy. This stone helps one find the powers of love, forgiveness, and compassion, the exact energies used to tame the “inner dragon”. As with all jasper stones, dragon stone works steadily rather than rapidly. This stone is a methodical and meticulous worker of practical, down to earth solutions, hence the red piedmontite. The exceptional mineral make-up makes this stone one of the most powerful and dynamic of the stones in this family.

Hag Stone:

Hag Stone or otherwise known as a Witch Stone, Hol(e)y Stones or Adder Stone have occupied myth and magic for centuries. Used by farmers, people seeking protection and magical minded people, Hag stones are stones that have a naturally occurring hole inside them. Often discovered in fields or along coastal beaches, lakes or streams. These holes occur from the elements beating down upon them over many years. These stones were believed to be able to protect cattle from witches who would take them out in the middle of the night, ride them relentlessly and return them, exhausted to the farmers in the morning. The belief in these stones where so strong that farmers would hold them in their hands while milking their cows, in fear that if they did not, their milk would instantly curdle. Another magical mystery about this stone is the hole. It was believed that by looking through it, you would be privy to another world, the spirit/fairy world, as the solid part of the stone represents the material world while the hole in the middle represents the spiritual void. This is also why the wreath is used in funerals. Hanging a hag stone from a cord around the bedpost was believed to prevent night terrors associated with hags or witches afflicting the individual with her magickal powers or riding them. It considered extremely lucky to find a hag stone when you are out and about on a walk and even luckier if you have not set out intentionally to find one and just stumble upon it. These stones have been used for protection and fertility throughout the ages. Hang a hag stone around your neck for good luck and protection.


Merlinite is a trade name for opalized white chalcedony which is included with Psilomelane. Psilomelane is an obsolete group name for hard black manganese oxides. Since it incorporates many different minerals and in varying quantities such as braunite, coronadite, hausmanite, manganite, pyrolusite hollandite, cryptomelane, romanechite, the manganese present in Merlinite, makes it a rare version of this stone with tiny, druzy quartz crystals. This is a good reason why mystical Merlinite conjures up the reference as a stone of magic, wizards and alchemy It encourages our connection with spirit and assists in our own spiritual growth. Symbolically, it’s black and white coloring is said to blend heaven and earth vibrations, allowing one access to multiple realms. It allows for a connective relationship between ourselves our environment. It enhances our organizational skills. Merlinite can help us to remain both open and approachable allowing us to access the akashic records, to bring magic into our lives, draw on the powers of the elements and to embrace our inner shaman, witch or medicine man! Merlinite is therefore associated with the intuitive Third Eye Chakra and universal knowledge, hence its connection with the astrological sign of Pisces.


Moonstone honors the Goddess in all women. This stone helps women (and men) to be more comfortable with their gentler feminine/yin receiving side. Because of its shimmering, glossy nature its color plays off the light as does the moon. Like the moon, as it waxes and wanes, this reflective stone allows us the lesson that everything is a part of the cycle of change. Moonstone is considered the stone of new beginnings. Moonstone is most famous for balancing our emotional states. Emotional states are connected to the water element, which is connected to the cycles of the moon and one of the best stones for soothing emotional stress and anxiety. It allows us greater flexibility and flows with life. Moonstone has been used for protection against the perils of travel. It encourages a lust for life, a youthful attitude and helps us to become comfortable with the aging process and its transitions.

Black Obsidian:

Obsidian is famous for being a scrying stone, used to divine with, gaze into or tell the future from. It has been used for centuries to make knives and cutting tools such as the witches Athame and Boline. Obsidian is actually natural glass that is formed when hot lava is submerged in water. This is a strong grounding stone and is known as “the protector”. It is said to “mirror one’s soul. This stone brings about objectivity, dis-attachment and is grounding. It reduces fantasy and escapism. Absorbs and dissolves anger, criticism, fear, and therefore is protective. This unusual black stone absorbs darkness and converts it to white light energy. It is a warm and friendly stone, which is used at the Root Chakra, encouraging one’s survival instincts and is grounding.. Black obsidian brings higher Chakra light into lower ones; cleanses and uplifts. Changes fear into flexibility with the advent of change. Obsidian is used in scrying for divination purposes and often found in mirrors and crystal balls. Obsidian is used for transformation.

Phantom Quartz:

Phantom Quartz is naturally occurring inclusions in quartz crystal! Phantom quartz crystals are said to help one understand the various stages in life that we all transition through. They are said to be an excellent tool for meditation and for remembrance of past lives. These crystals help to recover repressed memories in order to put the past into perspective. A phantom crystal symbolizes universal awareness. These are crystals that at one point finished their growth cycle, then began growing again later. When looking inside these crystals, you can see a striation that indicates where the original tip was. For someone drawn to this type of stone, a need for growth is indicated.

Clear Quartz:

Clear Quartz crystal in tumbled form resembles the crystal ball. Clear Quartz is thought to amplify both body energy and thoughts. It can assist in the creation of power, clarity of thinking, meditation, cleansing, clearing the aura, spiritual development and healing. Clear Quartz is considered the “stone of power”. A dedicated healer. Acts as a purifier and tunes into the frequency of each individual. Will unblock specific areas or organs blocked from transmitting or receiving the flow of energy throughout the body. Helpful in guiding our search for the meaning and importance of existence. Assists in meditation. Can be used in conjunction with any other stone or gem for specific physical problems. It will amplify the effects of individual stones and attune the treatment to the energy of an individual person.

Smoky Quartz:

Smoky Quartz is a grounding stone. It is used most often to overcome depression, soothing nightmares and stress. Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. Smoky quartz induces Alpha/deep meditation. Because of this situation, it benefits also include channeling higher guidance, deep relaxation and helping with unconditional love. Heightens your understanding of nature and concerns for the environment. Smoky Quartz helps store information well for easier recall. Because it is associated with the Root Chakra, it helps to alleviate fear, anxiety and associated emotional depression. When placed opposite other smokies in a crystal grid these stone vibrate at a high energy level. It is the perfect stone for grounding the Etheric Layer of the Aura. This makes smoky quartz a great stone for detoxing, clears ambivalence and fortifies resolve.

Septarian “Dragon” Stone:

Septarian “Dragon” Stone or Septarian concretions or septarian nodules are concretions containing angular cavities or cracks, which are called “septaria”. The word comes from the Latin word septum; “partition”, and refers to the cracks/separations in this kind of rock. Septarian get the name dragon stone based on the look of “dragon skin or scales” on its exterior. This is a healing stone beneficial to overall health and well being. It gives relief for muscle spasms, nurtures, grounds, and works on the Root Chakra. Septarian brings calming energies which have a nurturing feel to them and can bring feelings of joy and spiritual uplifting. Septarian is used to enhance and nurture communication with groups, making it much easier to speak clearly and kindly in group settings. Septarian is also used to assist with communication with Mother Earth and opens psychic abilities. It is said to bring unconscious foreknowledge needed by the user to help him or her always be prepared for what is coming up. In crystal healing folklore, Septarian is used for healing of the blood and kidneys.

Black Tourmaline:

Black Tourmaline is most associated with the keyword “Alignment”. As a grounding stone, black tourmaline can be used whenever energy feels scattered and disconnected. It, therefore, bring awareness back to a grounded state of mind. Tourmaline does not absorb negative energy. It repels it. It is the best crystal to use against the ill effects of low frequency and high-frequency electromagnetic waves (EMF) and protects against smog, radiation, psychic attacks and repels all kinds of negative energy. It grounds energy as it is connected to the Root/Base Chakra. When the tourmaline is rubbed it becomes charged with magnetic electricity. Electromagnetic fields are present everywhere in our environment but are invisible to the human eye. It is suggested to carry this stone when you feel surrounded by negativity. A valuable stone for crises and for periods of extreme stress. Helps you defend against debilitating diseases. Strongly suggested for persons with weakened immune systems. Black tourmaline is a wonderful stone for coping with grief as it is a valuable stone for crisis and for periods of extreme stress and times of intense difficulty.

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

Achieving A High Vibration
By Madisyn Taylor

Affirmative activities that leave us feeling joyous, appreciative, loving, and peaceful raise our vibration.

All matter is made up of energy, and that energy is in motion continually. Everything in the universe, from the smallest molecules to the most complex living beings, has an optimal rate of vibration to keep it healthy. We reach this high vibrational level when we are whole, healthy, and fulfilling our potential. Human beings are able to consciously control these vibrations within themselves using a variety of techniques. We know when we have reached a high vibrational state because we feel good and can sense that we are aligned with all that is. We find we are capable of healing and have good intuition and perception that are a result of our resonating closer and closer to our ideal frequencies.

Thoughts, emotions, intentions, choices, and actions contribute to our vibrational state, as do the environments we inhabit. Affirmative activities that leave us feeling joyous, appreciative, loving, and peaceful raise our vibration. Constructive, creative, and expansive thoughts do the same. When we cultivate habits that contribute to our physical health and strength, our vibration is likewise raised. Certain mantra meditations, breathing exercises, and chants are designed to increase vibration. But simply practicing gratitude and forgiveness, surrounding ourselves with loving high-vibration people, eating whole foods, and spending time in nature can also help us transcend our current vibrational limitations.

When your desire for change is strong enough, you will find yourself gravitating toward what can help you achieve and maintain a high vibrational state. A positive outlook will then become the most important tool you possess, and this outlook will sustain you when the path leading toward transformation is wide and winding. As you evolve, your vibrational frequency will also evolve, aiding you in the creation of an even higher reality. Consciously and unconsciously, you will attract auspicious circumstances and positive people that will help you continue exploring the scope of your higher self until you move beyond the earthly plane.


Stephen Halpert
Date Night

Lucy and Sam had been looking forward to their first date night in months. They gave their cell phone number to the babysitter, kissed Jackie their six year old goodnight and left for the Golden Dome. It was a recently opened five star restaurant downtowns atop the Fitzwilliam Building.
They ordered drinks and sat at their table beside the glass window overlooking the city.
Sam took Lucy’s hand and gazed into her bright blue eyes. “You haven’t changed since our wedding, petit and lovely as ever.”
“Neither have you.” She giggled and picked at the stuffed mushrooms. “You’re still sexy and exciting, and you have all your hair, even if it is a bit gray. Many husbands start to wear out after ten years, but not you.”
He kissed her hand. “You’re as exciting to me as you were that first weekend back in law school when we were snowed in.”
“Ah that wonderful romantic blizzard. Couldn’t have come at a better time.” She smiled. “One day you’ll be made a partner in your firm.” She stood and kissed him. “Be right back. Little girl’s room.”
Sam gazed out across the city. He noticed the bronze statue of the soldier on horseback, holding out his sword.
The waiter came by. Sam ordered refills.
Lucy kissed him again as she sat back down.
The waiter returned with their drinks and they ordered dinner.
Sam pointed. “Look straight across at the little park and check out the statue.”
She looked where he was pointing. “I don’t see a statue.”
“A soldier on horseback, probably a Civil War memorial.”
“Aren’t they considered politically incorrect? Anyway I don’t see him.”
He frowned and looked closer. “It’s gone. How odd. I just saw him over there.”
She looked again and shook her head no.
Sam shrugged. “Maybe he had to go take care of business.”
She giggled. “I love your imagination and your great sense of humor.”
“Not kidding.” He caught the attention of the waiter. “I saw a statue over there but now it’s gone.”
The waiter pulled at his collar. “Yes sir, management doesn’t like us talking about it much.”
Lucy’s eyes widened. “You mean my husband saw a statue that disappears?”
He nodded and served their dinners. “Ask some of the regulars in the bar. General Grant’s gotten quite a fan club since we opened.”
” Some sort of urban fantasy?” His scallops looked delicious.
“An urban fantasy isn’t real,” Lucy said. That’s why it’s a fantasy. Oh look, is that the one you mean?” She pointed to the statue.
“Yes. I guess he’s back,” Sam seemed perplexed. “Maybe he really did have to take care of business like the rest of us.”
Lucy cut into her swordfish. “Sweetie statues don’t ride off like that. We just didn’t see him maybe because of some trick of the light.”
“Lucy I know what I saw and didn’t see. I’d swear to it under oath.”]
“You think so. Alcohol can do that. Remember when we couldn’t find your keys and they were right there?”
“That’s different. Jackie hid them under some papers.”
They finished dinner. Sam suggested a nightcap in the bar.
Lucy surveyed the patrons. “Anyone here ever notice a statue that appears and disappears?”
“Ah ha,” an older man in a three piece suit said. “New members of our exclusive club. Off the record, I’ve seen him come and go a few times. Many regulars have too. But we don’t talk about it.”
Maybe he moonlights delivering pizza,” a younger guy said.
A few within earshot laughed.
“Might have gone for a drink,” someone said. “Didn’t Lincoln always send Grant good whiskey?”
An older woman in a slinky black cocktail dress grinned at Lucy. “I’ve seen him come and go like that. When he does it makes my night.”
“It’s difficult to perceive what we can’t conceive as possible,” the older man said. “Like natives back in history with no conception of ships who couldn’t see Columbus’ vessels as they approached.”
The woman took Lucy’s hand and said confidentially. “He’s become my private obsession but I can’t talk about him anyplace but here.”
“That’s understandable,” Lucy said.
Another man chuckled. “No one wants to be thought of as loony tunes.”
The woman shivered. Perhaps it was the air conditioning. “His face is so chiseled and determined. Hardly any lips at all.” She emptied her glass. “One of these days maybe he’ll stop by and join us for a drink.”
All of a sudden there were shrieks from the kitchen. The lights flickered. Then they went out. The air conditioning whirred to a stop. An odd chemical smell engulfed the Golden Dome. Flames leaped from the kitchen into the dining room.
People screamed, panicked. Lucy clutched Sam.
Someone yelled. “The emergency exits are jammed.”
The fire grew more intense. The dining area and bar was engulfed in smoke. There was an enormous crash. Glass shattered and the night air blew in. Lucy saw a bronze rider whiz though a second and third glass partition. Then he flew out into the night.
Suddenly firefighters, ambulances, and police were everywhere.
When Sam and Lucy got home Jackie ran downstairs. “Daddy, daddy did you and mommy see the big fire downtown? We saw it on TV.”
“Wasn’t it where you were for dinner, the Golden Dome?” The baby sitter said.
“Yes, but we’re safe.” Lucy said.
“How,” Jackie asked. “How were you safe?”
Sam hugged his son. “The statue of General Grant smashed through the glass walls and kept us from being suffocated.”
Jackie grinned and began laughing uproariously. “That’s so funny daddy. Statues can’t do that.”
Lucy touched Sam’s arm. “Don’t try to explain.”
She paid the babysitter and took Jackie back upstairs to bed.
Alone in their bedroom Lucy said. “Remember what that older guy said at the bar about people unable to believe what they can’t conceive as possible?”
“But we saw it. We lived it.”
“Yes,” she kissed him. “Now it’s our secret as well as theirs. Thank you, General Grant.”


In A Hurry
By Madisyn Taylor

Always being rushed and in a hurry doesn’t allow time for the soul to enjoy life, which is composed of small, ordinary moments that can be beautiful.

Our lives have become increasingly fast-paced, and the effort to keep up often occupies all our time and attention. We are so busy rushing from point A to point B that we forget to enjoy the ride. We race to the store without noticing the leaves on the trees or the clouds in the sky. We go through the checkout line feeling too pressed to converse with the cashier or the other people in line. At the end of a day filled with this kind of frantic pace, we may begin to wonder what it is we do all these things for, if we don’t even have the time to occasionally stop and just take it all in.

Always being rushed and in a hurry doesn’t allow time for the soul to enjoy life, which is composed of small, ordinary moments, like watching snow fall from the sky, having a spontaneous conversation with a stranger, or lingering over a meal for several hours. Small towns and the people who live in them can teach us all a thing or two about living life to the fullest as a daily matter. City people have a tendency to think that their lives are full because they are doing so many different things, but in a small town, there tends to be more time left open to be spontaneous or take an extended moment of rest. This certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t live in a city and enjoy life fully–we can and do; it just takes a little more awareness.

One thing we can do, wherever we live, is bring awareness breaks into our day and take 10 minutes to simply look out the window and observe what’s happening outside. We might also choose to cultivate a relationship with someone we see regularly, such as a clerk at the convenience mart, a neighbor, or someone we see in the elevator at work. Taking time to have a conversation that is not necessary is a true luxury in this day and age, as is staring out the window. Participating in these acts of timelessness makes the biggest city in the world start to feel a little bit more like a small town.


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