Samhain is just around the corner on October 31st. There are some very poetic reasons to love Samhain, but it is also a wonderful time to take stock of where you are with your personal goals for the year. I like to use the traditional New Year of January 1st to write goals and assess the previous year, and the Celtic New Year of Samhain to look back at the goals I wrote at the beginning of the year, and finish any I haven’t achieved. This year, Samhain falls on a waning Virgo moon, an excellent time to banish disorganization, and so I think I will do a spell on myself to get motivated to finish those goals!
The poetic side of Samhain allows me to reflect on the past year. It has been a personally difficult year, a harsh summer that challenged farmers and vintners, and problems with the economy, health care, and global challenges dominated the news. As Samhain is the midpoint between autumn and winter, it is a good time to reflect on losses and challenges and look within and meditate to see how these events, whether personal or global, can help us to be better people or what good these events have brought into our lives. If you choose to do ritual on Samhain, you might want to write down anything negative in your life that you want to give away or get rid of. Bless the paper and words and thoughts behind them, and burn the paper (using utmost care and safety) to symbolize the challenges leaving your world and being cleansed in the next. It’s also a good time to light a candle for those who have crossed over. With the release, comes celebration of new opportunity and the realization that everything is a Do Over!
Happy New Year and Blessed Be,
If you have not worked with the Mineral Kingdom, meditating while holding a stone, gem or crystal is a good way to start. One of my favorite stones is Citrine. The array of golden yellow to brown tones reminds me of autumn, and it is beautiful in either its polished or crystalline form to place on your altar for October. From my book Natural Magick: The Essential Witch`s Grimoire, `Citrine teaches that, if we are open, we create our own confidence, self-image, success, power, leadership skills, money, and prosperity. Citrine alleviates the stress of the bad habit of feeling out of control, and allows us to move forward in a positive fashion knowing that confidence and success are ours.` When I wrote that, I was considering that our responses to stressful situations are habitual. If you do not believe in the energy of stones and crystals, simply carry one to act as a reminder to change your emotional habits and create positive change. Either way it works!
Blessed be, and have a marvelous week.
Thank you so much for your feedback and words of encouragement. I will write more seriously about witchy things, nature, etc., but wanted to share this fun game with you. Just for fun, and since a friend of mine has identified our secret Royal Star Wars Names, I want to post how to create your OWN Royal Star Wars Name! My apologies; I do not know who created this game… but of course I just fell madly in love with it since SciFi is one of my favorite genres and this is just hysterical.
My full Star Wars name is: Her Royal Highness Saldu Ch’pon
Here are the instructions for your Star Wars name:
Write the first three letters of your first name and the first two letters of your last name to make the first word.
Write the first two letters of your mother’s maiden name and the first three letters of your city of birth for the second word.
If you have too many consonants, feel free to hyphenate or use an apostrophe as needed 🙂
Precede this with “His/Her Royal Highness” or any other title you desire such as Commander, High Holy Priest/ess, Master of the Universe… and feel free to promote yourself often. Oh, and you can also demote yourself or others (but then there is that messy karma issue).
And there you have it!