Beltane in Southern Hemisphere – Samhain in Northern Hemisphere

Beltane blessings to all of us in the Southern Hemisphere, we are heading towards summer and here in parts of Australia bush fires are raging already so we will be on high alert all throughout the summer.

It’s not really Halloween here, but as there is so much hype about it you can’t tell the children not to trick or treat, so they do.  We have loads of kids come to our house, they love it.

Blessed Be! to all.

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Beltane Festival is held in honour of the god Bel.

 In some modern traditions he is also known by the names, Beli, Belar, Balor, or Belenus.

In the myth of many modern traditions of wicca/witchcraft, Beltane marks the appearance of the Horned One, who is the rebirth of the Solar God slain during the Wheel of the Year. He then becomes consort to the Goddess, impregnating her with his seed, and thereby ensuring his own rebirth once again.

 Beltane marks the beginning of summer’s half and the pastoral growing season. The word “Beltane” literally means “bright fire”, and refers to the bonfires lit during this season.

It is also a time of beginnings, the beginnings of many new projects.

 Beltane is a fertility festival, concerned with Nature enchantments and offerings to wildlings and Elementals.

 The return of full-blown fertility is now very evident.

 The powers of elves and faeries are growing and will reach their height at the Summer Solstice.

 The celts respected faeries, active at this sabbat, and were sure that these Little People would come to the celebration disguised as humans to ask for a part of the fire, which, when freely given, would give the faeries some measure of power over the giver.

 Beltane is the cross quarter holiday between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice it is the time when the abundance of flowers and green is a welcome relief from winters drabness; it was traditionally a day for leaping the Beltane fires, which were lit to honour the sun god, and for celebrating fertility.

 Beltane celebrates the blessing between Mother Earth and Father Sky and honours all life.

 Both are times when the “veil” between the worlds is thought to be thinnest, and therefore magik can happen, such as visits from faeries or similar other-worldly occurrences.

 This is a good time for invoking our spirit guides to help us.

 A blessed Beltane to you!

 

Samhain in Northern Hemisphere

To all in the Northern Hemisphere I wish you a Blessed Samhain, as the cold and snow begins to come your way may you stay warm and cosy.  Enjoy Halloween and trick or treating.  Blessed Be!

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Article by Selena Fox

As October turns to November, thousands of Witches, Wiccans, Druids, and other Pagans across America, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere observe the sacred time of Samhain. Samhain is a festival of the Dead. Meaning “Summer’s End” and pronounced saah-win or saa-ween, Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the coldest half of the year. For many practitioners, myself included, Samhain also is the beginning of the spiritual new year.

 

Originating in ancient Europe as a Celtic Fire festival, Samhain is now celebrated worldwide. The timing of contemporary Samhain celebrations varies according to spiritual tradition and geography. Many of us celebrate Samhain over the course of several days and nights, and these extended observances usually include a series of solo rites as well as ceremonies, feasts, and gatherings with family, friends, and spiritual community. In the northern hemisphere, many Pagans celebrate Samhain from sundown on October 31 through November 1. Others hold Samhain celebrations on the nearest weekend or on the Full or New Moon closest to this time. Some Pagans observe Samhain a bit later, or near November 6, to coincide more closely with the astronomical midpoint between Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice. Most Pagans in the southern hemisphere time their Samhain observances to coincide with the middle of their Autumn in late April and early May, rather than at the traditional European time of the holiday.

Samhain also has been known by other names. Some Celtic Wiccans and Druids call it Calan Gaeaf, Calan Gwaf, Kala-Goanv, or Nos Galan Gaeof. In Welsh, it is Nos Cyn Calan Gaual. It also is known as Oie Houney. A medieval book of tales, the Yellow Book of Lecan, reports that common folk called it the “Feast of Mongfind,” the legendary Witch-Queen who married a King of Tara in old Ireland. In the ancient Coligny Calendar, an engraved bronze dating from the first century C.E.and dug up in 1897 in France, Samhain is called Trinouxtion Samonii, or “Three Nights of the End of Summer.” Variant spellings of Samhain include Samain, Samuin, and Samhuinn.

With the growth and spread of Christianity as the dominant religion throughout Europe, Samhain time took on Christian names and guises. All Saints’ Day or All Hallows on November 1 commemorated Christian saints and martyrs. All Souls’ Day on November 2 was a remembrance for all souls of the dead. With the coming of Christian Spaniards to Mexico, the indigenous customs of honoring the dead at this time of year mixed with Roman Catholicism and gave birth to the Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, in early November. Samhain shares the ancient spiritual practice of remembering and paying respects to the Dead with these related religious holidays of Christianity.

Halloween, short for All Hallow’s Eve, is celebrated on and around October 31. Although occurring at the same time of year and having roots in end-of-harvest celebrations of the ancient past, Halloween and Samhain are not the same, but two separate holidays that differ considerably in focus and practice. In contemporary America and elsewhere, Halloween is a secular folk holiday. Like its cousin, Thanksgiving, it is widely and publicly celebrated in homes, schools, and communities, large and small, by people of many paths, ethnic heritages, and worldviews. Furthermore, Halloween has evolved to be both a family-oriented children’s holiday as well as an occasion for those of all ages to creatively express themselves and engage in play in the realm of make-believe and fantasy through costumes, trick-or-treating, storytelling, play-acting, pranks, cathartic scary place visits, and parties.

In contrast, Samhain and its related Christian holiday counterparts continue to be religious in focus and spiritually observed by adherents. Although observances may include merry-making, the honoring of the Dead that is central to Samhain is a serious religious practice rather than a light-hearted make-believe re-enactment. Today’s Pagan Samhain rites, while somber, are benevolent, and, although centered on death, do not involve human or animal sacrifices. Most Samhain rituals are held in private rather than in public.

Samhain’s long association with death and the Dead reflects Nature’s rhythms. In many places, Samhain coincides with the end of the growing season. Vegetation dies back with killing frosts, and therefore, literally, death is in the air. This contributes to the ancient notion that at Samhain, the veil is thin between the world of the living and the realm of the Dead and this facilitates contact and communication. For those who have lost loved ones in the past year, Samhain rituals can be an opportunity to bring closure to grieving and to further adjust to their being in the Otherworld by spiritually communing with them.

Selena Fox is senior minister of Circle Sanctuary, an international Wiccan church and Pagan resource center headquartered in the rolling hills of southwestern Wisconsin, USA. Selena also is a psychotherapist, a minister active in interfaith endeavors, and a guest speaker at conferences, festivals, colleges and universities and other venues. Her writings have appeared in a variety of publications in-print and on-line. More info about her and her endeavors: www.selenafox.com.

 

New Release – Corruption in the O.R:A Medical Thriller By Barbara Ebel M.D.

I have a New Release for you, Corruption in the O.R.:A Medical Thriller, Book One in the Outlander Physician Series by my friend Barbara Ebel M.D.

Corruption In The OR

 

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Unethical, greedy, and illicit – welcome to the operating room at Masonville General Hospital.

Anesthesiologist Viktoria Thorsdottir is no ordinary physician and she’s accustomed to working temporary assignments. In her travels, however, she’s never been greeted by such a stark, icy-cold reception from O.R. personnel like the one she encounters at Masonville General.

˃˃˃ Viktoria is an expert at making her patients comfortable, so why do they continue to feel pain?

Dr. Thorsdottir discovers that there are forces at work in this Northern Pennsylvania hospital that she doesn’t understand; forces that the doctors in charge pretend don’t exist. In the face of growing animosity towards her, she begins to stealthily monitor the nurse anesthetists she supervises, and must become as diabolical as they are to discover the disturbing truth of the community’s anesthesia services. As Viktoria’s situation becomes more complex, it is apparent that there is more than one sinister secret hidden in the department!

˃˃˃ This is Book One in the Outlander Physician Series.

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New Release – Blood Rite By E J Stevens

Blood Rite is book six in the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective Series, by author E J Stevens.  This is an awesome series, I would say right up there with the likes of Patricia Briggs.  It starts with book one Frostbite which is currently free on Amazon.

Blood Rite

 

 

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Ivy Granger takes on a simple grave robbing case, but in Harborsmouth nothing is ever simple when dealing with the dead.

Grave robbing is Harborsmouth’s second best-kept secret. The first is the existence of supernatural creatures that live alongside the city’s humans. In fact, the dirtiest little secret of all might be the truth behind most of those empty graves.

Most supernaturals eke out a pretty mundane existence. Nobody wants a return to the Burning Times. Well, nobody sane.

The creature that was stealing the more odoriferous of Harborsmouth’s citizens from their graves had to be crazy. Sir Gaius, ruler of the local vamps, owned the harvesting rights to every corpse buried within the city limits. No one touched the vampire master of the city’s property without permission and lived to scream about it–until now.

Warning: This book features necromancy, grave robbing, an abandoned amusement park, and zombie clowns.

Blood Rite is the sixth novel in the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens. The world of Ivy Granger, including the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective series and the Hunters’ Guild series, is filled with bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.

 

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Ostara in Southern Hemisphere – Mabon in Northern Hemisphere

Blessed Ostara to those of us in the Southern Hemisphere as we come into warmer weather.  Sadly we in Australia have been having bush fires already, they say we are having a long dry summer, so any prayers and good energy sent our way will be appreciated.  Otherwise we will enjoy the warmer days.  Blessed Be!

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Ostara in the Southern Hemisphere

As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.

The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.

 

Mabon in Northern Hemisphere

To all in the Northern Hemisphere I wish you a blessed Mabon as the days grow cooler and you get ready for the snow, stay warm and safe Blessed Be!

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Magic for Mabon

Posted on March 20, 2015 by Lady Beltane

“Many types of magic may be performed during Mabon. Since we are entering the dark half of the year, now is the time to use magic for personal growth. Here are some ideas.

  • Mediation and dream work are very potent at this time. You can use dreams to uncover past lives.
  • Honor your ancestors and if you wish, using your spiritual path, you may contact them.
  • In some traditions Mabon was believed to have been held captive in the mystical land of Avalon, also called “Land of the Apples.” For this reason, Avalon was known as a place of reincarnation and magic. Charms and spells involving apples would tie nicely with this day. Or, use and apple to symbolize a departed love one during a special ceremony.
  • I have found Mabon to be an ideal time to cleanse magical tools. I like to smudge them in a smoke of sage and cedar.

Getting rid of bad habits is a classic Mabon ritual, and the following spell may help.  Using blue ink, write the habit you wish to break on plain white paper. Think about what you have written, then crumble the paper as if you’re angry. Burn the paper saying this charm–“Fire fleet and candlelight, let this habit take flight! Smoke, curl, white and gray, let this habit go away!” As the smoke rises, see your habit drifting away with it.”

Copyright 2003 James Kambos Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2003 Pages 12-13

 

 

 

New Release – Deadly Geezer By T. Jackson King

Today I have a new release for you by my friend T. Jackson KingDeadly Geezer is book two in the Transcendent series.  They are on  my TBR list and I look forward to reading them.

Deadly Geezer

 

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Jack Hansen has survived the white flash that turned him into a Transcendent, a near-immortal with mind powers that allow him to stop a heart, burn up a mugger in a fireball or melt down a killer into a puddle of flesh and bones. But survival was just the beginning. More Princes of Blackness pursue him and try to possess his buddies, his children and his ex-wife. His battles against the Realm of Blackness take him to Hawai’i, Denver, Philadelphia, New York City, Albuquerque and into outer space. Even with the help of mentors Jack is faced with a stark choice—should he just fight local evil? Or should he try to destroy the Realm of Blackness from which flows all forms of supernatural evil?

 

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New Release – Moths:A Trio of Dark Novellas By Sam Kates

New Release today is Moths:A Trio of Dark Novellas by my friend Sam Kates.  They sound suitably dark and potentially scary and I have added them to my reading list, why don’t you.

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A collection of three dark novellas.

The Goldfish Syndrome
A girl with amnesia. An irregular police investigation.
Apprentice journalist Jonathan Fry is assigned the case. His investigations lead him to a former lunatic asylum on Dartmoor. There he learns the secrets of The Goldfish Syndrome.
But some secrets are best left undiscovered…

Moths
Karl Jordan is not a boy with prospects. From a broken home, excelling at nothing, his path into adulthood is marked by mediocrity. His only friend seems to have it all. But looks can be deceiving.
While the line between reality and fantasy becomes blurred, Karl’s behaviour becomes as erratic as the flight of a moth seeking the eternal darkness which lies beyond the light.

Returned
People return from the most unexpected places. The afterlife isn’t normally one of them.
Paul Duffy has defied nature, but not by choice. And he hasn’t returned alone.
Trying to avoid his wife, who still thinks she’s a widow, aided by friends and a local clergyman, who guards an ancient secret, Paul strives to thwart the evil that shares his body.
There’s only one way to succeed—sometimes, the dead would prefer to stay that way.

 

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New Release – Answers From Alyce By Mistral Dawn

Today I have a new release for you, Answers From Alyce by my friend Mistral Dawn.  Looking forward to reading this.

Mistral Dawn

 

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If someone asked you to explain what’s going on in the world right now, would you be able to? What if the person who was asking had no prior knowledge of our world, how difficult would it be to help them makes sense of current events? That’s the challenge Alyce is presented with when she’s kidnapped by aliens who want her help in creating a museum of curiosities based on Earth’s culture. Follow Alyce down the rabbit hole as she experiences the journey of a lifetime; the trip might just paint the reality you’ve become accustomed to in a new color…

 

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