Posted by: nightmistwalker | October 30, 2015

Things Night Likes (2015) About Samhain

Someone mentioned that I talked about some things I had read yesterday and wondered what they were. My bad! Here, then, is a list of some things I have been touched by this Samhain season:

Articles

Llewellyn’s 2005 Magical Almanac, Hecate by Ellen Dugan, p. 343. The article includes a Hecate meditation.

Llewellyn’s 2008 Magical Almanac, Halloween Hocus-Pocus, by Ellen Dugan, p. 310. We all know how I love Herbs of the Seasons, and this article discusses pumpkins, chrysanthemums, and apples.

Also, do we detect a theme here? Ellen Dugan is the one writer who I totally “get”. Any of her things that I try – meditations, spells, charms, rationales, directions – everything works! It is as if our brains were in sync. I recommend any of her books. They are easy to read and deeply informative. Have fun!

Poems

Black & Gold, by Nancy Byrd Turner. This is my all-time favorite, so don’t be surprised if this is on any list I may post around Samhain from now on. This poem captured my imagination as a child, and I am still delighted by it. It just evokes everything I can think of about Halloween.

Food

Cupcakes! You can make dark moon cupcakes with dark chocolate cake (or add mint chocolate chips to the batter) with dark chocolate icing. Or you can make Jack-‘o-Lantern cupcakes with orange batter and orange (or green) icing and candy corn to make the face. You can make it from scratch or you can have some help from a friend (my friend is Duncan Hines). You can make them simple or you can make them as elaborate as you please. I saw a picture once of a cupcake tower that had been transformed (magically, I am sure) into a version of the Addams’ Family home. And, speaking of which….

Movies

Both movies are wonderful. The Addams Family and Addams Family Values are must-see movies at the Temple of Gaia. There are many other good ones, too, but we are talking about 2015 here, and these are the 2 I have watched. So far.

Decorations

My post “Behold! A Dragon Appeared in the Yard” sums it up nicely. In a slow year for Samhain decorations, this dragon was the biggest stand-out. In second place is the cat who lives next year, the one and only Mr. Jackson Pollack Kitty! If only he would stand still. If only he would stand still in my yard or sit still on my front porch railing or ….

I am sure you can come up with your own lists. It would be fun to hear from you about the Samhain things you like.

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