My newsletter comes to the aid of the weary, who is in search of intelligent yet humorous writings, specially those of a seasoned witch. This is born out of need of material that brings a sense of yesteryear.. even if you were not born erh.. “yesteryear” you still feel a yearning in your heart for simpler times. Your quest for a good read, with good content, humor and magickal knowledge is here. Seek no more! as you have arrived at your destination. What nuggets of wisdom will you find here do you wonder?
You will find various bits of current events, weekly horoscope, old-fashioned recipes, gardening tips and of course! the star of the show….magickal tips and spells and other goodies. The best part is that you need not carry your newsletter in your shopping bag, purse or your attaches. This is what I love about technology, we can travel back into a gentler time, with the use of our handy smart phones, tablets, or even your PC! the wonder of it all!
If you are at home go grab a cuppa, sit back and get ready for a good read. Or just get comfy where ever you might find yourself. Enjoy!
Weather has changed to cooler days and colder nights. Samhain, our beautiful celebration has passed and here we are, at a brand new month. November its here with is windy days, preparations for the approaching holidays and our efforts to avoid several family members for the Thanksgiving dinner. For some a single affair for others a whole herd of family members, some of which we never heard of, are foreseen in the not so far horizon. Fear not dear reader! along the way in my humble newsletter you might find some easy ways to “pre- De-stress from the “stress” we all know is part of the holiday season, what fun!
Although Thanksgiving is not a celebration that requires us to spend a lot of money, and is not as much publicized as it predecessor Halloween or its follower Christmas, it does require for us to put our “chef” cap and think of ways of cooking a diversity of dishes that are not only enjoyable, but also money and time savers. Some, who might have company during Thanksgiving celebration, have as well to prepare their homes to receive guests (be it family or friends) plus various other activities that are part of the family routine. To keep sane during these last months of the year, we have to strive and find “me” time. Even if squeezed in the early morning before everyone gets up to start the day or at night, when everyone else has retired for day. It requires a bit of strategy thinking on your part, but it can be done. Think of it as a “must” have time-off for yourself, remember your sanity depends on it, if you are to survive the “holiday” season.
THE MAGIC OF THE SEASON
Yes, we are still in the season of Autumn, no matter what advertisers want to make us think with their “winter-like” backgrounds and stores filled to the brim with Winter items and holiday cheer.
Autumn IS a very magical time of the year. Leaves change color, mornings are filled with a crispy sort of air. Days are starting to grow shorter and shorter and we can enjoy our hot drinks in the comfort of home. It is a time that invites reflections on the past months. Where we are at this point of our lives, what we achieved so far.
If you like taking walks in the park or around your neighborhood, this is a good time to collect acorns, pine cones and dry leaves fallen from near by trees. Something I did when my boys were younger was collect dry leaves from the back yard of our old house. We had a beautiful, big Oak tree. We would collect dry leaves, choose the ones that were the prettiest ones, clean them up a bit, press them over with a medium hot iron (with a piece of fabric above the leaves). I made mats for my dining room table. I made one specially for my altar where I would burn candles during the Autumn season. This is an excellent idea if you have toddlers and want to share the fun of collecting the leaves. Give them a small plastic bucket so they can go around collecting leaves with you. Once you get home or get inside your kitchen let them help you with choosing which are the best to keep. Except for the ironing of the leaves, which you will take charge of, it is a fun pass time, that they will cherish and remember always.
I refuse to get into the Yule/Christmas-y sort of mood at this time of year. I want to enjoy Autumn, to be able to appreciate the changes from hot weather to suddenly cold, is like only yesterday I was wearing summer-y, light clothing and today a sweater! (which happens to be true where I live) this is why I cherish these short-lived days. I am a coffee lover and in between I cheat on coffee with my love of tea! This time of year I can enjoy both, with my morning coffee and afternoon tea time. Baking is as well and important part of my life. My waist may not appreciate it, but my well-being depends on it! Baking is like therapy to me, and I enjoy this as well during the Autumn days. Now I can see as well the fruits of my labor on my balcony potted garden. Flowers are in bloom, no longer do they drip listlessly from all that blustery summer sun, now they show their beautiful lush leaves and newly sprung buds or flowers. So dear reader ask yourself, what is not to like about Autumn?
3rd Week of November:
Week starts with Virgo still being in aspect, with a sextile of Virgo Moon with Scorpio/Sun at 1:26 a.m. PST. Then minutes before it goes into a V/C Moon there is a a trine between Mercury/Scorpio and Chiron/Pisces. Moon goes V/C at 3:11 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. when it aspects Libra.
Then on Tuesday Nov. 18th Saturn and the Sun have a meet up that happens but once a year. These energies combined have a long-term effect, it is a good day to closely consider your obligations. Opportunity only knocks once, so remember last day the Sun has in Scorpio for the year. Then the Sun will make its way to Sagittarius, on Saturday Nov. 22nd. Sagittarius is optimistic, extravagant, freedom loving and goal oriented. With the Sun shining on it, it brings optimism . Key words are new prospects, new adventures.
On Saturday 22nd. We have the New Moon phase in Sagittarius at 4:19 a.m. PST. The Moon wants peace at this time, as opposed to the bubbling, carefree attitude of Sagittarius, so it is a good time to saw the seeds for new projects. Sagittarius new Moon squares Neptune in Pisces at 12:50 p.m. Dreams (Neptune/Pisces) with exaggeration (Sun/Sagittarius) this translates to, don’t take on more that you will be able to work on. Use the Saturn/Sun influence to keep your goals real and within your means of achieving them.
ARIES: Fire sign, reigned by Mars. Finish what you start, there is always that good feeling of accomplishment, once the task is done. A favorable period in friendship and with friends. A love opportunity might be lurking in the shadows, keep those peepers peeled! Your lucky number this week: 3
TAURUS: Venus reigned, with Earth Element. A good week for anything related to business. Also at work, it is possible to get the respect you crave from your boss. Don’t loose heart, your work is appreciated. Persist in your goals, achieve calm through meditation. Lucky number! 5.
GEMINI: Element Air, reigned by Mercury. Don’t change your mind too much. Curiosity is good when in search of broadening your knowledge. Culture and art shine this week for many of this airy sign. Possibility of travel is in the cards! and to meet people from other countries or meet mystics. Lucky number! 2
CANCER: Element Water, reigned by the Moon. Don’t take things too personal, build your self-assurance. Learn to handle your emotional tides well. Good week to look for financial opportunity, good time to be approved for credit, and maybe a salary raise! Trust in your power of conviction when evaluating new opportunities. Lucky number! 4.
LEO: Element fire, ruled by the Sun. You love yourself, all of you! your hair, your teeth, your smile and the ability to get what you want when you want it! This week is good in matters of love. You are favored in your capacity for communication and your social life is harmonious at present. Your lucky number! 7
VIRGO: Element Earth, ruled by Mercury. Virgo, you are efficient, love to organize your surrounding, find solutions to problems, and give attention to detail. For this week I see that you should not take any quick decisions. Wait it out, until things are clear. When it comes to finance and business, you need to practice good judgment in the face of conflicts. Lucky number! 6
LIBRA: Element Air, ruled Venus. Libra, like Leo you love yourself. You love watching yourself in the mirror, loving what you see! You dislike drama, and always strive for balance and harmony in love and friendship. You love dressing well, and have a good sense of what looks best in you. A new job may be in the horizon! I see that you have to take care of your back and your circulatory health. Lucky number! 7
SCORPIO: Element Water, ruled by Pluto. You are intense, secretive, compulsive. mysterious and shrewd. You feel things deeply. For this week, put effort in the dynamics with your family and friends. Social life is harmonious. There might be a misunderstanding with a friend, be honest, and make your feelings clear when something bothers you. Your lucky number! 4
SAGITTARIUS: Element Fire, ruled by Jupiter. Fun loving, enthusiastic, extravagant, goal oriented. You dislike routine, and are always looking for the next adventure. This week I see that you might be feeling a bit tired from past activities. Take a rest and chill. A possibility of a misunderstanding with your significant other, keep your cool! I see that you are going through an important lesson from life, pay attention. Your lucky number! 3
CAPRICORN: Element Earth, ruled by Saturn. Capricorn, you are ever so responsible,authoritative, career or business oriented. You have a dry type of humor, tend to be pessimistic and you like to be organized. I see a favorable week in the financial field, and an extra income or money bonus might be part of this week. However, I see that you have to put special attention and care in your love life. Do this, unless you want to face problems in this area, in a near future. Lucky number! 5
AQUARIUS: Element Air, ruled by Uranus. Independent, innovative, rebellious, revolutionary, emotionally detached. I see that initiative has to be your strong point this week, to be able to resolve pending matters. Do not let things unresolved or you will face personal problems. I see that this week you are more sensitive to art and beauty in general. Lucky number! 4
PISCES: Element Water, ruled by Neptune. You are compassionate by nature, sensitive, spiritual, intuitive. Time spent on your own this week is beneficial and healthy. A good time to revise the past months, blessings received and lessons learned. Lucky number! 9
Throughout the years, It has become second nature, to purchase grocery items that are not only affordable but nutritious. The following is a favorite family staple, and one that saves you time, money and the whole family enjoys. Bon Apetit!
1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter melted
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Cut fruit in small pieces. Combine flour, baking powder, 3/4 Cup sugar, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir in fruit until well blended. In a small bowl, beat eggs. Add butter and milk. Stir into the flour mixture just to blend. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mix. Bake in 400 degree oven for 15 mnts. Yields 1 dozen muffins.
Tip: your fruit can be raisins (my favorite) and instead of butter you can substitute with plain apple sauce. If you do not want the sugar added to the top, only use the cinnamon powder.
We are in the waning Moon phase. This is a perfect time to give a good spiritual cleansing to our home. First give a good physical cleaning, throughout the house/apartment and finish up with the spiritual cleaning. Use the five elements:
Before you start make sure to create sacred space and place protection around your home (like a balloon over the whole place. Any color that means protection to you)
Water: Drinking water
Earth: Salt or combination of salt and a bit of purifying herbs (like sage, rosemary, basil)
Air: Incense (or if you don’t have any, play music=Air element)
Spirit: Ask Spirit, your favorite deity etc, to be present during your spiritual cleaning and give thanks when you are done, asking for its protective energies to be left after the cleansing. Why ask for protection you may ask? Every time we conduct spiritual work, we open certain thresholds, make sure to protect self and home always!
Well dear reader, this is the end of this week’s offering in my Witch’s Gazette. It has been lovely putting together this humble newsletter and I hope to see you next week! same place, same time!
Until I write again!
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