Samhain Blessings and a Farewell for Now

Tonight, we begin our ancestral celebration known as Samhain. We thank all of you for your participation in the Sirens' festivities this year.

Original Art by Loren Morris. Available for purchase on Primitive Witchery

Samhain. It's name means, "Summer's end." It's the final harvest, a time to be grateful, and a time to honor those who've gone before us. We are about to enter the time of cocooning, or the between-time.  It's also time for us Sirens to slink back into the shadows. Listen for our song again when the autumn leaves begin to turn. Perhaps we'll bring you some more Siren fun around that time.


Today, we honor our ancestors. The following are Siren tributes to their loved ones.

From Jennifer Hodgson:
My mother and grandmother. My grandmother passed in April:

From Dawn Leith-Daugherty:

 Remembering my Dad, Laurence Michaelsen Leith, affectionately known as “Gorilla.” When he wasn’t wearing his businessman suit, my father was a great drummer (thanks for the gift of good rhythm, Dad), a music aficionado, a poet, writer, and genuine All American Dad who raised us on rock and roll. My adoration of all things Halloween was sparked by him, he absolutely loved it! He wanted to teach literature and writing, but his life took a different path, when I showed up way too early in his life. He raised myself and my sister with the idea that we will be strong, independent women and taught us the manly arts of gardening, lawn mowing, driveway sealing, and poop scooping and refused to allow us to be delicate princesses in need of saving. He was a man who encouraged his daughters to play with footballs, and Lincoln Logs, as well as dolls, and introduced me to Bowie, The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix. My fondest memory of this special man is when he took me to the music store at age 13 to buy me an electric guitar and amp that I may pursue my dreams of becoming a famous rock star. Gone much too soon from our lives, he is thought of every day with joy and fondness. Below is one of his poems, written for my mother before I was born. See you on the other side of the Veil, Gorilla!

“Had I but a thousand years to make my being known, would I spend but all of them with you my love, alone?
Had I but a gifted tongue to speak a gilded word, could I phrase but all to you as would a noble bard?
Had I but the blessed gift of perfect love Divine, would I give the truest love throughout the sweep of time?
But I am only human, dear, and know my faults and stays. Had I all of these my love, I'd grace thee every day.”
Laurence Leith, 1944-2005

From Kallan Kennedy:

I don't have photos of my grandparents. My mother has kept those to this day. They weren't around when the internet came about, so without photos, I pay them tribute.

John and Millie Kennedy were my grandparents, but for all intents and purposes, they were my parents. They were a strong presence in my life and shaped so much of the loving memories of my childhood. They passed many decades ago, but I still miss them every day. May they never be forgotten, and may their genetic memory be passed throughout the generations.

From Marie Bargas:

To my Mother, A consummate professional who was ahead of her time ... may you never be defamed again.

From Amy Blackthorn:
Uncle Robbie

Siren's Song: All Soul's Night by Loreena McKennitt

Grand Prize Giveaway Winners

The LaPulia Studios Book of Shadows Giveaway Winner is...

Jonquil Alexia!!

GPG #2 Multi-vendor giveaway winner is...

Johanna Lawson!!

Winners, please be sure you send your mailing addresses to Kallan ASAP so the vendors can send out your prizes!

Thank you for your participation in our Samhain Celebration!

If you listen on the wind, you may hear our call again, at the time just when the leaves begin to turn. When the chill is in the air, be alert, and don't despair, for the Sirens bring the magic of Samhain!

All our love,
Samhain's Sirens

Magical Monday: Samhain Altars

Monday, October 30, 2017

As we wind up the season, it's time to get more serious. Tomorrow evening, we begin our Ancestral Remembrance known as Samhain. It's been fun, and we've enjoyed every moment of this month with you.
The Thinning of the Veil by Loren Morris. Available for purchase at Primitive Witchery
Before we go further, we need to announce the winner of the Cordelia's Charms Giveaway. And the winner is...

Sandy McLean!

Congratulations! Please be sure you send Kallan your mailing address so Kourtney can send out your prize!

What kind of witches would we be without a song from Damh the Bard? Perfect for Samhain Eve.

Samhain Altars

Today, we show you some of our own Samhain altars from years' past. We hope this may inspire you for your own altar, and you'll enjoy this. We're also going to give you a preview of the Grand Prize Giveaways- winners to be announced tomorrow.

From Autumn Earthsong:

From Jennifer Hodgson:

From Johanna Lawson:

From Debbie Becker:

From Dawn Leith-Daugherty

From Angie Crabtree:

From Silver Swan:

Please take a moment to comment and thank these wonderful Sirens for sharing their Samhain Altars with you. These are very personal, and most people don't like sharing for that reason. These are beautiful and creative.

Grand Prize Giveaways!

For those of you who have been entering our giveaways all season, you are already entered into the grandprize giveaway. Every time you posted a valid entry, that entry counted toward our grand prizes. This year, we have two grand prizes to give away. Here's what the lucky winners will receive:

Grand Prize Giveaway #1:  From LaPulia Studios

The Witches’ Pentacle Blank Book of Shadows
Blank Book of Shadows comes with 1000 blank pages ( 500 leaves) of acid free french parchment paper.

The five-pointed star, or pentacle is the most recognizable symbol in magick. It represents the integration of body and spirit, and the spiritual mastery of the four elements. The pentacle is considered to be the most potent, powerful, and persistent symbols in human history. It is used in a number of rituals, and as a Grade sign in many traditions. The pentacle is often worn as a symbol of recognition among practitioners, especially those who practice a code of secrecy and with this thought in mind we have created Witches’ Pentacle Book of Shadows.

LaPulia Book of Shadows’ purpose is to bring real magick, as a way of life and as a world view, into our world of physical forms from the world of ideas. We infuse each and every book with the magical energy needed to serve its owner and become a powerful magickal artifact. As magickal artifacts, our Book of Shadows and Grimoires create strong connections with their owners and will activate and increase your magickal consciousness.

Your magical Blank Book of Shadows or Grimoire will be crafted in accordance with the oldest witchcraft traditions. LaPulia Book of Shadows only uses brand new, pristine and virgin clean materials of the highest quality. In addition, before use, all of the materials used to create your book undergo a special cleansing ceremony to remove any negative energy and prepare them for use in production. Lastly, every single Book of Shadows and Grimoire is magically blessed before it is shipped to you.

This prize will have a 2-week delay in shipping due to back-orders.

Grand Prize Giveaway #2:  Total Value $491.90

The following vendors are participating in this one-
Baublesmith, Hauntiture Creations, Primitive Witchery, Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends, Cordelia's Charms, and Marie Bargas, The Hollywood Witch

From Baublesmith:

Handmade Copper Tree of Life wired across a Picture Jasper.  This unique piece hangs from a cotton cord and is brought to life by the unique way the picture jasper creates a landscape for the three of life to dwell. This one of a kind piece fills the palm of the hand and is a bold focal piece to any ensemble. Retail price: 49.95

From Hauntiture Creations:

The Work of a Wizard (Wizard Tray, Figurine, and Book)

As masters of the secret knowledge of fairies, elves, and a whole host of other spirits invisible to human sight, the wizard holds a position of power that must be used only for good.  It is considered a defect of manners if a person is ever aware of your wizardly efforts on his behalf. Magic is not one of the Natural Sciences.  Wizards do not seek to perform repeatable experiments.  Alchemists, astronomers, natural philosophers, and geographers who consider their work to be in a par with that of wizards are sadly mistaken.

     The Red Dragon of Wales

The national emblem of Wales has been a red dragon.  This goes back to an ancient story about Merlin, the great wizard.  The story tells how a red and white dragon had been fighting each other and doing terrible damage to the country. They were captured by magic and imprisoned under the hill called Dinas Emrys.
      All was quiet then for centuries, until King Vortigern tried to build a castle on the hill. Each day the workmen would start building the walls, and each morning they would find that their work from the day before had been destroyed during the night. Local wise men led Vortigern to a young boy called Merlin, who lived near the hill and who was known to have magic powers. Merlin told the King about the dragons under the hill.  Nobody believed him, but finally Vortigern had the hill opened up.  Everyone was terrified as the two huge dragons flew out and at once began fighting again. A battled followed, and at last the red dragon overcame and killed the white dragon.  This was the beginning of Merlin's career as a great wizard.

There are so many interesting stories of Merlin to read. Such important lesson in life to learn for our younger generation by reading with them.

Fairy Tales are more than true...not because they tell us Dragons exist, but because they tell us Dragons can be beaten.     G. K. Chesterton.

A marvelous treat you can give your young one, is the gift of knowledge thru wonderful books to read.
             Magyk.   By Angie Sage.
             Book One- Septimus Heap
This spell binding series opener is a book full of wonders, charms, and surprises. Beautifully written and richly imagined, it invites us into a world we never want to leave.

Septimus Heap, the seventh son of the seventh son, disappears the night he was born, pronounced dead by the midwife.  That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heaps, comes across an abandoned child in the snow-a newborn girl with violet eyes.  The Heaps take her into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?

Total Value: $75.00

From Primitive Witchery:

Set of Wolf Hair Runes
Full set of 24 Elder Futhark Ulfhednar Ice Runes featuring actual wolf hair. They come in burlap bag and they are fully handcrafted and handpainted. The wolf hair is from shedding wolves.

Retail Price: $54.95

Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends: Mojo Box Giveaway

Retail price: $11.00

From Cordelia's Charms:

Whimsical Witch Hat Dangle Earrings: $22  --  Cute little witchy hats are suspended below purple bicone and olive green roundelle Swarovski Crystals. Total length measuring from the top of the ear wire is 2 inches.

From Marie Bargas. The Hollywood Witch: Two prizes

Retro-buster candle set. Value: $90.00

As seen on TV's "Extra"

Psychic Reading from The Hollywood Witch. Value $150.00

From The Lapis Dragon:

This Samhain Besom is designed to add both decoration and protection to your hearth. At 32" tall, it's not quite large enough for flying, but traditionally placed at the door or above it, you can use this besom to sweep negativity out the door and keep it from entering again. Decorated with crow and pheasant feathers, with a crow's head accent and scented with our Samhain oil (patchouli, vanilla and cinnamon), this is the perfect piece for the season, or all year round.
Retail Value: $40.00

How to enter:
If you have not entered any of our giveaways until now, you still have one more chance left! Comment on this blog (be sure to either post your email address or send it via email to Kallan)

Those of you who have already entered, you can go ahead and give us a comment (email addresses please)- perhaps a farewell?

Canadian residents: One last trivia question for an entry-

When did the flag of Canada make its first official appearance?

That's all for today! Tomorrow, we post remembrances and the winners.
Samhain Blessings!
The Sirens