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.



Forget-Me-Nots


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?
1867
1965
1982

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

Craftacular Saturday with Loren Morris

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Since this is our final Craftacular Saturday of the season, we're going to do something a little different.



Loren was interviewed earlier this year by the lovely author Karen Dahlman. Watch this enchanting video for some really clever tips on decorating your home, witchy-style.



Want to learn more about Karen? Visit Creative Visions Publications

Loren's amazing works can be found at: https://www.primwitchery.com/
Like her shop on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/primitivewitchery/


Final Freaky Friday: Samhains Sirens October 27, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Freaky Friday Frolicking is about to begin! It's our last one of the season, so let's do it right!



Before we move on to the fun, let's find out who won yesterday's giveaway! And, the winner of the Raven Feather Glass Creations giveaway is...
Joe Beamon!

Congratulations! Be sure you send your choice of tea and mailing address to Kallan, so your prize can be shipped to you!

And now, on with the celebration!

Today's Music:  Samhain Song by Lisa Thiel






Forget-Me-Notby Kallan Kennedy



Today's tribute is to Margot Adler.

Margot Susanna Adler (April 16, 1946 – July 28, 2014) was an American author, journalist, lecturer, Wiccan priestess, radio journalist and New York correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Adler grew up mostly in New York City. Her grandfather, Alfred Adler, was a noted Austrian Jewish psychotherapist, collaborator with Sigmund Freud and the founder of the school of individual psychology. Adler authored Drawing Down the Moon, a 1979 book about Neopaganism which was revised in 2006.The book is considered a watershed in American Neopagan circles, as it provided the first comprehensive look at modern nature-based religions in the US. For many years it was the only introductory work about the American Neopagan communities.

Her second book, Heretic's Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution, was published by Beacon Press in 1997. Adler was a Wiccan priestess in the Gardnerian tradition, an elder in the Covenant of the Goddess, and she also participated in the Unitarian Universalist faith community.



Margot was a genuinely kind person. I had the opportunity to interact with her on Facebook for several years. Once, when I was starting a new walking regime, she encouraged me to keep going, as she had to walk 5 miles a day to keep her weight down. Another time, she discovered that I was going to be traveling to Manhattan for a business trip, and invited me to meet her for dinner. Unfortunately, I was unable to make that dinner, as my train left too early, and Margot passed through the veil the next year. She was always interested in making human connections like that. So many tributes have been made to her, and there are so many stories just like mine. She was a lovely person and we honor her spirit today.




Today's Recipe: Sweet Potato Pecan Pieby Autumn Earthsong



This pie recipe is something you would be proud to serve anytime through the holidays from Samhain to Yule.  It’s delicous.  Your guests will be impressed!

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
1-1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 eggs
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
1 unbaked pie crust (9 inches)

TOPPING
 1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Whipped topping or ice cream

In a bowl, blend sugar and spices. Beat eggs; add milk and vanilla. Combine the sugar mixture. Stir in potatoes; beat until smooth. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Combine topping ingredients. Remove pie from the oven; sprinkle with topping. Bake 10-15 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Serve with whipped topping or ice cream.
6-8 servings.

Enjoy, Autumn Earthsong

Autumn Earthsong is a wife, mother, grandmother and a Witch! She’s been the Kitchen and Herb Witch for Samhain’s Sirens, The Sunday Stew and Imramma magazine for a few years now. Her Craft revolves around the kitchen, garden, hearth, altar, Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon. She feels Goddess blessed every day.   Autumn is also a healer as a Master Reiki practitioner and she’s knowledgeable in herbalism and crystals for healing as well. Autumn is the founder of her Coven and you can find her blogging at autumnearthsong.com.  Autumn is her favorite time of year as you may guess by her name,  and she especially loves sharing her favorite seasonal recipes!  She hopes you add them to your own  recipe files and enjoy them!  Blessed Samhain to all!


Siren's note: Our hearts go out to Autumn and her family at this time. Her daughter Sara passed through the veil last week. If you are able, please hold space for them at this time.




Cocktails with Ciel: Candy Corn Shots



Ingredients:

1 package orange Jello
1 package lemon Jello
1 packet unflavored gelatin
Vodka
Oranges or clear shot glasses

Instructions:

If using oranges slice oranges in half and scoop out the meat of the orange leaving an orange “bowl”. If using clear shot glasses set glasses out in preparation.

Boil one cup of water. Pour into bowl with one package of Jello (each flavor will need to be made separately and layered) and stir until Jello has fully dissolved. Pour in ¾ cup of vodka and stir. Fill the orange bowls or shot glasses one third of the way and place in the refrigerator until Jello has set. Repeat for each flavor of jello so that you get layers of orange, then lemon, then unflavored/clear to create the candy corn effect.

If using shot glasses your job is done! You can top with a bit of whipped cream if you like or simply leave them as is. If you are using oranges your next step is to slice the oranges. Since we are attempting to mimic candy corn try to slice them into as triangular a shape as possible. Next step: eat and enjoy!

These are a Halloween season favorite but one that I have never made or tried and decided this season I was going to give them a try and I am glad I did! They are so cute when finished and are perfect for any Halloween/Samhain party.

They are easy to make but can be time consuming as you have to wait for each individual layer of Jello to set before adding the next layer. The original instructions said 20 minutes to set but I found it took about 40 minutes for each layer to properly set. You definitely want to make sure the Jello is solid (well, as solid as Jello can get anyway) before pouring in the second and third layers. The new layer will be warm and can cause the colors/flavors to mix if the Jello in the orange/cup is not fully set.

If you’re going with the orange method I will warn you it is something of a challenge. The oranges do not like to sit level and can cause the liquid to gel unevenly. You may find that you have to trim off ends of the orange that end up without any Jello attached but that is easily done when slicing the oranges into triangles.

You can use unflavored vodka for it all or play around with the various flavors of vodka available. There are a lot of options so get creative!

C.L. (Ciel) Luciole spent a big portion of her childhood trying to understand why the Catholics of her community kept telling her magic was evil when such wonders could only be a gift from God, right? As a young teenager she picked up a copy of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk and knew instantly that she had found what she was looking for. She has walked the path of the Witch ever since. She spent two decades studying various traditions of paganism and witchcraft and, finding none that truly spoke to her heart, finally decided to take her accumulated knowledge and start her own tradition and the Covenant of the Starspun Grove and The Starspun Path was born. She is now the Priestess of a thriving coven and community group in her area of Northeast Ohio and is committed to serving her community to the very best of her ability. That typically comes with a healthy dose of brutal honesty and plenty of sass and is known in her community for her irreverent nature.
Visit C.L. and the others of her tribe at: The Coven of Misfit Witches



Today's Giveaway from Cordelia's Charms!


Black & Red Quartz Diadem: $28 --  Clear quartz crystal of varying lengths are at the center of this diadem. Highlighted with red glass oblong beads and Swarovski Crystals for a touch of color along the length of black seed beads. This can be worn as a diadem around the head or as necklace for a less conspicuous look.  Its total length is 20.5 inches. 


Here's how to enter: You have until midnight, Sunday (October 29) to enter.

At least ONE entry must have your email address for you to qualify. 

US Residents:
First entry (Mandatory): Go to Cordelia's Charms Facebook page. Like the page, and comment that you're visiting from Samhain's Sirens. Come back here, comment that you did this.

Optional extra entries:

2. Go to Cordelia's Charms Etsy Shop. Peruse her wonderful wares, come back here and leave a comment on your favorite item in the shop.

3. Blog about this giveaway. Come back here, leave the link to your blog post.

4. Post a tweet, Facebook post, or Instagram (your choice) and come back here- leave the link to your post.

5. Like the Samhain's Sirens Facebook page. Come back here, and tell us that you did. If you've already liked us, just leave a comment that you're one of our fans :)


Canadian Citizens: For five entries, answer the following question:

Where would you go if you wanted to see a whale? 
Alberta
British Columbia
Saskatchewan




Reminder: All entries received throughout this month go toward the Grand Prize Giveaways. Winners to be announced on Monday, October 31. Sneak peek of the Grand Prizes will be posted on Monday.

See you tomorrow for some fantastic decorating tips from Loren Morris!
 
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