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Halloween Pumpkin Muffins
by Gerina Dunwich 4 cups Flour 3 cups Sugar 1-3/4 teaspoons Baking Soda 1 teaspoon Salt 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder 1 tablespoon Ground Cloves 1 tablespoon Cinnamon 1 tablespoon Nutmeg 1/2 tablespoon Ginger 1-1/2 cups Raisins 1/2 cup Walnuts (chopped) 4 Eggs 2-1/2 cups Mashed Cooked Pumpkin 1 cup Vegetable Oil 1 cup Water In a large mixing bowl, combine the first eleven ingredients, and then make a "well" in the middle of the mixture. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs lightly and then add the pumpkin, vegetable oil, and water. Mix together well. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. (Do not overstir!) Spoon into paper-lined muffin pans, filling about two-thirds full. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 375-degree oven and then immediately remove the muffins from the pans to prevent them from scorching and drying out. (This recipe yields about 3 1/2 dozen muffins.) (The above "Halloween Pumpkin Muffins" recipe is from "The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch's Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes" by Gerina Dunwich, page 171, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Recipe by Gerina Dunwich 3/4 cup softened butter 2 cups brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind 2 cups flour 1 cup finely chopped pecans Cream the butter in a large cast-iron cauldron (or mixing bowl). Gradually add the brown sugar, beating well. Add the eggs, lemon juice, and rind, and then beat by hand or with an electric mixer until the mixture is well blended. The next step is to stir in the flour and pecans. Cover the cauldron with a lid, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. When ready, shape the dough into one-inch balls and place them about three inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake in a 375-degree preheated oven for approximately eight minutes. Remove from the oven and place on wire racks until completely cool. This recipe yields about 36 cookies which can be served at any of the eight Sabbats, as well as at Esbats and all other Witchy get-togethers. (The above "Cauldron Cookies" recipe is from "The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch's Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes" by Gerina Dunwich, page 167, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Granny McCoy's Pumpkin Pie
by Edain McCoy This recipe makes two nine-inch pies. 3 cups Cooked Pumpkin (canned is fine) 1-1/4 cups Evaporated Milk 2-1/2 cups Granulated Sugar 1/2 heaping teaspoon Ground Nutmeg 1/2 scant teaspoon Salt 1/4 rounded teaspoon Allspice 1/2 rounded teaspoon Cinnamon 4 well-beaten Eggs Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and pour into two deep, unbaked pie shells. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until a knife comes out of the center clean. (The above "Granny McCoy's Pumpkin Pie" recipe is quoted directly from Edain McCoy's book "The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways", page 32, Llewellyn Publications, 1994.)
by Edain McCoy Potatoes, harvested from August to October, were a part of the feast in Ireland where they were made into a Samhain dish known as colcannon. Colcannon is a mashed potato, cabbage, and onion dish still served in Ireland on All Saint's Day. It was an old Irish tradition to hide in it a ring for a bride, a button for a bachelor, a thimble for a spinster, and a coin for wealth, or any other item which local custom decreed in keeping with the idea of the New Year as a time for divination. If you make colcannon with these little objects inside, please exercise caution against choking. (Serves eight) 4 cups Mashed Potatoes 2-1/2 cups Cabbage, cooked and chopped fine 1/2 cup Butter
(avoid corn oil margarines as they will not add the needed body and flavor) 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk or Cream 3/4 cup Onion, chopped very fine and sauteedbr> 1/4 teaspoon Salt 1/8 teaspoon White Pepper Saute onions (traditionalists saute in lard or grease, but butter is acceptable). Boil the potatoes and mash them (do not use artificial potato flakes). In a large pan place all of the ingredients except the cabbage and cook over low heat while blending them together. Turn the heat to medium and add the chopped cabbage. The mixture will take on a pale green cast. Keep stirring occasionally until the mixture is warm enough to eat. Lastly drop in the thimble, button, ring, and coin. Stir well and serve. (The above "Colcannon" recipe is quoted directly from Edain McCoy's book "The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways", page 38, Llewellyn Publications, 1994.)
Samhain Oil - Put in soap or annoint candles 3 drops cedarwood 3 drops clove 3 drops frankincense 3 drops patchouli 3 drops rosemary
Add a piece of dried marigold and three dried pumpkin seeds with obsidian, amber, and ruby crystals. THis is a light and dark oil that captures all the mystery and ambience of this special night of meditation.
Samhain Ritual Potpourri
by Gerina Dunwich 45 drops patchouli oil 1 cup oak moss 2 cups dried apple blossoms 2 cups dried heather flowers 1 cup dried and chopped apple peel 1 cup dried pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup dried and chopped mandrake root Mix the patchouli oil with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container. (The above "Samhain Ritual Potpourri" recipe is from "The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch's Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes" by Gerina Dunwich, page 164, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.) Oil For sabbath: See OILS
by Gerina Dunwich 1/2 teaspoon Dried Bay Leaves 1/2 teaspoon Dried Mint Leaves 1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme pinch of Myrrh Resin pinch of Frankincense Resin 13 drops Cypress Oil 3 drops Camphor Oil Using a mortar and pestle, crush the Bay, Mint, and Thyme until almost powdered. Stir in the Frankincense and Myrrh resins. Add the Cypress and camphor Oils, and mix well. Store in a tightly capped jar and let the mixture age for at least two weeks before using. Burn on a hot charcoal block during your ritual. (The above "Hecate Incense" recipe is from "WiccaCraft: The Modern Witch's Book of Herbs, Magic, and Dreams" by Gerina Dunwich, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
And finally, here are several nice devotional incantations and poems with proper credit given to each author... Enjoy and May Ye Blessed Be!
by Myria/Brighid October 1999 It is Samhain ...The Night of Shadows. The Circle is cast around the fire, And through the darkness, we glance, For the veils are thin, in this sacred night! Ancient voices around us, Whispering old and forgotten songs, While we dance the Spiral Dance, To meet Her. And there She comes, The Lady of the Gate! Power and compassion evolving us, As a dark but comforting wave. Beautiful Queen of the Dark Night! With Her mantle of raven's feathers, And eyes deep with wisdom. Cerridwenn! She opens Her arms, in a welcoming embrace, We feel around us the flow of love, Of Her Eternal Grace. And then we hear Her voice, Melodious and grave, That speaks from inside our soul, As an echo in a cave. Blessed Daughters of My Heart, I hear your prayers from afar. And that is why I came tonight! Do not despair when the times are hard! Do not abandon the Path you found! For time has come for My return, And you, Loved Ones, shall open the way, Singing my name as the ancient bards. I am always with you, do never doubt that! I am the Old and the Young One! I am the Keeper of the Gate! I am the Master of Time! I am the Dark Goddess of Death! I am the Bright Goddess of Dawn! I am The One! I am Cerridwenn!
by Rhiannon Cotter At Hallowmas, the veil between the worlds of life and death, conscious and unconscious, grows thin as we celebrate, in darkness, the end of the old year and the coming of the new. Hallowmas is a time of weeding and pruning ourselves under the auspices of our ancestors and guides and of remembering those parts of us lost during the past year. Hallowmas is a time to honor those who have come before us for their knowledge and help on the spirit plane, especially those sacrificed during the Burning Times. But beware, sexual union on Hallowmas can result in the reincarnations.
"An Autumn Chant"
by Karen Bergquist I will dance The dance of dying days And sleeping life. I will dance In cold, dead leaves A bending, whirling human flame. I will dance As the Horned God rides Across the skies. I will dance To the music of His hounds Running, baying in chorus. I will dance With the ghosts of those Gone before. I will dance Between the sleep of life And the dream of death. I will dance On Samhain's dusky eye, I will dance.
"Invocation of the Old One"
by Noel-Anne Brennan Ancient Mother Warrior Lady of the Red Desert, Lady of the Great North, Mistress of Moonlight, And ice, Mistress of Earth And the changing sky, Come to us now. Come to us, Old one, You whose name Is in all things, Come to us now And bless us And feel our love.
by Noel-Anne Brennan We call to you now, Ancient One, From the times before the Beginning, from the place before time, Eternal. We call to you, Dark Moon, Mighty One, By all your names Spoken and unspoken. Rhea, Mother of Time, Macha, Lady of Power, Baba Yaga of the forests, Kali, Dark Mother, Hecate of the Crossroads, Queen of magic. Mighty Goddesses and Crones, Bless us And bless the Crones Of our circle, First among sisters. Bless them, bless them, bless them, Mighty Ones. We thank you.
A Sample Ritaul:
This Ritual shall be performed during the evening hours, sometime after Sunset. Sweep area, starting in the North and moving deosil, with your magickal broom to cleanse the Circle area and "sweep away" any lingering negative energies. Set up the Quarter candles (North-Green, East-Yellow, South-Red, West-Blue) and/or other items symbolizing the elements at the Four Quarters. Set up your altar as desired, and face it to the North, covering it with the orange-and-black altar cloth. Place all of the items listed below in their proper places upon it. For this ceremony, decorate the altar with photographs, obituaries and other mementos of loved ones who have passed on (Family, Friends and Pets), and whatever else feels right. In addition to your usual tools and props, upon the altar should be: Orange and/or Black Altar Cloth Photographs, Obituaries and other Mementos from Loved Ones (Family, Friends and Pets) who have passed on... Three Candles in Holders for the Triple Goddess (1 White, 1 Red, and 1 Black - placed on the Left side of the Altar) Three Candles in Holders for the Triple God (1 Yellow, 1 Green, and 1 Black - placed on the Right side of the Altar) Cauldron with a Black Candle inside An Apple and a Bolline (or other Sharp Knife to cut it with) Food and Drink of your choice for sharing the Feast with the Departed Ones... Incense, Autumnal Blend using any combination of the following, or simply use one alone: Mint, Nutmeg, Sage, Apple, and Heliotrope When all is set up, take a shower or bath for purification and don your ritual robe or other ritual attire. Be sure to wear your magickal jewelry. Sit quietly and meditate for a little while - to ground and center before beginning the Ritual. When you feel ready to begin, play some quiet peaceful music for the ritual.
Cast the Circle... Sit quietly meditating within the cast Circle for a little while... When you feel ready, begin by turning to the three candles on the left side of the altar, saying: "I light three candles for the Triple Goddess... ...the Great Lady of Three Aspects." Light the White Candle, saying: "Glorious Maiden, Goddess of youth and new beginnings, dawn, and the planted seed... Light the Red Candle, saying: "Great Mother, Goddess of magic and plenty, love and knowledge." Light the Black Candle, saying: "Dark Crone, wise Goddess of the night, death and rebirth. I welcome the Goddess in all Her forms." Turn to the three candles on the right side of the altar, saying: "I light three candles for the Triple God... ...Great Lord of many faces. Light the Yellow Candle, saying: "Bright Sun King, God of success and plenty..." Light the Green Candle, saying: "Horned God of the Woodlands, God of fertility and growth..." Light the Black Candle, saying: "Dark Lord of the Underworld, God of protection and rest... I welcome the God in all His forms." With the Wand in your power hand, tap the Cauldron five times. Raise your arms over the altar and say: "Dark Goddess, Lord of Death, I ask Your blessings. Lift the Veil for me so that I may greet my Loved Ones who have passed on, Friends, family and pets who have gone ahead into your realms. Let only those who wish me well enter this Circle." Touch the plate (or basket) of food with the Wand, saying: "This is the night of the Feast of the Dead, the night of the wheel-turning year that brings us to the Thin Veil. The gates between the worlds stand open this night. I honor my Loved Ones whose voices come to me on the whispering wind. The Veil is lifted this night so that all may once more rejoice together in fellowship. All those who wish me well, welcome to my Circle As we eat, may we remember the eternal presence of the Gods, and may we remember that what we call death is but a fleeting existence in the cycle of birth, death and rebirth." Place the plate (or basket) of food on the Pentacle. Light the black candle in the Cauldron, say: "I ask all who have gathered here to join me in this feast. This is a time of remembrance of all those gone into the realm of the Dark Mother and the Dark Lord. May I always have good health, prosperity and happiness." Eat a little of the food and drink some of the fruit juice. Anything left after the ritual must be placed outside or buried. Sit silently now and think of family, friends, and pets who have departed this Earth. Pick up and look at the photographs. Savor this time with them. When you feel that you are finished, say: "The Thin Veil has been lifted. My Loved Ones have come to the Feast of the Dead. I thank them for their presences and words of comfort." Pick up the apple and say these words: "Beautiful Maiden, you are the dispenser of the seed of life, Life that awaits, hidden in the Sacred Cauldron. Fruitful Mother, your ripeness of power nurtures the seed Bringing it into existence and helping it grow. Dark Mother, your Magic Cauldron is the well of death and rebirth, An experience each of us undergoes again and again. Let there be no fear in me, for I know your gentleness. Here is the secret symbol of life in death and death in life, the hidden, mystical symbol of the Triple Goddess." Cut the apple crosswise to reveal the hidden pentagram in the core. Incline your head toward the altar and say: "My deepest thanks to the Triple Ladies, and to the Triple Lords. May I always walk in peace beside you." Eat part of the apple. Place the remainder outside ( after you have completed your ritual) as an offering to the birds and animals. Turn back to the Goddess candles and say: "The Wheel of the Year has turned, the harvest has come again. I have sown many thought-seeds since last Samhain. Let the good be harvested; Let those that would hinder or harm me be cast aside. The Triple Goddess has covered me with Her gentle hands, guided my steps, heard my desires. For this I give Her honor and love." Turn to the God candles and say: "The Wheel of the Year has turned, the harvest has come again. Once more I stand before the Thin Veil, before the gates that divide the worlds. The Triple God has protected me with His sword, guided my steps, heard my desires. For this I give Him honor and love." Now tap the Pentacle gently with your Wand, saying: "Give me clear knowledge of the path I am to follow. Hear my desires, O Great Ones! Guide me and protect me. Lead me to greater knowledge and fulfillment." Sit in silence while you ask what you need of the Gods. Also listen for spirit guidance that may come from those in the Summerland. When you feel you are finished, say: ""All love and honor to the Great Goddess and the Horned God! Blessed Be!" When you have finished, the time has now come to Release the Circle. Now is the time for meditation and any spellworkings you may need or desire to end your sabbath celebration... Appropriate Spellwork to consider for this turn in the Wheel of the Year is any for protection and neutralizing harm - these are particularly warranted at this time of year, because Samhain is considered to be a good time to boost your confidence and security. If no spellwork is to be done at this time, then proceed with the Cakes and Ale Ceremony, followed by Releasing the Magic Circle.
Please note this ritual is based on the Northern Hemisphere correspondences of elements and their colors, and directions and so on.
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