Monday, October 31, 2011

Simple Apple Cider

Hot apple cider is always a favorite around here this time of year.  I am generally hurrying around so I need things to be simple.  This one is very simple and very delicious:

*1 64 oz container of apple cider
*3 cinnamon sticks
*1 teaspoon allspice
*1/3 cup brown sugar

I love how the allspice container has a pentagram on it ((giggle)).  Combine all ingredients in pot on stove, stir to blend well, bring to a boil and keep warm.  Enjoy!

Altar Prep

So I waited a little late to do some altar prep for tonight's ritual.  I wish I could say that this is not typical of me.  :-/  I added a nice little pumpkin and some corn a while ago, but I do need to bring out my photos.  Samhain is after all when the veil between worlds is the thinnest than at any other time during the year, and it is during this time that we honor our loved ones, family, friends and/or pets that have passed on.  Their pictures sit upon the altar to remind us that though they are gone from our eyes, they are still with us in spirit and we should honor them. It is rainy and gloomy here today and it feels somewhat appropriate given the solemness of the holiday.

I usually use live flowers on my altar for rituals, but there are occasions where I use dried ones, such as Samhain.  Even though the flowers are no longer living, they are nonetheless very much real and still very beautiful.  They still garner respect and admiration.  To me this makes perfect sense given the nature of the holiday.  I put together this little arrangement earlier:

Tonight I will be performing my Samhain rite together with several other folks, so it should be a good one.  I am very much looking forward to it.  Now off to make some cider, get some work done and prepare for tonight.  Blessed Samhain, everyone!

Loreena McKennitt - All Souls Night

Sunday, October 30, 2011


I will of course post my own take/rituals for this holiday in another post, but I figured it might be cool to also post this:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Buddha In My Yard

What You Will Find Here

This blog will be a place for me to talk about my faith (I have been a solitary practitioner of Wicca for over 20 years) and how it affects my day-to-day as a busy modern woman (mother, wife, writer), modern pagan issues, photos, quotes and things that inspire and interest me.  I am (as many people are) trying to live a more faith-centered life as I find it enriches not only my life but the lives of those around me.