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As the old year starts to wane, the new one begins, it is now Samhain”
The Wiccan Reed

Happy New year all. A short post as I am busy preparing for our Samhain ritual later today.

So what are your resolutions or projects or plans for study?

Myself I am working on my BOS the BOS for our new coven and a fun Work Book. Somewhere in there I want to study plants too.

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Ancestral Place

It’s a perfect day grey and cold with the threat of rain. Our Ancestor altar is set up with loving faces looking back at us. It all makes me think. Of people and of place

These gates have welcomed generations of my family through them. I have shared this space with ancestors I never shared time with. I first entered them at 3 months old. Though these gates will also be my final resting place as it has been for generations of my family.

There is something very special about knowing where you come from and to have such a deep connection of family.

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Samhain feast or whats cooking at my house

Very little in my life does not revolve around food. I spend a great deal of my resources time, energy money on feeding myself and the family. I find recipes and save recipes and make up recipes, and shop and cook and cook some more. I cannot think of a single holiday in our family that the meal is not a central part of it. and so here is my plan for food tomorrow

Tonight I am making roast chicken I know pretty fancy for a Tuesday but I had the chicken and it has been to hot to roast it so today is the day. I am going to toss in  large baking potatoes with the chicken and bake them most of the way. When they are cool enough to work with I will cut an opening in the top of them and save them for tomorrow morning. Tomorrow morning I will put an egg or two in each potato and some bacon bits and cheese and what have you and make baked eggs and potato aka Idaho Sunrise.

Lunch will be a salad for me. and maybe some soup

For dinner I am making Crock pot Chili with corn bread and garlicky greens (chard kale spinach or any green sautéed with a little olive oil and garlic)

This gives a nice base for the onslaught of sugar.

After Trick or treating and after I put Little to bed a few of my Girls are coming over to celebrate the new year and so our midnight super will be soul cakes, (recipe below) Pumpkin soup (recipe also below) and cut fruit.

Soul Cakes


5 oz butter
5 oz sugar
2 cups flour
3 egg yolks
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp allspice
3 tbsp currants
2 tsp milk

Sift flour and spices into a bowl.
Cream together butter and sugar.
Beat egg yolks and add to the creamed mixture, beating well.
Add flour and spice mix and stir in the currants.
Add milk to form a soft dough.
Place dough on a lightly-floured surface and shape into flat cakes about two-or-three-inches in diameter.
Transfer to a well-buttered baking tray and place in an oven pre-heated to 180°C (350 F) and bake until lightly golden.
Cool on a wire rack.

Pumpkin Soup

take a small sugar pumpkin, cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Clean the seeds and scatter them on a baking sheet. sprinkle with olive oil and herbs such as salt, garlic and pepper or pumpkin pie spice mix. put a bit of coconut oil in each half and roast slice side up until done. They will be soft and start to get brown and pull away from their skin. Wait till cool

Saute onion in a pan adding spices I like salt, pumpkin pie mix with a bit of chipoltle, add in the pumpkin and broth. use an immersion blender and blend away. Add more broth if you need to thin out the soup and bring to a simmer. Serve with pumpkin seeds on top or some sour cream.

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I made this Hallowe’en Craft Blog Party Luminarias

Today is like I said a big day for me. I have been interviewed over at Witch-blog and in that interview I talk a lot about my mom’s side of the family. This post will be more on the dad’s side.

In Mexico for day of the dead people make lots of beautiful Altars or shrines. The altars are filled with sugar skulls and flowers and candles and the foods or vices the departed enjoyed. They also often have luminarias around them. As we are in California Day of the dead is part of our cultural even for those with out direct heritage.

. For that reason my whole coven will be making these when we meet to celebrate Samhain. They will then be used to mark the outline of our circle. I think this is a beautiful representation of our ancestors standing with us. Here is what it looks like when it is done

Here is how they are made.


purchase a pack of lunch bag size paper bags


I had a picture of my great grandmother in her graduation garb. She not only went to college but graduated from Columbia University.


I cut out the photo and placed it on my paper bag.


I traced just inside where the picture was.


Then I cut just inside the traced line. You need to make sure you have enough of a lip to glue the picture too.


Which is what I have done here. I glued the picture onto the lip of paper that was left.


Traditionally you fill the bottom with sand and put in a candle. For today’s purpose I purchased 3 of these led lights in a pack from the dollar store.


and there it is done and on the mantel.

Hope you enjoyed and Bright Blessings to all.

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Night of Seers

October 24th Festival Prelude and Night of the Seers. Put up the seasonal decoration and set up the family shrine/ Dia de los Muertos altar. Carve Jack O’ Lanterns. over dinner spend time remembering ancestors and other historical figures who have dealt with the supernatural or who have foreseen the future.

The above is What is written in my Book of Days and BOS.

Also a good day to read The Raven by Poe with or without kids.

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Samhain yearly rant.

Now that Little’s birthday celebrations have past (and boy were there a lot of them) I  am turning my face to the next celebrations on the horizon. First up Samhain/ Halloween  Dia de Los Muertos (day of the dead) week of celebrations.

I would like to start with my yearly rant about why these holidays are important. The very fact that they are so celebrated should speak a bit about the power of them. Not to mention that many churches go on hyper overdrive to have “harvest festivals”. This is a time to remember that Witches are very much real and have been a long part of our history. Our Fear of powerful women, and men, our greed of their knowledge can be seen far to often in history. Want some truly scary reads for this time of year? Read about the witch hunts. This holidays are important because they force us to varying degrees think about witches as people.

Next part of my rant is for the pagans (I am sure none of you) who do this whole “I walk the Old Path, Christianity stole all our holidays and everything traces back to the old Celtic holy days” sing song. This doesn’t usually get under my skin so much as I hear the following argument/ theory. which is some sort of version of Samhain is the real holiday we are celebrating every thing is based on it. oh really? what about Day of the Dead? Well Christianity  stole from us and have all souls day and when Spain conquered Mexico they brought that holiday which the natives adapted. Yeah nice theory though utterly wrong! The Natives already had an ancestor festival long before the conquistadors.

point to both is that this is a good time to look at some history and learn your stuff instead of mindlessly repeating things you have not taken the time to look up. And by they way when you dismiss my ancestors holiday, it is just as if someone told you your holiday was made up and not real. So how does that feel?

ok rant over!

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Pin of the Day. Ancestor Altar

Source: via Marion on Pinterest

You must know by now I love all things books. I cam across this pin and thought what a wonderful way to make an ancestor altar for Samhain. I think you could put in their picture and maybe some trinkets of them or a pressed flower if they have a favorite and maybe a story about them. Then when we do our Week of remembrances we can pull out the book and read the stories. 

I like her whole blog which can be found here

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Pin of the Day Samhain

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Happy new year


I miss my writing time. I’m told that my new laptop charger will be here tomorrow which means I will once again be able to type with all fingers, and not just thumbs. I can’t wait.
Really I cant, which is why today I will once again brave the thumb typing.

I hope all of you had a great night last night. We stayed in with popcorn and hot apple cider. We were going to go to a fall festival with trunker treating, but Little was not interested. She was equeally uninterested in her costume and so we had a cozy night at home.
I did a small ritual around midnight. Just me in the dark. It was quite moving and powerful to me and so I am pleased with it. I of course thanked the Goddess and God for their blessings and abundance through out this last year. I then did a remeberance for those who have past recently and in the last year. Including those lost in natural disasters around the world and in war zones. And that was it. I choose to not do any divination. I simply want to be thankful. Tonight I will take the beans and rice I left on our altar for our ancestors and scatter it.

Which brings us to today. Happy new year! What spiritual goals have you set for the new year? Perhaps a garden, or working a particular skill? My goal is to finish me book this year. I am also working on continuing the permaculture in my back yard. That is it. If I start thinking of to many things I will get distracted and nothing will get done. Always loved the saying “keep it simple sweetie.”
So what are your goals?
Bright blessings, Poppy

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Ug. I’m stuck in recurring computer fail land. It is being worked on but I’m no good at typing meaningfull words with my thumbs from my cell.
Before I leave you in more radio silence, I will say that this last week has really been nice. We have been having candlelight suppers while we talk about the people in our family and those we feel akin to. We talked about our ancestors coming to the USA for religious reasons. We talked about ancestors that sang and painted and wrote plays. We talked about generations of women (and men) who kept the family together and took care of everyone. There have been peels of laughter, and tears. All in all it has been. Beautiful and moving experience.
Tonight is the night we remember past pets.  I have a picture of our beloved dog on our mantle. Oh if everyone could love as unconditionally as he did. He found joy in everything, and brought us happiness everyday. We were lucky to share time with him. To Duke we will always love you.

Bright Blessings.

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