The time between Samhain and Yule flew by. In addition to the normal holiday madness, my husband and I have been busy starting a new business. My husband is a very talented woodworker, specializing in turned wood products. For years, whenever I needed something for my altar, he would make it for me out of wood if he could. I love the feel of wood, especially the local woods of the Adirondacks. I have beautiful pieces all around the house that were turned from logs that came off our woodpile. We’ve joked that at the end of a particularly cold winter we will be burning wood bowls to stay warm.
After much discussion about the growing pile of bowls and other designs, we decided it was time to share the creations with the world. We’ve just opened a shop on Etsy. You can find it here.
Reclaimed wine bottles make awesome incense burners.
One item that’s there now is a reclaimed wine bottle incense burner. If you saw the post with my Samhain altar, you saw the incense burner he made for me, right in the middle. Burning incense in wine bottles isn’t new, but these are a unique design. The bottom has been cut off the bottle and it sits on a wood base, so I can easily empty the ash. I can also put the glass bottle in the dishwasher to clean off the soot that sticks to the inside, keeping it clear so I’ll always be able to see the smoke swirling around inside.
The other unique feature is the turned wood top. It has a wire spiral underneath to hold the incense stick. As the smoke comes out through the holes in the top, it makes a number of separate curls that snake around each other, sometimes blending together, sometimes going in different directions. It’s mesmerizing to watch and makes an interesting focal point for meditation. I wish I could capture the smoke in a picture that would do it justice.
See the incense burner on Etsy by clicking here.
My ancestor altar for Samhain 2013.
I can feel the veil thinning as we approach Samhain. I find myself blessed with new insights, strange dreams and resurfacing memories. While I love to indulge in the fun parts of Halloween, especially costumes and candy, I also try not to lose touch with the deeper meaning of this time of the year.
My family altar honors our loved ones who have passed, including some special pets. I’ve also laid out some divination tools to encourage messages from the other side.
At Samhain, practice divination and connect with those who have passed.
Full Moon view from earth In Belgium (Hamois). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tonight’s full moon is in the sign of Aries. With the energy of the full moon added to Aries’ enthusiasm, you might find yourself acting a bit more impulsively than usual. If you’ve been neglecting your fitness routine, it’s time to brush off your sneakers, because you’ve got to do something with all that active energy. With extra creative spark, the furniture might need to be rearranged or you may find yourself itching to start a renovation project.
A full moon is a powerful time for any kind of magickal workings. Aries will give even more oomph to spells for leadership, spiritual rededications or conversions, and will power. Healing spells for the face, head and brain will work best now.
Psychic energy is strong during a full moon, therefore it’s a good time for divination. October’s full moon is an especially good time, as it is almost Samhain and the veil between worlds is thin now. Grab your tarot cards, rune stones, pendulum or other favorite divination tool to gain some insight into the year ahead.
Temper the Aries impulsiveness with some careful planning for any spell you will do during this full moon. With so much strength behind it, full moon magick needs very specific intentions to keep it from going awry.
If it’s a clear night, go outside and spend a few minutes bathing in moonlight.