Hello My Lovelies,
Couldn't miss this opportunity to wish you a Happy Halloween and to wish you Happy Hauntings at the start of the Yule season.
This is the time of year when the veil between the earth and the Other-World is at its thinnest -- the time when contact between the inhabitants of each is not only possible, but likely.
Best keep your eyes open and your ears peeled, especially if you walk about in the night (or even anytime when your attention is fully distracted by your electronic devices!) You might run into Hecate, the Greek goddess of the Crossroads (scary intersections where outcasts and thieves were often buried in ancient times). She was known to often travel with a following of ghosts (the newly dead wanting to return to earth) and other social outcasts. No wonder she was both honored and feared as the protector of the oppressed and those who lived "on the edge".
Of course it is Hecate, best known as in role as the Goddess of Witchcraft, that we associate most with Halloween.
Halloween's just around the corner, so it's time to reflect on the meanings of the myths of Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft.
Meet the goddess Hecate and her myths by clicking here: Hecate (Caution! Leave the stereotypes behind--she's not what you're probably expecting.)
The Goddess in so many of her incarnations has an uncanny way of showing up this time of year. She is often cleverly concealed in our holiday traditions, and 'tis the season to be looking for her. You're invited to visit our telling of the History of Halloween recounting some of the pagan origins of our customs.
And while you're at the site,
feel free to shed all
those masks that you wear
Nipping on the heels of Halloween comes the season that we all love and dread--the "High Stress Holidays"-- that time of year when all wise women smack hundreds of post-it notes throughout the house, each one a reminder to "Remember to Breathe"! . . .
and the truly wise ones give up the impossible dream of achieving perfection and just set about taking it easy and enjoying the whole affair!
There seems to be a common thread that runs through many of the stressors that women face in modern life. . . and that thread is the message, "be conventional" or "do it the way things should be done, or ought to be".
There are a few special souls who don't have to behave that much differently on Halloween and Lynne's one of them (as you will probably surmise from this photo of my friend Lynne). She's a consummate lover of life and does a pretty good impersonation of a wild and witchy woman herself this Halloween.
You who give us so much love and pain mixed together that our morality is always on the
verge of collapsing:
Remove, banish, annihilate and laugh into oblivion any jinx that has clung to them, no matter how long they've suffered from it, and even if they've become accustomed or addicted to its ugly companionship.
And please conjure an aura of protection around them so that they will receive an early warning if they are ever about to act in such a way as to bring another hex or plague or voodoo into their lives in the future."
We thank Rob Breszny, the Free Will Astrologer,
for his permission to use the poem. He calls it "Prayer For You". You can read 'A Prayer
For You' in it's entirety at Rob's site, though we insist on calling it:
Wild Woman, you really don't have to act crazy -- just give yourself permission to be yourself. (If it helps, just try remember that everybody else is already taken.)
Honor the goddess in YOU!
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