Simple Samhain Celebrations & Rituals — Magick & Alchemy (Reblog)

Samhain, also known as Halloween, is the final spoke in the Wheel of the Year. It is often viewed as the Witches’ New Year, and the final harvest before we plunge into the darkness of the coming months. Samhain is a time when the veil between the living and the dead becomes extremely thin and […]

Simple Samhain Celebrations & Rituals — Magick & Alchemy

*A book about Samhain.

Samhain Blessings, Spells and History — The Irish Jewelry Company’s Blog (Reblog)

The Celts celebrated Halloween as Samhain, ‘All Hallowtide’ – the ‘Feast of the Dead’, when the dead revisited the mortal world. The celebration marked the end of Summer and the start of the Winter months. During the eighth century the Catholic Church designated the first day of November as ‘All Saints Day’ (‘All Hallows’) – […]

Samhain Blessings, Spells and History — The Irish Jewelry Company’s Blog

*Christmas will soon be here, thinking of presents?

Samhain — Dowsing for Divinity (Reblog)

I have written quite a lot of posts about Samhain over the last few years. I thought I would collect them all into one post.

Samhain — Dowsing for Divinity

*Origins of Samhain.

Samhain Facts — (Reblog)

In this post you will learn some facts about Samhain and Halloween.

Samhain Facts —

*The origins of Halloween and Samhain

Home Blessing Ritual for Samhain Season — Tess Whitehurst (Reblog)

Cleanse, bless, and protect your home at Samhain season with this beautiful and fragrant ritual. As we approach Samhain (AKA Halloween), the veil thins. This is the veil between seen and unseen, known and unknown, living and dead. Naturally, this makes Samhain season a time of great magical power. As the Wheel of the Year […]

Home Blessing Ritual for Samhain Season — Tess Whitehurst

*More about Samhain.

Wheel of the Year: Samhain — About the Jez of It (Reblog)

31 Oct – 1 Nov Samhain, ‘Halloween,’ or All Hallows is a festival of death that occurs at the end of the Celtic agricultural cycle. It is also the Celtic New Year…

Wheel of the Year: Samhain — About the Jez of It

*Samhain festival and ‘Celtic’.

The Wiccan Holy-Days: Samhain — (Reblog)

The Wiccan holiday named Samhain is just around the corner. Samhain is a Wiccan sabbat that is held on October 31. Some people view it as the secular holiday named Halloween. However, Samhain is one of the most important sabbats on the calendar. Samhain is a Wiccan’s new year. It is also a day that […]

The Wiccan Holy-Days: Samhain —

*Interesting information.

The Great Descent Towards Samhain — Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland (Reblog)

Enjoy the following audio file… A reading from my latest book, “Walking Between Worlds”… Link to the Bealtaine Cottage Bookstore: https://bealtainecottage.com/bealtaine-cottage-bookstore/ Bealtaine Cottage books are available only from this website. The days of long shadows are with us once more. Evening descends more quickly, as the light disappears into the western skies. We have passed […]

The Great Descent Towards Samhain — Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

*Samhain festival

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie — The Book Lovers’ Sanctuary (Reblog)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. PREVIOUS TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPICS: August 18: Books that Should be Adapted […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie — The Book Lovers’ Sanctuary

Poem: ‘Trick & No Treat’

Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

It’s been trick or treat all year,
though no one’s been to my door.
News is a petulant child
running loose on the airwaves,
heavy on the trick,
sparse on the treat;
scare stories to chill the hearts
of the most level minded souls.
My curtains remain open,
I’m just willing them to knock,
though I cannot pass out candy.
This year have my TV,
a year’s subscription if you life —
so long as you take it away.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Astrology & Health: Scorpio

In western astrology, Scorpio is the 8th sign of the zodiac, or ‘star sign’. It is classified as fixed water, though just how fixed water can be is anyone’s guess, unless one imagines a powerful channel, torrent, or waterfall. It is often described as the sign of ‘sex, death and regeneration’.

Traditionally the sign is ruled by Mars in its ‘darker’, more concentrated aspect. Since the discovery of Pluto in 1930, many astrologers believe that the outermost known planet, so termed, has superseded the rulership of the sign; I used to accept this too, but I have returned to a more traditionally based astrology lately.

All Hallows’ Day, Winters’ Beginning

Of course, this is also the time of year for Halloween and, more traditionally, Samhain, the ancient pagan festival celebrating the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. November 1 is All Saints’, or All Hallows’ Day in Christianity. The sun has begun moving southward with Libra; now it begins to plunge into the depths towards darkness, at least from the perspective of those of us living north of the equator, where the daylight hours recede rapidly.

There is a polarity with this, Samhain in Scorpio exactly opposing the spring festival Beltane on May 1, in the sign of Taurus.

Sex Organs — And the Throat

In fact polarity is a key feature of astrology and bears heavily upon health. Taurus is the opposing sign of Scorpio, the former ruling the neck and throat. Scorpio traditionally rules the sexual organs, and it is interesting to note that when a male reaches puberty, the voice too assumes its more manly, deeper sound; think of all the choir boys whose careers end at this point!

As Taurus rules self security, Scorpio rules security in relation to others — hence the deeper, more secretive aspects of this much maligned sign, which ultimately needs to engage with ‘the other’ for its own security. This is why the sign is associated with sex and secrecy. It is often also said that Scorpio creates the greatest saints — but also the worst sinners. Maybe this is why the sign’s glyph is the scorpion, with the famous sting in the tail.

The Number 8 — and Weak Points

Numerologists out there would already be nodding their heads at Scorpio being the 8th sign, 8 being the sign of infinity, relating to the sign’s deep, penetrative and fundamental life and death associations, which are ultimately a mystery.

So as Scorpio rules the generative organs, they are often considered a ‘weak point’ in the strongly Scorpio type. Equally, there can be issues with the throat too, through Taurus. Fixed signs like Scorpio are often also more susceptible to arthritis and rheumatism.

However, being ruled by powerful Mars, the strongly Scorpio type is usually very robust and resistant to diseases.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*Health, weight loss and fitness are interlinked.