Spirit Message of the Moment – Take the Reign of Change


“I am Raven. I am the deep magic from the north and the ancient connection between you and the immortal. I am proof that your world is changing. You are missing the hidden threads that bind your experi73372_474598435933242_2130469691_nence. There are great things at work. There are manifestations at your feet. I want to help you see the magic and teach you how to use it. I am the bird that transports you from one realm to the next. I am the portal, granting you access from the solid grounds of Earth. I am that which appears from nothing. There is no greater power than your own will to sustain your vision. When you see me coming down from the lonely mountainside it is time to take the reign. I may appear only once, so grab the chance when you see it. Take your whims and ground them. Take your futility and shatter it to pieces. Stop accepting the chaos around you. Stop allowing your energy to dissipate and give it form and substance.”


“You are a magician. You are the missing piece of the puzzle. You are connectivity. You are Raven.”

lisahuntToday’s guidance is from The Winged Enchantment Oracle Deck by Lisa Hunt and Lesley Morrison.

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Spirit Message of the Moment – Time For Sanctuary

SACRED SANCTUARY: The Mermaid’s Sing

“The mer-world has many beings, and one of our most secretive and elusive is (and are) the powerful Melusinas. The Mother of all Melusinas is a twin-tailed merbeing, part woman, part dragon, part mer, part fae…and she is here to remind you all that there are times when you need to declare to the world, this is my time. And this is my space. For you, much time has been given to others, to caring for them, to looking over them, to watching them, to loving them, bandaging the39bdcc2e09db9abbab286ed59b9c5b57m, soothing them, satisfying them, feeding them…and now it is your time.”

“In the legend of Melusina, it was said this great queen would have each seventh day and night for her own self, and within her sanctuary, in the solitude of a deep and glittering bath, she would turn into her true self, utterly unobserved, and utterly free. In the legend, Melusina’s husband becomes so curious he violates his promise to her and invades her sanctuary – not only this, he is horrified at who she is, when alone.”


“Melusina’s message to you is that you have the right to unviolated time out, time alone, during which you can be free to look, be, sound, dream, and swim as you wish. True freedom within a relationship happens when each person’s boundaries are respected, when each person supports times for solitude, and recognizes the freedom that comes with trust.”

“It has come time for now for your partner to support your space, your privacy, your time alone, and your need for this time to be however you choose it to be. It is time for no-one to invade or pry out of fear their exclusive rights to you and being diminished or betrayed. It is time for your relationship to step up a level, into greatness, wh5391_369223603191483_1899532215_nere the independence of each, the part of you that belongs to you alone, is nurtured, respected, applauded, loved – but ultimately, left to you to determine.”

“Will you ask for this? Will you take this when it is given to you? And will you declare these boundaries to be sacred? In many cultures men and women, individuals, and genders have sacred space that is theirs alone – and it is a great taboo for others to enter into that space. This is your time. And may this taboo – this sacred space you set – be held in awe and reverence by all who claim to love you, that by doing so, they will show that they do indeed love the entirety, the multitudes of you – and support and uphold your freedom to be your own self.”

Oracle of the Mermaids – Author Lucy Cavendish

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Spirit Message of the Moment – Love Springs Eternal

“The foundation of a solid relationship is one of the joys of a happy life. In the beginning of love, lovers see the best, unflawed version of each other. They are focused on the intense emotion and exhilaration of bein644540_481956661858873_1710478935_ng in love. As love matures, lovers see each other with their eyes wide open. They see the other’s strengths and weaknesses. They let each other’s strengths shine and grow; they provide help and guidance in areas of weakness. They stand in amazement to see how they really do fit together.”

“While in romantic love, we are sometimes worried about it ending, about falling out of love, about becoming bored. As true love grows, it becomes more confident. Through the ups and downs of daily life, love becomes familiar and dependable, giving us strength. And as time goes by, it never loses its luster. You get a twinkle in your eye as a smile is shared; your heart jumps when you catch an unexpected glimpse of your lover; a scent in the air brings back a memory, and your insides turn to jelly.”

“Two fairies stand confidently before each other, holding each other, as if promising eternal support. The sun shines on them, illuminatinfairy_journal_love_springs_eternal_eap3857g their world and each other. They can see each other clearly; nothing is hidden. Even knowing the other’s weaknesses or faults, they love each other more than ever. They stand on a bridge, showing how their relationship has joined two lives. The trees behind them form a heart, surrounding them in a deeply rooted love. The white flowers show the purity of their love that has stood the test of time. The glittering jewels on her dress represent the sparkle of passion that binds them still.”

“This love can only be the result of time. This is a love with roots that go deeply into the earth and branches that reach toward the sun, always seeking truth and opportunities to grow. This is a love that focuses on being the best partner you can – that allows you to be the best you can be and provides a safe place for you to grow. Is that where you are at? Is it where you want to be? If you are in a relationship that isn’t quite there yet, this card indicates that it is possible, but it may need a little attention and nurturing.”

Today’s message is from Enchanted Oracle by Jessica Galbreth and Barbara Moore.

405368_10150500037554734_1317162623_nA friend recently reminded me – Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you. To me, this means a good relationship is not only about being with the right person, but more importantly being the right person. A person can only love another if they first love themselves. They can only give to another if their cup is already full of life, joy, laughter, abundance, and light. A great and significant partner can only add to your current life and happiness, not create it for you.

A great quote on creating love I recently came across:
“We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. this is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then, then moment will have been worthwhile.” – Deepak Chopra

Wishing you all the best.
With light and love,

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Spirit Message of the Moment – A Lightness of Being

November is a great month for self-reflection, following Samhain, the Pagan New Year’s Eve, which often serves as a perfect time to set goals for the new year. When I think of November, I think of opportunities for both Thanks and Giving, which calls up thoughts and feelings about conscious gratitude, forgiveness, and release. By conscious I mean an active thought and present choice to think about these things and do.

To feel grateful today, we can shift our focus, and decide to appreciate things we already have and people in our lives. We can think about the life situations we choose to put ourselves in and people we surround ourselves with, review and acknowledge our work and spiritual contributions to the world, and build upon our generosity with family and friends. We can be thankful and thus continue to manifest personal change and abundance for our highest purpose and continued happiness.  I read recently, to help manifest gratitude and create a better and more meaningful life for ourselves, we should playfully imagine once a day that we’re already there and frequently speak in gratitude “as if” we’ve already arrived. The mere thought of change can be a great first step to making it real by your actions.

At times during our internal audit and inventory process, we may realize we have become emotionally stuck due to harboring anger, resentment, negativity, guilt, misgivings, sadness, and fear towards others. Then, in order to move forward, it becomes necessary to let it go, release, and possibly forgive. Facing these blocks head on allows us the opportunity to become a stronger person.

Other times, it’s learning to forgive ourselves for all of the things we should have, could have, and didn’t say or do, and instead focus upon what we can say and do, today. Removing these blocks can be a long and pain staking process or we can decide to simply let go, and focus on letting go to achieve our freedom of mind, and preserve our spirit, and heart. Remember, forgiveness isn’t meant to change the past; it’s an active opportunity to release our burdens and a choice we can make to help foster “a lightness of being” in our present, and to ensure a happy future.

Changing who we are isn’t an easy process, but it’s important to trust ourselves. It is said life will never give us more than we are capable of handling, with relentless opportunities to empower our spiritual self. So, if we are interested in evolving, growing, and expanding spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, it’s keen to remember life isn’t about finding ourselves, but instead about creating and recreating ourselves continuously over time.  I believe we are all capable of great internal and external change. Mahatma Gandhi said it best: “We must be the change we wish to see in the world”. To me, this means it’s important to develop self-awareness, embody positive change, and cultivate gracious qualities which allow you to act and live with gratitude and a forgiving nature.

In my search for advice on gratitude, I came across a great truth-telling post called Forgiveness and Gratitude by Pixie Allan I hope you find inspiring.  She reminds us to be thankful and discusses having an attitude of gratitude. I also wanted to share with you an excerpt I found interesting from an article called The Occult Meaning of Thanksgiving.

I wish Bright Blessings for your November introspection, manifesting your dreams, and living your best life for the new year!

~Angela (The Spiritblogger)

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Forgiveness and Gratitude
“You have to really want to let go to be able to fully forgive your past.  People say they have ‘Let Go’ but you can probably bet your bottom dollar that 85% have not ‘Let Go’. The percentage is high, but it’s true to its number. Forgiveness may come in many colors but you can’t fake this emotion, because your heart can’t fake gratitude, it can’t fake forgiveness, it has to be 100% ready to release whatever it was, to stand in your own moment and say, ‘hey you know what, this was a crappy place I was in and I acted like a tool, can we forgive and rebuild’. It can’t be one-sided and it can’t be one person doing all the repair work.

With any relationship/friendship breakdown it always takes two people to have the meltdown and most of the time it’s a lack of understanding, throw in the ego and we are dancing round that camp fire burning our asses on the cinders!  You know I’m right! In all honesty, forgiveness is hard, you really have to want it, but on the flip side of that, surely you want to release the pain and anger that it sat somewhere deep inside of you?  Be grateful for the lessons you learned and take those lessons with you into the future ensuring that you don’t make the same mistake the next time, that’s truly how we know if we have learned all lesson…… it stops showing up!

To truly Let Go, be thankful, and move forward.  You deserve the best life possible and by holding on to negativity you are not allowing all those yummy goodies to come to you because, like I always say, like attracts like, if you’re putting out there that, ‘I always meet asshats’ then the universe will give you an abundance of asshats!  If you affirm ‘ I attract kind caring people who love me for who I am’ then that’s what the universe will give you.  Every thought is an affirmation; can you imagine how many negative affirmations you have in your head in one day?  Not just the thoughts about yourself but other people too…. that’s not good is it? So, change.

Forgiveness is key, whether you are forgiving yourself or whether you are forgiving others, release the negativity around the situation, send them love and light and move on with a smile on your face and love in your heart, you don’t have to attach to the drama if you choose not to, your life is for living not for living in the past so, release it all, art it out, journal it out, scream at the top of your lungs, or whatever works for you, but let it go and feel the love. Honestly, it’s the best way to move forward.

You can’t control people or how their minds work, but you can control yourself. Should they wish not to make you part of their future know it’s OK, you learnt all you could from the friendship/relationship, the universe will replace that with something bigger and better… if you let it, of course.”

Bright Blessings,
Pixie Allen

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The Occult Meaning of Thanksgiving

“Is there any occult or esoteric meaning in the American holiday of Thanksgiving?  Thanksgiving is a harvest festival to give thanks for the past year. During the farming era of the past, scarcity and need were always lurking around the corner.  When there was a bountiful harvest it was time for celebration.

Thanksgiving is associated with the cornucopia, symbolizing food, abundance, and prosperity.  The cornucopia of plenty has its origin in ancient mythology. The Roman god Fortuna, the goddess of luck and fortune, was often depicted carrying a cornucopia and it became linked with her.  Lady Fortune represented how life was subject to the whim of chance, good or ill.  In ancient Roman times Fortuna was sought by many seeking good fortune and to avoid bad luck.  Since then this goddess has a modern name…Lady Luck.

Here is the possible occult meaning of Thanksgiving.  We give thanks for our abundance, with the unspoken hope of avoiding scarcity in the year ahead.  Giving thanks is not just an act of appreciation for what has past, but hope for the future as well.  Unknowingly, with thanksgiving we are practicing the law of attraction.

The Law of Attraction suggests what we think will become manifest in our lives. This concept is one of the cornerstones of occult thought.   Ritual, visualization, ceremony (dinner festivals) are all tools to the same end, to affect the future.  By giving thanks for what we have with confidence for better days ahead, we may cause this to occur.  The opposite is true, if we bemoan the present with grim expectations for the future, then that will likely be our fate as well.

I nominate Fortuna as the unspoken patron deity of Thanksgiving.  Life is a roll of the dice and can be arbitrary and unfair.  If we are fortunate enough to have a happy thanksgiving holiday, we should really be grateful.  There are many who will not enjoy a feast this year, or who eat alone.  We live in hard times now.  Our state of mind can make the difference.  We can change our circumstances if give thanks not only for the present, but give thanks for the future as well.  Giving thanks for that which has yet to happen will make it manifest.”

Article excerpts from author David at occultview.com

Spirit Message of the Day – Summon Strength of Warrior’s Heart

Symbolism and Lore: “A young couple of warriors are sparring amongst the blooming gorse in the warm sun. Oblivious to the couple, bees work steadily toward their own goals. What started off as a playful training session soon escalates into a passionate battle, each feeling like they have something to prove to the other – their skill, talent, and strength are all under scrutiny by their partner. In the heat of battle, amongst the fragrance of the gorse flowers, a moment passed into being that changed everything; their skills evenly matched, the strength of battle changed into other passions evenly matched as well. Their eyes lock, and something that had been brewing in both of them comes to fruition. The success of a people depends upon their ability to protect and defend as well as to love.”

“Gorse, sometimes called furze, is a fascinating plant that grows in a mass of deep yellow blooms. It is strongly scented and has been compared with coconut and vanilla; it is said that when gorse is in bloom, it is the season for kissing. Gorse blooms almost continuously, so there is always time for love! This also secured gorse’s place as a symbol of fertility. Gorse attracts many bees and is a symbol of achievement through hard work, as well as a signifier of honey production, which means there will be honey for making mead.”

“Gorse was very important to the Celts, especially the health dwellers, who used it as fuel for fires when trees were scarce. Gorse was also the best laundry line around; its spiny thorns thorns didn’t let the clothes blow away, and the blooms left the clothing smelling fresh. In the early spring, farmers often burn fields of gorse to clear the woody stems and spines, encouraging new soft, green growth that cattle and sheep love to feed on. The yellow blossoms covering the hillsides are also associated with the sun and often with Lugh, the sun god, further adding to its associations with fertility, creative energy, and vitality. Gorse is also known as a protective plant against dark magic or curses, protecting happiness and well-being.”

“The strength of a warrior’s passions abound
Or the gentlest of work and the heart is shall pound
Whether fierceness in battle or passion for love
Your strength of the heart you are not bereft of”

“The strength and passion of a warrior and that of a lover are not actually that different; after all, the saying goes that all is fair in love and war. This card represents the dichotomy of both. We may be spiritual beings, but we live in the material realm, and you may be feeling the need to express that in physical ways. Celebrate your being; your life force and vitality are high, and combining forces with another can bring great rewards. Don’t give up; express your lust for life. There may be a passionate and physical love affair that features prominently. The promise of a bright, warm future and rewards for hard work are assured.”

“Otherwise, if you get too wrapped up in your passion, you may forget to watch out for the thorns! Are you having a good time, or are  you taking too many risks and endangering your heart or your well-being? You may be heading toward a sticky entanglement that you would do best to avoid.”

“Common gorse (Ulex Europaeus) is native to Europe, although it has many close relatives found in Europe and parts of Africa and Iberia. Gorse is found in the United States, where it was introduced as an ornamental plant in the middle to late 1800’s and is now considered an invasive species due to its aggressive nature.”

“Gorse thrives in sunny, sandy areas and grows in abundance on the heaths. It grows to around eight to sixteen feet tall. When left to grow, its stems can become woody and light-colored, with a yellowish-green tint. Its bark is think and flaky. Young leaves are thin and divided into three leaflets growing off a main stem; as the plant ages, its leaves become small spines. Its tender shoots also become modified into spines. Gorse has a very long blooming season, while the height of its blooms occurs in spring. Its flowers are lipped and pollinated by bees. Once pollinated, a seed pod forms, which loudly pops open in the heat of the sun or by the disturbance of passing bees and livestock, shooting its seeds out. If this sounds familiar, you are correct: gorse is a cousin of broom. Gorse is still used as cattle fodder; in addition, its flowers are edible and are used in salads, as well as for making gorse flower wine.”

Today’s guidance is from Voice of the Trees: A Celtic Divination Oracle by Mickie Mueller.


  • 12 cups of gorse flowers
  • 7 pints of water
  • 2 pounds sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups seedless white raisins
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 lemons (or 1/4 oz. citric acid)
  • 1/8 teaspoon grape tannin
  • 1 teaspoon yeast nutrient
  • 1 pkg Lalvin EC-1118 yeast

“Put the flowers into primary immediately. Boil half the water, half the sugar and the chopped raisins  together for 1 to 2 minutes, then pour over flowers. Thinly peel the rind from the oranges and the lemons and  add rind (no pith) to primary. Squeeze out the juice and add that too, but not the pulp. Add the tannin and  stir thoroughly. Add cold water to bring total to 1 gallon. When water cools to 90 degrees F, or less, add  the activated yeast and yeast nutrient, stir well and cover. Ferment 3 days, stirring twice daily, then add  remaining sugar and stir to dissolve. Recover primary and continue stirring twice daily until fermentation  subsides or s.g. drops below 1.020.  Strain through a sieve or cloth and transfer to a gallon secondary.  Fit  airlock and set in warm place. Rack after 30 days and again when clear, wait a month and rack again.  Stabilize,  wait 30 days, and sweeten to 1.004-1.006.  Wait additional 30 days, rack into bottles and age 6 months before  tasting it.

Common gorse flowers most strongly in spring, though it bears some flowers year round. The flowers have  a very distinctive strong coconut scent. Western gorse and Dwarf gorse differ in being almost entirely late  summer flowering (August-September in Britain), and also have somewhat darker yellow flowers than Common  gorse. Picking the flowers can be a chore, as the spines seem relentless.  But the reward is a wine that is most  enjoyable.”

Excerpt taken from: http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/request223.asp

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Spirit Message of the Day – A Little Samhain Soul Cooking

These are part of the traditional English Hallowe’en festivities. Traditionally these were flat round cakes flavoured with saffron, mixed spices and currants. Indeed, during the 19th and early 20th centuries children would go ‘souling’ on All Souls’ Day (November 2nd) where they would request alms or soul cakes with the following song:

“A soul, a soul, a soul cake.
Please god missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us merry.
Up with your kettles and down with your pans
Give us an answer and we’ll be gone
Little Jack, Jack sat on his gate
Crying for butter to butter his cake
One for St Peter, two for St Paul,
Three for the man who made us all.”

Soul Cakes were also part of All Saints’ Eve superstitions. It was believed that the spirits of the departed would return to their homes on this night. As a result candles were lit to guide their way and food and drink (including soul cakes) were put out for them. 

150g butter
150g caster sugar
560g plain flour, sifted
3 egg yolks
generous pinch of saffron
1 tbsp mixed spice
1 tsp allspice
3 tbsp currants
2 tsp milk

Method: Crush the saffron in a pestle and mortar, add the milk and grind to combine. Sift together the flour and remaining spices into a bowl. In the meantime, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat the egg yolks and add to the creamed mixture a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the sifted flour and spice mix and stir in the currants. Add the milk and saffron mixture and enough additional milk to form a soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and shape into flat cakes about 5 or 6cm in diameter. Transfer to a well-buttered baking tray and place in an oven pre-heated to 180°C and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden. Allow to cool on the tray for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Excerpt from Ye Olde Witches Brew Magazine

How To Make a Soul Cake for Samhain
Soul cakes were traditionally baked as a gift for the spirits of the dead. In many European countries, the idea of “Souling” became an acceptable alternative for Christians. The cakes took many different names and shapes — in some areas, they were simple shortbread, and in others they were baked as fruit-filled tarts. Still other regions made them of rice flour. Generally, a soul cake was made with whatever grain the community had available. You can make your own with one of these four simple recipes.

Pie Crust Soul Cakes

  • A refrigerated roll-out pie crust
  • 2 Tbs. melted butter
  • 1 C mixed dried fruit
  • 2 Tbs honey

Roll out the pie crust and cut it into circles. Use the circles to line a tin of muffin cups. Mix the butter, fruit and honey together. Scoop the fruit mixture into the pastry shells, and then bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Allow to cool for about ten minutes before eating.

 Quickie Shortbread Soul Cakes

  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 4 Tbs sugar
  • 1 1/2 C flour

Cream together the butter and sugar. Use a flour sifter to add the flour to the bowl, and mix until it’s smooth. Divide the dough into two parts, and shape each half into a flat circle about half an inch thick. Put them on an ungreased baking sheet (baking stones are really nice for this) and poke lines with the tines of a fork, making eight separate wedges in each cake. Bake for 25 minutes or until light brown at 350 degrees.

Buttery Soul Cakes

  • Two sticks butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 C flour, sifted
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg & saffron
  • 1 tsp each cinnamon & allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp malt vinegar
  • Powdered sugar

Cut the butter into the flour with a large fork. Mix in the sugar, nutmeg, saffron, cinammon and allspice. Lightly beat eggs, and add to flour mixture. Add malt vinegar. Mix until you have a stiff dough. Knead for a while, then roll out until 1/4″ thick. Use a floured glass to cut out 3″ circles. Place on greased baking sheet and bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while the cakes are still warm.

Irish Cakes

  • 4 C flour
  • 1 pkt active dry yeast
  • 1 C milk
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 tsp each cinnamon & salt
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C lemon zest
  • 1 1/4 C golden raisins

Cream yeast with 1 tsp sugar & 1 tsp milk, let it get frothy. Blend flour, spices, & salt together, then cut in butter. Add the rest of the sugar to the flour mix and blend. Add milk & beaten egg onto the yeast mixture; combine with flour mixture. Beat until stiff. Fold in raisins and zest, cover with a damp cloth and let rise. Divide in two, place each half in greased 7″ round pan. Cover, let rise again for 30 minutes. Bake 1 hour at 400 degrees.

Samhain Cooking: Mix Up Some Magic at Halloween
Join the folks at About.com’s FoodChannel for some absolutely spectacular ideas that will jazz up any feast, whether you’re having a traditional Halloween party, or a more spiritual Samhain celebration. Includes recipes for drinks and beverages, snacks, and harvest-themed dishes.

In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated around the same time that Pagans observe Samhain. One tradition that’s always popular is to make sugar skulls. Here’s how to make your own and decorate them for your Samhain celebration.

Each year in Mexico, and in many Hispanic communities around the United States, people celebrate the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) between October 31 and November 2. While it may sound a bit macabre, it’s actually a joyful celebration, honoring the memories of those who have died in the past year. Today’s Day of the Dead festivals are a blend of old Aztec tradition merged with modern Catholic beliefs. One of the most popular customs is that of sugar skulls, which are simple to make, and lots of fun to decorate! Make a batch of your own, and include them in your Samhain feast.


  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp meringue powder
  • 1 tsp water
  • Food coloring in your choice of colors
  • Icing

Blend the sugar, meringue powder, and water together, and then press into skull-shaped molds. You can get the molds at candy stores, or if you have a Hispanic marketa near you, that’s an even better resource. Once the molds are filled, allow to dry for 24 hours or more.

Pop the skulls out of the molds, and put a thin layer of white icing over the skulls. Use the food coloring to decorate with bright colors — for some great ideas of designs and patterns, check out the photo gallery at About Mexican Food: Sugar Skulls. The above recipe makes about a dozen small sugar skulls, but you can adjust it accordingly to make more, or to make larger skulls.

Celebrating the Day of the Dead
Dio de los Muertos is held every year in Mexico. Each year in Mexico, and in many Hispanic communities around the United States, people celebrate the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) between October 31 and November 2. While it may sound a bit macabre, it’s actually a joyful celebration, honoring the memories of those who have died in the past year. Today’s Day of the Dead festivals are a blend of old Aztec tradition merged with modern Catholic beliefs.

Author Sheena Morgan says in The Real Halloween that the original, pre-Christian celebration took place in late August, and coincided with the migration of Monarch butterflies. The Aztecs believed that the Monarchs were the souls of the dead, returning to their homes. After the Spanish conquest of Mexico, celebrations were moved to early November, and blended indigenous customs with observance of Christian holy days.

Today, people of Mexican descent celebrate the Day of the Dead with picnics, elaborate altars, parades, and visits to cemeteries. Altars include colored tissue ribbons, flowers, photos of the dead, and candles. It’s also popular to include food offerings with a theme of death – sugar skulls and coffins are a common item, as are small figures made of bread.

Sonja Rosales is a Mexican-American living in South Carolina. She says that for her family and many others, this is not a day of mourning, but a day of happiness. “It’s a chance for us to remember the dead with love. We start by honoring the angelitos, the children who are deceased, and then we remember the older people. We go to the graveyard and have a picnic. My husband brings a guitar and we sing songs. My children laugh and play among the gravestones. I know that our ancestors are there, and they are happy that we remember them.”

If you’d like to celebrate the Day of the Dead in your own family, you can either incorporate it into your Samhain festivities, or hold it as a separate event. Here are some ways you can observe the Day of the Dead, no matter what your cultural background may be.

  • Build an ancestor shrine in your home, so that everyone in your family can remember the dead.
  • Make sugar skulls, or calaveras, and coffins.
  • If your loved ones are buried nearby, visit their graves. Clean up the headstone if it’s looking shoddy, and leave a small gift or token of your visit.
  • Prepare a special dinner for your family, and include a place setting for those who have died. You can either make it formal and serious, like the Dumb Supper, or joyous and fun – it’s up to you. Decorate the dinner table with lots of candles and flowers.
  • Hold a ritual to honor your deceased ancestors. Make offerings if appropriate.
  • Adorn your home with skulls, skeletons, and other symbols of death.

Be sure to read more about the Day of the Dead from Suzanne Barbezat, our About.com Guide to Mexico Travel.

Creamsicle Fudge – Creamy Orange Marbled Fudge
This is one of my favorite recipes, and my kids demand I make it each year at Halloween. Use white chocolate, marshmellow fluff, and sugar to create a rich, creamy orange fudge that tastes like Creamsicles!

Use white chocolate, marshmellow fluff, and sugar to create a rich, creamy orange fudge that tastes like Creamsicles — remember those tasty popsicles you ate as a kid? This recipe will be a big hit with your Samhain party guests. For a really magical presentation, make a batch of Yule Peppermint Fudge at the same time, cut both batches into squares, and lay them on a plate in an orange-and-black checkerboard pattern.


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons plus 3/4 cup butter, divided
  • 2 1/2 C. sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 12-oz package white chocolate chips
  • 1 7-oz jar marshmellow fluff
  • 1 Tbs. orange extract
  • Orange food coloring (or red and yellow food coloring, if orange isn’t available)

Using 1 1/2 tsp of the butter, grease a 13×9″ pan and set aside. In a saucepan, combine the remaining butter, cream and sugar. Cook on low heat until the sugar has dissolved completely, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil, and then cook for another three minutes. Remove saucepan from the burner, and stir in the white chocolate chips and marshmellow fluff. Blend until smooth. Scoop out about a cup of the mix and set aside.

Add the orange extract and a couple of drops of orange food coloring to the mixture still in the pot, and stir until blended. If you use gel food coloring, you can typically get it in orange. If you use just regular liquid coloring, you’ll probably need to blend red and yellow. About 10 drops of yellow and five drops of red should do it (or any other 2:1 ratio), but you can adjust that depending on what shade of orange you like.

Scoop orange mixture into your prepared pan. Take the cup of remaining white mixture and drop small globs over the top of the orange, using a teaspoon. Use a knife to swirl the white into the orange, giving it a marbled appearance. Don’t blend it all the way; you still want to be able to see streaks of white. Cover and refrigerate until firm, and then cut into squares. This makes about 2 1/2 pounds of fudge.

Excerpts taken from Patti Wigington, your Guide to Paganism / Wiccan

Spirit Message of the Day – Flow with the Go

“The deep blue sea speaks to your soul, healing and soothing you. Even the act of imagining yourself dipping into its healing womb brings about desirable effects. Better yet, spend time physically near the ocean. Allow its power and beauty to wash away all cares and concerns.”

“This card comes to you because of your connection with the ocean. It’s a sign that you need to spend more time near the sea, perhaps during a vacation, or as a home base. The angels will help with this endeavor if you ask and allow them to. The ocean air and water inspires and heals you.”

“Enjoy a spa day at home and take a sea salt bath to detoxify. Drink more water. Connect with dolphins and other sea-dwellers. Enjoy your connection with sea life and the ocean. Learn a water sport like diving, swimming, sailing, or snorkeling.”

Today’s message is from Doreen Virtue’s Daily Guidance from Your Angels Oracle Cards.

Spirit Message of the Day – Allow Opportunities

“In the German fairy tale, The Frog Prince, the golden ball reflects innocence and playfulness. The frog representative of the shadow and inner desires, wears a crown, symbolizing his royal birth. He surfaces from a pool of purity with its suggestively phallic form. The frog’s subsequent rejection implies the princess’s unwillingness to recognize sexual maturation, product of the shadow beginning to enter ego consciousness. The flower cup in the center of the pool symbolizes the power of intuition. The spirally roots reflect unconscious thought processes. The pebbles serve to stabilize the different elements and provide a path back to the castle.”

“The frog’s appearance in the princess’s life is about to transform how she perceives the world. She is entering a new plateau of greater understanding and is slowly recognizing the importance of assimilating the shadow into the psyche. Initial rejection gives away to recognition as the frog metamorphoses into a prince. It is important to be cognizant of the messages that may be presenting themselves to you in unexpected ways. Be open to the potential for new experiences and allow your emotions and inner desires to carry you to elevated heights of awareness.”

Today’s message is from Lisa Hunt’s Fairy Tale Tarot.

Spirit Message of the Day – Time For Keen Observation

“When this card appears, it indicates the awakening of a new personal vision and an understanding of your place in the cosmos. you are not alone in this and guidance is available; however, direction is subtle and requires deep attention to the inner voice. The card can also indicate that something is about to be revealed, or that others are already aware without your knowledge. It is time for observation, witness, and reveal.”

“A race of beings exist who were once physical beings. These ancient beings have evolved into aWatchers by Mickie Mueller spiritual race that watches over the gateways that connect all realms. In ancient times they were associated with specific stars, and the stars themselves were thought to be the eyes of the watchers in the night sky. In many traditions the Watchers are associated with the four compass directions of the north, east, south, and west. They are all associated with the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water. A common practice is to evoke or summon the Watchers to guard the ritual circle. Here they are called to each quarter, and different traditions use various names and methods to call the Watchers.”

“The card depicts the starry heavens with four distinct nebula clouds. Each cloud has a bright star glowign within it. A closer examination reveals four beings taking form within the nebula, the combined formation suggestive of a robed figure. Each of the four stars represent the ancient star associated with a specific Watcher. The Star Aldebaran, when it marked the vernal equinox, held the position of the Watcher of the East. Regulus, marking the summer solstice, was Watcher of the South. Antares, marking the autumn equinox, was Watcher of the West. Fomalhaut, marking the winter solstice, was Watcher of the North.”

“The Watchers card presents the concept of divine memory. The theme of this card centers on the divine consciousness and its awareness of humankind, as well as its interaction in the life patterns of the souls as it travels through many lifetimes. The message of this card is that all things are remembered, and nothing is ever lost. The material and spiritual life should be lived with this in mind.”

Today’s message is from The Seeker’s Guide to The Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Spirit Message of the Day – Allow Guidance With Allies

“When this card appears, it indicates a need for mentorship, alliance, and guidance, and is a sign not to rely solely upon oneself.”

“The role of the priestess or priest is to serve as clergy and counsel for their community. Traditionally, the priestess and priest perform initiation rituals and direct the training of initiates within their system. These individuaPriestess and Priest by Mickie Muellerls pass on their teachings and experience to others. The card depicts a faery or elven priestess and priest who appear from the Otherworld. The priestess holds a sacred chalice, the symbol of the female vessel of manifestation. The priest holds a wand, the symbol of directional manifestation. Together they stand and gesture a welcome to accompany them on the path.”

“The Priestess and Priest card is another indication of spiritual beings in the category of guides and allies.  The emphasis of this card is upon the religious and spiritual aspects of the Otherworld fellowship. It is through this imagery that we can connect with those who would guide us to alignments that empower our understanding of deity. Through a deepening of our understanding, we can better interact and interface with the divine source of creation. Merging with the source brings the soul into a comprehension of its purpose in the divine plan, which gives the soul direction along the path of spiritual evolution.”

Today’s message is from The Seeker’s Guide To The Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.