Glorious October! Crisp mornings, sweater weather, falling leaves, autumnal breeze, mulled spiced hot apple cider. Just some of the things I love about autumn.
Why have I been tweeting #SeasonOfTheWitch nearly daily (nightly) this month is because I follow Hekate, Queen of the Witches. I gather and preserve herbs by drying, making tinctures and teas. I work a great deal with the element Water/West this season and invite the ancestors to surround me.
The veil is thinning each and every day and on 31 October, it is the thinnest. Samhain (Halloween) is the last Harvest. We celebrate by making Harvest Soup every autumn, comprised of what’s left in the gardens. This is the witch’s New Year. It is a somber but celebratory time. Some people decorate their homes. Some people throw parties, a masquerade ball and, of course, trick-or-treat.
When you hear distant bells or a key is found, stray dogs are seen running in groups of 3 – that is Hekate calling. And when Hekate summons, you answer. I am a Hekate companion, so she may use me or influence my magic in any way She sees fit. The Wheel of the Year has turned toward the darkness and death. Her companions and followers embrace the dark and a metaphorical death. Some call us shadow witches, firewalkers and truthtellers. We understand that to ascend, we must first descend. Lots of reflection and introspection is done during this time.
My #SeasonOfTheWitch tweets are actually me counting down toward Samhain, loving the season that we’re in and embracing the dark. If you live in a neighborhood, you may see the decorations going up to mark the season. Observe the world around you. You may be surprised at what you see.