Tis the season of the Witch

Oct 8th, 2015 | By | Category: Articles, Year of the Goddess

Arc of the goddess front page OctoberArc of the Goddess, October.

My favourite time of the year and it isn’t just because October includes Samhain…honest!  I love the autumn, the crisp fresh air, the crunch of leaves under foot and the beautiful colours of the trees and fields.  Oh and of course sitting indoors on a dark evening, curtains closed, sofa, blanket and a good book having just scoffed a big bowl of casserole and dumplings…bliss.

To me this is a time to work on your inner self, a time of hibernation.  Take the time out to spend with YOU.  Meditate and work with your divination tools.  Take a look at what worked for you over the past twelve months and what didn’t, do a personal MOT check.  Take a good look…what is in your reflection?

With the arrival of Samhain comes the thinning of the veil between the worlds, a time to remember those that have passed over and raise a glass to our ancestors.  There is a theme of death at this time of the year.

The last harvest is taken in and the plants start to wither and die but what they are actually doing is taking shelter to conserve and rebuild their energies to store them over the winter so that they are ready for the spring to be reborn.


Crystal for October – Smoky Quartz

Smoky quartz works to protect against negative energy, evil and bad luck of all kinds.  It is also a good stone to work with to ease depression and to restore energy and positive thinking.

It helps to reduce anxiety and can aid with helping you to sleep and to keep away nightmares.

This stone is total protection whether you carry it on your person or place pieces of it around your home or in your car.

Focus on smoky quartz for astral travel, meditation and to channel earth energy.


Herb for October – Mugwort

(Artemisia vulgaris)

A tall perennial with silvery flower spikes and dark green leaves with silver underneath found on roadsides and waste ground.  Collect the flowers when they are open or just before and the leaves as well.

Mugwort is a very ancient herb for healing, magic and divination known to be protective to women and travellers.

The Latin name Artemisia comes from Artemis the Greek moon goddess and patron of women so it is an excellent herb to use for feminine energy and issues.

A bundle of mugwort placed under your pillow will bring about peaceful sleep and aid with lucid dreams and astral travel.  Mugwort makes a good alternative to sage in smudge sticks for cleansing and clearing.  Carry mugwort with you to provide psychic protection and use in workings to increase your psychic powers.

Mugwort does not seem to be particularly favoured by the Fae so if you want to keep them out hang a bunch over your threshold.

A wash made with mugwort (dried mugwort steeped in boiling water) can be used to cleanse your crystals and tools or added to your floor wash.  Drink mugwort tea to help with your divination skills.

Place mugwort in your shoes to gain strength and stamina.


Deity for October – Aida Wedo

Caribbean goddess of rainbows.  Aida Wedo appears as the rainbow python, a serpent whose scales are iridescent.  Her rainbow body wraps around the earth and the seas making her a cosmic protector and the power that links heaven and earth.  She rules water, wind, fire, rainbows, fertility and serpents.  A benevolent being she teaches her followers integrity, strength and integration of the mind, body and spirit.  She is traditionally offered rice, eggs and milk.


Tree for October –  Horse Chestnut

(Aesculus hippocastanum)

I have fond memories of collecting conkers with my Mum as a child and then using them to play conkers in the school playground.  Of course children aren’t allowed to play this game at school any longer, something to do with health & safety.

Instead of collecting conkers to play with this year I will be collecting them to keep the spiders away.  It is said if you put conkers in the corners of your home and on window sills it keeps spiders out.  I think it might have something to do with the smell … so fingers crossed it works

The horse chestnut is not to be confused with the sweet chestnut because you can’t eat the nuts from this tree as they are poisonous to humans.

The name “horse” chestnut comes from a medicinal use of the conker in the treatment of coughs in horses.  The conker is ground up and added to the horse feed.

Conkers are used in Hoodoo magic to bring about fertility.  It is also believed that if you carry a conker it will help relieve rheumatism.


Foraging in October

If you fancy a trip out to the forests and hedgerows keep an eye out for chickweed, fat hen, nettles, sorrel, watercress, cow parsley, horseradish, wild fennel, crab apples, elderberries, juniper berries, rosehips, sloes, mushrooms, chestnuts and walnuts.

Please be careful and make sure that you identify any wild plants correctly…

Whatever you do this month make sure you enjoy it!


Rachel Patterson & Tracey Roberts

Kitchen Witch



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