Old flames of burning times
are new friends in these times,
connecting the circle
under the moon’s knowing light.
We remember, we remake
old ways for a new world.
Owl eyes scry burning embers
emissaries of the old goddess.
By Mary Petiet, an excerpt from Owl Magic
In the Celtic world Halloween or Samhain marks the new year, and the time the living are closest to the dead. What is remembered still lives, so as the veil thins, the dead return, welcomed to our silent dinners, our alters, and our circles.
The dead return with memories, and perhaps potential.
New year, new beginnings. The energy of the Celtic new year can be channeled into resolutions to help shape a bounteous future, the kind of future we hope for. This year I am thinking of it as a time for new ventures, such as book launches.
Now is a powerful time to gather in circle and make your intentions. You could carve a pumpkin, light it, and use the flame to burn your written intentions into messages of smoke for the universe. You could scry the flames for portents of the year to come.
Jack O’Lanterns have a chilling past on Cape Cod, which must be one of New England’s number one haunted spots.
On Cape Cod, we carve Halloween pumpkins and light them to ward off the spirits said to roam the dark Halloween eve. Listen carefully and you may hear them on the wind and the waves.
Most accounts attribute the tradition of pumpkin carving to the Celts, who hollowed out gourds to form lanterns on the dark Samhain nights.
On Cape Cod, we have an additional tradition.
A war waged in southern New England in the mid-1600s as indigenous people pushed back against European expansion in the tempest called King Philip’s War.
King Philip was chief of the Wampanoag, and his real name was Metacomet. I imagine him as a bright figure streaking the sky, and for a time for his people, so he was.
The time of King Philip’s war was a harsh time for all, and fear stalked the land.
The Wampanoag had a way of driving that dark fear away.
They would hollow out pumpkins and carve them with faces even more frightful than their fears and set them aglow in hopes of driving the true fear away.
They would carry them aloft through the woods to terrify the colonists in the same way.
And so each pumpkin carved and lit on a Cape Cod doorstep is perhaps homage to Metacomet.
Happy Halloween, Samhain Greetings and Welcome to Owl Magic!
This is a powerful Halloween as it coincides with the blue moon. A blue moon is the second full moon in one month, and I am harnessing its energy with the energy of Samhain to launch my newest book, Owl Magic: Your Guide Through Challenging Times.
Discover Owl Magic
Times of change are the times of greatest transformation
- A tool box of simple anxiety-busting strategies designed to reveal your hidden power.
- Meet today’s challenges with the life-affirming power of your own intuition.
- Journey at your own pace through guided meditations, stories, poems, yoga poses, and writing prompts.
- An interactive guide with many routes to your highest self so you can seize the incredible potential of the current moment.
Praise for Owl Magic
“A vision of hope and the answer to how we will find our way out for these most trying of times.” ~Lauri Ann Lumby, author of Song of the Beloved: the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene
Excerpt from Owl Magic
In this moment of boundless potential, connect to your highest self and your power of creative transformation. Transcend the anxiety of the current moment to lay the foundations for a better future.
We find ourselves in uncertain times, but times of high anxiety and unknown outcomes are also times of huge potential. Each seed we plant now will grow the future.
In these pages, you will find a toolbox of simple, anxiety-busting steps and exercises designed to connect you to your greatest potential and your highest self.
Drawing upon the transformative energy of the feminine divine, Owl Magic is an interactive guide to channeling your inner wisdom so you can achieve the greatest good for yourself and the changing world we live in.
The big question is: How will we manage it?
During the lockdown of spring 2020, I developed a series of steps to help me through this unprecedented moment. As my regular work writing promotional material dried up, I began to commit my evolving coping practices to paper. In time, Owl Magic became the book I needed to manage this moment, and I offer it here as a guide to help you.
Owl Magic is available now wherever good books are sold. On Amazon