|Hekate & Cerberus, Apulian red-figure krater|
C4th B.C., Antikensammlungen, Munich
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Today's blog post is from our Darlin, Sosanna from Sosanna's Closet... ENJOY!
Hecate and SamhainAs a devotee of Hecate and a lover of all things Samhain it stands to reason that I wouldn't have a Samhain night rituals without invoking Hekate Adonaea (lady of the underworld). As the veil between the world of the living and dead become thinnest it's a perfect time for working with Hecate.
As Hekate Kleidoukhos (keeper of the keys), she is said to have the keys to the underworld and assists souls in finding their way from one world to the next; much as she assisted Persephone in finding her way back to Demeter.
Each month I participate in something called Hecate's Supper. Around the 13th of the month (give or take) on the day of the dark moon I collect my offerings and prepare a supper for the Goddess. It usually consists of fresh eggs, honey, garlic and leeks. I sometimes do a complete meal or simply arrange the offerings on my altar for the day; burning incense and participating in chants to her.
Here is an example of a chant I wrote for Hecate.
Hecate Mistress of the three ways
Offerings at the crossroads, you find
Hecate, Light bearing Queen
Come forth and enlighten my mind.
Hecate, Queen of the Witches
Give power to my magic this night.
Hecate, Keeper of the Keys
Unlock your power and bless this rite.
There are a great number chants that you can add to your Samhain rituals for Hecate on YouTube. These are my favorites.
Hecate is a wonderful addition to Samhain rituals and rites. I encourage you to learn more about her. More information can be found at the following sites:The Covenant of Hekate
Hekate, Her Sacred Fires
Friends of the Covenant of Hekate - Facebook
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Recipe of the day!
Picture and Recipe courtesy of Free N Fun Halloween
Witches Brew Cupcakes Recipe
Double-bubble, no toil or trouble! One bite from these mouth-watering cupcakes and they’re sure to put anyone under their spell.
White cake mix
White cream cheese frosting
Mini chocolate chips
Bite-sized braided pretzel sticks
Pop Rocks candy
Green gel food coloring
Prepare the white cake batter according to the directions on the box, adding a few drops of green gel food coloring to the batter. Pour batter into greased cupcake pans.
While cupcakes are baking, mix a few drops of green gel food coloring into the cream cheese frosting until the desired color has been achieved. Set aside 2 tbsp. of frosting.
After the cupcakes have cooled, frost the top of the cupcakes.
Using the frosting you set aside, create the “eyeballs” by adding a drop of frosting to the mini chocolate chips and sticking them to the mini marshmallows. Place the marshmallow “eyeballs” onto the cupcakes, slightly pushing the marshmallow into the frosting to secure in place.
Press a bite-sized braided pretzel stick into the cupcake to represent the witches’ brew stirring stick.
Sprinkle the cupcakes with Pop Rocks® right before serving to give them an extra “pop”.
Tuesday's Being Crafty
Easy Pumpkin Centerpiece
What you will need:
Need an easy, inexpensive centerpiece for your autumn table? All you need is a pumpkin and a handful of fall flowers. You can complete this project in less than an hour!
Prepare your work area by spreading out some old newspapers. Using a sharp knife, carefully remove the top of the pumpkin.
Use the large spoon to scoop all of the pulp and seeds out of the pumpkin.
If you need this done in a hurry for a dinner party, go ahead and arrange your flowers inside the pumpkin. If you have the extra time, let the pumpkin dry out for at least a couple of hours before you arrange your flowers.
I used artificial flowers in my pumpkin centerpiece, but you could also use fresh flowers. If your pumpkin is wide and deep enough, you could place an entire flower pot in it.
Use your pumpkin to decorate your fall or Thanksgiving table, or place it anywhere in your home to give your home the feel of autumn.
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, organizing tips, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com
Song of the Day by Kestril Trueseeker
Pulp fiction filled with gruesome stories in 19th Century Britain were called Penny Dreadfuls. One of those Penny Dreadfuls featured the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, better known as Sweeny Todd. The story outlived the media it was born from and evolved into a ballet, a musical and a movie
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