Friday, November 2, 2012

The Sirens' Song: Grand Finale 2012

And so, we come to our final post for the season. The Sirens want to thank you all for your support and participation in this season's celebration. We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have. Our final blog post comes from Magaly Guerrero of Pagan Culture.




The Samhain’s Sirens Will Rise and Sing Again

About a month and a half ago, Kallan Kennedy, asked me if I would like to participate on a project that would celebrate the approaching Witches’ New Year. I almost said no. If you’ve read my blog lately, you already know that I had enough on my personal and professional plates to need at least 31 extra hours on each day. But for many reasons, I said yes…

The most important of my reasons for accepting Kallan’s proposal, might be explained by Kourtney Leaf’s take on this holiday. She said, “Samhain is my connection to those I’ve lost. Young, old, friends, family, even those I may not have known in life. Samhain is about respect, remembrance and most of all love.” http://multifacetedexperience.blogspot.com/ I needed to be nudge into a place where I could fire up the new and say goodbye to the old. In the brilliant words of Renee Olson aka Sosanna, “The 31st is a day of celebration and new beginnings.  As Mother Earth changes her robes and prepares for winter, this day is a rebirth, a catalyst for the New Year.” http://confessionsofamodernwitch.blogspot.com/

I was also inspired by the magic of All Hallow’s Eve. That which Danielle Suplicki acknowledges as “Fondest childhood memories, fearless joys and make believe. Grinning jacks, cackling witches and the dead dancing all eve. Threshold of a new year, time of in between: the magics of Hallowe’en!” http://thewhimsicalcottage.blogspot.com How do you say no to that? Or seeing it through the eyes of Rommy, I wanted to be part of anything that truly celebrated the “time to revel in imagination and examine the dark places of it at leisure. [I needed to join a group that wanted to help the world]. Remember that [Halloween] is a ‘between time’ as well; [that] imagined is not necessarily unreal.”

For most witchy-hearted people, Sam Curtin included, “The day of October 31st is not only a holiday. For [her], it’s a time when the air is full of magic, the veil is thin, and the energy is abundant.” http://anthrobum.blogspot.com/ A time when neither home relocation nor hurricane can keep magical blood from singing in the veins and dancing until the Earth Mother smiles. Bella Foxglove said it well, “Samhain means many things to this atypical witch, but I can say with confidence that Samhain represents the doorway in which I step through to finally return to myself each year.” http://bellafoxglove.blogspot.com I needed to be me again, and I stepped through the veil.

This holiday of ours, is as complex as the souls that celebrate its mysteries. Take Loren Morris’ words as an example, “When I was a child, I was horribly skinny and geeky. On Halloween, I could be something else; someone else. Today, Samhain is for introspection, shedding masks and being myself.” http://www.etsy.com/shop/SagasCottage. This is a season for all. Eliora says, “The spirit of Samhain represents the magickal thread flowing throughout my CRAFTwork. The magick of Samhain is that It truly embodies the facets of my Path: Beginnings/Endings, Death/Rebirth, Joy/Sorrow, Darkness/Light, Desire/Gratitude.”
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ElegantlyEnchanting

Kallan, The Samhain’s Sirens Amazon—trust me, she won that title—shows her October 31st passion through her “Samhain Season Alphabet Stew: Ancestors, Bonfires, Caramel, Decorations, Evanescent, Fae, Ghosts, Hallowed, Imbibing, Jocularity, Keening, Lamentation, MorRhiogan, Necromancy, Occult, Pumpkins, Quickening, Ravens, Spooky, Traditions, Unicity, Vaticinations, Witches, Xenagogue, Yearning, Zoomorphic.” http://mypaganworld.blogspot.com/

You are probably wondering, what about you Magaly, what makes All Hallow’s Eve special for a Wicked Witch Writer? Well, you’ve already read the answer. If not reread the last six paragraphs. I love and rejoice in the diverse and uncanny energies of the Witches’ New Year because it embraces new and old, flesh and spirit, man and nature; it takes the monotony of black and white and blesses us with beautiful grey sparkles that inspire people to celebrate life, death, and the joys that take place in-between. http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/

On behalf of all the Samhain’s Sirens, I want to thank you for dancing to the beat of our witchy song. And do mark your calendars; next year, when the veil begins to thin, when Nature’s dress claims those beautiful golds, oranges and reds, and when everything seems possible, the Samhain’s Sirens will rise and sing again ;-)








The winners of the October 31 giveaways are:

Sosanna's Handfasting Cord: Star Firewitch

East Coast Craft & Curio Gift Certificate: Iesadora


And now, for the Grand Prize Giveaway......





Katy Creager!!!


Congratulations to all of our winners! Please email your shipping address to samhainsirens@gmail.com one more time, just so we know we have them.


We want to thank you all one more time for your wonderful participation and support. Please do keep in touch with us either through our individual blogs, emails, Facebook and/or Twitter. We look forward to being with you again next year.

From Kallan to all of the Sirens: Thank you all. What we dreamed up in the Summer, has come to it's fruition in the last Harvest of the Season. You are awesome. Here's my song for all of you:




29 comments:

  1. Congratulations to the winners! Such a lovely way to start your weekend :) Thank you to my Sirens for all of their hard work in bringing us this month of joy.

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    1. Thank YOU for your participation and support, Jonquil! We look forward to celebrating with you again next year!

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  2. It has been such an honor and a joy to be a part of this with you all. I have had so much fun!

    Thanks to everyone who participated, and congrats to the winners! <3

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    1. Thank you for being a part of this, Bella!

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  3. Congratulations to everyone...especially the Sirens for your wonderful insight into this magical time of year. Hope to join you again next October, til then, Blessed Be :D XXX

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    1. Gina, thank you so much for being here each week! Your posts and lovely comments were always appreciated! We'll see you next year! hugs and blessings!

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  4. I am smiling, and singing, and perhaps crying a bit. This was wonderful. I'm enchanted by the friends I've made through the process. I'm so happy I said yes, even if the decision was a bit insane.

    Congrats to all the winners, and I'm not talking just about the one who got prizes ;-)

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    1. You are so right, Mags.. so many of us are winners in this! It was too much fun!

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  5. Thank you so much for this magical month (and thanks to Sally for pointing this way)! I've met so many lovely new friends & for the first time in several years I felt the warmth of community celebration and a heartfelt renewing this Samhain.
    Blessings to all-

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    1. Thank you so much for participating, sweetie! I know all of us Sirens are so happy to have met you!! Hugs and blessings!

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  6. oooh, I love that song! It's been a great month and thank you lovely ladies for doing this project! hope to see you all next year!

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    1. Thank you for being here, Amanda! We hope you'll be a part of it again next year as well :)

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  7. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful addition to the season. I've treasured reading all the posts, listening to the music, crafting the fun, and noshing on the treats! You are all amazing folks and have blessed us all with your generosity. Thanks to the Siren's, I've discovered other wonderful bloggers and artisans that I might have otherwise missed in the vast expanse of the internet, so thank you for that unexpected pleasure.

    Many blessings to you all as the wheel turns. <3

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    1. Thank you, Hex! That was exactly what we wanted to have happen! You just made it all worthwhile! hugs.. see you next year!

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  8. Congrats to the winners!!

    It's been an amazing month in which I have learned new things, gone down a new road on my spiritual path, and have gotten incredibly inspired. Now I have a whole new reason to say that October is one of my favourite months of the year! :) Thank you so much to the Sirens for all your hard work, and to all the lovely giveaways and artisans that I may have never discovered otherwise.

    Blessings, Mary
    sweetmaplelife.blogspot.ca

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    1. Hi Mary!

      Thank you for participating! You confirmed that we met our goal of getting to know people you might never have met before!! Thank you!

      Stay in touch! hugs and see you here next year!

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  9. My lovely print from Sagas' Cottage came in today. So sweet! :)

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    1. OH Yay! I'm so glad! I came here just to see if you had posted about receiving it, and I'm so glad you did! Thank you for entering and I'm so happy that you like it!

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  10. I have absolutely LOVED Everything about this blog, and so much of it I have saved to create again! I used the Ghost decorations craft with my son, and we made a whole garland for the front porch. Also used the wreath idea to make the wreath for the front door. My family really liked it. And my son and I had alot of fun look for things from our beloved earth to use in it. It was so cute watching him going around and thanking her 500 times over. Thank you all so much for all the crafts and recipes! This has truly been wonderful, and would absolutely LOVE to be apart of it next year. This is a wonderful Idea. Also Thank you for the grand giveaway, Between Assassins creed 3, having my family around for my birthday, and now winning the grand Giveaway, this has been the most exciting birthday yet!

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    1. I think it's so cool that this happened on your birthday! Thank you for being here, Katie!! Stay in touch and we'll meet back here again next year!

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    2. It was a pleasure, and a honor to be here. You guys are so full of wonderful information, I couldnt help but keep coming back. I will be more then happy to stay in touch with you all as the year goes by. I hope to see you all at the NC Pagan Fest next year, and look forward to next years Samhain Sirens Blog. Thank you again!!

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  11. I just want to say that I have adored being a part of this. I am already planning my giveaways for next year! Congrats to all of the winners!

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  12. I know I'm a bit late, but I was on the road at ShadowHarvest 2012 this weekend and this has been my first chance to be able to get in here where I could actually type. I wanted to thanks all the Sirens for a great event and I can't wait to be a part of this next year. Special shout out to Kallan and Vickie for keeping us on track and managing this wonderful event. Couldn't have done it w/o you.

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  13. I did NOT even realise I had won the hand fasting cord, until it arrived in the mail today. OMG! Its beautiful .. thank you.. Thats to awesome.

    I guess its a sign that 5 years with my partner as just my "boy"friend is maybe needing to become more :p

    Thanks ladies :)

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