Thursday, October 17, 2013

Samhain's Sirens Day 15, October 17

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Today, we have some really special treats for you - a blog and giveaways from author Sally Dubats!

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Today, we honor Jerry Garcia.





Samhain Quest
By Sally Dubats

We talk about the Veil Between Worlds being thinnest at Samhain. The worlds are usually thought of as this world and the next, where spirits and/or ghosts may dwell, and then move to worlds beyond. Conversely, the worlds can be thought of as various dimensions, and the thinning veil is said to create a higher degree of intuition and psychic abilities.

This year, in addition to investigating the thinning veil between worlds, perhaps we can take a look at our own veil -- the veil between our Personalities (the earthly body who has a name, a job, a family) and our Higher Selves (the spirit body that is eternal and loves unconditionally). There is a veil that keeps us from seeing our own beauty and greatness. We see glimpses, but most of us (me included!) live our daily lives unaware of our beauty and greatness, our ability to love and be loved, our ability to prosper, our ability to be keenly healthy. This veil keeps us blissfully ignorant of things that we do and say that we are completely unaware of; these things are usually based on our past conditioning and experiences.

What if this Samhain, we take the outward gazing focus, the focus that sees the world around us and interprets it based on our pasts and projects it onto our present, and turn that gaze inward? What if we tug at the veil that keeps us from moving forward, keeps us in our comfort zone?

One way to look at how we perceive ourselves is through the rich tradition of Story called Fairytales. Hearing stories is a terrific way to move from our logical, thinking brain to our creative, intuitive brain. Once our mind begins to visualize the pictures, we’re out of our logical brains, crossing the veil to intuition. I’ve created a fairytale here to illustrate how powerful this can be. As you read my fairytale, replace the Princess with yourself. See if you can interpret this story to fit over your life.

Once upon a time there was a beautiful Princess who, despite sincere daily gazing, could not find her reflection in the mirror. Instead, a Halloween curse only allowed her to see the busy insanity of her kingdom, or the insanity of her personal world inside the castle.

Occasionally the Princess would glimpse the shadowy figure of a woman in a long, flowing gown. This woman was different from the others. The figure would drift aimlessly across the landscape of the outer kingdom as the seasons changed. And now, toward the return of Halloween, the figure appeared more frequently. Sometimes the Princess would spy the figure where final crops were being harvested, or sometimes the figure would sit along the edges of the misty forest and watch the black crows silhouetted in trees where only a few dead leaves remained.

Then one day, the Princess again saw the figure in front of the forest. The shadowy figure raised her arms high, and a multitude of black crows swooped through the gray sky and landed in the branches. The Princess took a step backward, stunned. It was then that the figure turned fiercely toward the Princess. The mirror became a telescope, and the close-up shadow figure fixed her gaze on the Princess with a terrible, fierce purpose in her eyes, a desperate plea filled with powerful magic that beckoned. The Princess shrieked in horror, and ran from the Mirror Room.

The Princess could not sleep, but instead tossed and turned with the dark images. She couldn’t eat. Halloween was approaching and all the Princess could think about was the mysterious figure who beckoned. What did the stranger want? Why was the Princess so frightened?

Finally, on All Hallows Eve day, the Princess decided to go one more time to the mirror. She instantly became lost, fixing her eyes on the busy insanity of the kingdom that the mirror reflected. As she gazed, the Princess had certain knowings. She viewed the people of the kingdom, and could see each one filled with gossip and the sorrows of death. All this she spied through the mirror.

But the days of no food and no drink had weakened the Princess. Her own body had begun to deteriorate. The frail Princess was clothed in a long black satin gown with dark gray lace at the collar; the gown hung loosely on her gaunt frame. She had given nothing to herself, and everything to what she perceived as life in the mirror and, on All Hallows Eve, she sat in front of the cursed mirror, crying one moment and laughing out loud the next, nearing insanity. The mirror was culling her sanity away. The Princess was too busy caring for everyone and everything else in the mirror to care for herself until no one in the kingdom cared for her either.

Finally, midnight neared. The Princess was exhausted, spent, starving, and filled with a terrible thirst but could not drink. The mirror was dark with the exception of a few lights here and there that dotted the kingdom.

Midnight.
The veil between worlds was its thinnest.

The Princess’s eyes became heavy. The mirror shifted and glowed with an eerie darkness lit from within, like the inside of the darkest emerald. The mirror beckoned to the Princess with its dark magic. The Princess stood in front of the enchanted mirror, and her hands gripped its frame for support.

She gazed wearily and with heavy eyes into the mirror. The last hearth light was snuffed in the kingdom. All was dark, and the mirror was a slate of blank ink.

She had no world of her own, and no world in the mirror. This was more than she could endure, and the Princess, unable to see her reflection, closed her eyes and looked within. A dim, indistinguishable shadow was all she could see. She opened her eyes, and saw her own reflection staring back at her for the first time. She saw the gaunt thing she had become, large eyes sunken and bulbous, once rosy cheeks now hollow, glistening hair now dull and disheveled.

The Princess knew there had to be change. She took it upon herself to Quest Again, determined this time not to find a reflection, but to make one she could be proud of. She would become a Princess loved by the people, but more importantly, a Princess who loved herself. She began to see possibilities, change. She wanted desperately to know who the shadow figure was, because the shadow figure had power, and the Princess wanted to know how to get her own power back.

It was then that the shadow figure appeared, a beautiful, radiant woman in front of the Princess who reached out for the frame of the mirror on the opposite side, reflecting the Princess. The Shadow Figure whispered magic words that flowed into every fiber and of the Princess’s being. The Shadow Figure showed the Princess how to find herself again. The Shadow Figure showed the Princess what she looked like... beautiful, radiant royalty! The Shadow Figure showed the Princess a future where the Princess danced and sang to the Gods, a future where she held close to friends and made merry presiding over the feasts of the Wheel of the Year.

A radiant smile of love and hope shone on the Princess’s face, and she realized she was staring at her Self. The powerful shadow figure had just been waiting until called, and she had been afraid of her own power.

So, the Princess did indeed find herself in the mirror.  And every Samhain, the Princess looks in the enchanted mirror and sees her own shining and powerful spirit, a beautiful kingdom, and an incredible world reflected back in a dazzling panorama of color and Light.

Where are you on the Quest? Happy Samhain.

Come visit Sally at her site: SallyDubats.com


Praline Apple Bread

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
8 oz sour cream
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tb vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups finely chopped and peeled apples


Photo Credit - A Taste of Home
http://www.tasteofhome.com/
Preheat oven to 350*

Toast 1/2 cup pecans in a single layer in a skillet for 6-8 mins, stirring occasionally; Set aside.

Beat sour cream, sugar, eggs and vanilla at low speed with an electric mixer for 2 mins.   Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl.  Add to sour cream mixture, beating just until blended.  Stir in apples and 1/2 cup toasted pecans. 

Spoon batter into a greased 9” x 5” loaf pan.  Sprinkle with remaining pecans, and lightly press them into the batter.  Bake at 350* for 45 mins.   Cover with foil then bake for 15 more mins. 

Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 mins.  While it’s cooling, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil in a heavy saucepan, stirring constantly for 1 minute.  Spoon over bread and let cool.  Remove from pan.


Blessings
Autumn



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Sally is generously giving away 1 signed hard copy  her book, "Veil Between the Worlds", plus 2 e-book copies!

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The winner from yesterday's giveaway by Kindred Kollections is:

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Be on the look out tomorrow!  Robyn Chausse has your Friday Craft and Giveaway!

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