We want to thank all of you for playing with us and we hope you're having as much fun as we are! Today, you get another sneak peek at the Grand Prize Giveaway which will be drawn on Samhain and announced on the morning of November 1. Remember, every time you enter a giveaway this month, each of your entries gives you a chance at the Grand Prize:
There's still time to send in your "Forget-Me-Not" to Kallan for the special Samhain tribute to those who have passed. Email her HERE.
As always, you can reach out to us through the contact form at the top of the page, or through email HERE.
by Cap'n David Watson
I watch the horizon, awaiting the setting of the sliver of Moon o’er that expanse of liquid gold illuminated by the dying rays of the sun.
There, silvery luminescence, streaking across the edge of the world, then at last the stark, blue-white cold, finally in Her own sky, if only for a moment, the light spilling through the rigging and dancing across the water toward me, bathing me, filling my soul with a trembling solace, a tranquility that defies mere mortal words. This night, like no other night afore or hence, for this night marks the anniversary of my conscious awakening.
A quarter of a century has passed since I dedicated myself, mind, body, and soul, to the service of She who is Mother to all that is, was, and e’er shall be. The veil has split, the spirits move among us, and I…I await them with open arms.
What better way is there to celebrate this one night, this magical night, than lying at anchor off some lonely coast, enveloped within the arms of the pervasive fog of San Francisco Bay? Damp, aye. Cold, most likely, but this night, this one night, the rum shall keep me warm as I offer a libation to Yemaya, and to those who have fallen beneath the waves o’er so many, many years. Here’s to you, brothers and sisters all, and lo though I shall join with you in years to come, come sup with me aboard Serenity this eve. Here you shall find safe harbor. Here you shall not be adrift alone.
Let this ship, this night, be your lifeboat. Let the anchor light be your beacon, your lighthouse across to that distant horizon where the shores of memory lie, to again breathe the sweet salt air in life as you reawaken in a new weave of flesh, to feel the spray upon your cheek and learn to fall in love with the sea all over again.
I shall lie here, at anchor, awaiting you, for mine is a spirit burning with life and I would share that life with you, to warm you upon this cold, foggy night. Aye, one is always alive, but not many are truly living. How many dead souls walk around in living bodies? How can you honor the dead when you are dead yourself?
With the coming of the dawn, I shall again sail with the tide back to my own port of call – a sheltered marina I have come to call home, but fear not – you shall not be forgotten. I shall bring back memories of my own of your hopes and fears, your loves and hatreds, but most importantly, your trust in me and my vessel to share this night, to be amongst a kindred spirit, to once more share in that camaraderie.
Your company upon those darkened waters on this one night among so many, though I know you not, is truly special to me. We share a common bond, you and I…we’re sailors.
I shall look forward to perhaps meeting with you again, many years to come, upon some distant, forgotten shore. Mayhaps I will be joining you upon your own ship, some darkened Samhain night, many years from now.
Aye, that would be a wonderful thing.
Until that time, I shall keep sailing. There are horizons to chase and lands to explore if one only has the courage to cast off the lines. My wife at my side, my kitten in my lap, tiller strong in my hand and wind in the canvas above me…aye, this is what it is truly about. There is plenty of time for dying. But this? This…is living.
Samhain isn't just about the dead. It’s about the dead again taking root in life. It’s about the spirits joining us in life until such time as they are again reborn. It’s about removal of that which weighs us down so that we may flourish – the weight of the grave, the guilt of our soul, the chains of despair, the longing, the loathing…let us all take from this night a lesson from those whom we guide across that bridge:
leave behind the detritus that eats away at our being and find our own lives. Let us return from this night refreshed…renewed…reborn…
Initiated into Alexandrian Wicca on Samhain night in 1988, he has since adopted an eclectic spirituality that includes Native American Shamanism, Vodou and hoodoo rootwork, and is a devotée of Yemaya.
He loves everything having to do with art, sailing, playing the keyboard, cooking, walks along the shore of the Bay, or just lounging around being lazy. Simple pleasures for simple living.
Though not a siren, like any seafaring man, he has been lured by their irresistible call and has found himself washed ashore in this place of untamed beauty and bliss.
Caramel Walnut Squares
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup cold butter, cut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can apple pie filling
Preheat oven to 375*
In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, soda and salt; cut in butter until crumbly.
Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture and press the remainder on bottom of a 9” x 13” baking dish, Bake 15 mins...remove from oven.
Add walnuts to reserved crumb mixture.
In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt caramels with milk, stirring until smooth. Spoon apple filling over prepared crust, top with caramel mixture the remaining walnut crumb mixture.
Bake 20 mins or until set and golden brown. Cool
*Serve warm with cinnamon or vanilla ice cream!
Today's giveaway is from Tess at "A Witch by any Other Name"
A water pendulum - quartz pendulum, mother of pearl, banded agate value $28
Here’s how to enter:
You have until 6am EDT tomorrow to enter.
Drawing is held by random number generation and winner will be notified in email (that's why you have to have an email address listed). Announcement will be made on the October 22th blog post at 9am EDT.
Note: These giveaways are open to the U.S., Canada and where allowable. Void where prohibited.
Canadian residents, please pay close attention as by law, you have to use a different set of rules. Not to worry, we have you covered :)
You MUST provide a valid email address to enter the contest.
1. Go to A Witch By Any Other Name Facebook Page . Find your favorite item, come back here, and tell us about it in the comment section. (1 entry)
2. Like the Facebook page for A Witch By Any Other Name. Let us know you did in the comments (1 entry)
3. Blog about this giveaway (make sure you link back here), come back and leave us a link to your blog. (1 entry)
4. Tweet about this giveaway (link to us, please), come back, and leave us a link to your tweet (1 entry)
5. Be a follower of this blog, Samhain's Sirens (1 entry)
6. Like Samhains Sirens on Facebook (1 entry)
Note: If you want your entries to count as separate entries, you must post them separately. If you post 1 comment with all of these on it, it will only count as 1 entry.
Canadian residents, by law, instead of the above, you must answer the following question to be eligible:
What is 3-1?
What's cool about being a Canadian? You automatically get 6 entries per giveaway for just answering 1 question! You still have to give us an email address :)
The Winner from Friday, October 18th from RLC Creations is:
The Winner from Saturday, October 19th from Sosanna's Craftacular Saturday is:
For the first time in 2 years, I've finally done it. I made a mistake in a winner announcement. To give you an idea of how that happened, I take all of your comments and compile them into an excel spreadsheet. I happened to have two Jennifers listed one after another on the Sally Dubats Giveaway last week. I emailed the right winner, and then posted the other one's name on the blog. Sally has graciously sent out e-books to both Jennifers, and I've ensured that the proper winner is added to both the blog and the winners page. Thanks to everyone for your graciousness and patience with me. I'll be even more diligent in the future.
The proper Jennifer is Jennifer Manley (PeonyFirestorm)
We have lots more fun in store for you this week! Tune in for more tomorrow!