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Embracing the Samhain Shadows by Jen Rue
As I write this, still early in the eve, the light is long gone. It slipped below the western hills some time ago. The last blaze of gold tried valiantly to hold on but the inky twilight consumed it. We have time yet, before the shortest day winks in and out, but these autumn nights already linger, dragging their clawed feet long hours into the next morn.
We have the good fortune to have access to this mad invention called "electricity," and so we may drive back the night for as many hours as we wish. But there are more and more studies about the effects of long hours of faux daylight and the effect that limited (or a complete lack of) darkness might have on our brains and subsequently, our well-being. Many researchers tie the lack of a sufficient amount of darkness (ideally eight hours,) to more than just sleep issues. Our brains need darkness to produce melatonin, which assists in regulating our sleep and lends a hand to our immune system. A good dose of darkness keeps our circadian rhythm (the conductor that keeps our body's orchestra functioning at its peak) ticking along smoothly.
Take a moment and plug something simple like the effect of lack of darkness into your favorite search engine. It will send you running to your bedroom to ditch the digital clock. While you are at it - get rid of the television and the laptop. The bedroom is for getting some sleep, and getting some. That's it. Every little light blinking from a computer or DVR is robbing you of some much needed melatonin. If you leave a candle in the window (electric or battery-operated of course,) or a little light on somewhere in the house, make sure it cannot be seen from your bedroom.
While you are light-proofing your sleeping chamber, why not dial down the electric light overall in the evenings? Being that this is one of the most enchanting times of the year, perhaps candlelight or a lovely fire in the hearth would not only wean your eyes off the florescent overhead glow, but lend a certain atmosphere to this bewitching month. How about spending some outside beside a bonfire or simply stargazing (there are six meteor showers between October 7th and December 14th this year!)
Want to enlist some friends or get the coven in on the fun? Gather together the materials to make candles, create hag tapers from mullein, or blend up some midnight margaritas and dance around in the gloom of the garden. Commit to doing some shadow work over the dark months and engage in meditation practices that begin with you sitting in complete darkness. Explore this lightless realm and make friends with the night.
Now that the season of darkness has begun, what better time to reacquaint yourself with the shadows!
About Jen: Jen is a happy little garden witch, living in a beautiful valley in British Columbia, Canada. At every spare moment, Jen can be found wandering the valley hills or digging in the dirt in her own backyard. Jen blogs about her nature adventures and personal path at Rue and Hyssop (www.rueandhyssop.blogspot.com.) She can also be found creating sweet-smelling, natural products for home and body over at Three Cats And A Broom (www.etsy.com/shop/threecatsandabroom.)
Oven Roasted Summer Vegetables
A great way to use up some of your late Summer harvest!
1 med zucchini, sliced
1 med summer squash, sliced
1 med red bell pepper, chopped
1 med yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 lb fresh asparagus, cut in 1 inch pieces
1 med red onion, chopped
3 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Pre-heat oven to 450*
Put all veggies into large roasting pan and cover with other ingredients
Spread evenly in pan
Roast for 30 min.s, stir occasionally until lightly brown
Today's giveaway comes from Tess at "A Witch by any Other Name" shop.
Fun Witches hat and Pumpkins, all nickel free hooks value $36
Here's how to enter:
You have until 6am EDT tomorrow to enter. Winner will be emailed and an announcement will be made on the blog at 9am EDT (Tuesday, October 8)
How to Enter this giveaway: You have until 6am EDT tomorrow to enter. The drawing will take place and will be announced both in email and on the blog at 9am EDT on October 4.
You MUST provide a valid email address to enter the contest.
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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 8+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 ;)
Winner of Saturday (October 5)'s giveaway from Sosanna is:
Tune in tomorrow to see who wins today's giveaway, and for more of our October Extravaganza!!