Friday, October 22, 2021

13 Days of Samhain- Day 4

 

Photo courtesy of Robin Canfield

Welcome to Day 4 of our Sirens Samhain Celebration!

Our Winner of The Summer's Hollow Trilogy by Author Sam Curtin is...


Joe Beamon


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Today's Music Selection: Monster Mash

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Today's Article: Scorpion as a Samhain Guide- by Ciel Luciole

Scorpion, the unsung Samhain Spirit Ally. Oh sure, she gets an honorable mention here and there, the occasional decoration in her honor (or him, they, really whichever you prefer), but rarely does Scorpion receive the kind of attention that her more common seasonal counterparts, the iconic Halloween Cat and Bat, do.  I get it, Cats will always be my first love, and Bats are basically adorable flying sky puppies. Given the fearsome appearance of Scorpion, it’s no wonder this animal spirit ally is often overlooked. But I truly can’t think of a more appropriate Spirit Guide to work with during this time. 


For starters, Scorpion is linked intrinsically to the Samhain season on an astrological level as the commonly celebrated date occurs mere days after the Sun moves into the Scorpio constellation. While most celebrate this holiday on October 31st, Samhain is a cross quarter Sabbat so, if you want to get technical, that means it occurs when the Sun is at 15 degrees in Scorpio (this year that will be November 7th, 12:48am EDT) marking the halfway point between the Autumn Equinox (0 degrees Libra) and the Winter Solstice (0 degrees Capricorn) and is considered the mid-point of Autumn, or the start of Winter, depending on your traditions and/or location. 
Samhain is the “season of Death”, or the time when we honor our Beloved Dead and Noble Ancestors. Whether it’s called Samhain, All Hallows, Shadowfest, Halloween, or any of the many names used by the non-British/Celtic cultures that celebrate this date all around the world, it is considered a time of high spirit activity, when the veil between the worlds is at it’s thinnest. There is a reason there is a common thread weaving together the edges of these far-flung traditions and I believe the influence of the Scorpion constellation above certainly plays its part in contributing to that.
The ancient Egyptians considered Scorpion a Guardian to the souls crossing over to the afterlife and many cultures viewed Scorpion as a symbol of death and rebirth. If you do a search on the spiritual/metaphysical meaning of the Scorpion animal guide you will find page after page associating them with death and rebirth, but also about Scorpion’s ability to help guide you in the dream state and bring messages from Spirit. 

The Scorpio constellation is also considered to be ruled by Pluto by some schools of astrological thought and Autumn is the time of Persephone’s descent into the realm of Hades. 

Autumn is the beginning of the dark half of the year and that is never more apparent than the Halloween season when the focus of the masses is to find, or be, the ultimate scare. People seek out every frightening, gory, pastime they can during this season. Beneath all that, it is also when Seasonal Affective Disorder begins to really impact a lot of people and, for some, that means irrational fear and anxiety. This seems to be even more prevalent amongst those that are energetically or spiritually sensitive. One of the areas ruled by Scorpion is the facing, and releasing, of fears. Not only is Scorpion an incredibly protective spirit ally, she can help you face down your own fears, whether they are anxiety based or not. 

On a less metaphysical/spiritual note, Scorpio/Scorpion is also associated with passion and sexual vitality. Has anyone else ever noticed how many rituals there are at Samhain designed specifically to discover one’s future husband or lover? 
And, let’s just say it, Scorpions are black and spooky looking, they more than fit the Halloween aesthetic. Really, I could go on about the many ways Scorpion energy is interwoven with that if Samhain but I have a word limit, lucky you! 
While most focus on the veneration of the Ancestors this time of year, for many magical folks it is also a time when they feel called to really dig into their magical practice with many focusing on their psychic abilities and dealings with the spirit realm. If this applies to you, I encourage you to consider approaching Scorpion as a spirit guide and ally during this time. 

If you are inclined to work with crystals some crystal spirit allies that can assist with connecting to the Scorpion spirit are Ruby, Garnet, Prasiolite, Bronzite, and Apache Tears. I personally also associate Black Tourmaline with Scorpion energy as well. If you are more inclined to candles, a simple black candle (because obviously black is the color associated with Scorpion Spirit) to invite them in would be just the thing.
However you might go about it, if you are someone that looks to the animal world for guidance and wisdom, perhaps consider giving Scorpion Spirit a chance this Samhain. It is Her season, after all. 

Today's Cocktail: Nui Nui by Dawn Leith Dougherty

This is a lovely drink that a friend in the Tiki community shared with me, and became one of my go-to favorites. This drink works so well for anything Autumn, and has that “pumpkin spice” vibe, but with a real kick! If you wish to make this drink with a “flip”, see the notes below, I have made it both ways, and I love it in all its forms! 

1.5 to 2 oz. aged rum

1/6 oz. vanilla extract
1/6 oz. allspice dram
1/3 oz. cinnamon syrup
2/3 oz. juice from fresh orange
1/2 oz. juice from fresh lime
Couple dashes Angustura bitters

Shake in cocktail shaker with ice, pour into cocktail glass with crushed ice, serve with an orange peel garnish.

Cinnamon Syrup:  

1 c. Water
1 c. Sugar
4 cinnamon sticks

Bring water to a boil, add sugar to dissolve, lower to simmer 5 minutes. Turn off stove, add cinnamon sticks, steep for at least an hour to a few hours for full flavor. Remove sticks and refrigerate to use as needed.

NOTES:

To make a Nui Nui Flip, dry shake (no ice) vigorously all ingredients with one whole egg for a few seconds. Add ice to shaker and shake again for a few seconds. Pour

You may also separate the egg and just use the egg white which adds a nice foam. Whole egg adds a nice richness to the drink. Shake in the same manner as above. 

Allspice dram can be found in most good liquor stores, or ordered online. I use St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram. 


Today's Recipe: Pumpkin Bread by Lynn Green


Ingredients:
1 3/4 C. All purpose flour
1 1/2 C. Sugar 
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon 
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 
1/2 tsp ground allspice 
1/2 tsp ground cloves 
1 (15 ounce) can canned pumpkin 
1/3 C. Water
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 vegetable oil 
1/2 C. Walunts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 loaf pans. (I use Baker's Joy spray) Stir together flour, sugar, salt, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. In another bowl, whisk together, pumpkin, water, eggs, vanilla, and oil. Once combined, slowly pour wet mixture into dry mixture while mixing (by hand). Mix until just combined and separate between loaf pans. 
Bake for 50-60 minutes, until top springs back when lightly pressed. *Start checking at around 45 minutes*
Cool in pan, on a rack, for about 20 minutes, then remove. 
Enjoy!

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That's all for today! 

Enjoy!

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