Wednesday, October 27, 2021

13 Days of Samhain- Day 9

 

Photo courtesy of Makarios Tang

Welcome to Day 9 of our Sirens Samhain Celebration! 

Before we get started, let's announce the winner of the Divination set from Ethereal Grind...

Vickie Clay


Congratulations!


Today's Music Selection: Wolf an Dro by Omnia

submitted by Jaye Todd



Today's Article: Honoring the Angry Dead by Ciel Luciole

Ancestor veneration. It is the heart and soul of the Samhain season. No matter the culture, no matter the practices and traditions, there is a pervasive theme woven throughout; this is a time to honor our Ancestors and venerate our Noble Dead. Ancestor altars with pictures of our departed loved ones, the extra plates at the Dumb Supper for those that have gone before us, the Role Call of the Dead naming those that were lost in the previous year, I could likely spend this entire article simply listing the various ways in which cultures around the world honor their dead at this time. But there are more than enough resources containing that information out there, no one needs to convince the masses to start honoring their Ancestors, they’re pretty well covered at this point. I’m not talking about them.

I am talking about the restless, angry, spirits. Those that died traumatically or painfully, those for whom death brought about rage and anguish, for whatever reason. They are just as present during this time but rarely are they given much attention. Of course, they may have families that remember them, they may even have families that practice ancestor veneration during this time, but that may not be enough. Depending on the spirit and how they died, they may have far more reasons to be angry than not. 
I admit to having been guilty of ignoring these spirits myself. I was more than familiar with the Spirits of the Lost, and had heard of those helping to cross those lost spirits over en masse. A.D.F. has a prayer for those spirits that died by violent means intended to be said at their passing. But other than that, I had never really heard of any practices that were specifically for the appeasement of angry spirits, unless it was in response to a haunting or something of that nature.

It was actually when my housemates introduced me to the tradition of Ghost Month that I realized I had nothing quite like it in my own spiritual practice. Ghost Month is a Taoist and Buddhist practice observed in certain East Asian countries when it is believed that the Gates to the underworld are open and spirits are permitted to move freely upon the Earth. According to the Chinese Calendar, Ghost Month occurs during the 7th Lunar month (typically in August) and on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month they celebrate the Festival of the Hungry Ghost. During this festival a great offering of food and drink is made to appease the spirits of the angry and restless dead (there is more to it, naturally, but this article isn’t about this tradition and, as such, I am not going to get too deeply into the traditions surrounding that specific observance). While this holiday occurs in August for my housemates it is the start of the spirit season, the start of the thinning of the veil, that culminates with Samhain. 

It was in watching their observances that I began to think about the spirits of the angry dead in general. We are living in a time of unprecedent death. A global pandemic is still ravaging many parts of the world, police and military brutality is on the rise everywhere. Violence in general is becoming more and more commonplace and increasingly more disturbing. So very many lives have been lost in the last year and a half to two years, staggering numbers really, and I find it hard to believe that all those deaths were peaceful and that every spirit crossed over without a hitch. 

It’s somewhat staggering, really, to think about all those lost to illness or violence recently. I can only imagine many of those people died surrounded by fear and pain. As mentioned previously, many of those people will have families that will remember them. Some will even have families that place them on an altar and make offerings to them, and that may be enough for them to find peace in the afterlife. But many of these spirits will not be remembered, many will not be honored and will receive no offerings. With all the newly dead that will be joining us when the veil thins this year, I believe we, as magical and spiritual beings, will feel their presence even more strongly than in years past. Many have already begun talking about feeling the veil starting to thin “early” this year. I strongly suspect the volume of spirits waiting to come through is contributing to that. 

So, as you go about your Samhain observances and make ready to feast with your Ancestors, perhaps this year carve out some time to honor those angry and restless dead, as well. Perhaps an extra plate at your Dumb Supper for the souls of the forgotten, or an outdoor offering to feed the hungry spirits fueled by anger. As with most ritual, it can be as elaborate, or not, as you prefer. You may even decide to dig into the background of Ghost Month and immerse yourself there. Work within your existing traditions or create new ones for yourself.

Ultimately, I don’t think it matters so much what you do or how you do it (unless you are attempting a traditional ritual or practice, of course) but just that you are doing it. No one is saying you have to go out and become the next Dead Files and start crossing disparate spirits over willy nilly or anything. But a little love and acknowledgement can go a long way, even in the spirit realm.


Today's Cocktail: Vampire Punch (non-alcoholic) with Kourtney Leaf

Served warm or cold, but great for chilly halloween night trick or treaters! Add the following ingredients into a 6 to 7 quart slow cooker and cook on low for 3 hours. Serve warm, or chill before serving.  


64 oz Hawaiian Punch “Fruit Punch Juicy Red”

2 Litters Ginger Ale

3 oz Red Hot Candies



Today's Recipe: Samhain Ritual Muffins with Rowan Sliger

Samhain Ritual Muffins

I found this recipe years ago when I wanted a recipe for my Ancestors ritual. My Oma loved syrup and cinnamon (her pancakes were the very best!) , and she would have loved these little bites of deliciousness. I make them every year and put extra love and intention into them, for her and all those who have gone before us.

For the Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 stick softened butter
1 cup pumpkin puree (pure pumpkin, not the pie mix)
1 tsp vanilla extract

For The Crumble Topping

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
7 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ginger

For The Icing

¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
1 Tbls maple syrup
1 Tbls milk
splash of lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, then slowly add eggs, butter, pumpkin and vanilla extract.

Spoon batter evenly in to muffin tins – line with paper or use silicone, whatever your preference is. This makes 12 traditional size muffins but you can adjust to make larger or minis, as needed.
While the batter rests, mix up the crumble topping. Combine all ingredients and stir until you get the consistency you want. Using a spoon, top batter with crumble mixture and press gently in to the batter.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Leave in pan to cool for 30 minutes and then transfer them to a baking sheet to completely cool down.

Once the muffins are ready and cool (be patient, don’t add the icing too soon!), mix up your icing. Whisk together all ingredients until smooth and drizzle over the top of the muffins.

They’re ready to enjoy!


Today's Giveaway Mystic Moon wall/door hanging from Wormwood and Sage with Rowan Sliger

Mystic Moon Wall Hanging

15” crescent moon frame embellished with flowers in deep wine, rich boysenberry and velvety black with sage green moss accents. Crystal of your choice included (amethyst showing). 

Value: $65.00




How to enter: 

Go to: Wormwood and Sage Etsy Shop. Find your favorite item, come back and tell us what you liked best in the comments below.

Bonus: (1 comment=1 entry)
Favorite the Wormwood and Sage Etsy Shop - tell us that you did in the comments.
Like the Wormwood and Sage Facebook Page
Follow Wormwood and Sage on Instagram


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That's all for today! Thank you for your continued support and participation!

16 comments:

  1. The mystic moon is gorgeous! I love the shirt that says Men are Better in Books though! Followed on Etsy, FB & Insta.

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  2. I love the Seam Ripper sticker at Wormwood & Sage.

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