Posted in Halloween, Holidays, Moon

Halloween – Samhain – Adult version

Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo…it’s Halloween/Samhain, and a full moon on top of it. I have heard it’s a once in lifetime event. Houses are decorated with intimidating displays and large spiders crawling from the sidings. Little goblins can be found in the streets, eagerly ringing doorbells, rushing from house to house, showing off their costumes, while opening their bags in the hopes of gathering a lot of sweet treats. I can’t help but wonder how different this tradition might be this year with a pandemic still at large.

My Halloween contribution is slightly different as well this year and is focused on some adult fun.

We are making some delicious, adult, hot Bourbon cider to stay warm. Halloween is usually a time for the first heavy storm to hit in my region, so the timing is perfect.

Here is what you need

1 part Makers Mark bourbon (I’m not here to endorse any brand, so it you have a favorite, I’m sure it will work even better)

4 parts apple cider

3 cinnamon sticks

5 whole cloves

3 while allspice berries

6 while peppercorns

Lemon slices and additions cinnamon sticks for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan on the stove. Let sit on medium – low heat for 1 hour (covered) and then ladle into mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon slice.

And now… let the goblins come. It could turn out to be a wild and interesting night. Oh, and don’t forget to pay attention to grandmother moon and release what no longer serves you. Perhaps you charge your crystals to the magic of this rare blue Hunters moon, or drum under the moonlight like me to release old energy that no longer serves you.

So, take a little sip or two, as goblins roam the street, while waiving hello to the moon and admiring her beauty. Your magic potion will keep you warm for sure.

Happy Halloween / Samhain my friends. Enjoy.

Posted in Celebration, Halloween

Happy Samhain

Samhain: Witches dance, Holy Wedding and the other world. Samhain, is one of the four Celtic main festivals and has been celebrated for over 5000 years. It is the seed of Halloween, also of Celtic origination, and the beginning of the dark wintertime.

Samhain is a time to gather and dance around the raging flames of a glistening fire. In ancient beliefs, fire was to ward off negative energies and brought light and warmth’s into the cold season.

Nighttime is symbolic of the transition from the old to the new. On this special night of Samhain the gates to the other world are open as the veil thins. There, everything is possible in the space between the old life and the new one. There are no laws and no rules. Life meets death, and death itself creates new life.

Samhain, the celebration of all who left this world, is a fest to honor our ancestors and our deceased. Mother Earth is slowing to rest during the long months of wintertime, in preparation for spring when new life is born and the cycle of life and death sprouts new growth. Standing in strong focus during the night of Samhain is death and dying. People surrender and let go of everything while sowing the seeds for the new.

The living seek contact to the kingdom of the dead as they call to thank their ancestors in ways such as through food offerings. Celtic history believed that all deceased would return to their original place of life before death in the night of Samhain. To honor your ancestors and deceased was highly common in many cultures and treated with the utmost respect.

Samhain is a time of it’s own magic. When fog lingers in long banks over the fields, covering the landscape in mystery. When the leaves are glowing and look fiery in color until they slowly loose their luster and decompose. The air is cool as you see your breath dancing across the fairytale landscape of frosted trees, inhaling it deep and clear into your lungs. There is no mistaking that it is the beginning of all things coming to rest. Life opens up to the slow and steady beat of winter as we realize once more that life is constantly reborn. One season leaves and another one arrives. One person dies, leaving this world and a new person is born and arrives greeting the world and a new life.

Happy Samhain!

Posted in Halloween

This “Old House”

Pumpkins carved by my nieces 💙💙

An afterthought to Halloween,

And the perfect time to write about this old house. Why? Is it haunted, or do ghosts fly through the attic? What about the wind that catches and creates a deep howl, reaching all the way from the top of the shingles, to all the way down to the bottom cellar of this five story castle? What happens in the darkest of nights when you can’t even see your shadow? Do ghouls hide in every corner, ready to jump out, as the doors rattle to keep the skeletons well hidden. Perhaps it is the witches that got me all worried, stirring their magical brew in the ancient stone cellar. Have you heard their whispers and crazy laughs, it is said that the steam of their magic potion rises through the house, leaving behind mysterious banks of fog. If you look close you might catch them whisk by in their broomstick.

No, none of that is really happening, as if I had to clarify that, and I better stop before I scare the wits out of myself and can’t sleep. I don’t believe that the house is haunted, and no demons pass through these doors, but a ghost of the past may frequently visit, and roam these walls. I always had…well…feelings in this house. I never really cared to be here alone, for as long as I remember. There is an energy to this house and something I’m definitely picking up on, nothing evil, but something very sad. With the passing of Dad, I know that this house has seen the pain and suffering of both, Mom and me. I’m sure Dad’s spirit has visited and sometimes there is evidence of such, albeit no concrete proof. That is of course if you want to believe in this sort of thing. There are numerous incidents for what one might consider unusual activity, while a skeptic will always try and find a way to justify it with rational explanations. I don’t much try to convince the other party, but there is definitely something more than just coincidence. I don’t believe in coincidences. It is something else, something I feel and can’t explain. It just is.

For example, I have found feathers that appear in the hallway, out of the blue. Feathers that I have never seen before and it couldn’t be that a draft from somewhere has carried the light weight to a new resting place. These are usually the moments when I know Dad has come to visit. “When feathers appear, your loved ones are near.” Another incident happened at night while taking a bath, when all of a sudden there was light coming from underneath the doorway in Mom and Dad’s bedroom. Just a bright, illuminated slit of light under the door, staying there for a few minutes before going dark again. Yes, it went on and off by itself. I’ve seen the phones light up for no apparent reason, just to turn on a few times and then returning to a black screen again. Not even the screensaver turned on, but instead the screen remained lit for the entire duration.

It was the end of summer as I sat in the fairy garden, just watching over all the magnificent blooms. I was alone and yet I could hear doors closing inside of the house, clear as day as if someone was walking through the apartment. Of course there is nobody and never anything other than an energy that I sense, sometimes so strong that on occasion it feels as if someone is standing directly next to me. Nothing evil, still a big creepy, when you are alone, but then you’re not.

Two nights ago, there was electricity in the air. Turning the light in my room produced a flicker that never fully lit. The lightbulb was coming on and off as I repeatedly turned the switch. There was a sizzle coming from the switch itself, that cautioned me not to touch it for too long. I waited a little bit, and finally the light came on normally, as if nothing ever happened. It was that very night that I was sitting at the kitchen table writing, and a cold draft wrapped around my legs. The apartment was cozy other then that, as if someone had opened the door to a cold room. Often these occurrences feel so real that it’s almost too frightening to investigate and to look further. Of course there is never anything tangible to explain what is happening and it comes down to if you believe in ghosts and goblins roaming this earth. Perhaps you don’t believe in ghost stories, but you believe in energies and spirits.

Surely I can’t be the only one who has ever felt something like this. If you have, doooo share hereee please.

Posted in Candy, Fasching, Halloween, Holidays, Humor

Happy Halloween

Halloween is a time for celebration and superstitions. I wonder how many little and fully grown goblins will walk into my place of work today. For sure I will snap a few pictures and serve some welcome candy for the little monsters. 

Did you know that Halloween is one of the most favorites holidays in the US? Perhaps it is that we find ourselves attracted to being in disguise and we enjoy the escape. Maybe it allows us to act and behave more carefree, a way we would otherwise avoid if we were just the same old us. Could it be that it is the process of transformation and taking on a new identity? To break away for a short time and drift off into the roam of fantasy. 

We have something similar in Germany called Fasching which will start on the 11th of November but lasts for weeks and well into the new year. The festivities are mainly on the weekends with masquerade balls and parties leading up to “Rosenmontag” and “Aschermittwoch” when everything comes to an end. I once heard a few people saying that we Germans like to party and have a a “Fest” (party, something to celebrate) each weekend. I call it life balance. There is more to life than just work and you might miss life all together when there is nothing but work. But this is a different post all together and I leave it with what I always say. “In Germany we are not lazy people, but we work for a living instead of living to work”. 

Another fun fact is that a fourth of all candy sales in the US happen during Halloween. 

Have a sweet day….