IT’S FALL AND FUN AND GOODIES
From the Witch and the Cat
Did you know that on Tuesday, September 22, the fall equinox happened? What is an equinox? Since I wasn’t sure, I looked it up.
Definition from the Thesaurus: “ Either of two times of the year when the sun crosses the equator.” September equinox marks the beginning of fall. The spring or vernal equinox is approximately March 21, and is the beginning of spring. The length of day and night are equal on the equinox day. It isn’t that simple, but you can look up EQUINOX online.
September equinox is a time for celebration of the harvest and all that goes with it. Try the ideas below
The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth And you walk under the red light of fall
The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain
The sharp, gentle chill of fall.” (Online Autumn Equinox Ritua)
Fall is a time for hay rides, long walks to see leaves turn and drinking hot cider. Celebrate!
Have a potluck with fall vegetables, everyone bring a different dish.
Pizza or tortilla wrap with zucchini, tomatoes, yellow squash, onions, corn Grapes, apples, pears finger food
Stuffed yams with sour cream or yogurt, Gingerbread
Wreaths of leaves and cranberries glue-gun on cardboard
Corn stalks stacked around your door
Scare-crow on a broom
Walk, run, breathe in the “autumn red light” and think of things done or started.
Take care of animals, plants and people for winter
Spend a night out under the stars
Come with me to a little town in Massachusetts that is known for its witches.
Wandering through the center of Salem, Massachusetts is like going to a horror show. I visited one weekend, having read about the town for years and being a witch fancier. The center of town exuded gloom and doom. Yet there was a carnival spirit, and I felt like it was Halloween and I was the only one without a costume! Everywhere around me on the street and beckoning from shop windows were reminders of a dark chapter in American history. Statues of vengeful priests and sheriffs, evil-looking witches casting spells, pictures of torture pits, executions and executioners showing how the witches were treated. Any wonder that Salem is called “Witch City!”
In the 1600’s people believed-to-be witches were tried, tortured and killed. They were accused by God-fearing settlers of practicing “black magic” to hurt and destroy. True, some of the so-called witches frightened and terrified their accusers. But other witches wanted to survive in that rough new country of America, and peaceably continue their practices.
The “magic” that the accused witches used is very old. It goes back to the beginning of time as a way to survive. It is called by several names: “white witchcraft” and “black witchcraft.” Witches may use both, depending on what they want to happen.
“White Witchcraft“ believers follow Mother Nature, The Earth, God, and Goddess. They observe and live by cycles/seasons of the year in the physical world. also studying signs from planets, sun and moon. Herbs, flowers, trees, crystals, colors, fire and candles are used in ceremonies and casting spells. White witchcraft’s purpose is to help people and the planet.
- Pat Reid’s story, The Room Under the Eaves has been accepted for an anthology, ANYTHING PROSE published by Anassa Publications and due out in early 2013.
- THE LEGEND OF THE POINSETTIA, Patricia Ann Reid’s second book in progress now has Denver artist, Daniel Luna doing the illustrations. Daniel is well-known for imaginative paintings and colorful decorated clay pots. Welcome, Daniel!
The Witch, The Wasp, and the Windmill
THE PUMPKIN ROCK
Song by Patricia Ann Reid
A witch went out on a windy night
BLOW WIND BLOW
Her hat was black and her broom was fast
GO WITCH GO
An owl was sitting in an old oak tree
WHOO WITCH WHOO
He said to the witch IT’S HALLOWEEN!
FLY WITCH FLY
The witch went out and cackled and laughed
And spooked and scared around
Then she saw a funny thing
SLOW WITCH SLOW
A Pumpkin dancing on an old back fence
DANCE! PUMPKIN! DANCE!
The witch she didn’t know what to do
RUN WITCH RUN
But the pumpkin called out C’mon and join the fun
SMILE WITCH SMILE
So the witch and the pumpkin danced ‘til dawn
And here is what they sang,
ROCK PUMPKIN, ROCK ROCK, ROCK, ROCK PUMPKIN ROCK,
ROCK ROCK ROCK PUMPKIN ROCK, ROCK PUMPKIN ROCK!!
Note: Pick this out in minor key on piano or guitar like A
Copyright 2012 by Patricia Ann Reid
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