This is the moon that is the last time of the year to pick blackberries, before the Good Neighbors claim them. And, giving our natural disaster we’ve had – well… There are no blackberries nor other berries to pick. Sigh.
I spent the moon painting my skulls, of which I waited to see what They wanted to have placed on them. No rush, and during this moon, it was time.
Since this is the first moon of the Season of the Dead, I prayed and gave offerings to my Ancestors. I visited a ‘haunted house,’ with my sister, in honor of the season. Needless to say, it was fun.
Also, I have taken a different approach to my altar. Instead of downsizing (yea, because THAT will happen), I decided to condense. If I can fit it all in one space, I’ll count myself well-off. I have really worked well with this singular place: A shrine, temple, bone-room, hearth, and more in one location. So far, so good.
Still learning about Fire-Ant, it’s been… Rocky at best, but steady. Reaffirmed my relations with Wasp after finding another nest, and rescuing three wasps from the boots of co-workers. Surprisingly, I didn’t get stung. Divining with Mink as usual, I have to say working with Mink has been the easiest so far.
I do not celebrate the usual Samhain, except in an Ancestral feast only. October 19th was the sacred day of Arta, and I spent the day studying bear folklore and re-reading old books on Bear. It always amazes me that no matter how many times you read a book, you can pick up something new.
I live on a hunting/smithing yearly cycle, so as the Pagans I know prepare to celebrate Samhain, I simply raise a rum toast to celebrate our differences, rather than spit at them for simply being different. I know I won’t get the same treatment in return, but unlike so many who do not live with the whole ‘Craft of the Wise,’ but think they do… I’m trying. Boy howdy have I f**ked up, but hey, I’m trying.
So, my major offering is a living one to my Ancestors – to actually try to incorporate what they’ve learned, and to try to NOT repeat history. It’s a start, right?