Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Samhain!

My altar created by Mother Nature.
This morning in the mist and fog I decided to take a walk through the place I call the Lying Woman hills.  It is now cow pasture though they spend most their time in the field.  I brought along incense and when I went to the pond I saw a natural altar, pictured above.  It is the roots of a tree that had fallen but look at what is growing on it...mullein, fungi, rocks held in the air by the roots.  In the center was a perfect spot to put an incense and offering.
Common Mullein

Lovely orange fungi.

 Look who followed us.  I was a bit surprised to see this young bull behind us.  He came along until I crossed the swamp and then he went back.

Tamarack, one of my favorite trees.
 I found a branch to cut a wand from so after a small ritual and offering I took a branch off this Tamarack. The Tamarack tree and I have a very special bond and I am grateful for this gift.

Old foundation on our land.

Another shot of the foundation.
 This house was built after our's was but it is long since gone.  I still enjoy visiting it and left the spirits an offering.

Another surprise was this small flock of Bluebirds flitting around.  I have a Bluebird trail and an affinity for these lovely colorful birds.  It was a joy to watch them flash their blue and red colors against the drab sky and trees.

Other sightings were crows, four Sandhill Cranes and a white moth.

After I came home and took care of my future wand I lit a candle to put out by my large statue of the Virgin Mary.  I tried to get a photo of her with it but it won't load up.  Perhaps I will tell you about her tomorrow.

I hope you all had a blessed Samhain!  Best for the New Year from all of us here at Hexe's Cottage!


  1. What a beautiful way to spend Samhain! The land looks full of magic where you live, lovely.

  2. What a lovely day you had. :-)

    Bluebirds in late Oct. Interesting. 'Course, what do I know about Bluebirds, since I hardly see them here.

    I love remnants of old houses. Makes one wonder, who lived there? When was it built? Why did it perish? Etc. So glad your house, is/was still there, for you to find.

    Gentle hugs,
    "It is a joy to walk in the bare woods. The moonlight is not broken by the heavy leaves. The leaves are down, and touching the soaked earth, Giving off the odors that partridges love."
    ~ Robert Bly, Solitude Late at Night in the Woods