Lucky Gothtober Day 13 with Asher Slasher

by on Oct.13, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Asher introduces himself with some jaunty handwriting…

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Happy FULL MOON everyone! Asher Slasher sends us a fun craft imbued with a spell-ridden way to make a seriously scary ghost out of some household supplies!

Find yourself a toilet paper roll and some other implements, do a bit of writing, stuffing, twisting, assembling, and you have yourself a powerful tidbit for the moonlight to follow!

Thank you, Asher Slasher, for spending a haunted crafty afternoon with us, Happy Halloween!

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Waking Moon

by on Oct.13, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Originally, I had intended this grouping of stones to be entitled “Persephone’s Ascent”, in a response to the last collection release. Those stones were grouped for the New Moon, the darkness, the mark of the beginning of longer nights and the steps down into the Underworld.

That was just one half of a lunar cycle ago. How can we claim to have descended, explored, and faced the darkness in the time the moon has waxed from darkness back into light? The shadow realms are vast and encompassing, a journey into the depths of our deepest selves.

This past week, I had a beautiful and terrifying Tarot reading from the incredible Angelika of Sister Temperance Tarot. The central message from the spirits were a continuation of the messages conveyed to me this past May, through Sarah Faith Gottessdiener (another true conduit of What is Beyond) : you are doing the Work, but now you must descend into your shadow. It shall be raw and unhinged, a path through the darkness within. It will detach me, alienate me, and ultimately heal me.

I think of this now while I am meditating on these stones: they are pieces of light, pieces that I find similar to the full moon, a body grown from the dark, a compliment to the blinding light of the sun. I have had the collection outside since twilight on October 13 (covered during daylight hours) and shall remain through the morning of October 14, to bask and soak up the energies of this full moon in the crisp air of the Louisiana bayou. I feel this moon is a physical and psychical reminder that it is now time for me to enter into the dark, and not to be afraid, as I have these lights.

Please visit the Haute Macabre Instagram profile and stories for images/videos of each individual piece available to purchase for guidance through your journey, tomorrow morning – Monday, October 14, at 11AM CST.


Moonstone:

These beautiful orbs contain a shy, secret flash, that like a star, you can’t always see when looking directly at them. Sisters to Labradorite, who are the Magician’s Stone and contain the aura borealis, Moonstone belongs to the High Priestess, shimmering with lunar glow. Keeper of the mysteries and protectors of travelers, Moonstone is an important crystal for those embarking on new journeys and identifying cycles and current phases of life, much like the moon’s phases of darkness and light. 

Moonstone is said to enhance psychic energy and assist in parting the veils. An ancient Indian lore believed that placing moonstone in your mouth at the full moon would allow you to see the future. 

An assortment of moonstone spheres, palmstones, and an egg are available.


Tourmalated Quartz Spheres

Black Tourmaline is considered one of the most prominent and important metaphysical stones: it acts as a complete psychic armor and auric cleanser, deflecting and even repelling negative energy. This energetic deflection and cleanse is both internal and external, helping you to shed anxious or obsessive thoughts and behaviors, protecting you from your inner turmoil and self-inflicted negativity, which, as we all know, can be as detrimental as external influences.

Acting as a shield against the negative effects of high stressful situations and people, black tourmaline keeps your own auric and energetic field calm and regulated. It repels against psychic debris, while transmuting these harmful energies into something useful (much like my usage of Labradorite). A grounding, calming stone, Black Tourmaline is an ally and strong tool in the realm of psychic self defense.

These spheres powerfully amplify their Black Tourmaline inclusions. The protective threads of tourmaline through the tower get an energetic boost from their quartz enclosures, working within the light and the shadow elements of yourself. Quartz offers purification and energetic cleansing of their environments, and combined with the tourmaline clear patterns of personal destructive behavior.


Scolecite is cosmic and calming. Activating your upper chakras, third eye, and connecting to Kether, light moves through in waves. I handle scolecite and feel as if I am floating on a sea of iridescent milk, a cooling touch, a safe cavern of ice {slide}. 

Scolecite gives me a similar vibration as Lemurian Seed Crystals do, a sense of serenity and connection. It is not as inter-dimensional as Lemurians, I still feel as if I am within my own body, but an ethereal hyper connection and bridge between my physical and psychic selves.

Scolecite spheres are available in this release, with palmstones available in the Haute Macabre catalogue.


Selenite works in a similar fashion to quartz, clearing and energizing auric fields, magickal tools, and other crystals. I frequently “recharge” my other crystals or tarot cards by placing them on selenite to reset them after specific workings. These Full Moon Selenite Disks are the perfect surface for such cleansings.

A Full Moon Selenite Disk will be energetically selected for you.


Please visit the Haute Macabre Instagram Monday, 10.14.19 at 11AM CST for videos of each piece available in the collection to purchase.


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Open Trench Creative’s Ghosty Gothtober Day 12

by on Oct.12, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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A bit of banana ghost wrangling by Open Trench Creative

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Not sure if you know that ghosts and bananas are a type of partnership. We here at Gothtober didn’t know that either UNTIL we got Day 11’s piece (Del Norte Presents) and then got Open Trench Creative’s Day 12… BOTH involving a ghost-banana connection in totally different ways!!!

Apparitions and fruit are natural collaborators, it’s just a winning combination that’s a natural fact! In this particular piece, we’ve got a ghost doing it’s best to be ghosty, and then running into some challenges along the way. The challenges are a lot. October challenges can sometimes get ya down. But not to worry, all is not lost, benevolent forces prevail, and the ghost finds enjoyment and satisfaction in the day.

Thank you, Open Trench Creative, for the voice, puppet, string and camera work for this enjoyable ghost-banana film!

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Del Norte Presents Gothtober Day 11

by on Oct.11, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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HAPPY FRIDAY! Del Norte brings you “Caspar Goes Corporate” with a catchy-tune music video of a ghost that’s ready for an escape!

This 9 to 5 ghost appears to be a little burnt out at the office, but with the weekend’s arrival, it’s time for this spirit to CUT LOOSE and have a bit of fun! Watch as our ghostly friend finishes required work tasks and then seeks out some sunshine, fresh air, and physical activity!

You may recognize the fine handiwork of the one and only Tina Chiquita Rounsavell. This classic piece has made many a SparkleBlob appearance!

Thank you, Del Norte Presents, for a fabulous fabric ghost escapade and the PERFECT way to start the weekend!

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Del Norte Presents Gothtober Day 11

by on Oct.11, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

Reposted from The Gothtober Blog | Go to Original Post

Visit Gothtober 2019 and check out DAY 11!

HAPPY FRIDAY! Del Norte brings you “Caspar Goes Corporate” with a catchy-tune music video of a ghost that’s ready for an escape!

This 9 to 5 ghost appears to be a little burnt out at the office, but with the weekend’s arrival, it’s time for this spirit to CUT LOOSE and have a bit of fun! Watch as our ghostly friend finishes required work tasks and then seeks out some sunshine, fresh air, and physical activity!

You may recognize the fine handiwork of the one and only Tina Chiquita Rounsavell. This classic piece has made many a SparkleBlob appearance!

Thank you, Del Norte Presents, for a fabulous fabric ghost escapade and the PERFECT way to start the weekend!

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October Full Moon Tarotscopes by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

by on Oct.11, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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October Full Moon Tarotscopes

This October Full Moon comes to us on a Sunday in the sign of Aries. Themes of self, beginnings, identity, and fiery desire may come up for you around this time: what you want and why you want it—what you want and how you are going to get it. This October Full Moon is sometimes referred to as the Hunter’s Moon, called so by the Algonquin tribes who populated the Northeast to roughly the area near Lake Superior. The Cherokee people called this the Harvest Moon, the Ojibwe called this the Falling Leaves Moon. If you know whose land you are on, you can look that up and see what their name was for it.

This Full Moon is definitely in the key of magic. All of October is a bridge month: we stand on the bridge between light and dark. We swim in-between the bridge of the subconscious and conscious mind. We embody the bridge between life and death. We use the dark to vision deep into the future. We go beyond the veil to experience the mysteries within. What better way to honor the shifting season than to create rituals, light candles, meditate, pull tarot cards, and get renewed by the Moon?

The following Tarotscopes were pulled and channeled by meditating on each astrological archetype. They are meant to be read as inspiration. You can read your Sun, your Moon, your Rising, or another archetype that resonates with you. Take what you’d like and leave the rest. 

As always, if unsure, consult your doctor or herbalist before using any of the suggested spell ingredients. Everyone’s body is different. 

To sign up for Sarah’s newsletter—where you’ll receive Tarot spreads, Tarotscopes, and other free offerings & insights—click here.

To pre-order Sarah’s 2020 Lunar Planner, go here.

Aries: Ace of Pentacles 

Your task for this brilliant, blazing Full Moon is to just be a human being. Aries, it’s time to observe some full-circle moments that may be headed your way: these could include apologies from people you’d never thought could, attention for certain talents you have, or maybe just the ability to stay calm and self-compassionate in situations that previously would have leveled your psyche. All of the watering of your personal, self-esteem-garden is paying off. You can trust yourself more than ever before—and the more you trust yourself, the more openings you will begin to experience externally.

There isn’t anything else to learn. There isn’t any more proof that you need to gather. Your time around this Full Moon, and for the rest of the month, is best spent focusing on moving at the speed of abundance; vibrating at the frequency of self-worth. 

Keep everything that affirms your blossoming as fertilizer, as you begin to plant new opportunities in your work and your purpose in this world. 

Suggested spell ingredients: naked lady flower essence, crocodile jasper, an altar made up of plants, and a self-guided meditation where you infuse your aura with green light and visualize yourself as the generating garden of your dreams. 

Taurus: 7 of Cups

This Full Moon may be shining super brightly onto all the various directions your life could go right now. It could feel positively urgent to make a decision right away, but now is not the time for rushing. This is the time for internal reflections. This Full Moon could be highlighting some regrets, potentially around past moves you’ve made that have impacted your emotional self-development and intimate relations. This is a Full Moon for forgiving your past self, and for articulating how you want to feel, more often.

All around you are different enticing decisions. There will always be pluses and minuses for each. A sure thing cannot be your focus at this time, because a sure thing doesn’t exist quite yet. The more you wish for absolutes, the more the absolutes crumble. The only way to move forward in a way that will serve your soul’s calling is to try something you’ve never done before. 

Seek the unknown. The biggest risk you could take is being heart-centered. That’s also the quickest path to the outcome you truly seek.

Suggested spell ingredients: amethyst, optical calcite, chamomile tea, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and writing down tiny letters of forgiveness to yourself and watching them dissolve into a bowl of water that you sprinkle with violets.

Gemini: 5 of Pentacles Reversed

Gentle Gem, you’ve been getting this card—the 5 of Pentacles, as well as other cards that support themes of work, self-worth, and working through money blocks—so much this year! These Pentacles are showing up because you’ve truly been doing the work of breaking some long-standing curses, and doing some intense, successful uncrossing spells. This could be a wonderful Full Moon to look back on all that has transpired in your life since May, and to truly see how very far you’ve come. You’ve changed so many mindsets and behaviors around scarcity—the fact that your current problems are very different from the ones in the past is a testament to that.

And now, the 5 of Pentacles is showing up here to remind you that you are turning a corner in some other, very important money healing matters. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. Declaring what you need to make, how you need to be seen, and how you need to feel around work and worth will empower you to seek those scenarios out. More importantly: the more you do both of those things, the more it will begin to normalize them. 

It is time to step into a new paradigm of abundance. 

Suggested spell ingredients: Rose of Jericho, red roses, cash money that you charge with your energy and spend, and attuning yourself to the key of receiving.

Cancer: 8 of Cups

The spiritual path you’ve been on all year will be coming to a culmination over the next few months. Sometimes you’re flooded with concern because your awakenings seem to take so long. Sometimes you feel so alone, because your process is so very much your own. The fact of the matter is, your process is supposed to be different, to feel singular—that’s what makes it beautiful. Walking your own path is what makes you so distinctly you, with teachings and knowledge only you can share. This month finds you in an in-between state: to end it, cut cords. 

You’ve got to move on, magical Moonchild. It can feel hard to detach from past behaviors, relationships, or ways of relating because it makes you feel like you are betraying yourself, betraying time, betraying your home. 

This Full Moon will remind you that when you carry your home in your heart, everything real will stay. Don’t look back. 

In all of this transformation, don’t forget to be around your friends. Your friends are the sky, the closest cat, books, and your journals. Your friends are people who look you in the eye and aren’t afraid to peer in deeper, aren’t afraid to hug you just because. Your friends are all the different people you’ve been that got here, and all the gorgeous mysteries you are on your way to becoming. There’s much more waiting out there in the unknown than there is in old, dusty, played out situations. Under this Full October Moon, cast a spell to let the universe know that you are more ready for your deepest wishes than ever before. 

Suggested spell ingredients: open bedroom windows with moonstone charging on the windowsill, a membership or class at a place you’ve never been, a spiritual modality you’ve never tried, moonlight hikes, and motherwort tea. 

Leo: Ace of Swords

Leo, the more serious you can get right now, the better. This Full Moon will bring you clarity through sparks of affirmations of your alignment: downloads, intriguing conversations, signs all around. Or, perhaps challenging circumstances may be forcing you to really get discerning around what is most important. Once you hone in on that, you can be your most powerful. When you are operating from your most powerful place, some real insights about where you are headed reflect back to you loud and clear. 

This Full Moon will help you touch base with what is most true for you right now. The truth is not absolute, it changes as you do. The things you are concerned with now are more intangible than in the past, and much more spiritual. Goals that are easily reached from the inside—through healing, through connecting your own intellect, through be at one with your own source—are much more sustainable, once mastered. 

You are heading to a higher level. Let your Full Moon magic surround the messages you are accessing, the messages you are speaking, and all the ways you use language to facilitate your empowered movement. 

Suggested spell ingredients: breathing, chanting, optic calcite, red clover tincture, invisible ink spells, and bold new asks.

To sign up for Sarah’s newsletter—where you’ll receive Tarot spreads, Tarotscopes, and other free offerings & insights—click here.

To pre-order Sarah’s 2020 Lunar Planner, go here.

Virgo: Judgement 

Even if someone says they don’t believe in God, there are many Gods that they obey. Gods can be things like greed, the past, expectations, honesty, money, addiction, wanting to be liked, virtue, security, passion. These Gods are forged out of deep beliefs and the systems that shape our world. These Gods are potent when they are healthy, then they act as our compass and North Star. But when we let our old stories control us, these Gods become monsters keeping us from accessing the magic of the present moment. 

This is a Full Moon for getting serious about who you are really answering to; the Gods you have truly built your life around. (Not the ones you *think* you’ve built your life around!) Your Gods will be very specific to you. Some can stay, some will have to go. The ancients worshipped all kinds of different Gods; their devotion to many did not make the quality of their belief erode. Take a cue from them and do not limit all that you are planning on worshipping. Adoring and thanking and worshipping and listening to all kinds of Gods, Goddesses, and Goddexxes will only make your overall belief system stronger. 

At this Full Moon, write down all the mechanisms you’ve subscribed to that have influenced you and no longer have a place in your psyche. Then, cast a spell for all the new Gods you choose to answer to. Once you do this, even more awakenings will follow. 

Suggested spell ingredients: a beautiful new broom to sweep away all the cobwebs in your house and subconscious, at least two different altars to your new beliefs, orange chrysanthemums, lapis lazuli, and a tiny, morning gratitude practice where you name everything you are grateful for from the minute your beautiful eyes open. 

Libra: The High Priestess Reversed

While much of the world begins their hibernation this month, you are emerging in different ways. Yes, this is because you are a witch, and October-November can be the time that witches feel like blooming. This could be because September-October are your birth months, the time you feel most at home. Also, you feel confident coming out into the world now because all the inner work you have been doing has paid off: you now feel brighter, more able to offer your services in all senses of the world. No doubt you will be busy around this Full Moon and beyond. Please remember to enjoy this time as much as you can. The fruits of your labor demand appreciation by way of pleasure. 

When the High Priestess reversed comes up, it is a cue to trust the rearrangement process your psyche is undergoing. Your intuition is changing. Your spiritual practice might be changing as well. Be active around this change. Charge it with fluidity, not fear. If you want to learn something, teach a class; if you wish to speak, listen instead. 

The doors of your own underworld—your particular pain, suffering, or shadow—might need to be left alone as you venture into daylight. Embrace the warmth of other enlightened perspectives.  Ask for help and guidance if you need to. 

Suggested spell ingredients: onyx, pomegranates, sage tea, a dance class, a spell for collective consciousness, and a favorite poem by Mary Oliver.

Scorpio: The Chariot 

Buckle up, Scorpio, because this Full Moon wants you to take off! There’s a lot of forward movement in your life around the Really Big Things: your identity, your work in the world, who you are now, who you are becoming, and the messages you are receiving from Spirit and your intuition about your journey. If you start to feel a little anxious, a little overwhelmed, that is understandable. A lot of culminations have been happening this year for you. Let this Full Moon remind you that you were born for this. 

There are times when you can coast and there are times when you must race. The rest of the month may have the emphasis on the race, so be sure to consciously create rituals of slowness and rest for yourself. Through all of the shifts that are happening for you, be sure to carve out spaces of protection and refuge. Be sure to continue to take care of your health. Your Full Moon ritual could be spending the weekend buying items for your travel altar, and collecting tiny luxuries to pepper your days with comfort. Get as much in order for your mind/body/spirit as you can. 

You are going much farther than you can even imagine. Take the reins and remember that you are the driver of your destiny. 

Suggested spell ingredients: carnelian, lemons, grounding items, a jade roller, yarrow, plane tickets, and fire cider.

Sagittarius: The Queen of Swords 

If this Full Moon finds you putting together a zine, a book proposal, or a new blog post: you are on the right track. If you are preparing for your first workshop or creating your thousandth public speech: you are right where you need to be. It could be art, it could be a hard conversation, it could be a hypnotherapy session—whatever it is that you are communicating, it is something that others need to hear. Put expressing your natural intelligence very high on your magical to-do list.

The Queen of Swords brings us a message about, well, messages. Are they getting lost in delivery? Are they mixed messages? How can you further hone what it is you are telling yourself and others? What is based on your true beliefs? Which need refining? This is a Full Moon around manifestation for you by way of communication. Your words have real power. Your knowledge needs to reach people. 

Let the language you are speaking be one with what you are healing in yourself. 

Suggested spell ingredients: blue vervain, celestite, angel aura quartz, feathers, owls and owl hoots, wide open spaces, and a custom haiku you write for the rest of your month under the Full Moon. 

Capricorn: 2 of Pentacles

Capricorn, here you go again: taking risks, keeping it moving, flowing through some high highs and low lows more effortlessly than ever. As a result, you could be enjoying the dance of life more and more. Improvising more, saying yes more, and gaining adaptability and flexibility are all qualities to lean into at this time. The more you can surprise yourself, the better. 

This Full Moon brings an opportunity for you to innovate in your own particular world of work. The next two weeks—the Full Moon time into the Last Quarter Moon—will be about some very important movement around the next phase of your work. The dance of life is one of balance and focus, holding tight and letting go. Relaxing and releasing. When we do too much of one thing, and ignore the others, we trap ourselves into thinking that things will never shift. If you find yourself getting disheartened in one realm, focus your awareness on another that brings you excitement. You can have everything you want, just not all at the same time. The more you can accept that it is actually all happening, the more fulfilling your entire world will become. 

Suggested spell ingredients: malachite, passionflower tincture, petrified lava, a choreographed dance, and time spent meditating on flow by a rushing river.

Aquarius: The Moon

A lot of traditional Tarot keywords about the Moon card are negative: confusion, gossip, delusion, danger, and fear. But you know, and I know, gentle Aquarius, that is merely because for a very long time, and even now, mankind feared womxn, femininity, and all things magical and intuitive. All things unknown and all things intangible were not able to be controlled and sold, and therefore, they became dangerous.  

I’m mentioning all this right now for you, Aquarius, because this is a Full Moon for the books. Expect parts of yourself that you once thought dangerous now surfacing as divine. One of the earliest Tarot decks created, the Visconti, depicted this card with an image of the Goddess Artemis: the Crescent Moon as her bow, allowing her to chase whatever stirred deep within her. During this Full Moon, make like Artemis and summon the energy you will need for your healing process. Use the energy of this Full Moon to capture the last vestiges of your power that have been held hostage by shame. 

Suggested spell ingredients: black moonstone, selenite, datura tincture, a bath full of white rose petals and jasmine, and a full on howling session preferably conducted outside, naked. 

Pisces: The Sun

This Full Moon finds you shining bright, precious Pisces; this is a time of recovery. All throughout the last few months, you’ve been realizing what makes you feel alive, what gives you hope. If a lot of this process has been behind the scenes, let this fiery Full Moon in Aries activate an external beginning. 

Sometimes you can fall into defense mechanisms of isolation, self-imposed victimhood, or only showing folks the shadowy bits of yourself. No one gains anything from you hiding your glow. You’ve got gifts to share and rooms to light up. There is nothing shameful about wanting love, about wanting to be adored, about letting your true self be fully seen and recognized. Let this Full Moon spell be one around following the light. Boldly shine your vibrance out so much that folks can’t help but give you back all the warmth that is emanating out of your universe of gold. 

Suggested spell ingredients: sunlight, yellow leaves that have fallen, honey calcite, mustard-colored chrysanthemums, mustard seeds, yellow nail polish, and lots of laughter. 

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October Full Moon Tarotscopes by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

by on Oct.11, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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October Full Moon Tarotscopes

This October Full Moon comes to us on a Sunday in the sign of Aries. Themes of self, beginnings, identity, and fiery desire may come up for you around this time: what you want and why you want it—what you want and how you are going to get it. This October Full Moon is sometimes referred to as the Hunter’s Moon, called so by the Algonquin tribes who populated the Northeast to roughly the area near Lake Superior. The Cherokee people called this the Harvest Moon, the Ojibwe called this the Falling Leaves Moon. If you know whose land you are on, you can look that up and see what their name was for it.

This Full Moon is definitely in the key of magic. All of October is a bridge month: we stand on the bridge between light and dark. We swim in-between the bridge of the subconscious and conscious mind. We embody the bridge between life and death. We use the dark to vision deep into the future. We go beyond the veil to experience the mysteries within. What better way to honor the shifting season than to create rituals, light candles, meditate, pull tarot cards, and get renewed by the Moon?

The following Tarotscopes were pulled and channeled by meditating on each astrological archetype. They are meant to be read as inspiration. You can read your Sun, your Moon, your Rising, or another archetype that resonates with you. Take what you’d like and leave the rest. 

As always, if unsure, consult your doctor or herbalist before using any of the suggested spell ingredients. Everyone’s body is different. 

To sign up for Sarah’s newsletter—where you’ll receive Tarot spreads, Tarotscopes, and other free offerings & insights—click here.

To pre-order Sarah’s 2020 Lunar Planner, go here.

Aries: Ace of Pentacles 

Your task for this brilliant, blazing Full Moon is to just be a human being. Aries, it’s time to observe some full-circle moments that may be headed your way: these could include apologies from people you’d never thought could, attention for certain talents you have, or maybe just the ability to stay calm and self-compassionate in situations that previously would have leveled your psyche. All of the watering of your personal, self-esteem-garden is paying off. You can trust yourself more than ever before—and the more you trust yourself, the more openings you will begin to experience externally.

There isn’t anything else to learn. There isn’t any more proof that you need to gather. Your time around this Full Moon, and for the rest of the month, is best spent focusing on moving at the speed of abundance; vibrating at the frequency of self-worth. 

Keep everything that affirms your blossoming as fertilizer, as you begin to plant new opportunities in your work and your purpose in this world. 

Suggested spell ingredients: naked lady flower essence, crocodile jasper, an altar made up of plants, and a self-guided meditation where you infuse your aura with green light and visualize yourself as the generating garden of your dreams. 

Taurus: 7 of Cups

This Full Moon may be shining super brightly onto all the various directions your life could go right now. It could feel positively urgent to make a decision right away, but now is not the time for rushing. This is the time for internal reflections. This Full Moon could be highlighting some regrets, potentially around past moves you’ve made that have impacted your emotional self-development and intimate relations. This is a Full Moon for forgiving your past self, and for articulating how you want to feel, more often.

All around you are different enticing decisions. There will always be pluses and minuses for each. A sure thing cannot be your focus at this time, because a sure thing doesn’t exist quite yet. The more you wish for absolutes, the more the absolutes crumble. The only way to move forward in a way that will serve your soul’s calling is to try something you’ve never done before. 

Seek the unknown. The biggest risk you could take is being heart-centered. That’s also the quickest path to the outcome you truly seek.

Suggested spell ingredients: amethyst, optical calcite, chamomile tea, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and writing down tiny letters of forgiveness to yourself and watching them dissolve into a bowl of water that you sprinkle with violets.

Gemini: 5 of Pentacles Reversed

Gentle Gem, you’ve been getting this card—the 5 of Pentacles, as well as other cards that support themes of work, self-worth, and working through money blocks—so much this year! These Pentacles are showing up because you’ve truly been doing the work of breaking some long-standing curses, and doing some intense, successful uncrossing spells. This could be a wonderful Full Moon to look back on all that has transpired in your life since May, and to truly see how very far you’ve come. You’ve changed so many mindsets and behaviors around scarcity—the fact that your current problems are very different from the ones in the past is a testament to that.

And now, the 5 of Pentacles is showing up here to remind you that you are turning a corner in some other, very important money healing matters. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. Declaring what you need to make, how you need to be seen, and how you need to feel around work and worth will empower you to seek those scenarios out. More importantly: the more you do both of those things, the more it will begin to normalize them. 

It is time to step into a new paradigm of abundance. 

Suggested spell ingredients: Rose of Jericho, red roses, cash money that you charge with your energy and spend, and attuning yourself to the key of receiving.

Cancer: 8 of Cups

The spiritual path you’ve been on all year will be coming to a culmination over the next few months. Sometimes you’re flooded with concern because your awakenings seem to take so long. Sometimes you feel so alone, because your process is so very much your own. The fact of the matter is, your process is supposed to be different, to feel singular—that’s what makes it beautiful. Walking your own path is what makes you so distinctly you, with teachings and knowledge only you can share. This month finds you in an in-between state: to end it, cut cords. 

You’ve got to move on, magical Moonchild. It can feel hard to detach from past behaviors, relationships, or ways of relating because it makes you feel like you are betraying yourself, betraying time, betraying your home. 

This Full Moon will remind you that when you carry your home in your heart, everything real will stay. Don’t look back. 

In all of this transformation, don’t forget to be around your friends. Your friends are the sky, the closest cat, books, and your journals. Your friends are people who look you in the eye and aren’t afraid to peer in deeper, aren’t afraid to hug you just because. Your friends are all the different people you’ve been that got here, and all the gorgeous mysteries you are on your way to becoming. There’s much more waiting out there in the unknown than there is in old, dusty, played out situations. Under this Full October Moon, cast a spell to let the universe know that you are more ready for your deepest wishes than ever before. 

Suggested spell ingredients: open bedroom windows with moonstone charging on the windowsill, a membership or class at a place you’ve never been, a spiritual modality you’ve never tried, moonlight hikes, and motherwort tea. 

Leo: Ace of Swords

Leo, the more serious you can get right now, the better. This Full Moon will bring you clarity through sparks of affirmations of your alignment: downloads, intriguing conversations, signs all around. Or, perhaps challenging circumstances may be forcing you to really get discerning around what is most important. Once you hone in on that, you can be your most powerful. When you are operating from your most powerful place, some real insights about where you are headed reflect back to you loud and clear. 

This Full Moon will help you touch base with what is most true for you right now. The truth is not absolute, it changes as you do. The things you are concerned with now are more intangible than in the past, and much more spiritual. Goals that are easily reached from the inside—through healing, through connecting your own intellect, through be at one with your own source—are much more sustainable, once mastered. 

You are heading to a higher level. Let your Full Moon magic surround the messages you are accessing, the messages you are speaking, and all the ways you use language to facilitate your empowered movement. 

Suggested spell ingredients: breathing, chanting, optic calcite, red clover tincture, invisible ink spells, and bold new asks.

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Virgo: Judgement 

Even if someone says they don’t believe in God, there are many Gods that they obey. Gods can be things like greed, the past, expectations, honesty, money, addiction, wanting to be liked, virtue, security, passion. These Gods are forged out of deep beliefs and the systems that shape our world. These Gods are potent when they are healthy, then they act as our compass and North Star. But when we let our old stories control us, these Gods become monsters keeping us from accessing the magic of the present moment. 

This is a Full Moon for getting serious about who you are really answering to; the Gods you have truly built your life around. (Not the ones you *think* you’ve built your life around!) Your Gods will be very specific to you. Some can stay, some will have to go. The ancients worshipped all kinds of different Gods; their devotion to many did not make the quality of their belief erode. Take a cue from them and do not limit all that you are planning on worshipping. Adoring and thanking and worshipping and listening to all kinds of Gods, Goddesses, and Goddexxes will only make your overall belief system stronger. 

At this Full Moon, write down all the mechanisms you’ve subscribed to that have influenced you and no longer have a place in your psyche. Then, cast a spell for all the new Gods you choose to answer to. Once you do this, even more awakenings will follow. 

Suggested spell ingredients: a beautiful new broom to sweep away all the cobwebs in your house and subconscious, at least two different altars to your new beliefs, orange chrysanthemums, lapis lazuli, and a tiny, morning gratitude practice where you name everything you are grateful for from the minute your beautiful eyes open. 

Libra: The High Priestess Reversed

While much of the world begins their hibernation this month, you are emerging in different ways. Yes, this is because you are a witch, and October-November can be the time that witches feel like blooming. This could be because September-October are your birth months, the time you feel most at home. Also, you feel confident coming out into the world now because all the inner work you have been doing has paid off: you now feel brighter, more able to offer your services in all senses of the world. No doubt you will be busy around this Full Moon and beyond. Please remember to enjoy this time as much as you can. The fruits of your labor demand appreciation by way of pleasure. 

When the High Priestess reversed comes up, it is a cue to trust the rearrangement process your psyche is undergoing. Your intuition is changing. Your spiritual practice might be changing as well. Be active around this change. Charge it with fluidity, not fear. If you want to learn something, teach a class; if you wish to speak, listen instead. 

The doors of your own underworld—your particular pain, suffering, or shadow—might need to be left alone as you venture into daylight. Embrace the warmth of other enlightened perspectives.  Ask for help and guidance if you need to. 

Suggested spell ingredients: onyx, pomegranates, sage tea, a dance class, a spell for collective consciousness, and a favorite poem by Mary Oliver.

Scorpio: The Chariot 

Buckle up, Scorpio, because this Full Moon wants you to take off! There’s a lot of forward movement in your life around the Really Big Things: your identity, your work in the world, who you are now, who you are becoming, and the messages you are receiving from Spirit and your intuition about your journey. If you start to feel a little anxious, a little overwhelmed, that is understandable. A lot of culminations have been happening this year for you. Let this Full Moon remind you that you were born for this. 

There are times when you can coast and there are times when you must race. The rest of the month may have the emphasis on the race, so be sure to consciously create rituals of slowness and rest for yourself. Through all of the shifts that are happening for you, be sure to carve out spaces of protection and refuge. Be sure to continue to take care of your health. Your Full Moon ritual could be spending the weekend buying items for your travel altar, and collecting tiny luxuries to pepper your days with comfort. Get as much in order for your mind/body/spirit as you can. 

You are going much farther than you can even imagine. Take the reins and remember that you are the driver of your destiny. 

Suggested spell ingredients: carnelian, lemons, grounding items, a jade roller, yarrow, plane tickets, and fire cider.

Sagittarius: The Queen of Swords 

If this Full Moon finds you putting together a zine, a book proposal, or a new blog post: you are on the right track. If you are preparing for your first workshop or creating your thousandth public speech: you are right where you need to be. It could be art, it could be a hard conversation, it could be a hypnotherapy session—whatever it is that you are communicating, it is something that others need to hear. Put expressing your natural intelligence very high on your magical to-do list.

The Queen of Swords brings us a message about, well, messages. Are they getting lost in delivery? Are they mixed messages? How can you further hone what it is you are telling yourself and others? What is based on your true beliefs? Which need refining? This is a Full Moon around manifestation for you by way of communication. Your words have real power. Your knowledge needs to reach people. 

Let the language you are speaking be one with what you are healing in yourself. 

Suggested spell ingredients: blue vervain, celestite, angel aura quartz, feathers, owls and owl hoots, wide open spaces, and a custom haiku you write for the rest of your month under the Full Moon. 

Capricorn: 2 of Pentacles

Capricorn, here you go again: taking risks, keeping it moving, flowing through some high highs and low lows more effortlessly than ever. As a result, you could be enjoying the dance of life more and more. Improvising more, saying yes more, and gaining adaptability and flexibility are all qualities to lean into at this time. The more you can surprise yourself, the better. 

This Full Moon brings an opportunity for you to innovate in your own particular world of work. The next two weeks—the Full Moon time into the Last Quarter Moon—will be about some very important movement around the next phase of your work. The dance of life is one of balance and focus, holding tight and letting go. Relaxing and releasing. When we do too much of one thing, and ignore the others, we trap ourselves into thinking that things will never shift. If you find yourself getting disheartened in one realm, focus your awareness on another that brings you excitement. You can have everything you want, just not all at the same time. The more you can accept that it is actually all happening, the more fulfilling your entire world will become. 

Suggested spell ingredients: malachite, passionflower tincture, petrified lava, a choreographed dance, and time spent meditating on flow by a rushing river.

Aquarius: The Moon

A lot of traditional Tarot keywords about the Moon card are negative: confusion, gossip, delusion, danger, and fear. But you know, and I know, gentle Aquarius, that is merely because for a very long time, and even now, mankind feared womxn, femininity, and all things magical and intuitive. All things unknown and all things intangible were not able to be controlled and sold, and therefore, they became dangerous.  

I’m mentioning all this right now for you, Aquarius, because this is a Full Moon for the books. Expect parts of yourself that you once thought dangerous now surfacing as divine. One of the earliest Tarot decks created, the Visconti, depicted this card with an image of the Goddess Artemis: the Crescent Moon as her bow, allowing her to chase whatever stirred deep within her. During this Full Moon, make like Artemis and summon the energy you will need for your healing process. Use the energy of this Full Moon to capture the last vestiges of your power that have been held hostage by shame. 

Suggested spell ingredients: black moonstone, selenite, datura tincture, a bath full of white rose petals and jasmine, and a full on howling session preferably conducted outside, naked. 

Pisces: The Sun

This Full Moon finds you shining bright, precious Pisces; this is a time of recovery. All throughout the last few months, you’ve been realizing what makes you feel alive, what gives you hope. If a lot of this process has been behind the scenes, let this fiery Full Moon in Aries activate an external beginning. 

Sometimes you can fall into defense mechanisms of isolation, self-imposed victimhood, or only showing folks the shadowy bits of yourself. No one gains anything from you hiding your glow. You’ve got gifts to share and rooms to light up. There is nothing shameful about wanting love, about wanting to be adored, about letting your true self be fully seen and recognized. Let this Full Moon spell be one around following the light. Boldly shine your vibrance out so much that folks can’t help but give you back all the warmth that is emanating out of your universe of gold. 

Suggested spell ingredients: sunlight, yellow leaves that have fallen, honey calcite, mustard-colored chrysanthemums, mustard seeds, yellow nail polish, and lots of laughter. 

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Ollie’s Comic for Gothtober Day 10

by on Oct.10, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Visit Gothtober 2019 and visit DAY 10!

A lil sleepy vampire encounters a spirit from The Beyond! It’s a lovely ink and marker three-panel comic by Ollie Paige Linden! I asked them about this magical cozy stars moment between the character and here’s what Ollie said:

At first I wanted to do a more Solemn take on ghosts and memories…but then I thought that memories can also be comforting-like a warm blanket when you’re sleepy.

So this lil vampire is lonely and dozing in front of the teevee, when a ghost appears-it seems scary at first, but it really just wants to be a comforting friend.

Everyone! May your memories and reveries cuddle you like a sweet ghosty friend when you need it most.

Thanks for drawing us this cool comic, Ollie! Happy Gothtober!

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An Ineffable Collection: Good Omens At Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

by on Oct.09, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab released the expansion to its 2007 Good Omens collection this past May, maybe a week or so before the television series was released on Amazon Prime and BBC Two– and it has taken me quite a while to compile my thoughts on this bustling commotion of scents. I can’t quite put my finger on why. Or more to the point, I don’t have enough fingers to put all of those digits on all of the reasons why. There’s just so much stuff–feelings, memories, emotional baggage–tied up in the book for me, and, I suspect, for so many people. I have a dear friend who loves it so much that she reads it once every year! I personally have not read it more than once, but that’s no slight against the story. I adored it. It’s more a defect with me, I suppose; there are very few occasions upon which I will revisit and reread a book.

It was through a book recommendation thread on the bpal.org forums that I first discovered Good Omens, and Neil Gaiman’s and Terry Pratchett’s writing, really. So how could I not associate it BPAL and all of its creators, friends, and fans? I envy young people who discover things like this early on in life and have had so many years to mull it over and ponder its wonderments. I was twenty-eight when I began reading the works of these authors, and I had a lot of catching up to do. Does it really matter, though? I guess not. I have a feeling that if you’re the sort who likes this sort of tale, the apocalyptic comedy of Good Omens will thrill your heart at any age, at any time in your life.

Even if you have not read the book, if your sole knowledge of Good Omens comes from the television series, well, that works too, because they faithfully, fantastically adapted the high-stakes hilarity of this cosmic conflict for the screen. Watching the centuries-old relationship/alliance between prim and fussy angel Aziraphale and swaggering, devil-may-care demon Crowley were some of the most joyous moments of television that I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. And I’m not the only one whose heart burst and broke and blobbed together over and over again while watching them–I mean, have you seen all of the #ineffablehusbands fan art that has popped up on Instagram? Just do a search for it and grab your tissues, because I guarantee some weepery and tears.

Anyway, damn. I’m like one of those food bloggers who make you read about their life story before they share some instant pot recipe for keto pancakes with you. Just get to the Good Omens reviews already, Sarah!

Deeds of the Day (scorched aluminum and white-hot copper solder, cracked aluminosilicate glass, conflict-full tantalum, and the gingery-bubble of a short-circuiting vibration assembly stewing in a thick, hot black musk). I can’t reconcile myself to these notes but what I can tell you is that it smells like being fifteen and skinny dipping in your boyfriend’s grandparent’s swimming pool when they’re out of town for the summer and it’s a blistering hot day, with the tose-tickling scent of chloramine, concrete hot enough to barbeque teenage feet, and the wisp of  spicy-oakmossy-lavender Drakkar Noir in the air. I don’t think any of these are unpleasant smells (I actually still love Drakkar Noir and that’s totally what I am going to name my Norwegian Ridgeback one day.) Anyway, this scent conjures fun memories for me.

A Flaming Sword: (fiery red amber and sweet oudh, flickers of honeyed patchouli and red musk, pale white coconut flecks, and crushed peppercorn.) Fruity amber, sweetened, resinous oud, and milky/woody coconut meld for a gentle, gossamer glow.

Don’t Touch: (a scattering of apple blossoms and apple pulp, a handful of pomegranate seeds, and a soft, serpentine hiss of poisonous green musk, opoponax, and frankincense) A startled apple tree awoke in a rainforest, and surprisingly, flowered and flourished far from its midwestern orchard home amongst the lush, humid jungle vegetation; or, a few ripe apple slices hidden in the midst of a tropical fruit platter, touched on one side by tart pineapple, the other by jammy guava.

Slate Black Clouds Tumbled Over Eden: (a rapidly darkening sky blasted by thundercrack of ozone, blast of cold, black rain, punctuated by a thin flicker of amber) A storm, gathering on the horizon all afternoon has with boom and bluster, announced its arrival, as a torrential rain begins to rattle and splatter against the windows.  Placing a clean, earthenware pitcher in the far corner of your darkened kitchen, you watch a slow trickle, drop by drop, suspend and fall with an inaudible swish and a soft clink from that rotted, sagging spot on your roof. These cold droplets smell chilled, and earthy, and electric. As a shriek of lightning splits the sky in two, you inhale the comforting scent of yeast rolls browning in the oven. They only have a few minutes left on the timer; you send a small hope skyward that they finish baking before the power goes out. Slate Black Clouds Tumbled Over Eden, interestingly, smells like all of these things.

Sister Mary Loquacious (white musk, lemon peel, vanilla incense, and wild bergamot)  There’s a scent, or the dreamy memory of a scent, that I really love and I feel like I may have mentioned it before. A sort of plastic-y, vanilla scent, like maybe if you buried your nose in your 1980’s Strawberry Shortcake doll’s synthetic hair and just huffed that strangely pretty childhood fragrance for a moment or two.  Imagine if you crossed that memory with a pocketful of lemon candies and a wisp of Antique Lace. Now that I think about it, if you’re bummed that Antique Lace is no longer available, I think Sister Mary Loquacious has got a similar feel and would make a lovely substitute.

Anathema Device (white sandalwood, blackcurrant, bourbon vanilla, and warm amber) There’s a quote that used frequently as people’s Twitter bios: “though she be but little, she is fierce!” and I regret to inform you that until just now, I had no idea that is taken from some dialogue in a Midsummer Night’s Dream, but I’m not as well-versed in my Shakespeare as I ought to be and anyway, that’s not my point. Anathema Device smells like a fierce, little creature: a teeny-tiny, big-eyed anime blackcurrant wearing comedically large cyborg boxing gloves. This is a pulpy, juicy beatdown of a berry scent, strengthened by a vaguely metallic backbone, powered by a syrupy amber core.

Beelzebub (black, red, and white pepper buzzing through a brimstone-suffused bloody clove musk) Hoooooo, old Beelz is a spicy boi! A massively peppery, lightly musky, incense. Fiendish. Gorgeous.

A Complex Wiggly Sigil (blood-red ink, fiery pomegranate, and black oudh) A shadowy wine, bitter at the tip of the tongue, velvety as it lingers on the palate, and smoky as it slides down your throat.

The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (a seventeenth-century tome, pages lined with witching herbs and lightly spattered by gunpowder residue) Fruity herbs, the sweet grassy-vanilla smell of old books,  and an odd whiff of a burning, ozoney tang.

Old-Fashioned Satanists (armchair leather, chamomile tea, cashmere, and a tangle of sweet 7-year aged patchouli) When I first sniffed this, I caught notes of coffee, milk chocolate, and the cozy comfort of warm, worn-in robes? But today it smells of a delicate porcelain cup of black tea brightened with a spritz of lemon, warming and softening the embossed tooling of the old leather book it is perched upon. Those wily Satanists! I can’t quite get a fix on them, but it’s a wonderful scent, either way.

He’d Been an Angel Once (leather and smoky musk, damask rose, incense, brimstone, and vetiver) This is going to sound nuts, and there is no evidence listed in the notes here to support what I am catching whiffs of, but this smells like sauntering into perdition with a pocketful of skunky cookies. Edibles for the end-times.

Three Rounds, One Fall, No Submission (beatific gardenia, virtuous lemon flower, and sacred frankincense clashing with infernal musk, a burst of sulphur, and a little bit of hellfire) A soapy, creamy white floral musk paired with the vaporous ghost of a charcoal briquette ; the soft scent of summer’s wilting gardenia blossoms against the vast and vaulted cloudless, cerulean cathedral of an August afternoon sky, while you wait for the hurricane to hit. A moment’s glimpse of an endless heaven…before all hell breaks loose.

Evil Does Not Sleep Perfume (blackened lavender, red labdanum, sweet hops, and violet leaf) Although that astringent, herbaceous lavender is at the forefront, it’s immediately both tempered and goosed by the sweet, animalic labdanum.

An Ineffable Game (pitch-black vetiver with a strange, sheer patchouli, orange blossom, and fig leaf) Within every collection the Lab creates, there’s always that one scent that seems perfectly quaffable, so delightfully juicy and spirited and effervescent , that no one would blame you or think you’d taken leave of your senses if you just tipped the bottle past your lips and downed the whole thing in one gulp. Of course, let’s please not do that and I am definitely not suggesting it! I would, however, suggest conjuring a cocktail inspired by this fragrance, an ineffable tipple of our own devising: a libation citrusy and bright, with an undercurrent of something earthy and bitter and strange. Do patchouli bitters exist? Maybe patchouli syrup? An Aperol Spritz with a smallest dropper drip of dank, and perhaps mythical, patchouli bitters.

Mr. Young (Pipe tobacco, black tea, starched white cotton, and a very respectable aftershave) smells of freshly laundered linens airing on the line on a cloudless spring morning, and the lightest, lemony musk of wholesome thoughts and honest deeds.

Annales Veteris et Novi Testamenti (fossilized amber, dusty white sandalwood, galbanum, balsam of Peru, and brown oakmoss) Rich, earthy and slightly bitter balsam and leathery-green oakmoss lend some glam-gorgeous 70’s chypre vibes to a dusty, crumbling dinosaur vertebrae propped on an ancient piece of driftwood in a vast warehouse of musty arcane books and bones.

The Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast That is Called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness (baby powder, goat’s milk, and a distant whiff of brimstone) For the briefest, most flickering second, you do get a sense of all of those unholy nursery notes. A smoky, perfumed iron cradle and a sweet, powdered milky fragrance. Teensy-weensy little hoofikins!

The Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Good Omens collection is currently live and available for purchase in 5ml bottles for $28 each. As this is a limited edition series, sample sizes imps are not available for Good Omens


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