With so many people celebrating Halloween or Day of the Dead (or both!) at the end of October, it's easy to miss the fact that this month also signals the beginning of the Celtic new year. Due to all these seasonal transitions, the frontier between the living and dead this time of year is practically non-existent!
This is why so many around the world will leave food outside -- usually on front porches -- to symbolically nurture their dearly departed come late October. Also at this time of year, apples are often buried in the garden to, again, nourish the souls of deceased loved ones.
And yet, my favorite October Feng Shui tip is one that has to do with nurturing and nourishing your own fortunes. This piece of advice dictates that if, anytime after sunset on October 31, you stand before a mirror, look directly into your own eyes and make a wish, that very wish will come true! The key to strengthening the possibility of fulfillment here is that, as you gaze into the mirror, you must also visualize your life as if your wish has already been fulfilled.
Now, that's not too scary at all, is it?
This month marks the Day of the Dead in Mexico (October 30) and Halloween in the U.S. and Canada (October 31). European festivals still participate in pre-Christian celebrations as the wheel between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice continues to turn. This is a time of death and darkness, a time to turn within and appreciate what you have harvested in the season just passed. It also offers an opportunity to gather together to share the season's bounty with others!
During this period of daylight's contraction, take time to clear from your life what no longer serves you. And why not start with the clothes in your closet? During these days of gathering and sharing whatever you can, it's both empowering and wonderfully karmic to give away your old clothes to those who can use them. Share your self -- and your worldly goods -- and know that as you do, you are tilling the soil of your soul for the beautiful and abundant cycle of spring to come.
You are now the light that brightens the approaching colder, darker nights. Shine, baby, shine!
So, do you plan to hijack some Hersheys or steal a few Snickers from your kids' Halloween haul later this month? Are you feeling like raising your sugar level to whacked-out realms?
If the answer to either of these questions is a hyperactive "Yes!!," you might want to consider this sweet alpha lipoic acid (ALA) antidote. Originally classified as a vitamin upon its discovery over 50 years ago, this supplement is now considered a coenzyme that acts to metabolize carbohydrates, while also synthesizing Adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP).
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What better month than October to cook up some Magical Mushrooms? Put away the wand, top hat and even the rabbit -- this dish is trippy enough on its own!
(Makes 12 stuffed mushrooms)
1 cup of large mushrooms, stemmed
1/4 stick of salted butter
1/4 cup of chopped mushroom stems
1/4 cup of breadcrumbs
6 tablespoons of cooked bacon, crumbled
1/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of chopped red onion
2 tablespoons of chopped green bell pepper
1 teaspoon of minced fresh rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In small saucepan, melt 1/8 stick of butter over low heat. Add mushroom stems, pepper and onions; saute until tender.
3. Mix in breadcrumbs, bacon and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Spoon mixture into mushroom caps, then place mushroom caps on baking sheet.
5. Melt remaining butter, then drizzle over mushroom caps before topping with Parmesan cheese.
6. Bake for 15 minutes, then enjoy!
I know a few savvy witches who are more than happy when their broom breaks down -- it simply means they won't have to get airborne to make it to their next business meeting, wedding or family reunion. And just a few months ago, I received an excited email from a reader asking about traveling to London's Olympics during this past summer's particularly potent Mercury retrograde. Indeed, just about everyone knows you shouldn't travel when the planet of communications is in backward motion!
But if you must go wings-up even as your fear of flying soars higher and higher, then why not try the following age-old tradition handed down from Hebraic legend?: Put money aside to give to charity when you reach your destination ... because if you do, you're then sure to get there!
And speaking of reaching your destination, if you'd like your luggage to follow charitable you along on your journey, be sure to tie nine or 27 inches of red ribbon around the handle of each bag. This works like a charm -- literally.
In keeping with the zeitgeist of this season of Samhain -- known to most of us simply as Halloween -- and with everything else that this season so organically evokes, I'd like to share an age-old way of banishing negativity from your life!
One way to disengage yourself from unwanted energies is through a ritual known as "bowl burning." This time- and energy-efficient exercise dictates that you should write down on a piece of paper one aspect of your life you would like to proverbially see go up in smoke. Once you've done this, place the paper in a bowl and light it. (Obviously, before you follow this last step, make sure the bowl you use can handle heat and contain fire!)
As the paper burns, ask the universe or your higher power to direct this energy away from its negative origins and in a more positive, productive and pleasant direction. And of course, always be sure to offer heartfelt gratitude to your divine source in advance.
Once the bowl-burning ritual is complete, blow the ashes into the air. You are now free of the negativity that has since burned out. Indeed, this cure will blow you away!