How is the season settling in your bones?
What did you learn under the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on Saturday?
What stories are being woven through your life in this season of release and letting go?
At this time when the veils are thin, do you feel the whispers of those that have come before?
What connections are you making with other realms? In what ways are you honoring your beloved dead?
I hope you enjoyed the emails I sent last week with suggestions for connecting with your ancestors.
In this time of powerful portals and you may find yourself immersed in communications and rememberings.
Or you might not.
And if not, this does not make you any less of a Witch. It does not mean you are not magical.
It simply refl;ects where you are at in your own journey this year at this time.
You may be beginning to notice that some years feel differently than others. That sometimes Samhain brings potent messages from other realms, and sometimes you just eat halloween candy and zone out watching a spooky movie (or a totally non spooky movie).
Part of Witchcraft is working with the natural rhythms of the world around you, But an even bigger part is following the rhythms inside of you.
And what’s true, is that sometimes these don’t sync up with the natural world. (And that’s ok).
Be with you.
Whatever this looks and feels like,
And honor yourself exactly where you are at.
If you are feeling the pull for celebrating Samhain here are a few more ideas,
Share stories of remembrance
Do you have a loved one who has passed? Share your favorite story about them with a friend or family member.
Write a letter to a loved one on the other side, then bury or burn it to transport the message to them.
Ask a question and let this time of thin veils and communication offer you a response from the other side.
You can use cards, automatic writing, a pendulum…or any other divination tool you feel drawn to.
Want to journey to the Isle of Apples? Summerland. The place where souls reside between lives?
I hosted a Samhain ceremony yesterday and although it was for Diving Deeper Members and those that attended the Season of the Witch Conference, I feel called to share the replay with you all.
You can watch it here
As I mentioned before, I am putting together a Winter Magazine. This is a publication focused on the magic and witchery of the season and should be available in December.
I had put a call out for article, craft and recipe submissions due on November 8th.
This is an opportunity to share some of your wisdom, and a little note about who you are and what you do.
The 8th is coming up quick so if you wanted to get something in to be considered for this edition you can email it to me before then.
I’ve been feeling into the edges of what lights me up lately. And as you likely recall, I love bringing people together in circle and making space for folks to be witnessed in their experience.
The Priestess Path is one way I offer this and I bring elements of this into the rituals and classes I host for Diving Deeper.
A new experience presented itself to me recently and I am bringing it to life through the Winter Season.
This circle will gather between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, beginning and ending with community rituals for these seasonal markers.
In between we will meet for 6 sessions. The first three will focus on Deep Rest as our theme and the last three will focus on Self Love and Care.
We will use a combination of embodiment, creative arts, trance, spell work, divination and the connection of this group to work with the energy of the Winter and support and nourish ourselves through it,
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, reply to this email and I’ll add you to the waitlist.
Did you get your planner yet?
The 2024 Make Everyday More Magical Daily Planner is available here.
In addition to supporting your own craft, these make great gifts!
If you are local to Sonoma County and want to purchase one, I have a few copies I would be happy to deliver to you so you can skip the shipping fee.
(I also have copies of the Celebrate the Seasons Workbook and the Inner Alchemy Journal).
You can reply to this email to order directly from me (local peeps only).
I intentionally set some things aside these past couple of weeks.
No new podcasts. (Don’t worry they will return super soon).
Minimal social media posts (I’ll get back to it I swear).
Taking longer to reply to emails.
Leaving my computer off for an entire day.
Burn out is real my friends.
And I have an on again off again relationship it.
Mostly we flirt with each other, but every so often we have a crazy love affair that leaves me broken and limping along ready to collapse.
And so that’s where I’ve been. Nursing my post break up wounds.
Trying to find spaces to enjoy my favorite season.
To remember who I am when I’m not working or doing all the “have to’s”
Writing down my “big ideas” instead of bringing them to life.
Wearing sequins and seeing the Taylor Swift movie. Lingering in Target a little too long to look at glittery clothes I have no need for but trying them on anyway. Watching spooky shows.
Drinking insane amounts of tea.
Dancing, running and crying too.
I started Wise Woman Witchery because coming together to make magic in community is empowering AF. Because I believe the magic we have inside of each of us is a place of power.
Because I wanted to hold up a mirror for you and say “Look at that amazing Witch! Do you see your gifts?”
But the truth is, I am more of a Priestess than a sales person and sometimes the marketing and hustle of it all kicks my ass. After all I’m only one person, running two businesses, one of which is at the mercy of algorithms.
So in this in between I’m letting new ideas form and saving them, because there are some new ways of being that are starting to show themselves to me. There are echoes from my past and future selves offering up the Wheel of Fortune. Possibility.
Stay tuned for some changes and new offerings.
But for now.
Stay present my friends.
Enjoy the season.
Who you are.
Who you’ve been.
And who you are becoming.
As most of you know I have several books available to help you support your practice.
I am including links here to all three.
If you’re a local Witch (Sonoma County) and would like to purchase one of these, I have copies available and can meet up with you so you can avoid shipping costs.
Reply to this email to request one (or more).
These make great gifts!
I’m crafting up a mini magazine for this Winter and looking for a couple more articles to add to the mix. If you have something Witchy you’d like to write about (think Winter themed), reply to this email and tell me about it.
Submissions are due by November 8th.
Connecting with the Ancestors
Keep your eyes on your inbox for the three email series coming your way starting this Wednesday and offering you some invitations for activities and ritual to connect with your ancestors.
The 4th Annual Season of the Witch Conference is a wrap!
We had two full days of stellar classes that I think we will all be integrating for some time.
After so much computer time, I decided to take today to break from screens.
I woke up. Talk my husband into driving out to the ocean thinking this would be just the energy I needed.
But we took our dogs. One of whom (the puppy) does not walk well (we are learning and by this I mean ALL of us are learning).
So the trip to the ocean was exhausting in its own way and I left there more tense than I had arrived.
I got home and saw the messes that needed tending, and the chores that had to be done and felt even more overwhelmed.
Then I checked my email. And Social Media (because phone screens don’t count as screens right? Oh and I am a workaholic too)
Needless to say, my day of rest did not feel very restful all of a sudden.
But with the energy of the conference fueling me forward I knew the medicine I needed to find was connection.
To the earth. To the elements. To myself.
So I sat outside with my eyes closed and listened for a while. I heard the layers of sound; crows, squirrels, a woodpecker, traffic, a chainsaw, voices carried on the air. I heard windchimes and the scratching of my chicken’s feet in the freshly raked leaves.
And through the threads of the world around me. Through the rhythm of this place and time, I discovered my tiredness.
And I took a nap.
It wasn’t a long nap.
It wasn’t even a nap of deep sleep.
But it was a nap of deep rest. A nap of surrender.
A moment of honoring just where I was at.
And that, sometimes, is the exact magick one needs to carry them forward.
And it worked.
I got up.
I did some chores.
I cleaned up a few messes (and surrendered the rest).
I invite you to the discover the magick in you. Of you.
The magick and medicine of this very moment right now.
Ask yourself, how do I feel? what do I need? How can I reconnect?
Then do the thing. The listening. The surrendering. The action.
Do what you are called to and notice how much more in sync you feel to the world around you.
Living in tune with the rhythms of the natural world, means living in tune with the natural rhythms of you too!
My friends, I have been alerted that the 2024 daily planners folks have purchased have arrived with two Octobers in them. All the other months are there as well. My husband joked that this is because October is the witchiest month and the printers must have known there was a lot going on for all of us and we’d need extra space.
I am working on correction the issue for future purchases and should have a link up and running again tomorrow or Tuesday.
For those of you who have the double October version you might consider some cool ways to use it-journal for that month. Creating a collage amongst the pages. Using it to catalog extra notes and spells throughout the year. Use your imagination. And next October let me know what you decided to do!
I’ll send out a new link when it’s available.
Each October I send out a three day series of emails about ways to connect with an honor your ancestors. This will be headed your way at the end of the month. So keep your eyes peeled for it.
I have also started a community altar post over in our Facebook Group where you can share a picture (or two or three…) of your beloved dead as a place to remember and acknowledge. What is remembered lives!
Emily Morrison MA, MFT