October Magic and a Mirror Spell
Welcome to October
Obviously, October is particularly special because of Samhain (Hallowmas/All Hallows) at the end of the month. It is a period between times. The leaves are changing, and the air is crisp and clear as the dark nights begin to draw in.
The veil between the worlds is said to be thinner at this time. Remember those that have gone before you and honour your ancestors.
October lends itself to drama and atmosphere. It is a good excuse to make the most of this time by overloading on the witchy decorations.
If you can work some magic outside, then even better. Get a fire going and plenty of candles on the dark evenings. The October full Moon is an especially good time to work divination of all kinds.
Scrying outside under the Moon is perfect. It doesn’t need to be fancy, a cauldron or dish filled with water or even an old bucket will do. Drop a silver coin into the water or sprinkle on a handful of herbs to help with the images. Allow the light of the full Moon to shine on the surface.
October is also a good month to work protection spells or create protection amulets and pouches.
There are several things to focus on with this full Moon such as bringing energy back into whatever you are doing and finding a way to balance your feelings, emotions and what goes on in your everyday life.
Also take a moment to look at how you have been over the past few weeks…what negative energy have you been putting out into the world? What have you not done that you should have?
Recognise and acknowledge those issues, actions and feelings and then…let them go…allow the full Moon energy to remove them from you.
Then re-focus and put plans into action to bring heap loads of positive energy into your life, be thankful for what you have and move forward with a leap in your step and a song in your heart…well OK maybe not quite that musically dramatic but you get the idea.
Leave out a plate of food and drink for the spirits on All Hallows Eve. Decorate your altar with pumpkins, squashes, apples, pomegranates, marigolds and chrysanthemums along with autumn leaves, nuts, seeds and corn dollies.
‘Tis the season of the witch.
October Magical energy
To let go; inner cleansing. Karma and reincarnation. Justice and balance. Inner harmony. Introspection and reflection. Work candle magic, past life work and astral projection. Mirror spells are particularly good this month.
Protection, inner work, removing obstacles, transition, changes, transformation and uncrossing.
Divination, meditation, fire magic, spirit work, sex magic and faery magic all lend themselves to the energy of this month.
Colours: Dark blue green, orange, black, autumn colours
October Moon Names
Falling Leaf Moon, The Blood Moon, Hunter’s Moon, Moon when the Gopher looks back, Travellers’ Moon, Blackberry Moon, Seed Fall Moon and Kindly Moon, Harvest Moon, Shedding Moon, Winterfylleth, Windermanoth, Ten Colds Moon, Ice Moon, Blackberry Moon and Moon of the changing seasons.
Falling Leaf Moon – which is obvious, as this is the time when the leaves start to fall.
The Blood Moon – this name refers to the time of the year when animals were slaughtered to provide food for the winter.
Hunter’s Moon or Hunter’s Moon – time to hunt and lay in store for provisions over the winter.
Gopher looks back – the gopher is looking behind him at lost summer days.
Winterfylleth an old English/Anglo Saxon name meaning ‘winter filling’ which referred to preparations made for the coming of winter.
Windermanoth meaning ‘vintage month’.
See Clearly Mirror Spell
You will need:
A small mirror that fits into the palm of your hand.
A bay leaf
Herbs for insight and clarity such as juniper, cardamon, clove
Herbs for psychic abilities such as Mugwort, rose, thyme, star anise
Piece of white cloth with a ribbon or a bag
Just before, on or just after the full moon:
Light your candle
Write the word ‘clarity’ on your bay leaf then set fire to it from the candle and allow it to burn safely in the fireproof dish. Keep the ashes.
Set your mirror out so that it can charge under the light of the full moon.
The next day, mix the ashes with your clarity and psychic ability herbs.
Sprinkle the mixture onto the mirror and leave it out for another night under the moon.
Now gather up all the herbs and ashes and pop them in the bag or onto the cloth.
Pop the mirror into the bag and tie it up.
Whenever you need some insight or clarity take out the mirror and gaze into it, asking your question.
If you need more insight take a pinch of the herbs and throw them to the winds.
Once the herbs are depleted you will need to repeat the spell to recharge the mirror.
To watch a replay of my live chat about October magic and creating the mirror spell, click the link below
October information from Beneath the Moon by Rachel Patterson