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Entering the Dark of the Year

October, Nacht-ober, Night-ober
We enter the dark of the year.
Things may go bump in the night
But there is nothing to fear.

The things that we use for decoration at this time of year bring protective energy to the home. The chrysanthemum is a traditional flower used to honor those who have passed. In Europe it became known as Fiori dei Morte, “flower of the dead.” Throughout Mexico, Central and South America, corn was regarded as sacred. Because of its protective magic, straw was placed under the deceased at funerals to keep evil spirit away. Pumpkins and squash represent abundance and are associated with lunar magic. At a time when the veil between the worlds is growing thin, these also provide comfort for ancestral spirits who may draw near.

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The author of over a dozen books, Sandra is an explorer of history, myth, and magic. Her writing has been featured in SageWoman, The Magical Times, The Portal, and Circle magazines, Utne Reader and Magical Buffet websites, and various Llewellyn almanacs. Although she is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, she travels a solitary Goddess-centered path through the Druidic woods. She has lived in New York City, Europe, England, and now Maine where she lives in an 1850s farmhouse surrounded by meadows and woods.  


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