Must be the season of the Witch*

Being an Empath means more than just being empathetic. An Empath is someone who is highly attuned to the energy and emotions around them, whether that energy is coming from individuals, groups, or even physical spaces. I would add energy emanting from other living things such as animals and plants. Since there are varying degrees of sensitivity, I suspect that many people may be an Empath and don’t even know it. (Do you find yourself absolutely DRAINED after being surrounded by large groups of people for a long time – such as at a concert? If so, you’re probably an Empath.)

I’m currently reading The Secret Life of Water by Masaru Emoto (Hidden Messages in Water). In the book Emoto discusses Hado: The intrinsic vibrational pattern at the atomic level in all matter. Everything around us has its own unique vibration – even water, soil, and rocks. Sounds. Voices. Humans. Animals. Plants. The Earth Herself generates vibrations, as do crystals. This is something I’ve always instinctively known to be true, even as a child.

I’ve also been noticing a resurging interest in the metaphysical world. Many books I want to read I find are already checked out at the library. The owner of the metaphysical shop I frequent in Boulder Creek also remarked that she’s seen a marked increase in both customers and sales these past two years. Even Whole Foods is selling books on crystals and small gift boxes of crystal sets – something I’ve never seen before in all the years we’ve been going there. In light of the current war being waged between light and dark, with the prize being the soul of our planet, this does not surprise me.

So what does all this have to do with Witches? So glad you asked. Having the ability to FEEL everything around you and comprehending the all-encompassing, electric energy of it is to acknowlege the Divine Feminine within you. For She is everywhere.

Witchcraft was hung, in History,
But History and I
Find all the Witchcraft that we need
Around us, every Day.

– Emily Dickinson

To burn the Witch is to admit that Magick exists.
– Erin Anastasia

Did you know that at one time a woman who could read was labeled a witch? Or that long hair was considered a source of power for a woman – especially if she allowed her tresses to cascade naturally? (Which is why their hair was shorn before they were executed/burned/hanged.) It was not so long ago that married women were not legally allowed to own property. Single women could, but married women were little but chattle. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1970s that women were able to get a credit card WITHOUT their husband’s signature. (I remember this one occasion when I wanted to join a gym. This gym was part of a very large chain. Before I was allowed to join, I was informed that my then-husband was required to co-sign for me. Mind you, I had a well-paying job and good credit and considered myself to be an independent woman. Needless to say, I told them to stuff it.)

Spells are just prayers with more steps and a name that scares people.
– Lily Anderson

Back in December of 2020 I wrote about the end of the 200-year era of Juputer and Saturn uniting in Earth signs. Which not only explains humankind’s obsession with material things, conquering land/people, and greed but also the oppressive, negative energies and their stranglehold on Life. This destructive force is intrinsically masculine in nature. But it is being threatened by the dawning of a new age being ushered in by the Divine Feminine. Why do you think there’s such a push right now to promote transgenderism and pervert the feminine spirit? (Such debasement serves neither gender – it mocks both male and female.) Many know something’s not quite right. War. Famine. Greed. Genocide. Eugenics. Organized Religions. Western medicine. Governments. World leaders. The list goes on. They have failed all Life on this Planet. Indeed, their goal is to destroy it. Frightened men are dangerous and there are many men (and women) who are scared to death right now; scared of losing their power and control. This world is too beautiful and Life on it too precious to allow it to be destroyed. What’s drawing “sensitive souls” into the magickal world is a passion to fight against this Great Evil.

Magick is what happens when the blueprint of who you are comes into the alignment with the expanding energy of the universe.
– Sasha Graham

Halloween may be the “season of the Witch” but I think the next few years will prove to be the TIME of the Witch.

Remember: “There’s a little Witch in all of us.” (Practical Magic)

A Magickal Samhain to all.

What it means to be an empath
Hado
Winter Solstice, the Great Conjunction and a Christmas Star
A Short History of Women’s Property Rights in the United States

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* Donovan (“Season of the Witch”)

80’s Blast (Halloween edition)::Looks That Kill ⛧

© Spotify

There are music channels all over the place that play “Halloween” music during the month of October. Most of the tracks are the same-old-same-old, and many are favorites of mine like: “Werewolves of London”, “Monster Mash”, “Godzilla”, “The Purple People Eater”, “Witchy Woman”, with a special mention going to Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. But NONE feature songs entirely from the 1980s.

I’m about to remedy that, but before we sink our fangs in there’s one thing I forgot to mention. Not only do the songs in my 80’s Blast (Halloween edition) have to be written/released in the 1980s, they also had to have a companion video BECAUSE although the lyrics may not convey “Halloween”, the video might. (Let’s face it, due to the rise of MTV the 80s was all about music videos.) So…let’s DO THIS!

Seeing that Mötley Crüe is my favorite band EVER I bet you all were wondering why I haven’t done one Post on them. (Actually, I did a short one back in 2019.) Answer: I didn’t want to be that predictable – plus I wanted to savor this moment.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve see the Crüe live. One memorable show was at De Anza College’s ampitheater. It was very intimate and we were seven rows from the stage. Nikki was interviewed that morning on one of the local stations and said that everyone attending that night was not only going to be allowed to bring in recording/video equipment but were ENCOURAGED to do so. (The band was battling with their record company at the time, but shortly thereafter Mötley Crüe would become the proud owner of their music. 🤘)

But I’ll never forget the first time I saw them live. Sacramento on the Shout at the Devil tour. (The best album. Ever. By anyone.) Coincidentally, the first time I the band was on MTV in the video for “Looks That Kill”. I was hooked.

Third track on Shout at the Devil (1983).
Released as a single later that same year.

Now, listen up
She’s a razor sharp
If she don’t get her way
She’ll slice you apart

Now she’s a cool, cool black
She moves like a cat
If you don’t get her game
Well, you might not make it back

She’s got the looks that kill
That kill
She got the looks that kill
That kill
She’s got the look

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

Now she’s bulletproof
She keeps her motor clean
And believe me, you
She’s a number thirteen

The church strikes midnight
She’s lookin’ louder and louder
She’s gonna turn on your juice, boy
Oh, then she turns on the power

She’s got the looks that kill
That kill
She got the looks that kill
That kill
She’s got the look

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got the look

Now, listen up
She’s a razor sharp
If she don’t get her way
She’ll slice you apart

Now she’s a cool, cool black
Move like a cat
If you don’t get her game
You might not make it back

She’s got the looks that kill
That kill
She got the looks that kill
That kill
She’s got the look

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

I almost used “Shout at the Devil” here, but since an original music video was never made of it I said “Fuck it. I’m saving the best for last.” (My Post. My site. My rülz!)

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80’s Blast (Halloween edition)::Gonna Get Close to You 🧛‍♂️

© Spotify

There are music channels all over the place that play “Halloween” music during the month of October. Most of the tracks are the same-old-same-old, and many are favorites of mine like: “Werewolves of London”, “Monster Mash”, “Godzilla”, “The Purple People Eater”, “Witchy Woman”, with a special mention going to Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. But NONE feature songs entirely from the 1980s.

I’m about to remedy that, but before we sink our fangs in there’s one thing I forgot to mention. Not only do the songs in my 80’s Blast (Halloween edition) have to be written/released in the 1980s, they also had to have a companion video BECAUSE although the lyrics may not convey “Halloween”, the video might. (Let’s face it, due to the rise of MTV the 80s was all about music videos.) So…let’s DO THIS!

Originally written/recorded by a group named Dalbello, “Gonna Get Close to You” is the fourth track on Rage for Order and the first single off that album. (BTW, Dalbello’s version is ANEMIC by comparison.)

I saw Queensrÿche in 2016 at Rockbar Theater and was so disappointed they didn’t include the song in their set list. My guess was there’s a copyright dispute which has prevented Queensrÿche from performing it live. (The band has been mired in copyright conflicts, although most have been with former singer, Geoff Tate.)

The accompanying video has always been one of my all-time favorites and I’m delighted to be able to share it!

I like to look at shadows sweating on the wall
I get excited when I hear your footsteps in the hall
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
Ooh, outside your balcony, I have a room with a view
And I’m watching you
I dial your telephone each and every afternoon

I wait by your door till you’re asleep at night
And when you’re alone I know when you turn out the light
(Turn out the light)
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh oh, so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
I’m gonna get close

You fumble for your keys, I’m six or seven steps behind you
I’m so close to you
Are you terrified of me? What do I know about you?
How did I find out?

You think I’m a fool or maybe some kind of lunatic
You say I’m wasting my time
But I know what to do with it
It’s as plain as black and white

I’m gonna get close to you
Oh oh, so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh, so close

If you knew my infinite charm
Oh oh, there’d be no reason to be so alarmed

Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m right
Maybe I’m some kind of lunatic
You say I’m wasting all my time
But I know what to do with it
It is plain as black and white

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80’s Blast (Halloween edition)::Creatures of the Night 🦇

© Spotify

There are music channels all over the place that play “Halloween” music during the month of October. Most of the tracks are the same-old-same-old, and many are favorites of mine like: “Werewolves of London”, “Monster Mash”, “Godzilla”, “The Purple People Eater”, “Witchy Woman”, with a special mention going to Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. But NONE feature songs entirely from the 1980s.

I’m about to remedy that, but before we sink our fangs in there’s one thing I forgot to mention. Not only do the songs in my 80’s Blast (Halloween edition) have to be written/released in the 1980s, they also had to have a companion video BECAUSE although the lyrics may not convey “Halloween”, the video might. (Let’s face it, due to the rise of MTV the 80s was all about music videos.) So…let’s DO THIS!

The first single from KISS’ 1982 album of the same name.

Searching in the darkness, running from the day
Hiding from tomorrow, nothing left to say
Victims of the moment, future deep in doubt
Living in a whisper ’til we start to shout

We’re creatures of the night, we’re creatures of the night, hey

Breathing in the madness, spitting out the lies
Searching for an answer, keep your alibis
Don’t know where we’re goin’, just know where we’ve been
Remember when the clock strikes twelve, the losers always win

We’re creatures of the night, we’re creatures of the night, hey

Searching in the darkness, running from the day
Hiding from tomorrow, nothing left to say
Gathering up our courage, ready for the fight
Howling in the shadows ’til we start to bite

We’re creatures of the night, we’re creatures of the night
We’re creatures of the night, we’re creatures of the night

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Unearth some Creepy Cocktails this Halloween ⚰️🍷

‘Kayso I’m browsing through my copy of The Essential Bartender’s Guide and I’m noticing a number of drinks having Halloween-appropriate names. (Because I’m apparently on a Halloween tear this year. LOL.) My mistake was searching for similarly-themed cocktails…hours later I had tell myself to STOP. Here are some of my favorites.

The Wolf Bite
1/2 ounce​ Midori melon liqueur
1/4 ounce absinthe
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 splash lemon-lime soda
1 dash grenadine

In a cocktail shaker, pour the melon liqueur, absinthe, and pineapple juice. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds then strain into a tall glass. Top with a splash of lemon-lime soda, and add a drizzle of grenadine.

Corpse Reviver #1
2 oz brandy (cognac)
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz applejack

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Corpse Reviver #2
3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Lillet Blanc
Dash of absinthe or pastis

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Corpse Reviver #3
1 oz brandy (cognac)
1 oz Campari
1 oz triple sec
1/2 fresh lemon juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Death in the Afternoon
1 oz absinthe or pastis
5 oz chilled sparkling wine

Pour absinthe/pastis into a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.

(I was served this at the Dickens Faire one year and they called it “The Edgar Allen Poe”.)

Diablo
1-1/2 oz tequila
3/4 oz crème de cassis
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
Ginger ale

Shake tequila, cassis, and lime juice with ice. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a lime wheel.

Strega
(Strega is the italian word for witch.)
1 oz light rum
1 oz Strega liquor
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz fresh orange juice
1/2 tsp orgeat (almond syrup)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a spring of mint or a cherry.

Zombie
(More than one of these will turn you INTO a zombie!)
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 tsp brown sugar
1 oz passion fruit syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 oz gold rum
1 oz 151 Demerara rum
1 oz white rum

Dissolve sugar in juices. Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with a spring of mint.

Vampire’s Kiss Martini
(Right up my alley…)
3/4 oz raspberry liqueur, divided (plus more for rim)
Red sugar, for rimming
1-1/2 oz vodka
1-1/2 oz sparkling wine

Rim a cocktail glass with red sugar: Wet the rim by dipping it in a shallow dish of raspberry liqueur then roll it in red sugar until evenly coated.
Pour the vodka and half of the raspberry liqueur into the glass. Top with sparkling wine. Pour the remaining raspberry liqueur over the back of a spoon so it floats on top of the drink.

Nightmare on Bourbon Street
Cinnamon sugar
1-1/2 oz bourbon
1/4 cup apple cider
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1-2 Tbl maple syrup
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
5 oz sparkling hard Honeycrisp apple cider

Rim a cocktail glass with the cinnamon sugar. In a cocktail shaker full of ice combine the next six ingredients and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into glass and top with the Honeycrisp apple cider. Serve with cinnamon sticks, rosemary, and apple slices, if desired.

Witch’s Brew Lemonade
(Pretty.)
2 oz Empress 1908 Gin
2 oz sparkling lemonade
2 oz curaçao

Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in gin and top with the sparkling lemonade. Very carefully and slowly pour the curaçao into the glass, letting it settle on the bottom. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Black Widow Smash
8 fresh blackberries
1-2 tsp rosemary
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1-2 Tbl honey
1-1/2 oz tequila
Orange bitters
Sparkling water

In a cocktail shaker or glass jar muddle together the blackberries, lemon juice, and honey. Add the tequila and a couple dashes of bitters. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of sparkling water and stir gently. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Now for a couple in my favorite color.

Absolut Masquerade Cocktail
1-1/2 oz Absolut Vodka (any good vodka will do)
2 oz black currant juice
1/2 oz chartreuse

Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Black Widow Cocktail
2 oz black vodka (see below)
3 oz cranberry juice

Pour the cranberry juice into a tall glass filled with ice. Float the vodka on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon to disrupt the flow.

This drink is made with Blavod vodka. I wasn’t able to find it anywhere near me BUT I did find a recipe for making your own black vodka:

To one (750-milliliter) bottle of vodka add:
10 drops blue food coloring
10 drops red food coloring
8 drops green food coloring
Shake well.
NOTE: You may have to shake the bottle again before pouring a drink because the food coloring will likely settle.

OR – and this might be a better option if you’re looking for a more opaque black – use black gel food coloring. (Hey, I just happen to have some of this in my cupboard. Quelle surprise.)

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