By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Hello, dear readers. Yes, I have been away for a long time. Too long. It’s been a busy old time here at the Covenstead and not much time for writing, I fear. But I have been thinking of you and what topics I can write about in the months ahead, so I hope you felt that.
And, of course, I have been readying things for Samhain and All Hallows Eve. Today and tonight are one of our most mysterious Sabbats. How will you be spending your All Hallows Eve/Samhain?
As a solitary hedge witch, I shall spend it alone mostly. But tonight, as the veil between the worlds shifts and thins, I shall be “riding the hedge”, visiting with and speaking to my ancestors [and any other Ancient Ones who wish to have a word]. In the last few weeks of being away I have been working [again] on my genealogy. This has been an off and on process for nearly thirteen years in the making. At this time, I have worked back as far as twenty-six generations down four lines and at least as far back as thirteen to sixteen on others. Why is this important to what this blog is about? Perhaps it is only important to me… you see, I use many different methods of speaking with the ancestors. Almost every time I get a new face or a new name coming through along with the “regulars”. I keep note of the names and sometimes check my genealogical records and do not find this name. I go away thinking, “must be someone outside the family”. Not so, in around seven cases as I have deepened my search, I have found the names, far back in time… I had only not gotten to them yet over the years. And, knowing names, and recognising names are very important to me in this kind of work. It isn’t something you must do, per se, but it surely doesn’t hurt.
When I meet with the ancestors they don’t always speak in words – which is good because my ancestors come from many places. Not only from England, Scotland, Wales, and France as I was already aware of, but also from Holland, Finland, Iberia, Belgium, and Italy as I have learned recently. I listen with all my senses as advice, questions, warnings, and the like come through in different ways. Sometimes, no messages come through at all, but more like a warm feeling of familial respect and love. It is always nice to meet a new one whom I had never met before. Interestingly, when I am typing in the information that I have for a newly found ancestor, I sometimes get immediate messages if something is wrong with what I’m typing. Not about typing errors but about the person’s name or other things like dates regarding this person. Thanks to the rapport I have with them, they have saved me from putting the wrong name or date into my genealogy several times.
Enough about my penchant for learning about my ancestors. We have yet another Mercury in Retrograde, in Scorpio no less, and it starts today, as well. What has this special retrograde have to do with All Hallows Eve and hedge riding, apart from that all fall squarely on 31 October? I think it bears thinking about that this particular retrograde is for helping us have a good old clear out. Not the usual hoarding house clear out but the kind where you clear out the skeletons and other junk cluttering up our lives inside our heads. De-cluttering our grey matter on occasion is good for the soul. And, as the portal between the worlds opens, it is also the best time for remembering who we are and where we come from. And, obviously, the best way to do this is to speak with those whom have gone before you.
By knowing who you are and meeting with whom and what has gone before you, it makes it easier to find ways to understand yourself. It can also help you find ways of forgiving those who wronged you all those years ago. And by the same idea, it can help you to forgive yourself for any wrongs you feel you have committed. It gives you a chance to speak directly to those you may feel you have wronged and to say, “I’m sorry”. Believe me, I think most of us feel worse about our wrongs toward others than we do about the one’s others have done to us. in many cases.
No one is going to think poorly of you if you take a few “well-being” days away from the office this next few weeks [retrograde runs through the 20th of November, yay] and a little forewarning – taking 11 November off might be a good idea for those who allow their mouths to take over when emotions run high. It wouldn’t do to tell your boss to go f him/herself. Just saying.
Still, as bad as a Mercury Retrograde may sound, it can be a good thing with a little forward planning. It doesn’t affect everybody exactly the same. Each star sign, whether you’re an Aries or Taurus, or Sagittarius, will find different effects for themselves. You can get an idea by going here where it is explained what to expect according to your star sign. Whatever affectation the retrograde takes upon you, prepare and just take it slowly. Take the time to get your mental clearing sorted and by the end of it all, I feel quite sure you’ll be fine. And, still have your job 😊
Thank you for reading and warmest blessing upon all whom this way wander. Have a very nice Samhain, All Hallows Eve, and a very relaxed Mercury in Retrograde x