Then, if no evil power be nigh
To thwart you, out of spite,
And if you know the very words
To cast a spell of might,
You get upon a thistledown,
And, if the breeze is right,
You sail away to Fairyland
Along this track of light.
— Ernest Thompson Seton
This weekend, although the temperatures are surprisingly cold in some places, and still very summer-like where I live, Fall is definitely here. You can feel it in the wind, the smell and color of the leaves, the call of the geese, and see it in the shimmering quality of the amber light.
Here at Laurel Hill, the last of the milkweed pods are bursting and fluffy seeds are flying in the wind. Milkweed is a favorite of both the Monarch butterflies now migrating, as well as the Fey, who are journeying to their own Winter homes.
They say that if milkweed is planted in a Witch’s garden, the faeries will always favor you with their presence. The silky tassels of the milkweed pods can supposedly be added to a dream pillow to not only make it softer but also to help you dream of faeries. For every floating seed that you can catch and then release, you will receive a wish granted. When you make your wish, however, you should add the words “Faeries, please” three times or else, at best, you risk rendering your wish useless, and even worse, you may offend the Good People.
Magical foods to serve during this time of abundance and the harvest may include cornbread, wheat breads, and basically all grains. Treat your family to a feast of berries, nuts, grapes, pumpkin, corn, beans, squash, and root vegetables. Apples and pomegranates are especially magical at this time, and a toast to Dionysus, Bacchus, and Thoth with Fall wine, ale and cider will bring you Their favor and delight.
If you have not already done so, be sure to harvest your herbs and cold-tender flowers now, while the Moon is waning and in the sign of Leo. Light candles of brown, green, orange, crimson and yellow. Incenses and oils to harmonize with the season include benzoin, myrrh, frankincense, jasmine, cinnamon, and clove.
May your day be blessed!