Logistics and Sirens and a Witch Hat Fascinator Giveaway


I have the best Wicked Darlings anyone could wish for. Yep, I do. And I’m very thankful for that.

Many of you have noticed—and pointed out—that Pagan Culture’s layout has been changing: items disappearing from the sidebar, minor font changes, and so on… Well, there are reasons for that.

About a week ago, Wicked Darlings started to email me to say that they stopped getting my blog updates. I changed a thing here and there (Blogger tends to recover its working order when someone pokes around its innards), but my poking didn’t help. I changed the blog name from Pagan Culture to Pagan Culture: Magaly Guerrero’s Blog. Hey! You never know… that didn’t work either.

A few days after the updates began to say bye-bye, more Wicked Darlings sent messages via email and contact form to say that they couldn’t comment. They tried a few times, but their insights were gobbled up by the Goblins that inhabit the deepest pits of Blogger limbo.

I kind of know what the problem is. I’ve messed with my layout and background so much in the last four years that things got messy. So I’m going to pick a Blogger layout and tweak and play with it until it looks Magalycious. 

This kind of work can be a tad tedious (and annoying to look at). But I’ll listen to His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman while I do it, so all will be well. That man can write and READ!

I wanted you to have something fun to do, too, while the work was getting done. And with All Hallow’s Eve only three months away, I figured that a giveaway celebrating the approach of the witchy holiday would be just the thing. So… here is what you can win:

a Witch Hat Fascinator – Tiger Lily – by Eliora 
This is all you need to do for a chance to bring Eliora’s Witch Hat Fascinator home:
*Leave a comment describing what you love most about All Hallow’s Eve, Samhain, Halloween…

For extra entries (One extra entry each - please leave separate comments):
1. Visit Eliora and come back to tell me about your favorite item, and why you liked it.
2. Tell me which Pagan Culture post is your favorite, and why.
3. Fly over to the Samhain’s Sirens Page and say something creepylicious to the Sirens. 
* On a kind of sad (but very hopeful) note, the Samhain’s Sirens blog have a brand new page. We lost all of our former um… Facebook “likers”? So I would be a very happy witchy Siren, if my Wicked Darlings considered following the new page. And by all means, spread the word. The world should be allowed to enjoy this deliciously creepy banner ;-) 

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The giveaway is open to Wicked Darlings in the United States, Canada, Australia (Shelle!!!) and the European Union. Please enter before August 11th (5:13 pm EDT). The winner will be announced the next day. Are the Samhain’s Sirens witchy fun singing to you, too, my Wicked Luvs?

111 comments:

  1. O.My.Goddess - this is going to be fun! A little light housekeeping never hurts.

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  2. The very act of donning a persona of someone or something new is intriguing....playing dress up....simply the best!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. Or letting out our secret true selves ;-)

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  3. Can't wait to see the new layout! I ran in to the same issues not too long ago; Blogger is a fussy minx for sure!

    Also, you know I want that on my head!

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    1. Hope you aren't too disappointing. When it comes to blog layouts, I tent to go for simple and dark.

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    2. Not disappointed at all, I tend to go the same route with slightly less black as a background. If I came here one day and it was bright and convoluted I'd worry you'd been hacked! ;-)

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    3. You know me well, my dear Danni LOL

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  4. My absolute favorite Eliora creation (it's so hard to choose!) is the Hecate Charm Bracelet.

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    1. I understand, dear Danni. I've been trying to choose one of her embellished Athames for weeks!

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    2. Thanks, Danni <3

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  5. Absolutely love the glass divination boards...and if I had to choose just one, it would be the Elemental Ambigram one <3 XXX

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    1. Isn't her glass work lovely? I've been eyeing her "Peace Chalice" ;-D

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    2. Thank you, Gina!

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  6. YOU ROCK, Mags! Love you, Love Eliora's work.. Halloween coming.. it's a wonderful day!

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    1. Right back at you ;-)

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    2. Love you, Too, Kallan !

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  7. Wow...how to choose which is my fave Pagan Culture post so far???(and how to remember which was Pagan Culture and which was Writing blog :/)
    One that really sticks in my head is the "fictional" story you told about a female marine who took revenge on an aggressor that was supposed to be on the same side....it involved a very messy end for the nasty man...literally lol :D XXX

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    1. You are going to be very happy, Gina love. For I've expanded the story, developed the characters a bit, and added some things here and there... I will publish it soon ;-D

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  8. ...and I have liked Sahmain Sirens page. Close call therre ladies : ) XXX

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  9. What I like most about All Hallow's are the colors: orange pumpkins & gourds, bright red apples, musty brown cider, scarlet/gold/emerald/earth leaves, the start of blue/grey wintery skies, bright sparkly costumes, candy tones of caramel, off-white, & chocolate, velvet blue skies with a hint of black shadows, diamond stars.....

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    1. Such warm colors... I love them, too. And the scents...

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  10. Right now what I love most about Samhain is the lack of sunshine. ^^ Truly, I am not made for temperatures beyond 25°C, and we have been getting 35-40°C. (Good Germans always find something to complain about. The weather's a favorite. But who's to blame me? This witch is melting!)

    Oh, and then there are the spooky stories and movies and decoration, and pumpkins and ... -uhm, okay, that's enough. ^^

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    1. Spooky stories are my favorites!

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  11. I like the swooping feeling in my tummy. The tinge of excitement I get at the prospect of communion with things long forgotten.

    My favorite Eliora creation is one she hasn't made yet :) I've had my eye on one of her custom plaques for some time now. I have no doubt she will do an amazing job with the designs I want because I've seen her other work.

    Hmmm...which one is my favorite? That's hard, but I loved one you did a bit ago with the lovely pictures of your nature walk. That and this one with a guest poem *cough, cough* were memorable :)

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    1. "swooping feeling in my tummy" I might have to steal that line from you some day...

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    2. Thank you, Kestril !

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  12. oops forgot my "All Hallows" comment lol My favourite thing about Samhain is the wonderful emotional connection with those on the other side of the veil. I love inviting them round for a special visit and always lay a spare place at the table and poor a glass of wine for them. This glass is then poured onto my garden as a sacrifice and blessing to the new year....well you asked :D XXX

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    1. It's one of my favorite things, too. I've been wondering how the death of my little brother will affect the upcoming All Hollow's Eve...

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  13. My favorite post is the one that started the Pre-Chaos storyline. Only now, I'm not sure if it was this blog or your writing blog......Still waiting for that story to evolve into three (or more) dimensions!

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    1. Is it "Mythica Stones Museum in Pre-Chaos, New York"? (http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2012/04/mythica-stones-museum-in-pre-chaos-new.html) <--- there is the link if that's the case. I've been working on organization (after merging the blogs). I think it will take a little longer, but soon I will have better labels.

      And Pre-Chaos has been separated and outlined, now I'm writing...

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  14. Loving the new Sirens' banner!

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  15. My current favorite at Eliora's place are the BATS, Bats and more bats - Samhain / Halloween Candle Lanterns. They would go so well with my Autumn Leaves holder of the same shape & size.

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    1. Someone must love autumn *cough, cough*

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    2. I'm just giddy at the thought of Autumn. 'Course, that could be because I can't breathe in Summer weather......

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    3. petoskystone - Autumn is my favorite, too.

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  16. The fascinator is gorgeous! Having said that, though, don't enter me because I don't wear fascinators -- let the winner be someone who does wear them!

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    1. I was thinking that it would make a great tree ornament, too ;-)

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    2. A tree ornament? fascinating! :)

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    3. That pretty witchy hat, would make the perfect topper on a Halloween tree, methinks ;-)

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  17. I never understand if I have to post different comments for each entry... I usually just put all my answers in one comment, but then I see others dividing it up.

    Anywhoooo - Halloween. All Hallow's Eve. Samhain. Alla Helgons Afton.
    Carving pumpkins, costumes, beautiful center pieces, spooky decor, witches, the dead traveling back for one night, horror movies, crazy parties and more candy than you could ever eat. What's not to love?!

    But I have to be honest, the things I love the most are scarce in Sweden. We have no trick-or-treatingg, or parties or costumes never go all out - many people actually lobby against the Holiday. I swear I have a green tint all through October, reading about my cowboy-blog-friends' (Americans) anecdotes - and seeing all the wonderful decorating.

    I want a Wall-Mart. Right here. Right now.

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    1. The explanation is rather simple, my dear Ms Misantropia. I copied and pasted from the guidance of an old giveaway and, um... forgot to remove the "separate comments" bit *sigh* I hate the damn thing. It makes no sense to me either, but what's done is done and we'll both have to survive this one LOL

      You have to teach me how to pronounce "Alla Helgons Afton" that way I can say it back to people and watch them give me weird looks ;-D

      Now you MUST come to the US for Halloween sometime. We'll trick-or-treat until we drop (or overdose on candy).

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    2. New York state is, like I said earlier, on my Halloween bucket list. We would have a blast!

      'Alla Helgons Afton' is pronounced something like this: Allah Hell-gone's Uffton
      Looks fittingly crazy :)

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    3. I LOVE the pronunciation! It sounds like all kinds of fun.

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  18. Haha, I did it anyway!

    I totally forgot to say: I love that mini hat, and also the purple one on Eliora's Esty shop! The Stemmed Samhain glasses are also wonderful.

    AND: I so enjoy all your posts. I really do. I couldn't pick one.

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    1. I have my eye on that purple Witch Hat Fascinator... I don't know if I want that one, and if I want to ask Eliora for a red and black one. Decisions, decisions...

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    2. If you had the red/black fascinator, then a red feather half-mask & matching feather neck piece, add in black dress & long red/white talons in a French manicure.....

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    3. French Manicured Dominican Witch in black and red ;-D

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    4. Thank you so very much!

      Magaly shall have her red and black hat - perhaps I'll add a red feather to it as well!

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  19. Can't wait to see the new layout!!! My most favorite thing about Samhain is the energy that surrounds it, there's nothing else like it.

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    1. There is so much to be said about the "energy that surrounds" All Hallow's Eve... so many things possible and within reach...

      About the layout, like I told Danni, my layouts tend to be simple. So don't be too disappointed ;-)

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  20. This has got to be my favorite Item - http://www.etsy.com/listing/80030200/spell-potion-bottle-altar-bottle?ref=shop_home_active

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    1. That Spell Potion Bottle is gorgeous! The colors and the owls... perfect for the season to come ;-)

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    2. Thank you Ash-Lynn!

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  21. My favourite thing about the Hallowed Evening is that the dead are so close and I miss so many people.

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    1. We are on the same boat for this one, Francie. I've been thinking about my little brother a lot. Wondering how this All Hallow's Eve will be different from the last ones... I guess we'll see and see some more...

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  22. I know what a hassle getting blog layouts to behave can be. :) Best of luck to you!

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  23. Have fun with your blog! I keep fooling around with mine too! Ohh, that sounds kinky! LOL! The little Halloween Hat is too cute! It would be a great ornament!

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    1. "kinky" is very nice in my book ;-D

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  24. One of my favorite items is the Morrighan ear cuff ;o) Very cool!

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    1. They are precious, aren't they? And they remind me of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ;-)

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    2. Thank you - that piece is fun!

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  25. What I love most about Halloween? It's a time to let go! To connect with our loved ones that have passed. To dance the night away! To dress up and have no one look at you strangely ;o)

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    1. "To dance the night away!" I need to do that... soon ;-)

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  26. Google is making many very unsavory changes to this site and I don't like them. I can't leave comments without creating a profile with google plus in which I MUST use my real name. I dd not but if they keep it up then I'm gonna dump my current blog like the last two. Still glad to see you plugging away tirelessly my dear. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Really? That is extremely weird because I don't even have a Google+ profile anymore, so my blog shouldn't be connected to Google+.

      I wish they would stop messing with things...

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    2. Hm, I wonder why they are making you making you create a Google+ profile. I just logged out and am replying to this, and it allows me to use everything from OpenID to Name/URL... weird.

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  27. Don't forget to ask your wicked *eek* graphic design friend if you need anything made up. No idea when that happened but some where between playing with my own blogger blog and making a logo for my photo biz I'm now making custom logos and graphics. I'm liking the new header though, I might be getting old but could you bump up the font size?

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    1. I've made the font a tiny bit bigger--the post body isn't too bad, but I agree that the comment font could be bigger. Hope the re-sizing works for you ;-)

      If I need something made, I'll remember to tell a friend *cough, cough*

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    2. Yes looks much better =]

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  28. My Magaly, I have missed you so much! I love Samhain mostly because I can celebrate it with beautifully magical and mysterious witches like yourself. Let the games begin! My love always, Mina

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    1. "Let the games begin!" indeed ;-)

      I'm enchanted by the magic of the holiday, too. So many witchy people making the dark smile in colors.

      I've missed you, too, my Mina.

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  29. I just returned from Eliora’s and would love one of everything. What to choose..what to choose...I believe it would be the Mini Sabbat Besom Set. They are just too adorable. Thank you for this giveaway sweetie.

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    1. It is difficult to pick one of Eliora's creations. Every time I go there, I stay for way too long LOL

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    2. Thank you, Mina - I love how colorful that Besom Set is.

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  30. It took me a bit, because I had to ponder which was my favorite post. The one that keeps sticking out in my mind is one you wrote before you met your sweet Piano Man, though I can't remember the title.

    It was about the empty frame you kept, waiting to be filled with a picture of you and the other half of your heart. It has stuck with me since it was written, like I was sitting with you instead of reading and we had discussed this very intimate and important detail face to face.

    Does that sound weird? It does, doesn't it? It's just one of those poignant details that while considered to be small by many people, makes up a huge portion of how I relate to someone. That's my favorite.

    Closely followed by the news of you and PM's reunion and engagement; both of which had me cry/grinning. You're a heart-mover, witch. ;)

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    1. You and I are attracted by bits of reality, aren't we? There is nothing more attractive than a soul that is true to herself. I do love that post, too. And I don't think the feeling is weird at all. Then again, this might just mean that we are weird together ;-)

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    2. You guys are wonderful :D

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    3. Nothing wrong with being weird and wonderful! ;)

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  31. Hi so glad to have found your page :) that's a lovely hat you are giving away! I went backwards as I found you from the sirens page! I have always loved Halloween the mystery...getting to dress up and become who or whatever you want to be without fear. My favorite piece of Eloira I'd the mom pentacle with the heart...it's lovely. Blog post ...kissing not singing
    And since I started at sirens I have already liked them.....oh no I just realized when I sent to check on spelling that it said to make all the entries separate :( I can redo if you like...the brothers of having to type from my phone!

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    1. Thank you so very much!

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    2. "getting to dress up and become who or whatever you want to be without fear" is one of my favorite things about the holiday, too. And pumpkin chili ;-)

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  32. On Eloira's page I actually love the little cauldron refrigerator magnets. I have lots of magnets on my fridge. They are affordable and these little cauldrons can be a daily reminder of all the wonderful things we could be cooking up. :-)

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    1. Thank you - they ARE cute little things.

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    2. Yum! It's almost a tagline: Eliora's little cauldrons, wonderful things cooking ;-)

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  33. Eliora's Kitchen Witch Boline is my absolute favorite.

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    1. She has a way with blades, doesn't she?

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    2. LaTrice - all those little "kitchen" charms are lots of fun to work with.

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  34. Love my 3 girlies dressing up and having fun. I love all of eliora's things.....mmmm what to choose as my ultimate fave........

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    1. Playing dress up with the kiddos is just awesome!

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  35. Cant choose got to 3things which are. 1: the dragon wand, 2: the dragon divination board, and 3: the mother witch pentacle pendant......

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    1. Hm... Someone likes her dragons, huh? ;-D

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    2. Thank you Claire !

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  36. Another fun night to have sex in costumes.

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    1. Oh, the fun of two wonderful things coming together... ;-D

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  37. I've loved Halloween/Samhain ever since I was a little, ity bity, witchling! The apple cider donuts, crisp autumn air, and the smell of the leaves send my heart soaring. The fact that you can dress up as anything your imagination (and your ability to sew or put together) dreams up just makes a magickal time of year even more magickal.

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    1. From Eliora's site I adore the Morrighan 6.5" athame! The finger labyrinths are also amazing (yes I did that on purpose!), and something I've never used before, so that is high up on my splurge on myself list.

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    2. I've been in total lust with that athame for a while. The crows, the red, the double-sided blade, the vibes... very splurge on self appropriate ;-D

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