Sunday, October 31, 2021

Halloween Protection Talisman, Samhain Cross / Parshell and GIVEAWAY WINN...

I'm sharing how I make a Halloween Protection Talisman called a Samhain Cross or Parshell. This traditional bit of old folk magick comes from rural Ireland and have such old roots that no one really knows it's origin. I wrote about these in my book Llewellyn's Little Book of Halloween and I illustrated one for Diana Rajchel's book "Samhain" which is part of Llewellyn's Sabbats Essentials series. I hope you enjoy learning about this great little bit of Halloween magick and how to make and use it.

These protection amulets are traditionally made on Halloween or Samhain and hung over the front door on the inside of the home. A new one is made every year. When the old one is removed it's important to shout "Fonstarensheehy!" Then the new one takes it's place. The ones from previous years were often hung in the barn to protect the livestock and farm equipment, a modern alternative is to hang them in the garage. They can also be burned.

I'll walk you through step-by-step in the video while I make one.

Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

HALLOWEEN BOOK GIVEAWAY! October Ghosts and Autumn Dreams: More Poems fo...

I've got a Halloween Book Giveaway! Here's a peek into October Ghosts and Autumn Dreams: More Poems for Halloween by K.A. Opperman (Jackanapes Press, October, 2021) and a giveaway of this beautiful book which is a sequel to the one we enjoyed here last year! I wanted you to get a little treat, so here's some Halloween inspiration and a giveaway that I'll be announcing the winner of on Halloween night! HOW TO ENTER: Subscribe to my channel, like this video, comment on this video. Winner chosen by random drawing on Oct. 30 15:00 pm CST, to be announced Halloween: Sunday, 10/31/2021

October Ghosts and Autumn Dreams: More Poems for Halloween by K.A. Opperman: Autographed copies available here:

Below are the Official Rules, I know it sounds like a bunch of legalese, (which is what it is) but it’s there so that this giveaway is in compliance with the law and YouTube’s guidelines. OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 1. Eligibility: October Ghosts Poetry 2021 Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) is open only to legal residents of the United States (excluding its territories and possessions) and Washington D.C. who are at least 18 years of age at time of entry (“Entrant"(s)). Void in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and where prohibited. The Giveaway is sponsored by K.A. Opperman (“Sponsor”). 2. Prize: The Giveaway allows Entrants to enter random drawings, as described below, on the YouTube Channel (the “Channel”) for a chance at a copy of October Ghosts and Autumn Dreams: More Poems for Halloween by K.A. Opperman and publishers bookmark (“Prize”). The average retail value (“ARV”) of the Prize is $15.99 The total ARV of all Prizes is $15.99. THE ODDS OF WINNING THE PRIZE DEPENDS ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE ENTRIES RECEIVED. No Prize substitution or cash alternative is allowed except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. If a Prize cannot be awarded due to circumstances beyond the control of Sponsor, a substitute prize of equal or greater retail value may be awarded. The Winner will be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes, and for any other fees or costs associated with the Prize received. 3. Giveaway Period: The Giveaway shall begin at 12:01 a.m. Central Time ("CT") on 10/26/2021 and shall end at 5:00 p.m. CT on Saturday 10/30/2021 ("Giveaway Period"). 4. How to Enter: To enter the Giveaway you must (a) subscribe to the Channel, (b) “like” the video HALLOWEEN BOOK GIVEAWAY! October Ghosts and Autumn Dreams: More Poems for Halloween (“Video) and (c) place a comment (“Comment”) on the Video (together the “Entry”). Entries must be received during the Giveaway Period. ONLY ONE ENTRY IS PERMITTED PER PERSON. 5. Winning: The winner of the Giveaway (“Winner”) shall be chosen by the Sponsor at a random drawing. The Winner shall be chosen within 5 days of the end of the Giveaway Period. 6. Prize Claim: The Winner will be notified within 3 days of the drawing via reply to the winning comment or Instagram/Facebook DM if applicable. The Winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and (where legal) a Publicity Release (collectively, “Prize Claim Documents”) within 3 days of notification, or as directed by the Sponsor. The failure to respond timely, to the notifications and the failure to provide the Prize Claim Documents will result in forfeiture of the Prize and, in such case, the Sponsor may declare an alternate winner, based on another random drawing. If a Prize goes unclaimed or is forfeited by the Winner, the Prize may not be re-awarded, in Sponsor’ sole discretion. Other restrictions may apply. 6. Rights of Sponsor: Sponsor, shall have the right, at its sole and absolute discretion to refuse any Entry whatsoever made by Entrants which it finds to be in violation of these Official Rules or which it finds in its sole discretion to be otherwise objectionable for any reason. 7. YouTube Policies a) Your participation in and entry into this giveaway must be in compliance with YouTube’s own Community Guidelines. Entries which don’t comply with YouTube’s Community Guidelines will be disqualified. b) YouTube is not a sponsor of this Giveaway. By entering this Giveaway, you release YouTube from any and all liability related to this Giveaway.

Friday, October 8, 2021

October Events for 2021 Join Me Live!

 I'm so excited to share two really special and unique events with you for October! I want to keep everyone safe but also give us an opportunity to hang out and celebrate Halloween and Samhain so I have two live virtual events in October and I hope you can attend either one or both!

Wed. Oct. 13  6:30-8:30 pm CST I’m doing a Zoom class about working with the symbols of Halloween for my old friends at Pathways Books in St. Louis Here’s the link for that:

Sun. October 24 6:30-8:30 pm CST I’m having a virtual book signing and shopping event on Facebook Live at my cousin’s shop (yep witchery dances in the fam) Aquarian Herbs in St. Charles MO. Here’s the link for that event:

I’m doing a unique spell for each event with a printable download: Halloween’s Guardian Lantern Spell at the Pathways Books Zoom event and Pumpkin Spirit Gate Spell at the Aquarian Herbs Facebook Live! I’m really glad to be able to offer these events this year!