Bright and Dark Blessings!
Well, the Blood Moon is upon us, Samhain is a couple of weeks away, and now is the time to do banishings and New Year's Resolutions. As Pagans, Samhain is the New Year for most here, and during the time of the Hunter, it is a beautiful time to release things that do not serve and to prepare to accept that which does.
A banishing need not be baneful, and can be quite liberating. The video accompanying this article gives a simple, yet effective, minor banishing.
During this time, the women and men of the Land of the Freshwater Seas are watching their hunters head off into the woodlands and marshes in search of the bounty blood. Harvesting, and processing game, for winter is the thrill in the wood, and the promise of the exchange of life for life by nature so some may live while others move onward to other forms is afoot.
The Lord walks the realms, and reaps that which the farmer and the Lady has sown. This is the time to give up to the reaping the things which are negative and harmful, even baneful, to ourselves and our loved ones so that they can be transformed in the hands of the God.
In the Charge of the Dark God, in the version found at http://cassonianonline.tripod.com/charge_darkgod.htm it says that He is
"the strength that protects, that limits; I am the power that says No, and No further. I am the things that cannot be spoken of, and I am the laughter at the edge of Death"
And one way to banish that which offends is to laugh, and have delighted, divine bliss in all things. Only through finding the joy, even in the Darkness, can we truly be free. Free to detach from the things that drain and pain us. Whether they be situations, people, or places. Even in honoring the Beloved and Mighty Dead, we celebrate release.
It has long been recognized that this Festival is the time
build, to begin, to create, to start something and flow into a new way of being, also a time to shed old useless habits http://witcheslore.com/bookofshadows/witches-workshop/the-magic-of-the-moon/)
One way to do this is to set up a list of things that you wish to remove from your life and write them down on parchment or paper in a simple petition. This can be embellished as much or as little as you will. Seasonal decorations on the altar are appropriate and help with the psyche's preparation with dealing with your own personal psychopomp http://www.psychopomps.org/.
Set the fire in your cauldron, or crucible, and burn those things which you wish to give to the dissolution of the Dark. Without the Dark, there is no growth or light, so this is only right and just. Incense, candles, robes, and ritual drama aside, it can be as simple as this.
For the second half of your working this Samhain, the choosing of resolutions is proper, for if the dross has been removed, the good must come in to fill the vacuum. This time is also called the Falling Leaf Moon. What do you hunt for, in the secret dream lands of your soul, and what must fall away?
Visualization of your goals for the new year, physical manifestations, sympathetic magicks, these are all good ways to help set the tone of the new year. When the Wheel turns again, the seeds being prepared now can be addressed with the coming of the Yule and the Light at Winter Solstice. This is the time to select those seeds.
Making peace with things that we have outgrown is done at this time as well. The doe and buck have let go their childish ways at this time, and run the glades and hills with abandon with this freedom. So should we.
The Blood Moon is a time to Harvest more than flesh. It is a time to harvest those parts of ourselves that have sprung up from the adversities of the previous year and proved worthy. This is the lesson, as we leave in the fields that which was not good to harvest and serve.
Embrace this time of the Dark Lord, the Hunter, and do the necessary work so that you may be free. Remember, this is the time of release and new beginnings. Pick up your bow and howl.