Monday, September 24, 2012

Autumn has Arrived- It's the Season of the Witch!

Good Morning,
Autumn has arrived and right on schedule the nights are much cooler, and a snap is in the air here at home. On the day of the Equinox Six-foot Stanley the Scarecrow made his annual appearance in our front gardens. The cornstalks were fastened to the front porch post and I tucked in a few more orange/ bronze colored mums into the gardens.  Stanley will stay in place warding the front gardens and the house until after Samhain. You can read all about the history and magick of the Scarecrow in my book "Autumn Equinox". There is a Scarecrow Spell in the book that you can use too!

It seems that September is just flying past so quickly this year. The harvest moon is just around the corner. This year the Harvest Moon will occur on Saturday, September 29. It hits the "full moon" phase at 11:19 pm EST.

I am working on book #15 and trying like hell to stay home and to get some serious writing done. It has not been easy, as there have been non-stop distractions. I managed two blissful uninterrupted days last week. I hope I can get 3 or 4 days alone without dramas and interruptions this week. All of the interruptions makes me cranky and my muse is not a happy camper at the moment. I can feel her tapping her foot at me. Once I sit down to write she yanks me all over the place, and I struggle to keep up with her. Apparently my writing has been bottled up too long.

Also, I wanted to announce that to celebrate the autumn season I am offering a FREE bonus Samhain spell with the purchase of any of my online classes. One of my most popular classes is the Full Moon Magick class. This work-at-your-own-pace class includes magickal lessons and 14 lunar rituals so you can easily work full moon magick all year long. At only $22.00 dollars this class is a bargain. You can order any of my online classes by following this link Ellen Dugan's Online Classes  

If you would like more information on all eight of the Sabbats check out my new book Seasons of Witchery.  Its chock full of new ideas and magick for the Autumn, and the sabbat of Samhain, which is fast approaching!

I hope you will take a few moments and enjoy these final days of September and the beginning of the autumn season.

Take a walk and really look at the leaves as they start to turn this year. Plant some spicy mums in the garden and employ some color magick. (you will find tips on magick with mums in both Autumn Equinox and in Seasons of Witchery), Decorate your home for the autumn Sabbats and enjoy the Season of the Witch as it begins!
Blessed be, Ellen
PS. The article I wrote about the Witches tarot is now on the Llewellyn Worldwide website you can read it by following the link. Llewellyn Journal article by Ellen Dugan

Monday, September 17, 2012

Gardening in the Late Summer- Early Autumn

Hello,
Yesterday I finished up my two part class on the Witches Tarot. It was a fun series of classes and very well attended. I have finished my 2014 almanac articles for Llewellyn, and now I am focusing everything on book #15. The newest magickal book is due in about 5 months. So I will be working away all fall and winter on the new book. Not sure about a release date- maybe early 2014?


Here at home, we have enjoyed a lovely August. No seriously. It was fabulous. It rained on a fairly regular basis- the temperatures cooled off and the gardens sprung back into action. I snagged some pretty annuals- sun tolerant impatiens. They have gorgeous purple-green foliage, and best of all they were on clearance. 

A few weeks ago I went to work on the front gardens. They needed some freshening up after the drought had toasted everything. The new annuals are blooming away in coral and eye-popping orange. The coleus hung in there and pushed out new growth in the rain, so I tucked in some baby mums (that will eventually bloom in orange) and freshened up the front gardens. Here are a few pictures.

Even my clematis sprung out in new foliage with the rain and cooler temperature. I honestly figured it had withered up and died from the drought. Even though I watered it, it just could not stand the extreme heat we had this year.

But after a few showers and then the nice, heavy, several days of rain we got from Tropical Storm Isaac, lots of my plants pushed out new growth. So I pinched back my hanging baskets and containers, fertilized them... and about 2 weeks later they exploded in new blossoms.


Remember the post I did back this spring about "Window box Witchery"? Well those window boxes hung in there all summer... and here is how they look now. Even my husband is amazed at how well they have done. The verbena is still blooming and it pushed out new growth. The petunias are rejuvenated and even the lobelia is blooming again.The hummingbirds love these flowers and will fly right next to you to get at them. They chatter and squawk, at each other and anyone sitting on the back patio, it's really cute.

In a few more weeks when all of the mums start to bloom in the front yard I will post some new pictures of the front gardens.

 Yesterday we pruned back the oak tree in the front yard. That was a hell of a job. Its a massive tree. Then we tidied up in the gardens, I trimmed back plants and noticed that my Oakleaf hydrangea was teasing me with a hint of it's autumn colors to come.
For now I am enjoying the morning glories- they are September's flower after all, and noticing the leaves are starting to change on the trees. Just as they do every September. This time the color we see is from the season- and not drought stress. Hooray!

For more information about gardening in the summer and autumn please check out my new book Seasons of Witchery. As the wheel of the year turned I did share my gardening journal in the book along with plenty of seasonal spells to keep you happily conjuring all year long. With all of the hub-bub and excitement of the Tarot deck being released early, I feel like Seasons of Witchery got a little lost in the shuffle. It is a nice chunky book, and has a whole fresh take on the Sabbats and the wheel of the year. This book is personal, and will give you plenty of ideas for your celebrations and how to keep your magick vital and an active part of your life all year long.

I hope you will pick up a copy and enjoy it! Here is a direct link to order it on Amazon with a nice sale price to boot! Order Seasons of Witchery on Amazon Enjoy the last week of summer and embrace the autumn as it rolls into your life and magick.
Blessed be, Ellen

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It's fun and I have lots of magickal and witch-theme boards to look at! Click on the link below to see all the pretties! Oh and yes, you know I have plenty of boards on the Elements, Magickal Gardening, Autumn, Vintage Halloween, Faerie, and Samhain/ Halloween Boards! 
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Friday, September 7, 2012

A new class on the Witches Tarot and Fall Tour Dates!

Hello,
On Sunday, September 9th, I start a new set of classes on my Witches Tarot. This is going to be a fun couple of classes and I am looking forward to teaching the students more about the magick of tarot and of my deck.


Witches Tarot Class
Dates- Sunday- September 9th and 16th

Time: 2:00 to 4:30 pm.
Place: Wellness Center (Chapel of Love & Light)
1600 Boone's Lick Road
St. Charles, MO. 63301
Ages 18 and up are welcome.
Class fee $30.00 per class- or $55.00 for both. (Pay for both classes at once and save)
Supplies Needed: Bring your copy of the Witches Tarot deck to class- You will be putting it to use!
Need more info? For more information, directions to the Wellness Center, or to pre-register for classes, please contact Ellen via email at ellenthegardenwitch@gmail.com

The Major Arcana and the Spreads. Class date - September 9, 2012
In this first class of the two part series, author Ellen Dugan explains the symbolism and magick behind the Major Arcana of her new deck, Witches Tarot. Learn about the archetypes and magick behind the symbolism, as well as discovering more information about the new card spreads that she created specifically for this deck. The Major Arcana offers you a road map to the mysteries of the Craft and to your spiritual life. All you have to do is be willing to open your eyes, embrace the offered wisdom, and start your travels. If you would like to gain a deeper understanding of the magick and mystery of this Tarot deck, please join us. (Remember to bring your Witches Tarot deck and book with you to class!)

The Minor Arcana and Magick with the Deck! Class Date- September 16, 2012
In the second class author, Ellen Dugan delves into the mystery and meaning of the Minor Arcana (the Pip and Court cards) of her new deck, Witches Tarot. In this class you will be introduced to the elemental themes that run throughout the four suits and the symbolism and magick within these cards. the Minor Arcana- both Pip and Court cards- show us the everyday, ordinary situations and personalities that we deal with and face in our lives. The minor arcana cards bring meaning to events, clarity to the challenges we face, and provide illumination to the common questions we ask. This class also features tips and trick for working magick with your Witches Tarot deck. We look forward to seeing you there! (Remember to bring your Witches Tarot deck and book with you to class!)



In other news I have a few more author events for this fall and here they are. Two are in the St. Louis area. Then we have the official launch party for the deck at the Eye of Horus- in Minneapolis.

Finally I will finish out the year with a three day long author event at "The Witchery Store" in Galveston Island, Texas.


Author Event:
Book Signing for Witches Tarot & Seasons of Witchery
with a FREE Lecture!

Date: Saturday, September 22nd 2012
Time of Free Lecture: 1:30pm
Lecture Topic: "The Magick of the Witches Tarot"
Time of Book Signing: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Place: Main Street Books
621 South Main
St. Charles, Missouri 63301
636-949-0105
http://mainstreetbooks.net/

Join award winning author, Ellen Dugan on the Sabbat of the Autumn Equinox, in Historic St. Charles, Missouri at her favorite local independent bookstore, Main Street Books.
Ellen will be signing copies of her two newest releases. The "Witches Tarot" and "Seasons of Witchery".
Come down to historic St. Charles, well known for it's haunted sites, and sit in on Ellen's free lecture and then get your books signed. It is sure to be an enchanting afternoon!
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OCTOBER 2012

The Official Witches Tarot Launch Party!

Official Launch Party for Witches Tarot at Eye of Horus in Minneapolis!

Launch Party & Book Signing- 
Date: Friday, October 5th 2012
Time of Party: Begins at 7:30pm
Place: Eye of Horus
3012 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN. 55408
612-872-1292
www.eyeofhorus.biz

A Class & Tarot Readings at Eye of Horus
Date: Saturday, October 6th 2012
Time for Class: Saturday, October 6th 1:00- 2:30pm
Class: Herbs for the Seasons
Class fee: $25.00


Tarot Readings with Ellen Dugan
Date: Saturday, October 6th
Time for Readings-3:00- 7:00pm (By appointment)
Reading price: $30.00 for a 15 minute reading
Place: Eye of Horus
3012 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN. 55408
Call the Eye of Horus and schedule your reading now! 612-872-1292

Eye of Horus Class Description: Herb magick is available to us through every enchanting season. Join award winning author Ellen Dugan for a lecture on the Herbs for the Seasons and learn new ways to incorporate practical herb magick into your Witchery all year long. In this lecture Ellen discusses her new book "Seasons of Witchery", practical plant magick, herbal folklore and of course ways to personalize your Craft all year long. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Eye of Horus class schedule

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NOVEMBER 2012

WEEKEND LONG AUTHOR EVENT- IN GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS!

Dates- Friday, November 9th, Saturday, November 10th and Sunday, November 12th.

Place: The Witchery
2116 Postoffice Street
Galveston Island, Texas 77550
409-515-0669
witcheryonline.com/calendar.html


Author Meet and Greet
Date: Friday, November 9th

Time: 4:00 to 7:00pm
Place: The Witchery
Come meet award-winning author Ellen Dugan and have your books signed. Ellen will be at The Witchery on Friday night for a free book signing and chat. Looking forward to seeing you there! Ellen will be at The Witchery on Saturday and Sunday as well. Doing tarot readings with her new Witches Tarot deck, and teaching three classes.

Tarot Readings by Ellen Dugan
Date Saturday, November 10th

Place: The Witchery
2116 Postoffice Street
Galveston Island Texas
Time: Tarot Readings from 11:00am to 5:00pm: By Appointment Only- (Call the store to schedule your time.)
Tarot Reading Price: $30.00 for a15 minute reading.


Ellen Dugan offers Three Magickal Classes at The Witchery

Class Dates: Saturday and Sunday November 10th & 11th, 2012
Time for Classes: See below with each class description
Classes Offered: Magick of the Witches Tarot , Herbs for the Seasons, and Practical Protection Magick
Class fees: $40.00 per class
Class Descriptions:

Saturday Evening Class- (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Magick of the Witches Tarot- Join award winning author Ellen Dugan for this two hour class as she explains the symbolism and magick behind her new deck, Witches Tarot. Learn about the archetypes and magick behind the symbolism, as well as discovering more information about the new card spreads that she created specifically for this deck. The Major and Minor Arcana will be discussed. This class also features tips and trick for working magick with your Witches Tarot deck. Bring your Witches Tarot deck along and we look forward to seeing you there! Class fee- $40.00. Call The Witchery store to reserve your spot in class.

Sunday Afternoon Class- (2:00 to 4:00pm) Herbs for the Seasons: Herb magick is available to us through every enchanting season. Join award winning author Ellen Dugan for a lecture on the Herbs for the Seasons and learn new ways to incorporate practical herb magick into your Witchery all year long. In this lecture Ellen discusses her new book Seasons of Witchery, practical plant magick, herbal folklore and of course ways to personalize your Craft all year long. Looking forward to seeing you there! Class fee- $40.00. Call The Witchery store to reserve your spot in class.

Sunday Evening Class- (6:00 - 8:00pm) Practical Protection Magick:  As a special treat Ellen is teaching her very popular workshop on Practical Protection Magick This class will cover your psychic strengths and weaknesses, explain how to diagnose a magickal problem, and discuss the difference between a hex and a crossed condition. This live class has been popular across the country and Ellen is delighted to offer it for the first time in Texas. This class will explore real-life psychic self-defense, and it gives practical advice on dealing with emotional and uninvited psychic vampires. Several techniques of protective spellwork will be discussed, and you will also discover what the phrase “Magick follows the least path of resistance”, truly means. Class fee -$40.00. Call The Witchery  store to reserve your spot in class.

I will have free promotional items to give away at the author events in Minneapolis and in Galveston. It's going to be a busy, busy fall! I hope to see some of you there!
Blessed be, Ellen

PS. From now until October 31st I will include a free bonus "Samhain Spell" with the purchase of any of my online classes. I offer five different classes- you can check them out and order on my website.
Payment is made thru Paypal. Quick easy and secure.
http://www.ellendugan.com/10.html