Samhain's Sirens October 12, 2017

Thriller Thursday (aka Friday-eve) has arrived! You ready to party?

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Before we get started, we need to announce the winner of yesterday's book giveaway from author Sam Curtin. Without further adieu, the winner is:

Jonquil Alexia!

Congratulations! Please be sure to send your mailing address to so Loren can send out your prize!

Now, onto the day's festivities...

Today's Music: Thriller by Michael Jackson

While it's not exactly Pagan, this is one of the most fun Halloween-type videos around. Some of us older Sirens remember when this first debuted on MTV. Fantastic dancing, and it's Thriller Thursday!

My Past Life Regression     

by Sharon Rawson

I kept telling myself that it wouldn't work, not on me, just wouldn’t.
A gentle voice intruded, “Look down. What is on your feet?”

What? What does she mean what is on my feet. She saw what kind of shoes I had on when I came for this session. Why was she asking me that? 

Just to humor her, I mean, she was my teacher, I looked. What I saw was two huge feet in white stockings and black shoes with a shiny buckle walking on crushed oyster shells. I looked up. I certainly wasn’t in Colorado, anymore! But, I knew that I was lying on my teacher’s couch, too. I was gobsmacked!, But not afraid. Okay, I told myself I would keep listening to her questions.

“Where are you going?”

I am not sure, just…away. My feelings seem conflicted. Guilt, irresponsibility, sadness, fear all kept dancing around in my head.

“Alright then, where are you coming from?”

I knew I had been at a town board meeting and things hadn’t gone well.

“What happened at the board meeting?”

I didn’t know if I could tell her, but I was overwhelmed with the information that was coming to me.

“Remember, this is like watching a movie, you are not really there.”

I was calmer now. I started talking to her about what had happened. I told of the old woman, the one that wandered the town at night, murmuring, mumbling what sounded like gibberish. She had been put on trial, accused of witchcraft. 

The winter had been long, the spring wet, people and animals had been sick, some died. The town needed someone at which to point. I had not lifted a hand to save her. The people in the room were convinced that she was the fountain from which all of their ills had flowed. The two other men on the board found her guilty. I abstained. 

Then, I walked out of the room determined to leave this place. I needed to go somewhere to see if I could find forgiveness or a way to not remember my cowardice.

My teacher began the instructions that would bring me back into the present.

During the consultation that followed the regression, my teacher asked if that life had had any lessons for me in this one. Had I seen anything that really related to the person that I am now.

I strongly dislike the smell and taste of ocean fish. I strongly dislike the smell of the ocean at low tide. I still don’t like confrontation, but I will stand up to defend someone or something I believe in now.

Eventually, I did another regression along this same time line. I found out that the me in that lifetime left the town. He took next to nothing, his horse and some provisions and rode into the wilderness. There was a lot of it back, then.  He ended up (I think) in the Smokey Mountains, where he had picked up an American Indian woman companion. When he died, he was alone and still wracked with guilt. Lots more lessons came to me from this session.

All regressions are different, but they all accomplish one thing. They let you see patterns and behaviors that you are living with now that may have their root in a past life. By examine those clues, it can help you discover ways to make your life better and more satisfying now.  At the very least, you may discover why you have that strange obsession with Japanese wood block art when you have never been to Japan and never went to art school.

Some regressions are sad, some are joyous. But, they all teach us lessons, if we are willing to admit what they are. 

This was my very first experience with a Past Life Regression. I went in a little nervous and very curious. But, every session has made me understand myself more.

I know some people do not believe in past life experiences. That’s ok. Just maybe the relaxed state that you find yourself in while having a session opens the door to your higher self to come in and show you what you need to know through stories that you will remember.

Sharon lives in the Valley of the Sun, aka Phoenix, Arizona. She is a long time aromatherapist with her own line of therapeutic, spa, and magical oils, and scrubs. She teaches energy work, reads Tarot and will lead you through a Past Life Regression session. She has written since 3rd grade and teaches journaling classes. The last two years, she has realized her dream to make art on a more full time basis. She uses polymer and epoxy clays, paint, plaster bandages, and resin to make spiritually infused Muses, Blessing and Gratitude Jars, Word of the Year jars and canvas mixed media pieces.  She is the mother of 2 fine, talented women and grandmother to a wondrous granddaughter.  

Today's Recipe: Fresh Kale Pesto 
Submitted by Dawn Leith-Daugherty


Wishing to eat more leafy greens such as kale, but not sure what to do with it? Try kale pesto! A milder tasting version of pesto without the basil, and can be used in so many different recipes. Perfect for when fresh kale comes back in season in fall and winter! This is probably mine and my husband’s favorite dish, we make it about twice a month year-round! 

Large bunch of fresh kale
1/2 cup sliced raw almonds and 1/2 C raw walnuts or pecans (1 cup total nuts). You can also use pine nuts, but almonds and walnuts are a bit less expensive and easier to obtain at times.
1 to 2 tsp. sea salt, and black pepper to taste
1/2 cup virgin olive oil
Juice from a whole fresh lime
1 Tbsp. (Or more) chopped garlic, don’t skimp!
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (to taste)
1/2 tsp. turmeric (optional, but healthy when paired with pepper)
Handful of fresh basil when in season (optional)
 Butter, and freshly grated parmesan or asiago (not powdered!) for the finish*

Strip the leaves off the kale and tear into pieces. Rinse kale, while bringing a pot of salted water to a boil. In a large bowl, add cold water and a few scoops of ice cubes. Set this bowl near the pot of boiling water. When water is boiling, add kale in batches and blanch for 60 seconds, or until kale is bright green. Lift blanched kale out and plunge into the bowl of ice water. Repeat process until all kale is blanched and iced.

Drain and squeeze water out of iced kale with hands and place all kale into the bowl of a food processor. Add ingredients above, and process entire contents, scraping sides of bowl a few times during processing. Add additional olive oil if needed until smooth consistency is achieved. Process until a very smooth paste-like consistency, and all nuts are blended well.

 Meanwhile, boil your favorite pasta, reusing the blanching water. When pasta is al dente, remove it from the water. DO NOT RINSE. Save hot pasta water.

Mix scoops of pesto into pasta, adding additional olive oil if needed and a few tablespoons of pasta water to dish until desired consistency is reached. Add a large knob of room temperature sweet butter (not margarine!) and gently toss adding freshly grated Parmesan just before serving. Toss adding additional pasta water if needed. We like to add lightly sautéed chopped tomatoes to the top of our bowl of pasta for a delicious flavor combo! If only feeding 2 or 3 people, you will have leftover pesto. Keep in the fridge and use for pizza topping in place of tomato sauce, mixed with cheeses for stuffed mushrooms, pesto garlic bread, or make pasta again in a couple days! Kale pesto also freezes well. 

*You can make this dish vegan by using oil only instead of butter and substituting vegan cheese for the parmesan. Make this dish low carb/paleo by using shiritaki zero carb noodles, or using one of the other recipe suggestions above besides pasta. Tastes great with brown rice or quinoa pasta if gluten-free! Many uses limited only by your imagination!

Dawn lives in rural North Carolina with her menagerie of stray fur children, dogs Bubbles and Smokey Bear, and a tiny black tailless (most likely lost during an epic battle) warrior kitty named Spooky. She also gave a forever home to a magnificently mustachioed human named Greybeard, who is a flute maker, a wand and pendulum maker, and magical being in his own right. She is a pagan who wears many eclectic hats depending upon her mood at the moment; a green, hedge, hippie, goth, love and lighter, Reiki Master-Teacher, and probable elf, with a large dollop of sarcasm and shenanigans. Dawn is a writer and gardener, who owns her own natural healing business, Tree Of Life Apothecary. She specializes in healing oils, balms, salves, as well as energetic smudging supplies, a topic about which she wrote a book, ‘Sage Advice, a subject about which is near and dear to her heart. She and her husband hand-craft their very own energetic herbal healing blend, Everyday Hearth & Home Smudge Blend. Dawn and Greybeard also love to cook up a bit of vegetarian kitchen witchery in the cauldrons at their affectionately-named castle, Lair of the Dude and Duddess, sprinkling love, healing, and magick into everything they conjure! They can also occasionally be found working hard at their favorite music and pagan festivals making happy mischief!

Find her online at:

Today's Giveaway: Past Life Regression Reading from Touch of the Goddess

By exploring your past life experiences you can identify and rectify problems and behaviours in this life. Past life vows, karma, past life relationships can be affecting you now. These sessions last 45-90 minutes and includes a counseling session on how best to use the information we have gleaned. You are totally aware during the session and will remember your experiences. For your convenience a typed summary will be e-mailed to you. I prefer to do these sessions over Skype, Facebook chat, or FaceTime.

The value is $55.

Here's how to enter:

US Residents

First entry:  Go to  the Touch of the Goddess etsy shop, peruse the amazing creations, come back here and tell us which is your favorite in the comments.

Second entry: Share this giveaway on your Facebook page (note: Facebook in no way endorses our giveaways). Come back, tell us you did in the comments (share the link, please).

Third entry: Share this giveaway on Twitter or Instagram (your choice). Come back, post the link to your share in the comments.

Fourth entry: Like the Touch of the Goddess Facebook page. Leave a comment on her Facebook page telling her you're visiting from Samhain's Sirens. Come back here, and let us know you did.

Fifth entry: Like the Samhain's Sirens Facebook page. Leave us a comment below letting us know you're a follower (hint: this is going to be a gimme if you do it now or if you've done it in the past. It'll be one of the entries for all of our giveaways).

Canadian Residents
For 5 entries, please correctly answer the following question in the comments section:

  How many time zones are in Canada?

You have until 11:59pm EDT to enter this giveaway. Winner will be announced in tomorrow's post.

Entries submitted without email addresses or past the deadlines will be considered invalid. Canadian residents: you must answer the question correctly to be entered.

Good luck!

That's it for today. See you tomorrow for more Sireny fun!

Happy Samhaining!


  1. Shared, pages already not just liked but LOVED! And ohhhhh the jars, I love her jars... the mermaid one calls to me like a Siren, as well as the spearmint/lime sugar scrub. I want to eat that LOL.

  2. I so want the New Moon Mermaid jar!!! Yes Yes yes!!!

  3. I already loved the Facebook page and follow her!!

  4. Already a huge fan of Samhain Sirens!!

  5. Tweeted!!

  6. I would love some of the Lime and Spearmint soak. I've had some like that before and it is divine!

  7. I've liked and commented on the Touch of the Goddess FB page.

  8. Facing my pennies & dimes for a custom jar! 😁

  9. Liked & left a comment on Sharon’s page.

  10. I adore the green wand with peacock feathers most! All items are awesome! And I shared on my page too! Too bad I don't do Instagram lol

  11. I adore the green wand with peacock feathers most! All items are awesome! And I shared on my page too! Too bad I don't do Instagram lol

  12. That Norse Full Moon wand still has my eye

  13. I left some love on TOTG facebook page.

  14. I tweeted.

  15. I love the new moon mermaid jar!

  16. Shared the give away

  17. I love the Goddess broach's gorgeous, and all the goodies, I will definately be shopping there in the future. I liked her page, shared the give away and there are 6 time zones in Canada! I completed all entries except 3.

  18. I've already liked Touch of the Goddess FB page. Said hello!

  19. I love following Samhain's Sirens FB page!

  20. Six time zones in Canada.
    I have not purposely chosen to remain anonymous but I cannot remember any of the information for Google
    Sharing the kale recipe with my daughter because she loves kale

  21. I shared the giveaway on my facebook page under Clara Pitt.

  22. I still love the Gratitude jars!

  23. I am a follower of TOTG facebook page and popped in to say "hi" under my name FB name "Clara Pitt."

  24. I am a long time follower of samhain's Sirens.

  25. The New Moon intentions jar looks gorgeous!


    shared it!


    I tweeted it!

  28. I left a comment on the Touch of the Goddess FB page.

  29. Been a Samhain's Sirens follower for a long time now.

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