Now we are the end of autumn and heading into winter. The last of the autumn leaves are falling from the trees and the smell of bonfires fills the evening air.
The evenings are dark as are the mornings, time to start the process of withdrawing and entering inwards. So I think it is a bit of a dreary month for most.
November is a time for remembering, reaffirming relationships and giving thanks. This is the month of Guy Fawkes night where beautiful fireworks fill the skies. We gather round bonfires and eat jacket potatoes filled with cheesy beans.
Remembrance Day where we pay homage to those that fought in wars for us. Thanks giving Day is celebrated in America and although we don't celebrate in the UK this marks the lead up and preparation for Yule and Christmas. Also I don't need an excuse to make a pumpkin pie either...
Baba Yaga is a Russian hag goddess. She is the ancient Witch who lives deep within the forests and is both feared and revered. She commands the spirits of the dead and is the keeper of wisdom. Baba Yaga is the guide to the shadow side of the self, teaching lessons needed for growth and expansion. She controls time and the elements and will answer any question for those brave enough to ask.
Kali is a ferocious form of the Divine Mother, who sent her Shakti, the Mother Gauri to free the gods from the dominion of the demonic forces Shumbh and Nishumbh who had conquered the three worlds of earth, the astral plane and the celestial plane. Kali is the goddess of time and the transformation that is death. Lord Shiva and Mother Gauri in their destructive form are known as Mahakala and Mahakali or Kali. Kali is the kundalini energy that paralyses the attachments produced by the solar and lunar currents. This attachment causes fear of death. In the ignorant one she creates fear, while for others Kali removes the ignorance that makes us fear death, the basic insecurity of the first chakra, a fear rooted in the brain.
In Vodou, Maman Brigitte (Grann Brigitte, Manman, Manman Brigit, Manman Brijit) is a death loa, the wife of Baron Samedi. Maman Brigitte is one of the few Loa who is white and is depicted as being fair-haired and green-eyed with light European skin. She drinks hot peppers and is symbolized by a black rooster. Like Baron and the Ghede, she uses obscenities. She protects gravestones in cemeteries if they are properly marked with a cross.
As the dark nights draw in November is a good time to work magic for:
Planning new projects
Honouring your ancestors
Excerpt from Arc of the Goddess book