Nature’s Craft: The Rainbow Year
In this month’s instalment of Nature’s Craft, Tudorbeth explores the unexpected vibrancy of what many of us consider a dreary time of year
November is a month that I personally do not much enjoy, and yet for those of us who practice the Craft, it is an important month of beginnings. It is the first month of our year after the Halloween celebrations, but it is also the final month of autumn. November in the northern hemisphere is also the darkest month, as nights creep slowly into daylight hours. Moreover, the weather in November sees fog and mists prevailing, echoing late into the day as the sun’s strength can no longer burn them away.
November is the funeral of the year, as November’s full moon brings the Mourning Moon. We might even think of this month as a sleeping month, awaiting the colours and celebrations of December. However, this is far from the truth. Although we may view this month as a dark, grey, solemn time, November plays a crucial part in our Rainbow Year.
As we have seen throughout this column, correspondences play a huge part in the Craft. One area which is absolutely fundamental in all areas of working within Craft, and especially Nature Craft, is that subject of colours. Earlier in the year we looked at ribbon magic and the colour-associated meanings for magical purposes. However, colours are not only pieces of ribbons, candles, flowers or even clothes, but also days of the week and months of the year. Every month has a ruling colour and its interesting that November’s main colour, despite the greys and browns, is actually purple.
Purple is one of those colours that I think is a bit marmite. You either love it or you loathe it. Look at your wardrobe and see what colours predominate. What colour spectrum do you radiate on? They all have meaning, and your choices and decisions in your own colour palate are very revealing to your personality and unconscious mind.
The colour purple radiates on a higher frequency: it is the colour of not only royalty, but also divinity. It is also the colour of magic and mystery as it radiates on the higher sacred self, otherwise known as the third eye. On a physical level it epitomises wealth, extravagance, and grandeur especially if it is teamed with gold.
Although November is a month that we think as grey, the purple of poppies, Michaelmas daisies, sloes, asters, and dahlias are blooming everywhere, showing off the purple spectrum and the grace of a rainbow year. In this month we have All Soul’s Day, Guy Fawkes Day, and the mystical Wild Hunt. With its fog and eerie darkness, November is a month of Air tinged with a purple majesty. It is a month the Will-‘o’-the Wisp likes to find his treasure, and also a month during which many people suffer from sleepless nights.
Here are a couple of spells for the month of November especially:
The Wild Hunt Spell
The Wild Hunt is a supernatural force that sweeps across the land at night. Its presence can be felt on wild, stormy nights of November as it is believed Odin rides his trusty steed Sleipnir across the skies. Legend holds that if you see or hear the Wild Hunt approaching, some catastrophe such as war or plague will soon follow. Therefore, in November you can protect yourself from experiencing the Wild Hunt by saying this spell. At night repeat, these words three times:
I do not hear.
I do not see.
Hounds of the Hunt.
Stay away from me.
In our remarkably busy world it can be difficult to switch off, especially in November when the days are so short with no sun which affects our hormone levels. There are several stones and crystals that can help. Howlite is a good one, while the herb jasmine brings sweet dreams and passionflower brings a deep peaceful sleep – passionflower, incidentally, has purple as a central colour. If you are unable to find any of these, a good piece of amethyst and some lavender oil will work just as well.
Hold a piece of howlite in your hands and rub two drops of jasmine essential oil into it as you say these words:
Sleep, sleep, sleep come to me.
Sleep, sleep, sleep so mote it be.
Keep the anointed stone underneath your pillow and allow yourself to fall asleep.
All Soul’s Day ‘Heal My Heart of Grief’ Spell
All Soul’s Day is a traditional day of mourning and remembering those loved ones who have passed over. Our responses to death are quite different now to those of the past, and grief is one of those conditions that effects people in many ways. Grief comes with emotional pain, it also has a physical aspect.
After a loved one has passed, the traditional mourning period used to be a year. In our modern day and age, we are lucky if we are allowed a week or two away from work. Life goes back to normal – or does it? You need to heal your heart and soul also. Light a purple candle and say these words:
Gracious mother heal my heart.
A loved one has passed.
Heart, body and mind.
Need strength, love in kind.
Gracious mother hear my spell.
Make my body well.
Gracious mother blessed be.
An it harm none so mote it be.
Meditate on the candle and its warmth penetrating into your heart. Being for the month of November, these spells radiate on a purple spectrum. If you use the Grief Spell at a different time of year, you should burn a purple candle during the ceremony to reintroduce this energy.
The Rainbow Year is a beautiful part of the Craft and is often a reminder of how beautiful our world truly is. Here is a correspondence of months for the Rainbow Year. The predominate colour is highlighted in bold:
January – GREYS, white, creams, black, dark brown
February – GREENS, white, pinks
March – YELLOWS, greens, blues, pinks
April – REDS, greens, yellows, blues
May – BLUES, yellows, green, reds, pinks, purples
June – PINKS, greens, blues, yellows, oranges, purples – the rainbow itself
July – GOLDS, yellows, whites, reds, oranges
August – WHITES/BLACKS, yellows, reds, pinks, oranges
September – BROWNS, reds, oranges, golds
October – ORANGES, browns, blacks, reds, yellows
November – PURPLES, greys, browns, blacks
December – SILVERS, whites, pinks, evergreens
There is our rainbow year in all its grace. It is dictated to us by nature itself and the universe. I hope you find this helpful as a reference when casting your spells and focusing your attention at all different times of the year.
Join me next month for a wonderful magical trip down the elemental path of a Hedgewitch, when we discover what elemental beings are around us in the month of December.
About the author:
Tudorbeth has been a practising witch for over 30 years. She has written many books on the subject. Her latest title is A Spellbook for the Seasons, published by Eddison Books.