Dear Fairy Friends,
Excuse my recent absence! I have been busy creating new things here at Dragon Dell and teaching my children about the importance of the days surrounding Halloween.
There are so many different names for this time of the year: Halloween, Samhain, All Souls Day. I tend to favour calling the set of days we celebrate Samhain. The reason for this is because it begins on October 31 and ends on November 1 at sunset, whereas Halloween is solely the night of the 31st, All Souls Day on November 2 (it is part of a 3 day celebration, each day has its own title).
On these days, the Veil between worlds is at its thinnest. The souls of our ancestors may be visiting, as well as The Gentry. I know that many are spooked by these events, however we here at Dragon Dell prepare carefully and are excited to be part of such a special day.
For me, this is a great opportunity to talk about the people in our family that my children never had the chance to meet. Some of them I remember fondly, others not so fondly. Regardless, they are part of our narrative here on earth.
As a Veil Guardian, it is crucial that we help any otherworldly beings cross back and forth safely all year, but especially at Samhain, when fairy hunters are out in full force.
We are preparing lanterns to help wayward souls find their way, anointing candles with patchouli and planning our dinners to include baking soul cakes we will leave out for our ancestors and a place of honour for them at our dinner table. I will be sharing more about what other things we plan.
We have been making 2 types of soap as a part of our celebration this month.
Knowing that we may have increased Faerie traffic during the thinning of the Veil, we made a blend to bathe in to encourage even the most bashful to feel comfortable approaching us, should they need any aid. My children, after all, were born in this world and smell foreign to Fey that have never visited!
To make this soap, you will need:
- 1 pound of a melt and pour soap of good quality – we used a Shea and oatmeal blend by Stephenson Personal Care
- Fairy Magic Oil Blend made by Where Faeries Live or the following essential oils: lavender, bergamot and rose
- A tablespoon of dried lavender – we purchase ours from Where Faeries Live and The Bodhi Tree
- Glitter, glitter and more glitter! You will need a few different colours, we used 7. Our colours were orange, green, purple, pink, blue, white and silver
- A soap mold – ours was purchased from Amazon.ca
- Mortar and pestle
The first thing we did was create a rainbow of glitter at the bottom of our soap mold.
You will want to get all of your ingredients ready so that you can work quickly with the heated soap mixture. We put our dried lavender in our a bowl and crushed the lavender slightly and mixed in about a tablespoon of white glitter and a tablespoon of silver glitter. My youngest sprinkled in a smattering green for good measure.
Next, we chopped up half of the 2 pound container of melt and pour soap. We microwaved the cut up pieces in 30 second intervals, stirring between. You want to be careful not to boil the mixture; if you see a few lonely clumps here and there, they can usually stirred smooth. In general, we heat up our mixture roughly for 3, thirty second intervals and maybe a fourth 10-20 second one.
If you have the Fairy Magic Oil blend on hand, you can mix about 8-10 drops into your soap mix as well as your lavender and glitter. If you do not have this blend, use 4 drops of lavender, 4 drops of rose and 2 drops of bergamot.
Pour gently but evenly into the mold. Now you let it sit overnight. To get the soap out, turn the mold upside down on a clean cloth and gently and evenly push the soap out. You can then chop it up into bricks of any size you like. We make about 6 same-sized bricks. We purchased our silicone mold on Amazon.ca and it is 27.5 x 12.7 x 9cm.
To store the soap, you can use an airtight container or even a Ziploc bag, I suggest not stacking the bars and laying them flat.
Our second soap we made is an All Souls blend. Patchouli is one of the oils associated with the dearly departed. I have added cedarwood essential oil as it is used to invoke the help of the angels, or spirit guides if you will. Cinnamon was used in ancient Egypt during the mummification process and used by the Romans in temples. It is a perfect compliment to the patchouli and cedarwood and has been used for protection and healing, two things I believe lost souls need.
- 1 pound of a melt and pour soap of good quality – we used a Shea and oatmeal blend made by Stephenson Personal Care
- Patchouli essential oil and cedarwood essential oil – ours are from Young Living
- A tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- If you wish, dried rose petals and dried orange peel – ours were sourced from The Witchery
- Glitter in Samhain colours: copper, black, orange – about a teaspoon each
- A soap mold – ours is from Amazon.ca
- Mortar and pestle
To start, we made a mixture of dried roses and orange peels as a bouquet to our ancestors, since we are unable to visit their graves and leave them flowers. We ground up the mixture lightly, then added it to our cinnamon. Line the bottom of your soap mold with your glitter and then the cinnamon mixture evenly. We followed the heating instructions for the melt and pour soap and stirred in about 8 drops of patchouli and 3 of cedarwood when it was ready. Then we gently poured it into the mold. Wait overnight and cut and store.
To offer these soaps as gifts, we wrap them in wax paper and then a decorative napkin, tying the pretty packages with ribbon or string, usually recycled from another occasion.
While making the soaps, I had the opportunity to talk to my children about their great-grandfathers and it was so interesting to hear their questions. We also discussed the importance of remembering and honouring those no longer with us because our stories will one day live on in the same manner. It was a great weekend activity and they now have soaps to offer their teachers, dance and equine instructors. The soaps have meaning and stories behind them that I know my children will share. I hope that when I am gone, this will be something they remember me for.
As I work on more projects, I will be sharing. May you find this time of year as beautiful as I do!
Your Lady Star