picture of a crystal ball

Harvest WebEvery year, I welcome you to the Witching Season–the season of the witch as Donovan sang, the season of magic. And this year is no different. This month, on the blog, I’m doing a huge celebration for the release of HARVEST WEB–I’m so excited about this series and happy to announce that I *will* be writing more in it beyond SHADOW WEB. But more about that later.

Today, we’re celebrating the season of mist and fog, of burnished leaves floating off trees, of spooks and monsters, of all things that make us stop in the night and wonder, is anything out there?

This is the season where the dead come to play. Indeed, this is the season where those of us who do practice real-world magick pay honor to the dead on a holiday that was coopted from us and turned into the secular Halloween. Trust me, most witches don’t have warts on their faces, but we do cast spells and dance around the bonfire and use our brooms to clear the sacred space and we celebrate the dead we want to remember on Samhain. We celebrate the beginning of the pagan year, the third harvest–the harvest of meat and blood.

In my neck of the woods, it’s the season of rain and wind coming in, of fog rolling through in the morning, of the sputter of droplets as they hit the ground and form puddles and roll along the streets. It’s the time when the air smells crisp and it’s time to light the fire and turn up the heat and pull out the quilts from the closet.

It’s the time of spiders and creepy things in the night. The time to watch spooky movies and tell ghost stories by the light of the fireplace, to roast marshmallows in the flames, to make apple pie and pumpkin bread and beef stew and roast turkey and chicken noodle soup and all those delicious foods that make autumn feel cozy.




So welcome to the Witching Season, and to start off the celebration on my blog, I’m giving away a small but beautiful crystal ball.

To enter: 

  • In your comment verify that you live in the USA and are over 18.
  • Tell me what your favorite part of the autumn is!
  • Contest closes midnight October 3.
  • Winner responsible for all taxes and fees. Winner will be notified via email so be SURE your email is correct when you post. Entries will only be counted if they have all information complete in one answer.
  • Winner has one week to answer Jennifer (my assistant).


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  • 10/03/2021 at 8:35 am

    I live in USA and over 18. Autumn is my all time favorite for so many reasons. It isnt to hot anymore or to cold to hurt some previous injuries. and the smell in the air is amazing, and i love the colors of all the different leaves. and the shift in energies going to settling down a little getting ready for winter. and my birthday in=s in autumn as well. i just thrive this time of year and i feel like myself the most, plus i love all things spooky.

  • 10/02/2021 at 6:59 pm

    I am over 18 and live in the US.
    My favorite thing about Autumn is Halloween! I’ve loved this holiday since I was little. I still have a couple of the old costumes with the plastic masks that I used to wear!

  • 10/02/2021 at 3:55 pm

    I’m in the US and over 18. My favorite part of autumn is the cooler weather and all the pumpkins. We don’t get much color change in Florida but, love seeing pictures of the colorful leaves.

  • 10/02/2021 at 1:03 pm

    I live in upstate NY and I’m over 50. My favorite part of Autumn is the color changing of the leaves and the cooler, crisper mountain air.

  • 10/02/2021 at 10:36 am

    I am most definitely over 18 – by several decades now! But hey, that’s only a number.

    I live in Homestead, FL so yes, in the USA.

    Fall has always been my favorite time of year. Although I don’t currently live where I can appreciate them, the changes to the leaves, the crisp feel of the day-to-night transition, and crackling fires have always been the best times for me. Makes me feel more aware and alive somehow.

  • 10/02/2021 at 9:46 am

    Hello I’m Stephanie! I’m from Southern California! I love the October and fall all because of the colors! Living in California or in the Mojave desert. There is not a lot of color! So when I can I like to go where they’re are trees that have leaves that turn colors! The smells of bonfires and fall just take me away!

  • 10/02/2021 at 7:36 am

    Over 18. Live in San Antonio,TX.
    My favorite part about this time of year is it comfortable outside .
    And it’s a good time to cast spells with my cats.

    Blessings .

  • 10/02/2021 at 4:58 am

    Definition over 18 & in the US. Watching the leaves change is my favorite part of fall.

  • 10/01/2021 at 8:24 pm

    I’m in the US and definitely over 18 lol. I mentioned the changing leaves in my other entry so for this one I’ll hit up my other fave aspect of autumn – pumpkin spice everything! 😀

  • 10/01/2021 at 7:47 pm

    I am over 18 and live in Florida USA. I love the spirit of Halloween as we don’t typically have a fall in Florida

  • 10/01/2021 at 7:23 pm

    I’m over 18 and live in the US. My favorite things about Fall is watching the colors of the leaves change, the crisp air and mackintosh apples 🙂

  • 10/01/2021 at 7:20 pm

    I am a U.S. citizen and am over 18. My favorite part of autumn is basically everything. I love the colors, the cool crisp air and bonfires. I’m hard pressed to find anything wrong with it. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday and Thanksgiving as well. I really love taking long walks and smelling the air. Such an exciting time of the year!

  • 10/01/2021 at 6:44 pm

    I’m over 18, live in the USA. I love everything about autumn! Cooler temps, winds, smell of the bonfires, and all the yummy foods.

  • 10/01/2021 at 4:51 pm

    I live in Pa. And well over the age of 18 many times over. I love the crisp air the changing of leaves and riding my horse on a cool frosty morning.

  • 10/01/2021 at 4:34 pm

    I live in the US and I’m over 18 years old. My favorite part of fall is the leaves changing colors.

  • 10/01/2021 at 4:20 pm

    I live in the US and am many times over 18. My favorite thing(s) about autumn are the cooler weather, the holidays that are ushered in (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas) and finally being able to eat soups and stews again!

  • 10/01/2021 at 2:48 pm

    I am over 18 and live in USA.

    My favorite aspect of Fall is the chance to go apple picking, get fresh apple cider locally and cider doughnuts.

  • 10/01/2021 at 2:47 pm

    I am a resident of the U.S. and am over 18. My favorite part of autumn is Samhain and remembering the dead and also like stormy weather.

  • 10/01/2021 at 2:42 pm

    I live in the US and am way over 18. I love it when we actually get cooler weather, daylight changes and hope for an eerie Halloween. I decorate and enjoy spooky programming.

  • 10/01/2021 at 2:16 pm

    I live in the US and am well past 18 years of age. I grew up in Florida and Texas, but in grad school I moved to the midwest and discovered autumn. I love everything about autumn. October is my favorite month. I love the autumn holidays. I love a crisp autumn morning with leaves from colorful trees viewed against the bright blue, cloudless skies. I love putting flannel sheets on the bed. I love the smell of fire from fire places and wood stoves. I love the dark, dreary, rainy days. My favorite thing is that my birthday is in autumn. YAY me! lol.

  • 10/01/2021 at 2:09 pm

    I am over 18 and live in USA. My favorite part f autumn is walking in the neighborhood to see the change of colors in the trees, smell the scents of hearth fires, evergreens and spice, and how the autumn light adds a glow to the landscape.

  • 10/01/2021 at 2:08 pm

    I’m 29 and live in Florida
    My favorite thing about autumn is putting out the decorations and creating a spooky setting, we don’t get cool here like most states in the north do, but I love setting out my candles, vanilla and warm maple butter to bring in the cozy autumn vibe I love beside setting out my lights and village sets.

  • 10/01/2021 at 12:38 pm

    I live in Ohio, and way over 18. Favorite part of Autumn is the cooler temps and the changing of the leaves.

  • 10/01/2021 at 12:33 pm

    I am over 18 and live in the US. What I love most about fall are the beautiful colors of the leaves. I love hiking in the fall because you see more animals out and about. The smell of woodsmoke from a fire.

  • 10/01/2021 at 12:11 pm

    I am over 18. I love everything about fall but my favorite thing is sitting outside at night with a fire and watching scary movies on the projector with my family.

  • 10/01/2021 at 12:07 pm

    Over 18, USA resident. I live in Eastern Washington now but I grew up in the Oregon western valley and loved the changing season. The rain, the changing fall leaves, the cold mornings with a hot beverage, and the scent of Fall in the air. Eastern Washington is very different and I am missing my west of the cascades fall weather soo much!

  • 10/01/2021 at 11:47 am

    I’m definitely over 18 and live in the suburbs of Chicago. My favorite part of the season are my daily walks. Sometimes I do a walking meditation or listen to witchy books or podcasts. I get to watch as the leaves change color, the animals prepare for winter, and as outdoor Halloween decorations go up. As the autumn air becomes crisp and cool, I feel the magic of the season all around me <3

  • 10/01/2021 at 10:39 am

    I’m over 40 but my favorite about autumn is the times with family drinking mulled cider and apple picking in Wisconsin.

  • 10/01/2021 at 10:08 am

    I am over 18 and live in the US. One of my favorite fall things is going outside in the early morning after the 1st frost.

  • 10/01/2021 at 9:47 am

    Hi y’all! I am 61 (?!!) and live in Augusta, GA. I love the cooler temperatures this time of year brings…..finally!

  • 10/01/2021 at 9:43 am

    I live in FL USA wayyy over 18. Being in FL we don’t get much Autumn but I love the cooler nights and lower humidity.

  • 10/01/2021 at 9:40 am

    Way Way Way over 18. I live in PNW. North of you. My favorite part of this year , Is the Rain, cooling temps, picking up fallen leaves and adding them to my crystals. Heading to Cider Mill to get fresh made cider. Walking in the park nearest me and smelling Autumn which brings memories and a contentment to my soul.

  • 10/01/2021 at 9:02 am

    I love is Washington and Autumn/Fall has always been my favorite time of year. I love the color changes, the smells in the air, like rain, fireplaces, I love the cooler weather and maybe partial because my birthday is this month too. Yes I’m over 18 years

  • 10/01/2021 at 8:37 am

    I live in Wyoming, USA and am well over 18. I love the cooler temperatures and the changing leaves that fall brings.

    • 10/01/2021 at 8:58 am

      I’m over 18, I live in the U.S. my favorite part of Autumn is my Birthday is in October, and I love the changing weather, and everything pumpkin!! My favorite holiday is Halloween, and seeing kids in their costumes!! Thank you for the chance!!

  • 10/01/2021 at 8:23 am

    I’m over 18, I live in the USA. I love the cooler weather & the brooches I wear on my sweaters.

  • 10/01/2021 at 8:19 am

    I’m over 18 and in the US. My favorite part of autumn is the feeling of change in the air. I love when things start to cool down and you can feel the air buzzing with the energy of things shifting!

    • 10/01/2021 at 2:15 pm

      I am over 18 and love the leaves changing color to yellow and reds and purples.

  • 10/01/2021 at 8:19 am

    Over 18, USA. And I live for October and Halloween every year. I was never allowed to dress up as a kid so as soon as I turned 30, I started going all out!!! The decorations are up in my office at work and will be put up this weekend at home. Mostly everything is cat related since i’m a crazy cat lady too!

  • 10/01/2021 at 8:11 am

    Good Morning!
    I live in NV and I am over 30. My favorite part of Autumn is the changing of the leaves. I love the reds, yellows, and oranges of Autumn.

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