Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

Royal Family at the Pumpkin Patch

Every Royal Palace needs the perfect pumpkin!

The Royals went pumpkin picking today. Have you decided what to carve your’s as yet? We’re still searching for ideas- Genevieve always like the Royal Carvers to choose something to correspond with her Halloween Costume theme. Can you guess what she’s planning to be this year?

princess pumpkin patch

Apple Picking with the Royal Family

The Royal Family made their annual visit to the Avalon Woods this weekend. The woods are famous for their gorgeous apple groves that have been there for centuries. The Witches in the area keep them healthy and growing year after year. Azurian families flock here every autumn for apple picking, local honey, apple butter, pies, cider, and caramel apples.

Apple picking is one of Princess Genevieve’s favorite childhood memories. Her Grandmother Aurelia and her Queen Mum would bring her to the Valley of the Moon each season for autumn walks in the Avalon Woods. She looks forward to sharing this tradition with her family through the coming years.

Princess Genevieve apple picking
olivers family in apple trees

apples apple tree avalon oliver playing apples oliver playing apples

The Royals paid a visit to Gwyndelyn the Good Witch for dinner before returning to the Palace.

Good Witch Ball

Happy Magical Monday Good Witches!

Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the magical ways the trees turn colors, apple harvest, the smell of cinnamon and roasted squash, and falling asleep with the cool crisp air flowing through my open windows. The beauty of this season never ceases to amaze me.

I’m in the peak of planning the Good Witch Ball, which I have hosted every Samhain since what good witch ball invitationfeels like forever.The invitations went out today, and I wanted to extend one to everyone to join us on the 30th of October. It’s the most amazing night of costumes, music, and magic that takes place at the Great Stone Circle in the Woods of Avalon. Some of the fondest memories of my childhood are from Samhain (pronounced sow-when) celebrations.

The first time I hosted the Ball was all the way back in the year 1228, when I was eighteen years old. Oh, now I’m really showing my age! It was that year the Great Fairy Queen, my Grandmother, Ora, which means Light or the Golden One, helped me first organize the ball and shared all the secrets of making it memorable and magical.

puppywood chandelier by canopy designsThe Samhain celebration, which you may know as Halloween, is a very special time for us in Azuria. This is the time of the last harvest of the year and the time where most of the creatures of the Earth begin their time of rest for the winter months.

One of my favorite traditions that we still keep today is lighting and raising the gorgeous woodland chandelier, like the one pictured, high into the treetops as the sun sets on the evening of Samhain. This symbolises lighting the way for a New Year.

Another wonderful, but often forgotten side, of Samhain is the time taken to reflect on the ancestors who came before us. This always makes me sentimental for my sweet Grandmother and other loved ones who are with us in our hearts. To honor those gone, guests of the Good Witch Ball bring an item to add to our Ancestor Heart Stone, which is in the middle of the Great Stone Circle. It may be a photograph, a lit candle, or a special piece of jewelry to remember them by. This is a special way to keep loved ones near while ringing in the New Year at Samhain’s Good Witch Ball.

There is a lot of misunderstanding in the word Witch. Sadly, the Witch’s traditional ways of celebrating Samhain was turned into a dark day long ago. Today people of The World dress in terrifying and ugly costumes to portray the things of nightmares. This was never the way the Witches honored this time of year. Guests of the Good Witch Ball dress in costumes the all Witches have traditionally dressed for this holiday, as what you want to be or bring into your life. This is a time to put on your brightest sparkles and show off the best of you to symbolize the ancient tradition of setting good intentions for the coming year. I hope that your learning about these age old traditions of Samhain might cause you to think about the way you celebrate this season.

With the onset of Thanksgiving and the Yuletide, this begins the time we draw closer to those we love. And a good thing, too! Because it won’t be long until it’s very cold outside. When we make time for our loved ones during the upcoming season, we should remember to joyfully honor those who are no longer with us.

There’s so much more to tell about the Autumn traditions in the Kingdom, but I really must get back to planning for the ball!


Gwyndelyn the good signature



Gwyndelyn the Good Witch

It’s October and this month we’re talking MAGIC! Happy First Magical Monday of October! Since Halloween, or Samhain,  is on it’s way, we wanted to introduce you to one of the greatest advisors in the Kingdom. The keeper of the mystical traditions of our Kingdom.

princess jenGwyndelyn the Good Witch, lives in the Avalon Woods of Azuria’s Valley of the Moon. She is the Great Fairy Queen and commands all the fairies and witches in the land. As the keeper of the Good Witch Grimoire, Gwyndelyn holds the secrets of all the universe. She believes miracles are a part of daily life and that anyone can make magic in their lives, if they just believe.

Gwyndelyn, and the Witches of Azuria, study the stars for guidance and use simple garden herbs to make huge changes. She works with the Fairies to keep gardens of resources used for natural remedies. Azurians come to the Witches of the Avalon Woods for help, whether seeking peppermint to soothe a headache or lavender oil to cool anxiety.

Wondering what it means to be a Witch? Well, first you should understand that historically all Witches abide by: The Four Rules and The Witch’s Law:

Rule 1: Live each day as if it were your last.
Rule 2: Love yourself first and foremost. For when you truly love yourself, you are able to love others.
Rule 3: Learn your life’s lessons.
Rule 4: Enjoy life to the fullest. And share your joys with others.

And above all abide by The Witch’s Law is to Harm None.

The dark side of the story is that in The World, historically many Witches were killed by rulers who feared their natural abilities. Only a few of the great Witches and Healers, seeking to keep the great traditions and rituals alive, escaped and found refuge in Azuria. History and time have reduced the powers of the Witch and the Witch’s goodness has been near forgotten in your World.

Gwyndelyn and the Witches of Azuria, long to dis-spell the long standing hatred of the witch and hope one day The World will remember the Witch as it was, revered as a respected healer, and not the scary wart-nose image often portrayed today.

Look for more Witchy good fun coming each Whimsical Wednesday this October!

Gwyndolyn and the Good Witch Ball – October 14th

No Scary Halloween – October 28th