Autumn always shows us how absolutely beautiful it is to let things go.
To allow the wounds of the past fade into splashes of spectacular color. To finally let them die and float away in celebration of another year that has come to an end.
For some it is also time to reach up and out to prune off dead branches that hinder future growth. The other branches might have hidden them with new life and extensions around it, but the tree knows better -- no need to feed those lifeless limbs any longer.
With the pending new moon in Scorpio tomorrow, October 30, we are challenged with finding which passions set our souls afire.
The days before a new moon are a perfect time to wipe away and purge those emotions, energies and frankly, excess baggage, that has held us back. It’s called a dark moon for a reason. Time to prune those old dead branches and make room for new growth, with not only the new moon, but with the celebration of Samhain.
In the ancient Celtic tradition, Samhain marks the half-way point between the light and dark seasons. The veil between worlds is thin and magic is all around us and waiting to happen -- at least for those of us in tune with this energy.
I have always been a “moon child”, both fascinated and affected by its phases and energies. This year I am answering the call of the moon with a massive pruning of dead branches filled with toxic emotions and energies. I cannot wait to see what new branches will grow from this release.
In addition to this new moon, we are also celebrating Halloween. For people like me, however, borrowing from the Ministry song, Everyday is Halloween. I almost never dress up these days. It’s actually the only time I fit in with the rest of society. While I despise fitting in at all, this is my way of celebrating Halloween -- the one day I can blend without stares or jeers.
After my bar hopping adventure last night with my Punk Rock Flea Market partner in crime, I was disappointed in the music I heard while out and about. So, in keeping with my blog tradition, I’ve assembled a kick-ass Halloween mixtape playlist to celebrate the heralding in of this dark time of year.
Dance your cares away and celebrate this dark and glorious time of year with this aural cacophony of dark wave, goth, classic and modern alternative, instrumentals and a special treat at the end -- the late Sir Christopher Lee reading the Edgar Allan Poe classic, The Raven.
- Brides to Darkness -- Nox Arcana
- Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) -- Concrete Blonde
- Everyday is Halloween -- Ministry
- Bela Lugosi’s Dead -- Bauhaus
- The Funeral Party -- The Cure
- Ghost -- Depeche Mode
- All Hallow’s Eve -- Type O Negative
- Voodoo Dolly -- Siouxsie & the Banshees
- Asleep -- The Smiths
- Alice -- Sisters of Mercy
- Garden of Delight [Hereafter Version] -- The Mission UK
- Absinthe -- The Damned
- The Raven King -- Killing Joke
- Ghost Rider -- Rollins Band
- Ghost Town -- The Specials
- Scary Monsters -- David Bowie
- Ghost Town -- Shiny Toy Guns
- Mistress of the Dark -- Ghoultown
- Hell -- Squirrel Nut Zippers
- Heads Will Roll -- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Buried Alive -- Creature Feature
- Ghost Children -- Coraline Soundtrack
- Came Back Haunted -- Nine Inch Nails
- She’s a Killer -- Alien Sex Fiend
- The Eternal -- Joy Division
- Scarecrow -- Siouxsie & the Banshees
- Stranger -- Clan of Xymox
- Legend Lord of Darkness -- Cocteau Twins remix by Drifterseries
- Burning Skies -- Tones on Tail
- We Believe -- Ministry
- Blue Eyed Hexe -- The Pixies
- Spasmolytic -- Skinny Puppy
- Do U Fear For Your Child -- My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
- The Carny -- Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
- Pagan Lovesong -- Virgin Prunes
- Dark Entries -- Bauhaus
- Something in my House -- Dead or Alive
- Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon -- The Cramps
- Saudade -- Love & Rockets
- Fascination Street [extended mix] -- The Cure
- Mephisto -- Depeche Mode
- The Raven -- as read by Sir Christopher Lee