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I found both of these info graphics on the internet and thought I would share them with you. They’re a handy little reference for dates. I’m in the Northern hemisphere and I have February 2nd for Imbolc, though. Looks like it’s probably correct for Lammas in the Southern hemisphere.

 

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I’m feeling a bit trapped and frozen solid with this harsh winter we’ve been having where I live. It’s so cold that going outside is dangerous. I don’t think I’ve been outside for more than 5 minutes in three weeks or more. The roads are treacherous, especially since I live out in the country where I’m lucky if the three roads that lead out of the village are passable at all. I haven’t left ‘town’ for quite some time. I’m definitely clinging to the promise of Imbolc: that Spring is on the way and I just need to hold on for a few more months! I haven’t been genuinely warm for months!

Enough complaining, though! Imbolc is the promise of Spring to come! Renewal and rebirth are around the corner and soon the cold and slumber of winter will be shaken off!

Blessed Imbolc, everyone!

 

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Mabon is also known as the Witches’ Thanksgiving, so what better ritual to do than one of gratitude?

This is a ritual written by Scott Cunningham for a solitary worshiper. I’ve altered a few things slightly because I think it can easily lend itself to Mabon and even to a group ritual. Have everyone light a candle of their own, have more than one bowl, if necessary, or do it outside in a pond (just please don’t leave your candles in the pond!).

Supplies needed:

A large white or pink bowl; personally, I like to use a large, clear glass bowl

A white candle (or two if you need one for wax drippings; also, you could use floating candles)

A lighter with a long reach

Water

Fresh flowers (Scott Cunningham calls for white, but for a Mabon twist, how about fall mums?)

A piece of white cotton cloth; maybe hemp cloth would be better as you’ll be burying this cloth at the end of the ritual

Put the bowl on your altar or a table.

Cast a circle, if you wish.

Adhere the white candle to the middle of the bowl with warmed beeswax or with drippings from another white candle. This is to keep the candle from moving when you add the water to the bowl.

Gently pour water into the bowl and float the flowers. If using floating candles, pour the water first, then add the candles and the flowers.

Light the candle. If doing this with a group, have everyone light a candle.

 


 

Visualize your reason for this gratitude ritual. Though this ritual was not written for Mabon, at this time you can think about what the harvest means to you, both physically and spiritually. There’s food on your table, maybe you’re getting a promotion at work, maybe you’ve just gotten a new job, maybe you’ve learned new things about the Craft, or simply gotten more in tune with your beliefs.  Think of all the things you’re grateful to the Goddess and God for. Using both hands, touch the water and say these or similar words:

Lady of the Moon, of the stars and the Earth;
Lord of the Sun, of the forests and the hills;
I perform a ritual of thanks.
My love shines like the flame;
My love floats like the petals
Upon You.
Lady of the Waters, of flowers and the sea;
Lord of the Air, of horns and of fire;
I perform a ritual of thanks.
My love shines like the flame;
My love floats like the petals
Upon You.
Lady of the Caves, of cats and snakes;
Lord of the Plains, of falcons and stags;
I perform a ritual of thanks.
My love shines like the flame;
My love floats like the petals
Upon You.

Look into the candle’s flame, then down into the water. Blow gently upon the water’s surface and watch the flowers’ movements. Meditate. Commune. Thank.

When you’re finished, take the petals from the water and wrap them in the cloth. Close the circle, if you cast one. End your rite of thanks by quenching the candle’s flame, pouring the water onto the ground, and burying the flowers in the Earth. It is done.

 

Adapted from Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham

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We’re coming up to my favorite time of the year: Autumn (so consider yourself warned to the upcoming autumnal related posts 😉 ). I love the colors of the leaves and the sky, the smell of the earth, and the slight chill that means you need a light jacket to be comfortable outside. This time of year means bonfires that you actually want to be near (instead of the ones in summer when you lean in long enough to cook that hot dog and then you run from the heat!). It means cool, clear night skies with twinkling stars and your breath visible as you gaze upward. It’s the sound of rustling leaves and the sight of birds passing through your neck of the woods as they migrate to their winter homes. This time of year encourages us to ‘nest’, to fortify our homes for the cool weather ahead by changing out our wardrobes to warmer clothes, pulling out blankets, and changing light cotton sheets to flannels.

Autumn is also a time of harvest. Where I live there are a number of crops coming to harvest now. We have apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, grapes, green beans, lettuce, onions, parsnips, pears, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, squash, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, and zucchini! That’s quite a haul to be thankful for!

Mabon, September 22 this year, is also known as the Autumnal Equinox (when night and day are of equal length) and I’ve heard it called the Witches’ Thanksgiving. I definitely agree with that comparison. There have been many years I’ve set back my Mabon celebration and combined it with Thanksgiving in November. Harvest time is the time of year that we show our gratitude for the food and animal products (wool, skins, etc.) that will sustain us through the increasingly cold and harsh months ahead. It’s the time for dressing up in your best and having a lavish meal with family and friends, reflecting on all the blessings in your life.

Deities of Mabon

Demeter and other mother/agricultural goddesses

Dionysus or Bacchus

Green Man or Horned God

Parvati

Persephone

Pomona

Symbols of Mabon

Acorns

Apples

Autumnal Leaves

Corn

Dried Seeds

Grains

Gourds

Horns of Plenty (aka cornucopia)

Wine

Colors of Mabon

Brown

Gold

Maroon

Orange

Red

Russet

Herbs of Mabon

Acorn

Autumnal Leaves

Ferns

Grains

Honeysuckle

Marigold

Mum

Rose

Sage

Thistle

Spellwork for Mabon

Balance

Gratitude

Harmony

Protection

Prosperity

Rededication

Whatever your plans for Mabon, whether they be solitary celebration or lavish party, I wish you the brightest blessings.

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Today I was looking around at the OBOD and ADF websites, seriously considering embarking on the OBOD study program or joining the ADF. OBOD wants quite a bit of money that I can’t afford to spend at this time and ADF has free resources to members with yearly membership being about $45 including magazine. Not bad.

Anyway, as I was delving further into ADF, having given up on OBOD, I read something interesting. While ADF acknowledges that all images of the Divine are viable, they highly recommend you choose what they call a hearth culture. They suggest you choose a pantheon as your primary focus. I don’t think I agree with this.

I have always worshiped in a polytheistic manner and in a poly-cultural manner. Maybe it was my upbringing and my exposure to Hinduism as a child, but I believe whatever faces of the Divine resonate with you, that’s what you go with. I also studied Greek and Roman pantheons, as well as Egyptian and Celtic. Sarasvati, Artemis, Thor, Zeus, Apollo, Isis, Durga, the Horned God, the Greenman, Aphrodite, Brigid… I have always simply worked with images of the Divine appropriate for the ritual or the needs.

I feel like if I choose one particular pantheon, I would be limiting myself.

Anyone have any thoughts?

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