Happy Mabon!

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Depending upon where you live, Fall is pretty much settling in early. As I type this, it’s in the 40’s and the air has that slight Fall smell to it, which always reminds me of crisp apples and chimney smoke. I know before I even realize it, all the plush leaves on the trees will go from vivid green to all the beautiful shades of Fall. I have a Japanese Maple in my front yard and I love watching the colors on its leaves change, because they’re gorgeous and have such rich, beautiful color to them.

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Wishing you a blessed Mabon today.

The Autumnal Equinox, also known as Mabon, is celebrated when day and night are of equal duration before the descent into increasing darkness and is the final festival of the season of harvest. After this day, darkness takes over light, cold takes over warmth, and death takes over life. Earth’s energy is pulled inwards as leaves from trees fall to the ground, flowers wilt and die, the ground will become hard and barren. In nature, the activity of the summer months slows down to the hibernation for the winter. Now is a time to reflect on the past seasons. The Sun God is now descending into the underworld and will make his final decent on Samhain. The Triple Goddess, after giving birth to the harvest, has left her Mother phase and is now entering her Crone Phase.

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Mabon is also a time to recognize that the balance of the year has changed, the wheel has turned, summer is now over, we must prepare for a long winter ahead of us, and ask the Lord of the Dark Sun to be kind to us throughout the winter months.

Autumn’s Equinox is a time of balance, it is a time to look within ourselves and balance our thoughts and emotions, to find balance in our lives.

Astrologers will recognize this as the date the Sun enters the sign of Libra – the Scales of Balance.

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Mabon is considered a time of mysteries. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor The Green Man, the Horned God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, and herbs. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. It is considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with everyday life.

May your Mabon be memorable, and your hearts and spirits be filled to overflowing.

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It’s Almost Fall

That feeling we sometimes get when we’re sick to the point of wanting to pass out…? Yes, that’s precisely how I feel right now. What is wrong? I have not a clue. I just know I’ve felt dizzy, shaky, and not like myself. I took extra B12 early this morning and then passed out like a log. That was good, until someone in a fur coat decided that it was time for me to get up. Why? So SHE could go hide out somewhere and take a nap. The rules around here are fucked up, to say the very least.

That pre-Fall weather when you start to feel the time change in advance is generally when my body starts demanding extra sleep. I often joke that I hibernate all Winter, but that’s not entirely the truth, it’s simply how I feel physically. I was in bed so early last night that when I woke up, the moon still hadn’t risen. And, it is FREEZING. The days are in the 70’s, but at night you just want to wrap yourself in something warm and stay put, or at least I do.

I have no real evidence that I have a late summer cold or anything else that would require a doctor’s visit, so I am going to keep taking vitamins, drink some hot tea, and see how I feel then. As I begin to prep for Rosh Hashanah and Mabon, I hope I am well enough to cook, but I am NOT going to beat myself up over it if I need extra rest and fluids. If I don’t take care of me, who the hell will?!

If you don’t hear from me, send soup.

There Are Some Images That Never Leave

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Last year I wrote a post about where I was on 9/11 and how it changed my life, as well as my view of the world. This year I find it hard to believe that it happened so many years ago, because it feels like it just happened.

My city has rebuilt, it has risen from the ashes, but it is by no means the same. The skyline is different, it just plain looks wrong. The Statue of Liberty has always been such a peaceful, calming presence to me, but now I worry about it being there. I feel like it needs extra protection.

I recall a fight with a friend in Australia after 9/11. She defended the act of terrorism, stating that what happened here on 9/11 “Happens every single day in other countries, and no one cares.” I’m paraphrasing here, but she made it sound like there was nothing tragic or wrong about it. Needless to say, I am quite clearly no longer friends with her, but I wish her and her ignorance well.

Unfortunately acts of terror DO occur in other countries, none of us are blind to that, but there are some acts of terror that live on in the souls of those that have to carry on.

All these years later, there is still less kindness in the world and more hatred.

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Full Harvest Super Moon in Pisces

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Tonight is a the Full Harvest Super Moon, the last Super Moon of three which have been back to back since July. This Full Moon is in the constellation of Pisces. The Moon tonight will be very bright, the brightest moon of the year. It is called the harvest Moon because in September crops which were seeded in Spring are ready to be harvested. The Harvest Moon will usually be a big orange or blood-red color, because it rises low in the sky while the sun is still setting.

The Pisces Moon is about faith, spirituality. and intuition. You are being asked to dream, meditate, and be creative. Your sensitivity will be heightened. You may have to move away from loud noise, crowds, and negative people. Try to be around nature tonight, it will be very healing and nurturing to you. It’s okay to cry a little and wipe the slate clean in your heart now. Pisces is a water element, therefore emotions and feelings are strong now. Be kind and gentle with yourself as you may be feeling ultra sensitive.

Open yourself up tonight to the magical forces of Pisces. Don’t be limited by the five senses or the ‘hows’ and ‘whens.’ Instead, believe in yourself and live from a place of magic and miracles. Make wishes and dream big.

The Full Moon is a time of great healing energy, it is a time to become in tune with a higher force and hone your psychic powers. There is healing that needs to take place. Now more than ever, with big planetary changes occurring, it is helpful to move into the core of certain issues. Take off the rose-colored glasses and see things as they are.

Tonight’s Full Moon is a Super Moon which means the Moon is closer to Earth than at any other time. This will affect the sea tides and many animals behavior. It also affects us. It makes us feel illuminated, we can see things we couldn’t see before, our senses will become sharper, our emotions will be heightened. Many people will have prophetic dreams tonight under the Super Moon.

With the Harvest Moon, it is time to reap what we have sown and cultivated this year. Our harvest is the culmination of our efforts to manifest a deeper and fuller life for ourselves, and the world. Name what you have harvested and bless it and yourself for the good work you have done.

This Full Moon let your emotions flow, get rid of past hurts, cry, scream or shout if you need to, but let it out, allow yourself to heal. After tonight’s emotional Full Moon when you wake to an Autumn Sun you will feel like a new person, full of vigor and energy.

Have a blessed Full Moon, may the Goddess watch over you. 

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