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Happy Mabon!

A joyous Mabon to you all.

Apparently someone updated the wikipedia page on the Wheel of the Year to say that in 1970 Aidan A. Kelly came up with the idea of calling the Autumnal Equinox by the name of the Welsh hero Mabon ap Modron, dispite the lack of any conection between the hero and the equinox. And now smart asses are telling everyone who wishes people a "Happy Mabon" they are WRONG and totally "bogus".

Well, that argument hasn't stopped English speaking Christians from calling the resurrection of their god by the name of the Teutonic goddess of spring, Easter, even though it is called Passover in every other language.

Ár nDraíocht Féin has only been in existence since 1983 and call themselves Druids. They are hardly in a position to call other people "bogus".

Words mean what people use them to mean. As long as people know what you are talking about you are using words correctly.

So happy Mabon to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere and Happy Eostar to everyone in the Southern Hemisphere.

Blessed Samhain!

We all know that Samhain is one of the two "hinges" of the year (the other one being Beltain), that divide the year into Summer and Winter. And, because this is the hinge that begins the season of Winter, the life force of the Earth is flowing into the land of the dead and it is the time when spirits of the dead are most active.

Traditionally in some European cultures people dressed up in scary costumes to scare off any malevolent spirits at this time. Now-a-days any kind of costume goes, and the holiday is a time to dress up. We can use this time of costumes as an opportunity to explore issues of identity. Who are you? Who do you want to be?

I always wanted to be a Fairy Princess. But even as a child I never had the figure that Fairy Processes are "supposed" to have. It took me years to come to terms with this and say:

I don't care what anyone else thinks!


Have a Blessed Samhain!
goddess and god

Yay Summer!

Blessed Litha!

My ritual group met this past weekend. We did a quiet little ritual my coven sister wrote.

First we took some construction paper and crayons and made "Sun Symbols". We drew on the paper what we thought represented the sun. Then wrote what blessings we wanted to call into our lives on the rays of our suns.

One person charged the salt & water (the water was from a spring on the property consecrated to Aphrodite) and blessed and purified the group and the space.
Another person charged the fire and air (a White Sage bundle) and blessed and purified the group and the space.
One person had Breath of God ointment he used to anoint our third eye. That was very nice, to put it mildly.

We cast the Circle "Heart to Heart". That is when everyone holds hands then the first person brings their left hand to their heart then to the heart of the person to their left while saying
"Heart to Heart I Cast this Circle".
Then that person does the same to the person to their left, and so on all the way around. [You can also do it "Hand to Hand" In that case you start off not holding hands and say "From my hand to your hand I cast this Circle" while taking hold of their hand.]

We called the Quarters in the usual way.

Then we called Apollo with this chant:
Hail Apollo, Shining One,
Drive the chariot of the sun.
Bring light and love to everyone.
Then we called Demeter with this chant:
Hail Demeter, we call to You,
There is much we want to do.
Give us strength to see it through.
Then we exchanged sun symbols randomly and each meditated on the sun symbol we had received. While chanting:
Sunny Days!
Blessed Rays!
So much to Praise!
We blessed the cakes [strawberries and cookies] and wine [1997 Merlot] with the traditional BlueStar bread blessing song by Kenny and Zipora:
Dear Lady bless
These cakes we share.
Accept the love
Your crafters bear.
We reap your bounty
And praise your name,
Part in your love
And meet again.

Lord's blessings on
These cakes we share.
Lord where you dance,
Please lead us there.
In Greenwood groves
Beneath your sun,
All love is shared
All hearts are one.
We passed around the plate and chalice saying:
May you never hunger.
May you never thirst.
We thanked the Demeter and Apollo.
We thanked the Quarters.
We released the Circle.
The end.

We each could do what we wanted with the sun symbol we got.   I chose to put mine in the group Book of Shadows.
lunar clock

Happy Eostar

I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful Spring Equinox (or Fall Equinox for those of you in the Southern hemisphere).

Blossom by Blossom Spring Begins
(Lindt chocolate bunny and Hershy's Special Dark eggs
photographed around new shoots growing in traffic island east of Ithaca Commons)

Atalanta in Calydon (1865)
For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

-Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
Atalanta in Calydon (excerpt)
Atalanta in Calydon: A Tragedy (complete text)

The Vernal (spring) Equinox.
Also called Easter after the Teutonic goddess of spring.

The equinoxes are the two days of the year when the day is the same length as the night.In the Northern hemisphere the vernal equinox occurs around March 21 and is called the "first day of Spring" regardless of the weather.

Easter, like Persephone (Proserpine), is a goddess of flowers and her return is celebrated as a herald of fertility and abundance. Rabbits and eggs emphasize this fertility aspect.

The masculine aspect of spring is represented by the resurrection of dieing gods such as Adonis, Dionysus, and Tammuz. The strength and force of new shoots breaking out of the earth are reminders of vegetable vitality. The returning life force of spring will not be denied.

Anticipators' Yule

The group I practice with is made up of people who live all over New York State. Some of use work regular day jobs but others work nights and weekends. And some have young children to care for. Some of us have to drive three and half hours to get to our meetings so we meet somewhere where people can stay overnight. We try to meet at least once a month but we can't get together just any time we like.

We met this past weekend for what we called "Anticipators' Yule". Our community has been celebrating "Procrastinators' Beltain" on Memorial Day weekend for almost twenty years. So it seemed fitting.

We invoked Persephone and Hades and burned lists of things we wanted to divest ourselves of.

One of our members came up with a nice energy raising chant for the magick.
The wheel turns
The fire burns
The God returns
The sun is reborn

We used a Traditional BlueStar bread blessing song
Dear Lady bless
These cakes we share.
Accept the love
Your crafters bear.
We reap your bounty
And praise your name,
Part in your love
And meet again.

Lord's blessings on
These cakes we share.
Lord where you dance,
Please lead us there.
In Greenwood groves
Beneath your sun,
All love is shared
All hearts are one.