Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waxing Toward October's Full Blood / Hunter's Moon

Waxing Toward October's Full Blood / Hunter's Moon
Today is a New Moon, so we are waxing toward October's Full Blood or Hunter's Moon, which will occur on Wednesday, October 8th. October's Full Moon is called both the Hunter's Moon and the Blood Moon. 

It is called the Hunter's Moon because it was during this Full Moon that the hunters would go out to hunt their game for stockpiling up for the winter season.


The Full Blood Moon refers to the color of the Moon at this time of year. It is quite often an orange-red due to the elevation of its rise through the atmosphere. The Blood Moon is the Full Moon after the Harvest Moon, which is the closest Full Moon to the Autumn Equinox. The Blood Moon may occur as late as November, but usually it is in October.

While Samhain, the Witch's New Year, is considered the time that the Veil is thinnest and contact with those who have passed is easiest, it is also believed by some that this Full Blood Moon is when the Veil is the thinnest. I find this more likely to be historically correct. Our ancestors worked and lived by the sun and moon. Planting and harvesting by the sun, and hunting by the moon, thus Blood Moon would have been more likely to be the sign they would've looked for as the "right time" for the Veil to be its thinnest.

Regardless of when you honor your ancestors, at Samhain or the Blood Moon, know that the Veil is beginning to thin now, from this New Moon and will continue to do so for the next 6 weeks (this year). Begin now to plan for what sort of ritual you will do to honor those who've passed before you. Simply lighting a candle and a moment of reminiscing is more than enough to acknowledge them. Or you could plan a full ritual. Even a Dumb Supper might be something to consider! (here is an excellent article on the subject

This is a very powerful time of year so don't let it pass you by without acknowledging it in some way. Go outside and enjoy the cooler weather, the changing colors on the trees, watching the squirrels horde their nuts for the winter, notice the color of the light as the day wanes. There are an unlimited number of things you can do!

Why not consecrate a bottle of water under the New Moon, leaving it out until the Full Moon. Use this sacred consecrated water in a ritual for your Loved Ones. The blessings of Sister Moon and Mother Earth can help send love and any necessary healing to those who have passed and those left behind. When the ritual is completed, then either keep the water in a bottle on the altar until next year's Blood Moon (or Samhain), or pour it out on the ground as an offering of thanks.

Whether simple or elaborate it doesn't matter...but do something to honor your ancestors this beautiful Autumn Season!

New Moon Correspondences
Phase:
Attribute:
Intents:
Time:
New Moon
Beginnings
Beginnings, Creation, Examine what’s hidden, Purity
New Moon to 3½ days after

October:
Names:
Blood Moon, Falling Leaf Moon, Harvest Moon, Moon of the Changing Season, Shedding Moon, Ten Colds Moon, Winterfelleth, Windermanoth
Deities:
Apollo, Astarte, Belili, Cernunnos, Demeter, Hathor, Herne, Horned God, Ishtar, Kore, Lakshmi, Mercury
Nature Spirits:
Frost Faeries, Plant Faeries
Element:
Air
Herbs:
Angelica, Apple Blossom, Burdock, Catnip, Mint family, Pennyroyal, Sweet Annie, Thyme, Uva Ursi
Trees:
Acacia, Apple, Cypress, Yew
Flowers:
Calendula, Cosmos, Marigold
Scents:
Apple Blossom, Cherry, Strawberry
Stones:
Amethyst, Beryl, Obsidian, Opal, Tourmaline, Turquoise
Colors:
Black, Dark Blue-Green, Purples
Animals:
Elephant, Jackal, Ram, Scorpion, Stag
Birds:
Crow, Heron, Robin
Energy:
Artistic works, Balance, Creativity, Harmony, Inner cleansing, Justice, Karma, Legal matters, Mental stimulation, Partnerships, Reincarnation, Uncover mysteries or secrets



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn Equinox / Mabon Correspondences

Autumn Equinox / Mabon Correspondences


Date: September 22nd

Other Names: Cornucopia, Mabon, Witch’s Thanksgiving

Element: Air

Herbs: Acorn, Benzoin, Cedar, Ferns, Grains, Hazel, Honeysuckle, Ivy, Marigold, Milkweed, Myrrh, Passionflower, Rose, Sage, Solomon's Seal, Tobacco, Thistle, Vegetables

Oils/Incense: Apple, Benzoin, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sage

Colors: Brown, Gold, Maroon, Orange, Red, Russet, Violet

Stones: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Yellow Agates, Yellow Topaz

Foods: Apples, Breads, Carrots, Nuts, Onions, Pomegranates, Potatoes

Symbols: Acorns, Apples, Balance, Corn, Cornucopia (Horn of Plenty), Dried Seeds, Equality, Gourds, Grains, Grapes, Ivy, Mysteries, Pine Cones, Pomegranates, Second Harvest, Wine

Activities: Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over

Spellworkings: Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance

Deities: 
Goddesses - Epona, Modron, Morgan, Muses, Pamona, Persephone, Sin, Sophia, Sura
Gods - Green Man, Hermes, Mabon, Thoth, Thor

Related Festivals:
Sukkot - This Jewish holiday which is celebrated in early October commemorates the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert. It is also a harvest festival of thanks.

Thanksgiving - This is a secular holiday which is similar to the Pagan festival of Mabon; a day to give thanks for the food and blessings of the previous year. The American Thanksgiving is the last Thursday in November while the Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated in October.

Festival of Dionysus - There were several festivals that honored Dionysus, the God of Wine. It was a time of fun, games and feasting and of course drinking of wine!

This festival is celebrated on or about September 21st and is the eighth Sabbat of the year. It celebrates the Autumn Equinox and is the second harvest festival, when Nature is preparing for the winter months. Night and day are of equal length and the God’s energy and strength are nearly gone. The Goddess begins to mourn the loss she knows is coming, but knows He will return when he is reborn at Yule.

Autumn is Officially Here!

Autumn is Officially Here!
My favorite time of year is from the Autumnal Equinox to the Spring Equinox. Yes, I'm one of those people who love the colder half of the year! 

Last night I lit my Mabon altar candles, thanked the Gods for the blessings we received in the season just passed and for the blessings coming in this new season.

Here is a blessing for y'all as well:



We've been so busy around here with the renovating, the family reunion, then  relaxing a bit afterward, I have become lackadaisical in my spiritual life. Autumn being the time I really feel "alive" has me also re-evaluating my daily rituals and communing with Spirit, as well as some of the more mundane aspects of daily living too.

I have a had a daily ritual that I used to do "religiously" every morning, but I've not done so in a few years - sadly. It is time to pick it up and do so again. Other than the change in season, what made me decide I needed this?

I was part of an online webinar where the speaker explained that (in his view) that if we do not work daily in our magic and spiritual rituals that we will not be strong in our energies. The stronger our energies the stronger our rituals and the higher the rate of manifestation. This is something I already knew, however, it was also one of those things that can slip by the wayside if not consciously diligent with it.

So, since I consider Autumn to be the true beginning of my year, and not the usual New Year's Day of January 1st, then this has become my "New Year's Resolution". I miss my feeling of inner power...and peace. I've allowed the hectic day-to-day events to put my spiritual life aside. But no more!

I have begun, and will continue, my daily rituals and if nothing else, I will be closer to the Divine and my abilities to manifest all that I need and want. :)

If the changing of the seasons is something that resonates with you...why not re-evaluate your spiritual life? Is it as strong as it could/should be? Do you want it stronger? Are there aspects of your mundane life that (also) need re-evaluating?

Even if this isn't "your" season, begin re-evaluating anyway. Begin making changes now, and then by the time "your" season comes around, you will have a better idea of changes you can make or continue. You could also plan for something special on the first day of "your" season.

Our abilities are limitless, because we are a part of the Divine. We are not separate from It, we are a living, breathing part. So why not begin strengthening our Divine muscles and be as strong as we can. Our strength will allow us to manifest what we desire.

Of course we also have to be positive in our thinking! No negativity or doubts allowed. ;)

I read recently that we should do a minimum of 10 things just for ourselves each day. This can be as simple as getting out of bed to doing a full-on ritual. Nothing is too small, so it doesn't have to be "big" things to accomplish each day. But they must become a routine. A part of your life. Everyday.

So work out your daily routine, stick to it, and watch your abilities and your daily life expand exponentially!

***
My daily routine:
Get up, get Amanda's (the Pot Belly Pig) food, let her out.
If it's sunny or at least warm out, I take Nici (the Macaw) out to her cage.
Let the goats out, and spread some feed for them and the chickens.
Come inside and clean the cat litter box, the rabbits cage, and Nici's perch floor area.
Set the table for breakfast.
Wash my face and brush my teeth.
Light my daily candle(s), send thanks for my blessings (past & future), say my daily spell, envision my future goals as manifest.
Get on the computer.
Have breakfast when it is ready.
And the rest of the day is what ever it is we're doing for the day.

During all of this I try to be speaking with the Divine on what my wishes are for that day. I also talk to Mother Earth, the Dragons, and the Fae.

Try it yourself. Write out what your routine is, and what you'd like it to be. Then begin. Forgetting every now and then is no biggie. Don't worry about it. Just begin again. There is no failure! Unless you give up and quit. And you only "quit" when you die. But then you'll just be starting over on the Otherside, so you'll just have all new routines then! :D

Have a blessed Autumn season!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Harvest Full Moon of September ~ Last of the Summer of 2014 "Super Moons"!

Harvest Full Moon of September ~ Last of the Summer of 2014 "Super Moons"!


Full Moon Correspondences:
Attribute: Completion
Intent: Divinations, Fertility, Fulfillment, Illumination, Invocations, Power, Prophecy, Sexuality, Transformation

September Full Moon Correspondences:
Lunar Month Names:
Appalachian: Vine/Thistle Moon
Celtic Tree: Muin-Vine
Druid: Samonios - Harvest Moon
Native American: Fruit, Harvest, Nut, Dying Grass or Hunter’s Moon
Pagan: Hunter’s, Dying Grass or Blood Moon
Witch’s: Snow Moon

September:
Names:
Haligmonath, Harvest Moon, Moon When Deer Paw the Earth, Singing Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Wine Moon, Witumanoth
Deities:
Brigid, Ceres, Ch’ang-O, Demeter, Freyja, Isis, Depths , Vesta
Nature Spirits:
Trooping Faeries
Element:
Earth
Herbs:
Copal, Fennel, Rye, Skullcap, Valerian, Wheat, Witch Hazel
Trees:
Bay, Hawthorne, Hazel, Larch
Flowers:
Lily, Narcissus
Scents:
Bergamot, Gardenia, Mastic, Storax
Stones:
Bloodstone, Chrysolite, Citrine, Olivine, Peridot, Sapphire
Colors:
Browns, Dk. Blue, Earth-tones, Greens, Yellow, Yellow-Green
Animals:
Jackal, Snake
Birds:
Ibis, Sparrow
Energy:
Balance of Light & Dark, Cleaning & straightening mentally, physically & spiritually, Dietary matters, Employment, Health, Intellectual pursuits, Prosperity, Psychism, Rest, Spirituality, Success, Work environment