Monday, September 24, 2018

Full Harvest Moon - Clear The Clutter and Prepare For Winter!

Autumn is a wonderful season. It's time to reap what you've sown...collect the bounty that you deserve! Do you deserve a bountiful harvest or do you need to work a little harder towards it?

Tonight's Full Harvest Moon symbolizes the home and preparing it for winter. After all, we will be spending pretty much the next six months indoors (if you live where I do that is!). It's time to make your home a beacon of comfort. Clear out the clutter - both physically and emotionally!

If your skies permit, gaze at the Moon tonight and be thankful for your blessings. Think of ways you can make your home more cozy, more "Hygge". 

The long Canadian winters wear me down, I'll be honest. The cold goes right through me and I seriously suffer cabin fever along with energy-sapping joint pain. Every Autumn, I try to plan ahead, think of hobbies that will keep me happy and positive so that I can make it through another cold, dark season. Last year I dove right into drawing and I am so pleased that I did! What new hobby will you try this winter?

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Autumn Equinox - Balance

Autumn Equinox Walk In The Woods :)

Hi Everyone :)

Now that the planting, gardening and harvesting season is nearly at its end, the time for sharing, connecting, resting and thought is commencing. :)

Mabon (Autumn Equinox) is here! I think I'm finally okay with letting go of summer! :)

I made an  apple pie with a design of the Moon and the Sun to symbolize Balance

Mabon symbolizes balance - the balance between light and dark, it's the Second Harvest Festival - a time to gather up all the last bits and pieces of the garden and to preserve for the long winter ahead. It's a time to give thanks, in fact, it's coined the Pagan Thanksgiving because we are just so grateful for the bounty that Nature has given us through our efforts in the garden.

In Nature-based Pagan spirituality, the Sabbats (the eight festivals of the year) are divided into Lesser Sabbats and Greater Sabbats. Mabon is a Lesser Sabbat because it represents the changing of a season. The Greater Sabbats, such as Samhain (Halloween) are high energy and powerful holidays where the season is at its peak.

Nature Offers Beautiful Decorations!

Every Sabbat has meaning, symbolism and a great connection to Nature and the Universe.

Potato, Ham and Gruyere Tart - celebrating my potato harvest!

I celebrate each holiday (Pagan and secular) with a special Tarot reading, a few rituals and charms, decorations that symbolize the season, some symbolic yoga and meditation routines, and of course a great seasonal supper! 

I found a really good Yoga Routine for Balance, and a nice relaxing Mabon Meditation. It's amazing how relaxed and grounded I feel after a little bit of yoga and meditation.

Please enjoy my Tarot Spread and Charms :)

I did my reading this morning, and what showed up very glaringly was that I need to investigate my "Shadow Self" in order to balance my life. The Shadow Self is the dark side of our personalities, of our thoughts. It's that negative aspect of the self that most times we refuse to see or admit to. It's important to uncover this shadow in order to learn from it, grow as a person and live with greater love, happiness and gratitude. A lot of the issues we have, the problems and the disappointments in our lives are caused by repressing or denying this shadow self.  I'll be working on this over the winter!...and on a personal note, Magic Love Crow my friend - you mentioned this to me a while back but I guess I wasn't ready to dive into it yet, now I am! :)

I found a great place in the middle of several tree trunks to lay down my intentions for the season!

Mabon Intention Charm

Here is a charm I came up with one day as I was walking in the woods. We all have great ideas and intentions to improve our lives and reach our goals. Here is something you can do on Mabon (or within a few days of the Sabbat).

1. Write out your intentions on a piece of paper.

2. Wrap the piece of paper in a beautiful fallen leaf with some twine - a red leaf would be much more powerful as red represents passion and fire!

3. Take a walk in the woods, or in a nice park where you know there are places you can be alone. Find yourself a beautiful tree that seems to be calling out to you and place your intentional charm under the tree and cover it with leaves. If you find a tree with a hole in it, or a spot where you can lay down your intention, that would be even more powerful.

4. As you walk away, thank the tree and Nature; and think about the actions you'll take to set your intentions and make them a reality. Remember to trust in yourself and the Universe. 

The Wish I Want To Manifest? A HOME.

Mabon Apple Wish Manifestation Charm
(Idea from "The White Witch Parlour") 

Here is another little charm that I think is a great way to send out your intention to the Universe!

Find a quiet spot at home or in your yard where you won't be distracted. Light some candles, burn some incense, play some whatever gets you into a calm and spiritual mood for this charm.

You'll need an apple, a bowl of water, some salt, some cinnamon, a small knife and a small tea light candle or a taper candle.

1. Hold your apple and think about what you really want to manifest in your life and really meditate on it for a little while; make the intention clear as you focus on it.

2. Carve a hole in the top of the apple that will hold your candle. Set it aside. You may want to slice the bottom off the apple to make sure it can stand on its own.

3. Add some salt to the bowl of water. Concentrate on your intention and stir deosil (clockwise) to energize the water. (Stirring widdershins, or counter-clockwise, would be for something you want to banish from your life.)

4. Carve your apple with words or symbols..anything that represents the intention you want to manifest.

5. Place your apple in the water, insert your candle and light it. Sprinkle some cinnamon over the apple and water. Cinnamon is for prosperity.

6. Bask in the energy of the charm, imagine this intention has already been manifested and enjoy how wonderful that feels! Send your intention out to the Universe as you blow out your candle. Work towards your goal but be sure to trust yourself, your intention and the Universe...doubt and worry do not serve us ONE BIT!! :)

My Joy :)

Have a blessed day my friends! Enjoy the season and live with positivity and gratitude!