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Magic of the Harvest Moon

 Mabon

Merry meet all,

September heralds the change in the air. I feel the chill already. Pumpkins now sit in the baskets in the produce aisle. Crisp leaves trail to the ground. My garden is busy preparing itself for fall. Some seed heads are losing their flower petals, leaving the rich brown velvety seed heads behind. I love to feel the texture of them. There is no mistake about it. Fall is the most sensual season of the year.

Next week, the Wheel of the Year spins again. Mabon starts on September 22nd. Mabon precedes Samhain. The Harvest Moon shines on the 19th. I will be posting tips here on how you can make the most of this magickal harvest time. If you had a garden, September- October is the time to harvest what you have sown all summer. Your herbs and vegetables will be ripe to bursting. Throw a potluck and share what you have harvested. Sharing food is a custom that goes back to our ancestors. 

Try to include as much organic food as you can for your Mabon feast. Despite what you think, it is cheaper to eat organic. It is better on your body. Go to an organic Farmers Market for ciders, meat, and vegetables. I myself plan to get some rustic bread, goat cheese (mm), and fresh cider. That takes some beating. Our ancestors ate organic food. Think about it. Now there are chemicals in the food. When you eat the food, you eat the chemicals. You take that energy into you. Is that what you want? I doubt it. 

Peru has banned GMO food and Monsanto. Way to go, Peru. I hope they are an example to other countries to follow in their suit. 

For those of you who live inHalifax, another September highlight is Word on the Street. Word on the Street is an annual Book Fair and Festival. I never miss it and I always have a good time. I look forward to this year’s festival. 

May the Goddess bless you this Mabon

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Harvest Esbat Moon

Merry Meet All,

The Full Moon will soon show off her milky white power and glory. I love full moons. This full moon is known as the Corn Moon. Now is the time for the harvesting and gathering of what you planted in the spring. It is also known as Wyrt (green plant) Moon.

Use this time to practice magickal workings and to focus on what you harvested in your life, not just your greens. Divinations, spells, and rituals would be good to do. This is a time to finish projects that you began. The Wheel of the Year is turning. The dark half of the year is coming.

Here is how to perform a full moon esbat. If you are in a coven or a solitary, you can still have a magical time!! Smudge and cleanse yourself and your circle area with sage, frankincense, rosemary. Prepare the area and have at hand a special full moon candle. Adorn your candle with glitter and adorn your altar with lunar symbols- silver, crystals, lunar herbs. Call on the Goddess for her blessings and guidance. Stand at the altar and hold your arms out. Face the beautiful milky moon and utter a chant or prayer to the Goddess. Light your special candle and thank your deity of choice or the Goddess for the magical enchantment.

When you are ready, and you have meditated, close the circle and end the ritual. You can make an offering to the Goddess. I filled a jar with lunar charged water- mint essential oil, a dime, + a crystal, then poured that on my garden as part of the full moon ritual. Move into the Cakes & Ale ceremony. It is done.

This might be the last time of the year that some witches get to practice a ritual outdoors. The nights will turn cooler and darker earlier. Whether you are in a coven or practice solitary, I wish you all a blessed Full Moon.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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