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Mabon Blessings

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Merry meet all,

Bright Mabon blessings to you all!! I hope you all have a wonderful day, whether you’re a solitary Witch or in a coven. May the God and the Goddess bless you with a bountiful harvest this Mabon. 

I published an essay in Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine about the Crone Goddess Hekate.  You can read the link here: http://eternalhauntedsummer.com/issues/autumn-equinox-2013/hekate-goddess-of-samhain/

I am off to Word on the Street soon. I promise to blog about it later. So have a wonderful time today. Send photos of your decorated Mabon altars. 

Blessings,

Lady Spiderwitch

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Grapevine Magic at Mabon

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Merry meet all,

I am delighted to share a link with you all about the bees. Bees have been dying worldwide. But this is a landmark victory. Here is the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-24112752 I am so relieved to know that bees have survived. They are essential to our survival.

Mabon is coming up soon. Mabon is a time of balance and harmony. I already feel the chill in the air. Now the idea of the harvest is more exciting because the carrots, radishes, and peas in my garden are growing. The neighbors planted a grape vine. You can try grape vine magic this Mabon.

Grapes are a symbol of fertility and prosperity.

Decorate your altar with grapes and vines. I intend to do this one- make a grapevine pentacle. I just cut and brought in grape vines from the yard here. When it dries, I will weave it into a pentacle.

Paint or stencil grapevines onto your walls. This ensures a bountiful crop.

Use grape leaves as an ingredient in spells to attract abundance. For a talisman, fold a grape leaf around a coin, and tie with green string. Carry the talisman with you.

Plant grapes in pots on either side of your door and train the vines to grow up around the doorframe. This helps abundance enters your home.

Use wine to asperge thee home or to help mark a sacred circle.

Good luck with your grapevine magic!

Mabon Blessings,

Lady Spiderwitch

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Countdown to Mabon

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Merry meet all,

A busy week is ahead for us. The Wheel of the Year blew in rustic colourful leaves, pumpkins, and a crisp chill in the air. I love autumn equinox as much as any other Witch. So let’s get ready. 

Fall is the most magickal time of year. I squealed when I saw large pumpkins in the bins in the grocery store. I couldn’t help it. It was like a confirmation that fall had truly arrived. The Harvest Moon shines luminously on the 19th. Mabon occurs on September 22nd. We get a harvest moon and harvest celebration in one week. I plan to be prepared. I may still have to scoop out slugs from my pots but my small lawn is now spotted with fallen fiery leaves. The Sun enters Libra on the 22nd. The Libra sign represents balance, harmony and friendship. The autumn equinox is when day and night are divided equally. 

Now is a good time to give thanks for your herb garden and crops. You may also acknowledge that the earth is dying back and preparing itself for the cold harsh winter. The petals on the Black Eyed Susans and coneflower are dying back. The beautiful velvety seed heads mature on the stems. I plan to save some seeds from them to plant in the spring. 

Plan a nice meal with wine, cider, natural bread, squash or pumpkin soup, cheese, and grapes. Invite friends or your coven members over to share the meal. Remember to offer thanks to your deities of choice and to the fairy spirits in your garden who protected and helped your garden grow. Enjoy the magical bounty of Mabon. 

Up next; Ways to celebrate Mabon

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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Magic of the Harvest Moon

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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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In anticipation of Mabon

Litha Crafts- Fire Incense

Merry meet all,

An early chill is in the air. The gardens wind down in preparation for fall. Halloween merchandise haunts the store shelves. Yup, no doubt about it. Our favourite time of year is almost here. To celebrate summer’s end, I am attending a workshop led by Starhawk this weekend. I can’t wait for this retreat and I promise to blog all about it. 

If you are searching for some inspiration on how to celebrate the upcoming Sabbats, feel free to peruse my past blog posts about Mabon and Samhain. They brim with ideas and suggestions on how to enjoy Samhain, find a costume, decorate for the Sabbats, and lots more. 

Enjoy the last of the summer warmth. When the chill creeps into the air, the leaves turn, you will know it will be time for the harvest. I always look forward to harvest time. My tomatoes are growing well, I have a new pot of green peas started, and carrots. I wish they would grow faster before the frost arrives. Mother Earth takes her time though. I spied potato leaves. I might get a potato or two before the killing frost. I saved my fern from death. The fern is growing new leaves. I will miss my garden this winter. 

I have a large black cauldron on hold at the local awesome metaphysical store Little Mysteries here. I hope I get to bring it home in time for Samhain. That would be cool because I will dedicate it at Samhain! That would be really cool. I plan to use the ultra large cauldron for spellworkings, charms and as a censer. It is too large for scrying but I am sure I can find ways to use it. Once I get it home, it will never be moved. It is that large. At least, until moving day. 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Protective Mugwort

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Merry meet all,

It’s 70 more days to Samhain!! Are you excited? I am!! It’s time to be preparing for Samhain. Samhain is the traditional Celtic Witches New Year. I feel a little chill in the air this morning. 

The day of the Full Moon, I harvested a large stalk of mugwort. The mugwort is drying on a towel in my kitchen. Mugwort can be used in divinations, dream work, teas, incense, to cleanse crystal balls. It can be used to smudge a ritual area. Mugwort’s versatility for magickal spellworkings makes it a popular herb. 

I listened to a podcast by Selena Fox on Pagan Circle podcast. She talked about mugwort and its many magickal uses. I enjoyed the podcast and since I am growing organic mugwort in my kitchen witch’s magickal herb garden, I can make the most of the traditional witch’s herb. Also, trimming the mugwort allows it grow back, which is another bonus. It will soon be time to harvest your bounty from your herb garden. I hope you have a great harvest of herbs, flowers, and vegetables. I also hope they were organic and free of harmful pesticides. You retain more nutrients and the volatile oils of some of your plants by keeping them organic. The veggies, herbs, and flowers I grow are as organic. I used organic soil too. 

Now the moon is waning. The next Sabbat in the Wheel of the Year is Mabon, a magickal time in its own right. Waning moon is the time to draw away from you that which no longer serves you. Banishings and purification spells are good to do now. I steeped mugwort tea and poured it on the ground deosil in a circle all around my apartment. We had to dig up tree roots here to get them out of the pipes. There was lots of upheavel. The tea circle will now replenish and strengthen the energy here, cleanse away the negative energies, and protect the area. I was up 6 am to pour the tea. I am sure I might look strange to onlookers walking in a circle pouring out tea from a teapot. I like to be discreet when I do that. I also want to do this at Samhain. 

I also recommend smudging your home on the inside every full moon. That strengthens the magickal shield inside your home. Autumn, or the Fall season, is the best time to stock up on magickal provisions. My pantry is almost empty. I intend to stock up on herbs and other magickal tools for spell workings this season. 

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch

 

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Early autumn musings

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Merry meet all,

Today the moon travels from Sagittarius to void of course to Capricorn. The moon is in Mercury and today’s corresponding colour is purple. Capricorn represents structure and Mercury represents action and wisdom. Also, Friday is Freya’s Day. Magickally speaking, today is perfect for perhaps planning a date or a romantic outing. On August 20th, the full moon rules the night sky. 

My garden looks beautiful today. The tomatoes are growing large on the vines, I began a fresh crop of shallots, radishes, and peas. The vines smell absolutely delicious. I love to run my hands over the vines because the scent is divine. The flowers and herbs are great too. Bees love to visit the bee balm. Of course. 

I see signs now that the garden is preparing for fall. The sea holly thistles are brown, and i can soon save the seed from the sea holly. The comfrey isn’t producing more flowers. The early pea vines are withering. I don’t like to think it but fall is around the corner. Lammas is the first of the three harvest Sabbats. The next turn in the Wheel of the year is Mabon, and following that is Samhain. Every Witch anticipates Samhain. 

I enjoy Mabon, not nearly as much as I do for Samhain. Mabon is magickal on its’ own. The chill is in the air and leaves turn those gorgeous colours of crimson and gold. Pumpkins ripen on the vine. We’ll be ready for the fall festivities on this blog. 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch

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