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Time to celebrate: Ostara!

Spring has just arrived, hurray!  Goodbye to my cold, and goodbye to the long dark hours at night.  She is my officially most favourite season of the year.  Everything is fresh, everything is lively.  Even my favourite cologne has her name on it:

  
Ostara (around 21st March every year), is the Spring Equinox.  It is the time when the Sun enters the zodiacal sign Aries.  On Ostara the hours of day and night are equal.  Light is overtaking darkness, our Mother Earth impels the live creatures to reproduce.  It is time to rejoice as it marks the first day of true Spring!  The energies of nature subtly shift from the sluggishness of winter to the beautiful expansion of spring.

It is time to delight ourselves in the abundance of nature.  Walk the green fields.  Buy some flowers.  Touch some plants.  Connect with their energy and through it, all nature.  Visualise yourself travel inside its leaves and stems – from your crown through your arms and fingers into the plant itself.  Sense the miraculous processes of life at work within it. Feel the emergence of energies around you and show your gratitude to the wonders of nature.

This is a time of beginnings, of actions, of planting spells for future gains, and of tending your garden.

Time to celebrate: Yule!

This is the day of winter solstice (22nd December, 2015), the time when we have the longest night and the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere.  Good news is from now on the day is getting longer and longer.  Welcome, ever-returning God of the Sun!  May you shine brightly upon the earth, and bless this fertile land once again.

The winter solstice has long been viewed as a time of divine birth.  In a time of greatest darkness people prayed to the forces of nature to lengthen the days and shorten the nights.  Wiccans sometimes celebrate Yule just before dawn, then watch the sunrise as a fitting finale to their efforts.  Since the God is also the Sun, this marks the point of the year when the Sun God is reborn again.  On this night I light a candle to celerate the Sun’s returning light.

In this special moment of time, I suggest to say a prayer to your deity with the 5 principles of Reiki:

Just for today, I will

Let go of anger

Let go of worry

Show gratitude & give thanks for my blessings

Work conscientiously

Be compassionate & honour all living things

So mote it be.

I believe in reincarnation, and many other things. Just in case there isn’t, that’s why I have been living to the edge in this life, making the most of it. I hope you do. Have a very blessed Yule.

Time to celebrate: Samhain!

Samhain is known by most people as Halloween.  In pagan story, the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest during this day.  Our plants are darken, leaves are fallen.  The fields are barren.  It is a Sabbat to remember, honour, or perhaps contact our ancestors – those who have crossed the river into the land of shadows.  It is also the most potent night of the year for meaningful dreaming and divination.

Samhain, also known as Feast of the Dead, Feast of Hallows, November Eve, once marked the time of sacrifice.  In some places this was time when animals were slaughtered to ensure food was sufficient throughout the depths of winter.  

Indeed all the pegan festivals are very much food related.  They are agriculture based and built on nature’s cycle.  The pegan wheel of the year is masked by magical stories for people to remember the wonders of the Universe.  This myth cycle speaks of the mysteries of birth, death, and rebirth.  It also points out our real dependence on the earth, the sun, the moon and the effects of seasons in our daily lives.

At Samhain (31st October), the Wicca say farewell to the God.  This is a temporary farewell, and then he will be reborn from the Goddess at Yule.  Why is God the son, and then the lover of the Goddess?  This is not incest, this is symbolism of an agricultural story that the fertility of the earth is a cycle.

Samhain is a time of reflection, of looking back over the past year.  It is a time to come to term that we have no control of death, hence we should live a forgiving life and more importantly make the most of life.

Cycle of Success

In Wicca, the year is seen as a turning wheel. Once it has completed a rotation, it keeps going and spins around again and again. Nature and the cycle of earth have her seasons. Celebrating the Sabbats helps to keep you in tune with nature and the cycles of the earth’s seasons. Living in the cities, as many of us do, often leaves us feeling cut off from the cycling nature of life. Observing the Sabbats can help you realign your rhythms and energies with the natural forces of the earth. I have been thinking how might the nature’s cycle relate to our mundane job-business. 

WINTER

The ground is cold, the earth is unproductive.  The trees are barren and seem lifeless.  To the positive ones Winter is a time of beginnings.  It is a time of anticipation, vision and dreams.  Which are your important areas of life?  They are fields for planting your crops so as the cycle comes to the end your can have your harvest. It is good idea to make a list of what you want to achieve during this time.  Think big.  Winter is the season for planning.

SPRING

Spring is the time of enthusiastic activities – getting the seeds, preparing the soil, and planting.  The energy level is high, the Goddess is happy.  It is time to take winter plans and put them into actions.  Get a head start. Spring is the season for planting.

SUMMER

Perhaps time for a long relaxing vacation!  Vacation it is but do not make it a whole summer long.  This is time for cultivation.  If you neglect in summer what you planted in Spring, you won’t get your harvest in Autumn.  For the positive ones, summer is the time for continual watering, cultivation and fertilisation.  Cultivate yourself through learning.  Do more work.  They will pay off.  Summer is the season for hard work.

AUTUMN

As you planned in Winter, planted in Spring, sweated in Summer, congratulations!  Autumn brings you harvest. Autumn is a time of reaping, with feeling of accomplishment. Here you made the most of every season and time is due for your rewards. Autumn is the season for produce.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.  Ecclesiastes 3:1

Time to celebrate: Mabon!

Goodbye summer, we will see you next year!  With our open arms we welcome Mabon, or the autumn equinox.  On this day (23rd September) the length of the day and night are equal again, the power of the Sun God is growing weaker as he is going into the resting cycle towards the adventure into the unseen. We are readying for winter and it is time to rest.

The second point of balance within the year is reached, in a mirror image of the spring equinox.  At this time the forces of darkness have risen to the equality with the declining light, and will very soon overwhelm it.  During the next 6 months, the hours of darkness will outnumber the hours of daylight. From here on we need to make conscious preparations for the winter by looking beyond ourselves to our relationships with the people around us and the society at large.  Our survival through the dark times may very much depend on this.

Dried leaves remind me of Mabon.  I pick them up on my way to work, and put them down to the earth just before I arrive at the office. Holding them I pray with The Blessing Chant inspired by Scott Cunningham:

May the powers of The One,

the source of all creation;

all-pervasive, omnipotent, eternal:

may the Goddess, the lady of the moon;

and the God, horned hunter of the sun;

may the power of the spirit of the stones,

rulers of the eternal realms;

may the power of the stars above and the earth below,

bless this place, and this time, and I who am with you.

A traditional practice is on that day to take a walk in the park, gather autumn colour leaves and plants to decorate the home.  You can make sachets by adding a few drops of your favourite essential oils.  The food of Mabon consists of grains, fruit, beans and corn.  My favourite is chocolate baked alaska, a sumptuous dessert of opposites.  A little indulgence is fine.