Magickal Substitutions

Magical Substitutions

Keep in mind that these substitutions are for magic and spellwork only and should not be relied upon for healing or culinary use.

Ingredient
Possible Substitutions

Acacia
Gum Arabic (is made from acacia)

Aconite
Tobacco

Allspice
Cassia, Cinnamon, Cloves, Mace, Nutmeg

Ambergris
Cypress and Patchouli

Asafetida
Garlic, Onion, Neem, Gum Ammonium

Bergamot
Grapefruit

Balm of Gilead
Rose, Gum Mastic

Belladonna
Tobacco, Tomato

Baneful Herbs (any)Tobacco

Benzoin
Gum Arabic, Gum Mastic

Blood
Copal, Bloodroot Sap, Pokeweed Berry Juice

Bluestone
Blueing Balls

Cachana
Angelica

Camphor
Eucalyptus, Lavender

Carnation
Eose, esp with a few drops of Cinnamon Oil

Cassia
Cinnamon

CedarSandalwood

Cinnabar
Dragon’s Blood

Cinquefoil
Clover, Trefoil

Citron
Orange and Lemon Peels, combined

Cloves
Nutmeg, Mace

Clover
Cinquefoil

Copal
Frankincense, Cedar

Cowbane
Tobacco

Crystals
(any)Quartz

Cypress
Juniper, Pine

Deer’s Tongue
Tonka Bean, Woodruff, Vanilla

Dittany of Crete
Gum Mastic

Dragon’s Blood
Blend together Frankincense and Red Sandalwood

Eucalyptus
Camphor, Lavender

Euphorbium
Tobacco

Flowers
(any) Rose

Frankincense
Copal, Pine

Galangal
Ginger Root

Grains of Paradise
Black Pepper

Gum Arabic
Frankincense, Gum Mastic

Gum Ammoniac
Asafetida

Gum Bdellium
Copal, Pine, Dragon’s Blood

Gum Mastic
No Substitute

Gum Resin (any)
Frankincense, Copal

Hellebore
Tobacco, Nettles

Hemlock
Tobacco

Hemp
Nutmeg, Damiana, Star Anise, Bay Laurel

Henbane
Tobacco

Herb (any)
Rosemary

Hyssop
Lavender

Ivy
Cinquefoil

Jasmine
Rose

Juniper
Pine

Labdanum
Hibiscus

Lavender
Rose

Lemon Grass
Lemon Peel, Pelargonium, Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena
Lemon Grass, Lemon Peel

Mace
Nutmeg

Mandrake
Tobacco, Mayapple

Mercury
Aluminum

Mint (any)
Sage

Mistletoe
Mint, Sage

Mugwort
Wormwood, Southernwood

Neroli
No Substitute

Nightshade
Tobacco, Tomato

Nutmeg
Mace, Cinnamon, Pelargonium

Oakmoss
Patchouli

Orange
Tangerine, Pelargonium

Orange fFowers
Orange Peel

Patchouli
Oakmoss

Peppermint
Spearmint

Pepperwort
Rue, Grains of Paradise, Black Pepper

Pine
Juniper

Pine Resin
Frankincense, Copal

Rose
Yarrow, Rose Geranium, Rose Attar

Geranium
Rose

Ruby
Garnet

Rue
Rosemary with a bit of Black Pepper

Saffron
Orange Peel

Sandalwood
Cedar

Sarsparilla
Sassafrass

Sassafrass
Sarsparilla

Spearmint
Peppermint

Sulfur
Clubmoss, Asafetida, Tobacco

Thyme
Rosemary

Tobacco
Bay Laurel

Tonka Bean
Deer Tongue, Woodruff,
Vanilla Bean

Topaz
Citrine

Trefoil
Cinquefoil

Vetivert
Calamus

Vanilla
Woodruff, Deer Tongue, Tonka Bean

Valerian
Asafetida

Willow
Poplar

Wolfsbane
Tobacco

Wood Aloe
Sandalwood and Ambergris

Woodruff
Vanilla, Deer Tongue

Wormwood
Mugwort

Yarrow
Rose

Yew
Tobacco

ERINYES

THE GODDESS ERINYES
Parents Gaea and the blood of Uranus
Names Alecto, Megaera, Tisiphone
Goddesses of Vengeance, retribution
Home Hades
Symbol Vipers
Sacred Animals Viper, screech-owl
Sacred Plants Yew tree
Other Names Eumenides
English Name Furies
Roman Name Furiae, Dirae

THE ERINYES (Furies) were three goddesses of vengeance and retribution who punished men for crimes against the natural order. They were particularly concerned with homicide, unfilial conduct, offenses against the gods, and perjury. A victim seeking justice could call down the curse of the Erinys upon the criminal. The most powerful of these was the curse of the parent upon the child–for the Erinyes were born of just such a crime, being sprung from the blood of Ouranos (Uranus), when he was castrated by his son Kronos (Cronus).

The wrath of the Erinyes manifested itself in a number of ways. The most severe of these was the tormenting madness inflicted upon a patricide or matricide. Murderers might suffer illness or disease; and a nation harbouring such a criminal, could suffer dearth, and with it hunger and disease. The wrath of the Erinyes could only be placated with the rite ritual purification and the completion of some task assigned for atonement.

The goddesses were also servants of Haides and Persephone in the underworld where they oversaw the torture of criminals consigned to the Dungeons of the Damned.

The Erinyes were similar to if not the same as the Poinai (Poenae) (Retaliations), Arai (Arae) (Curses), Praxidikai (Praxidicae) (Exacters of Justice) and Maniai (Maniae) (Madnesses).

They were depicted as ugly, winged women with hair, arms and waists entwined with poisonous serpents. The sisters wielded whips and were clothed either in the long black robes of mourners, or the short-length skirts and boots of huntress- maidens.

 

How to Open Your Third Eye

What is meant by ‘opening your third eye’? It is a meditation technique that refers to becoming more self aware and in tune with your surroundings. Results may be different for everyone. Some experience heightened awareness, more creativity, or a sense of calm and confidence. When performed consistently, your intuition will improve and you will become more aware.

“Breathe in through the nose for a slow count of 3. Hold for a count of 3. Then exhale for a count of three. Do this slowly and rhythmically. Focus on the point between your eyes above your nose on your forehead. Roll the eyes up behind closed eyelids. This may take 10-20 minutes before you can contact the spirits. As you breathe in and out, you will see different colours starting at yellow then shifting to purple. When you see purple you may, most respectfully speak with your spirit guides.”

I found a quiet spot in the house and laid down on the ground in a darkened room. I breathed in and out. I became more and more relaxed. I saw flashes of yellow and purple. Then I asked to speak to my grandmother’s and grandfather’s spirits, the ancients, and the enlightened. Then, it happened! I heard a voice, as clear as day in my mind, and I freaked out. I did not know it then, but this was the day that would define the rest of my life.

It was not until years later that I tried meditation again, and it would be longer still when I tried, what I now know as, the third eye meditation. Almost like clockwork, years passed by again and it is only now that I realised the importance of opening my third eye.

Was I contacting ancient spirits when I was a child? Maybe, but more likely, I had gotten in touch with my higher consciousness. This higher consciousness is in us all. It is what makes us human and allows us to do amazing things.

There are many exercises and meditation techniques for opening your third eye. The easiest technique is to sit upright in a comfortable chair. Place your arms at your sides and hands on your lap. Breathe in through your nose to a count of 10, hold for 10, then exhale for 10. The longer you can do this the better, but the key is in the consistent rhythmic breathing. In through the nose, out through the mouth. When you do this, focus on the point between your forehead. You do not need to literally turn your eyes to your forehead, you need only to focus on the point in the middle of your forehead while you breathe in and out. Around the eight to tenth breath, you will start to see the yellow colour spiral in your mind. As you continue breathing, the colour will change to purple and then to flashing colours.

When this happens, when you finally see that vibrating purple colour, it means you have opened your third eye. This ‘opening’ means different things for different people. For me, it has allowed more creativity and focus.

If you don’t see swirling colours, or you can’t hold your breath for 10 seconds, don’t worry. Just keep trying and do what you are comfortable with. One of my students would complain of constant headaches, but he persisted. Only when he persisted did he realise that his headaches were because he was staring at his nose cross-eyed.

The more meditation you do, the more understanding and control you will have over the effects of your newfound awareness. Many people think that the benefit of meditation is only during the actual meditation, but it is quite the contrary. The benefit comes a short time after the meditation. The more consistent you are in your meditation, the more aware of the benefits you become. You realise that, perhaps, you aren’t lucky, but there is someone/something guiding you. You see patterns where there would be random chances. This is just the start to an improved and a better you.

 

Baal (Bael) or Beelzebub

Baal (Bael) or Beelzebub

He is the king who rules the East. He can give you the power of being invisible and wisdom. He appears with human face or with a face of a frog or a cat, and sometimes with all three faces. He has a hoarse voice

PURPOSE:

To help you expand your knowledge – WISDOM

 

ABOUT:

  • #1 Demon of the Goetia
  • Zodiac Position: 0-4 Degrees of Aries
  • March 21st-25th *(March 21-30)
  • Tarot Card: 2 of Rods (From Azazel)
  • Candle colour: Black
  • Plant: Fern
  • Planet: Sun
  • Metal: Iron *(Gold)
  • Element of Fire
  • Rank: King
  • Bael is a Day Demon
  • Rules over 66 legions of spirits.

 

Did you know the following about Baal?

  • According to demonology Baal was ranked as the first and principal King in Hell, ruling over the East, and to other authors as a Duke, with sixty-six legions of demons under his command.
  • During the English Puritan period Baal, as a demon, was either compared to Satan or considered his main assistant.
  • Appearance:
    • Far from being depicted as a human or a bull, as his Semitic predecessor, in demonology Baal is usually depicted with three heads, the first of a man wearing a ducal crown, the second of a toad and the third of a cat, human chest, and the rest of the body as a spider.
    • Other demonologists depict him as a man with three heads (cat, toad and man), or as a man with the head of a cat, a man with the head of a toad, or, rarely, as a man.
    • Other depictions say he can also appear in the shape of a cat or a toad.

ENN:

Now that you know Bael & Beelzebub are the same, it is up to you to choose the enn that feels best for you.

Bael – Ayer Secore On Ca Ba’al 

Beelzebuth (also Beelzebub) – Adey vocar avage Beelzebuth

 


HISTORY OF BAAL

Baal is a Christian demon. Baal was the most important god of the ancient Canaanites.

Baal is actually a general word meaning “lord.” In religious contexts, the specific lord in question is usually the Canaanite god of rain, dew, and fertile fields.. This god is said to ride on the clouds. He is also called “Prince Baal.” In Semitic languages, the phrase is Baal zebul.

The transition from Bael to Beelzebub

Beelzebub or Beelzebul was identified by the writers of the New Testament as Satan, “prince” (i.e., king) of the demons. (e.g., Matthew 10.25; Mark 3.22; Luke 11.15, 18–19). Any reference to the Canaanite god had been lost at that stage.

[box] “Beelzebub is another name for the devil similar to Satan.” He is known by believers as one of the seven princes of Hell, according to Catholic views in terms of demonology. [/box]  

In the Testament of Solomon, Beelzebul (not Beelzebub) appears as prince of the demons and says that he was formerly a leading heavenly angel who was associated with the star Hesperus. Seemingly, Beelzebul here is simply Lucifer. “Beelzebul claims to cause destruction through tyrants, to cause demons to be worshipped among men, to excite priests to lust, to cause jealousies in cities and murders, and to bring on war.”

[box type=”info”] The Testament of Solomon is an Old Testament pseudepigraphical work, purportedly written by King Solomon, in which Solomon mostly describes particular demons whom he enslaved to help build the temple, with substantial Christian interpolations.[/box]The Dictionnaire Infernal describes Beelzebub as a “demonic fly,” known as the “Lord of the Flies”.

The Importance of Bael/Beelzebub

Beelzebub has always held a place in Hell’s hierarchy.

17th-century exorcist Sebastien Michaelis, in his Admirable History (1612), placed Beelzebub among the three most prominent fallen angels, the other two being Lucifer and Leviathan

18th-century works identified an unholy trinity consisting of Beelzebub, Lucifer, and Astaroth

BWS – I follow the 18th century views on this last point.


 TEXTS

“Baal, Bale – (Hebrew) Devil.  Means “the lord.”  The Canaanites worshipped Baal and held rituals at which children were burned for sacrifice.  According to Wineries, this demon is the first monarch of hell and appears as a three headed beast.  Bale is cited in the Grand Grimier as commanding general of infernal armies.”

– Source: The Complete Book of Demonolatry S. Connolly

“The First Principal Spirit is a King ruling in the East, called Bael. He maketh thee to go Invisible. He ruleth over 66 Legions of Infernal Spirits. He appeareth in divers shapes, sometimes like a Cat, sometimes like a Toad, and sometimes like a Man, and sometimes all these forms at once. He speaketh hoarsely. This is his character which is used to be worn as a Lamen before him who calleth him forth, or else he will not do thee homage.”

– Source: Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon: The Initiated Interpretation of Ceremonial Magic http://amzn.to/2dp0MTL

This entry was posted on 10/09/2019, in Goetia.

How to Celebrate Mabon

How to Celebrate Mabon

We dedicate this festival to the Gods of Welsh mythology. Mabon is considered a time of mysteries. It is a time to honor the Major Deities and the Spiritual World. Considered as a moment of balance, it is when we stop to rest and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvest, whether it is working in our gardens, working in our jobs, raising our families, or simply facing life everyday life.

To celebrate the Fall Festival, we suggest a ritual that can be done individually or in a group.

Prepare the place where the ritual will be performed with dried leaves, grains, seeds and the one with which it has recently matured. You will need three cauldrons, incense, water, matches, a brown candle, an apple, beer, wine or fruit juice and cereal bread. It may be used of a bell or a small drum to produce a shamanic beat during the rite.

Place the three cauldrons in the center of your Sacred Grove. In the cauldron of the left place the water, representing the Kingdom of the Sea; in the cauldron of the center the brown candle, representing the Kingdom of Heaven and in the cauldron of the right the grains and the seeds representing the Kingdom of the Earth. Smooth the place three times clockwise. Then contact the Three Realms:

 

“From North to South, from East to West, we begin the journey, blessed by Heaven, Earth and Sea. Heaven above us represents the magic of sacred fire. the inspiration of the sacred well, and the Earth beneath our feet represents the sustaining pillar of the sacred tree, and we celebrate the blessings of the Second Harvest through the Festival of the Autumn Equinox.

 

Greetings to Mother Earth

We begin the ritual honoring Mother Earth, making her an offering, which could be a food, fruit, drink, flowers or a poetry. Put your hands on the floor and say,

“Mother Earth, bearer of all life, who travels through the green earth to the springs that spring from your womb, we honor you with the arrival of autumn, thanking you for sustaining us in this sacred rite.”

 

Place your offering on a platter in front of the cauldrons. Suggestion: apple.

 

Statement of Purpose

 

“We are gathered in the Sacred Grove to celebrate the Autumn Equinox Festival through the second harvest. A moment of peace and balance, where the season of light begins to give way to the dark season of the year. Fruits of which our thoughts, words and deeds have cultivated. This ritual is dedicated to the Welsh gods Mabon and his mother, Modron, Goddess of earth and fertility. “

 

Contact with the cauldron of the center (Kingdom of Heaven)

 

“Light the sacred fire that awakens creation, the true light that burns within us, show us our inner glow!”

 

Light the brown candle inside the cauldron and say:

 

“Holy Fire, shine within us!” Repeat 3 times.

 

Contact with the cauldron on the left (Kingdom of the Sea)

 

“Sacred Waters that run under our feet, powers from the depths that flow from within us, show us the path that leads us back to Avalon!”

 

With the cauldron of water, wet your fingers, make the triskle or Celtic cross symbol on your forehead and say,

 

“Holy water, flow from within us!” Repeat 3 times.

 

Contact with the cauldron on the right (Kingdom of the Earth)

 

“Holy Tree, which from the roots of the earth rises to heaven, wisdom that grows strong and perennial within us, show us our inner strength!”

 

Raise the cauldron of the earth with the grains and seeds up to the forehead and say,

 

“Holy tree, grow within us!” Repeat 3 times.

 

Opening the Gates between the Worlds

 

“Welcome to the Sacred Grove, which we will establish as the Sacred Center of Worlds. In this sacred center, we will now open the portals to the Other World, where our ancestors, the spirits of nature and the gods. As soon as the gates open, I ask the Three Families to join us, blessing and protecting us during the Autumnal Equinox ritual, in return, accept our sincere gratitude! ”

 

Make an offering to the Three Families. Suggestion: glass of beer.

 

Invocation to Mabon

 

O great and mighty Mabon

That upon being released,

He brought the light into the darkness.

 

Come to us as the Bearer of Light

Come to us as the Bearer of peace

Come to us as the Bearer of the harvest

 

O great and mighty Mabon

Accept our gratitude!

 

Make an offering to Mabon. Suggestion: glass of wine.

 

Invocation of Modron

 

Modron, the Great Mother of Mabon

Modron, the Lady of Avalon

Modron, the Bearer of the Harvests

 

Great Mother, at the moment of balance,

We entrust our lives to your care

Lady, always bring us peace, love and light

 

O Modron beloved, accept our gratitude!

 

Make an offer to Modron. Suggestion: cereal bread.

 

Then take a break for meditation and think about the fruits harvested. Receive the blessings of the Gods through the reading of the oracles. Suggestion: runes or ogham.

 

Thanksgivings and closure of the Gates

 

For the blessings of the three worlds and the Mighty Beings who have blessed us, with joy in our hearts, we will carry the magic of the Sacred Grove to our daily lives. Each time we enter the Other World, we become stronger and more conscious. Now we prepare to leave giving thanks to those who have helped us.

 

Modron, we thank you … Awen!

Mabon, we thank you … Awen!

To the Three Families, we thank you … Awen!

To the Three Kingdoms, we thank you … Awen!

To Mother Earth, we thank you … Awen!

Now let’s finish what we started. Let the fire shine in the flame, let the good flow in the water, let the truth grow in the earth, and let the gates between the worlds now be closed.

 

Walking wisely, children of the Earth, I declare that the autumn ritual is over!

 

(Ritual based on the principles of the Druidic Order ADF – Árn Draíocht Féin – The Druid)

Mabon History: The Second Harvest

Mabon History: The Second Harvest

A colorful variety of pumpkins.

 

Two days a year, the Northern and Southern hemispheres receive the same amount of sunlight. Not only that, each receives the same amount of light as they do dark—this is because the earth is tilted at a right angle to the sun, and the sun is directly over the equator. In Latin, the word equinox translates to “equal night.” The autumn equinox, or Mabon, takes place on or near September 21, and its spring counterpart falls around March 21. If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, the days will begin getting shorter after the autumn equinox and the nights will grow longer—in the Southern hemisphere, the reverse is true.

Global Traditions

The idea of a harvest festival is nothing new. In fact, people have celebrated it for millennia, all around the world. In ancient Greece, Oschophoria was a festival held in the fall to celebrate the harvesting of grapes for wine. In the 1700’s, the Bavarians came up with Oktoberfest, which actually begins in the last week of September, and it was a time of great feasting and merriment, still in existence today. China’s Mid-Autumn festival is celebrated on the night of the Harvest Moon, and is a festival of honouring family unity.

Although the traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving falls in November, many cultures see the second harvest time of the fall equinox as a time of giving thanks. After all, it’s when you figure out how well your crops did, how fat your animals have gotten, and whether or not your family will be able to eat during the coming winter. However, by the end of November, there’s not a whole lot left to harvest. Originally, the American Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated on October 3, which makes a lot more sense agriculturally.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued his “Thanksgiving Proclamation”, which changed the date to the last Thursday in November. In 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt adjusted it yet again, making it the second-to-last Thursday, in the hopes of boosting post-Depression holiday sales. Unfortunately, all this did was confuse people. Two years later, Congress finalised it, saying that the fourth Thursday of November would be Thanksgiving, each year.

Symbols of the Season

The harvest is a time of thanks, and also a time of balance—after all, there are equal hours of daylight and darkness. While we celebrate the gifts of the earth, we also accept that the soil is dying. We have food to eat, but the crops are brown and going dormant. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead.

Some symbols of Mabon include:

  • Mid-autumn vegetables, like squashes, eggplant, pumpkins, and gourds
  • Apples and anything made from them, such as cider, pies, applesauce and apple butter, or even dried apples
  • Seeds, nuts, and seed pods
  • Baskets, symbolising the gathering of crops; bushel baskets are easy to find if you live in an agricultural region with a lot of orchards nearby
  • Sickles, scythes, and other harvesting tools
  • Grapes, vines, and wine

You can use any of these to decorate your home or your altar at Mabon.

Feasting and Friends

Early agricultural societies understood the importance of hospitality—it was crucial to develop a relationship with your neighbours, because they might be the ones to help you when your family ran out of food. Many people, particularly in rural villages, celebrated the harvest with great deals of feasting, drinking, and eating. After all, the grain had been made into bread, beer and wine had been made, and the cattle were brought down from the summer pastures for the coming winter. Celebrate Mabon yourself with a feast —and the bigger, the better!

Magic and Mythology

Nearly all of the myths and legends popular at this time of the year focus on the themes of life, death, and rebirth. Not much of a surprise, when you consider that this is the time at which the earth begins to die before winter sets in!

Demeter and Her Daughter

Perhaps the best known of all the harvest mythologies is the story of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter was a goddess of grain and of the harvest in ancient Greece. Her daughter, Persephone, caught the eye of Hades, god of the underworld. When Hades abducted Persephone and took her back to the underworld, Demeter’s grief caused the crops on earth to die and go dormant. By the time she finally recovered her daughter, Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds, and so was doomed to spend six months of the year in the underworld. These six months are the time when the earth dies, beginning at the time of the autumn equinox.

Inanna Takes on the Underworld

The Sumerian goddess Inanna is the incarnation of fertility and abundance. Inanna descended into the underworld where her sister, Ereshkigal, ruled. Erishkigal decreed that Inanna could only enter her world in the traditional ways—stripping herself of her clothing and earthly posessions. By the time Inanna got there, Erishkigal had unleashed a series of plagues upon her sister, killing Inanna. While Inanna was visiting the underworld, the earth ceased to grow and produce. A vizier restored Inanna to life, and sent her back to earth. As she journeyed home, the earth was restored to its former glory.

Modern Celebrations

For contemporary Druids, this is the celebration of Alban Elfed, which is a time of balance between the light and the dark. Many Asatru groups honour the fall equinox as Winter Nights, a festival sacred to Freyr.

For most Wiccans and NeoPagans, this is a time of community and kinship. It’s not uncommon to find a Pagan Pride Day celebration tied in with Mabon. Often, PPD organisers include a food drive as part of the festivities, to celebrate the bounty of the harvest and to share with the less fortunate.

If you choose to celebrate Mabon, give thanks for the things you have, and take time to reflect on the balance within your own life, honouring both the darkness and the light. Invite your friends and family over for a feast, and count the blessings that you have among kin and community.

Ways to Celebrate Mabon

 Ways to Celebrate Mabon

Low Section Of Man Standing On Leaves

Mabon is the time of the autumn equinox, and the harvest is winding down. The fields are nearly bare, because the crops have been stored for the coming winter. Mabon is a time when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest. On or around September 21 (or June 21 in the Southern Hemisphere), for many people who follow Pagan and Wiccan traditions, it is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. It is also a time of balance and reflection, following the theme of equal hours light and dark. Here are some ways you and your family can celebrate this day of bounty and abundance.

Find Some Balance

Woman in a Fall Forest

Mabon is a time of balance, when there are equal hours of darkness and light, and that can affect people in different ways. For some, it’s a season to honour the darker aspects of the goddess, calling upon that which is devoid of light. For others, it’s a time of thankfulness, of gratitude for the abundance we have at the season of harvest. Because this is, for many people, a time of high energy, there is sometimes a feeling of restlessness in the air, a sense that something is just a bit “off.” If you’re feeling a bit spiritually lopsided, with this simple meditation you can restore a little balance into your life. You can also try a ritual to bring balance and harmony to your home.

Food Drive

Many Pagans and Wiccans count Mabon as a time of thanks and blessings and because of that, it seems like a good time to give to those less fortunate than ourselves. If you find yourself blessed with abundance at Mabon, why not give to those who aren’t? Invite friends over for a feast, but ask each of them to bring a canned food, dry goods, or other non-perishable items? Donate the collected bounty to a local food bank or homeless shelter.

Pick Some Apples

Apple Orchard

Apples are the perfect symbol of the Mabon season. Long connected to wisdom and magic, there are so many wonderful things you can do with an apple. Find an orchard near you, and spend a day with your family. As you pick the apples, give thanks to Pomona, goddess of fruit trees. Be sure to only pick what you’re going to use. If you can, gather plenty to take home and preserve for the coming winter months.

Count Your Blessings

Forest Walk

Mabon is a time of giving thanks, but sometimes we take our fortune for granted. Sit down and make a gratitude list. Write down things that you are thankful for. An attitude of gratefulness helps bring more abundance our way. What are things you’re glad you have in your life? Maybe it’s the small things, like “I’m happy that I have my cat Peaches” or “I’m glad my car is running.” Maybe it’s something bigger, like “I’m thankful I have a warm home and food to eat” or “I’m thankful people love me even when I’m cranky.” Keep your list some place you can see it, and add to it when the mood strikes you.

Honour the Darkness

Trees in the Darkness

Without darkness, there is no light. Without night, there can be no day. Despite a basic human need to overlook the dark, there are many positive aspects to embracing the dark side, if it’s just for a short time. After all, it was Demeter’s love for her daughter Persephone that led her to wander the world, mourning for six months at a time, bringing us the death of the soil each fall. In some paths, Mabon is the time of year that celebrates the Crone aspect of a triune goddess. Celebrate a ritual that honours that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge. Call upon the gods and goddesses of the dark night, and ask for their blessings this time of year.

Get Back to Nature

The forest in autumn at sunset

Fall is here, and that means the weather is bearable once more. The nights are becoming crisp and cool, and there’s a chill in the air. Take your family on a nature walk, and enjoy the changing sights and sounds of the outdoors. Listen for geese honking in the sky above you, check the trees for changing in the colours of the leaves, and watch the ground for dropped items like acorns, nuts, and seed pods. If you live in an area that doesn’t have any restrictions on removing natural items from park property, take a small bag with you and fill it up with the things you discover along the way. Bring your goodies home for your family’s altar. If you are prohibited from removing natural items, fill your bag with trash and clean up the outdoors!

Tell Timeless Stories

Outdoor Reading

In many cultures, fall was a time of celebration and gathering. It was the season in which friends and relatives would come from far and near to get together before the cold winter kept them apart for months at a time. Part of this custom was storytelling. Learn the harvest tales of your ancestors or of the people indigenous to the area in which you live. A common theme in these stories is the cycle of death and rebirth, as seen in the planting season. Learn about the stories of Osiris, Mithras, Dionysius, Odin and other deities who have died and then been restored to life.

Raise Some Energy

Woman dancing in a field of golden grass in sun drenched hills of California.

It’s not uncommon for Pagans and Wiccans to make remarks regarding the “energy” of an experience or event. If you’re having friends or family over to celebrate Mabon with you, you can raise group energy by working together. A great way to do this is with a drum or music circle. Invite everyone to bring drums, rattles, bells, or other instruments. Those who don’t have an instrument can clap their hands. Begin in a slow, regular rhythm, gradually increasing the tempo until it reaches a rapid pace. End the drumming at a pre-arranged signal, and you’ll be able to feel that energy wash over the group in waves. Another way of raising group energy is chanting, or with dance. With enough people, you can hold a Spiral Dance.

Celebrate Hearth & Home

Herbal Smudge Stick Burning

As autumn rolls in, we know we’ll be spending more time indoors in just a few months. Take some time to do a fall version of spring cleaning. Physically clean your home from top to bottom, and then do a ritual smudging. Use sage or sweetgrass, or asperge with consecrated water as you go through your home and bless each room. Decorate your home with symbols of the harvest season, and set up a family Mabon altar. Put sickles, scythes and bales of hay around the yard. Collect colorful autumn leaves, gourds and fallen twigs and place them in decorative baskets in your house. If you have any repairs that need to be done, do them now so you don’t have to worry about them over the winter. Throw out or give away anything that’s no longer of use.

Welcome the Gods of the Vine

Bacchus

Grapes are everywhere, so it’s no surprise that the Mabon season is a popular time to celebrate winemaking, and deities connected to the growth of the vine. Whether you see him as Bacchus, Dionysus, the Green Man, or some other vegetative god, the god of the vine is a key archetype in harvest celebrations. Take a tour of a local winery and see what it is they do this time of year. Better yet, try your hand at making your own wine! If you’re not into wine, that’s okay; you can still enjoy the bounty of grapes, and use their leaves and vines for recipes and craft projects. However you celebrate these deities of vine and vegetation, you may want to leave a small offering of thanks as you reap the benefits of the grape harvest.

Mabon

Mabon/Autumn Equinox September 21st-22nd


This festival is now named after the the God of Welsh mythology, Mabon. He is the Child of Light and the son of the Earth Mother Goddess, Modron. In truth, there is little evidence that Mabon was celebrated in Celtic countries and the term Mabon was applied as recently as the 1970’s. All part of our reconstructed Paganism…

Here is another point of perfect balance on the journey through the Wheel of the Year, its counterpart being Ostara or the Spring Equinox. Night and day are again of equal length and in perfect equilibrium – dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer, in balance. But we are again on the cusp of transition and from now the year now begins to wane and from this moment darkness begins to defeat the light. The cycle of the natural world is moving towards completion, the Sun’s power is waning and from now on the nights grow longer and the days are are shorter and cooler. The sap of trees returns back to their roots deep in the earth, changing the green of summer to the fire of autumn, to the flaming reds, oranges and golds. We are returning to the dark from whence we came.

But before we do that, we’re gonna party (again)! This is the Second Harvest, the Fruit Harvest and the Great Feast of Thanksgiving. The Goddess is radiant as Harvest Queen and the God finally dies with His gift of pure love with the cutting of the last grain. He will return. As the grain harvest is safely gathered in from Lammas and reaches completion, we enjoy the abundance of fruit and vegetables at this time. It is time to thank the waning Sun for the wealth of harvest bestowed upon us. It sometimes seems that each Festival requires the making of celebration and the giving of thanks, but this really is so, each turn of the Wheel brings both inner and outer gifts and insights.

So Mabon is a celebration and also a time of rest after the labour of harvest. In terms of life path it is the moment of reaping what you have sown, time to look at the hopes and aspirations of Imbolc and Ostara and reflect on how they have manifested. It is time to complete projects, to clear out and let go that which is no longer wanted or needed as we prepare for descent, so that the winter can offer a time for reflection and peace. And it is time to plant seeds of new ideas and hopes which will lie dormant but nourished in the dark, until the return of Spring.

Symbols of Mabon

The Cornucopia

The Cornucopia, or Horn of Plenty, is a traditional symbol for Mabon. It is a wonderful symbol for the wealth of harvest and is beautifully balanced symbol which is both male (phallic) and female (hollow and receptive)

The Apple

The apple is the symbol of the Fruit Harvest. The apple figures significantly in many sacred traditions. It is a symbol for life and immortality, for healing, renewal, regeneration and wholeness. It is associated with beauty, long life and restored youth. The Ogham name for apple is Quert and Quert is the epitome of health and vitality. The apple is at the heart of the Ogham grove and is the source of life. For Pagans, the apple contains a ‘secret’. Cut an apple width ways and it reveals a pentagram containing seeds. It is a much loved symbol of Paganism. The five points represent the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water with Spirit at the top, and thus also the directions of East, South, West, North and Within.

A circle around the pentagram represents the eternal circle/cycle of life and nature, and of wholeness. In ritual and ceremony the pentacle corresponds to the element of Earth. It is believed to be a protection against evil for both the person and the home, worn as an amulet or used to guard entrances to the home through windows and doors.

Colours of Mabon

From green to red, orange, yellow, brown and gold.

The Mabon Altar

Your altar should be dressed in the very best produce you can find from field, forest and market, from garden and the wild. Apples, pears, damsons, sloes, rose hips, elderberries, blackberries, hawthorn berries, the possibilities are large. If you collect from the wild, be not greedy – always leave plenty of fruit and berries for the birds and wee creatures.

Make an outdoor shrine for the nature spirits in thanks for the bounty they help to provide. Leave one of each flower, fruit and vegetable that you have, as a gift.

Things To Do

Great Feast of Thanksgiving.

Celebrate with a feast for friends and family using as much fruit & veg, locally grown, as you can.

Go Walking.

Go for a walk and collect as much of nature’s wild abundance as you can, while respecting the need to leave enough for everyone else including the nature spirits. You will find wild damsons, sloes, rosehips, elderberries, blackberries, hawthorn berries and more. Remember the fruit is the carrier of the precious seed.

Clear Out and Complete.

We think of Spring as the time to clear out but now is the perfect time to complete unfinished projects and clear your home of unwanted stuff. Prepare to hibernate!

Plant Bulbs.

This is an excellent time to plant tree seeds and shrubs. They have all of winter in the darkness to establish and germinate. Plant bulbs which will hide in the earth until early Spring beckons. Make each one a hope, idea or aspiration for Spring and wait until their little green noses show above ground – to remind you!

Buttermilk Bread Charm for Mabon.

You will need:

3 mugs of strong white flour
500 ml of Buttermilk (available from the supermarket)
I teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda
Mabon ribbon in your choice of colour – red, orange, yellow, gold, brown
A handful of dried fruit of your choice – dates, raisins, sultanas, currants

Place the flour and dried fruit in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Sieve in the blended salt and soda and pour in the buttermilk. Mix well with a wooden spoon until the dough feels springy. If it feels too sloppy just add a little more flour. Turn it onto a board and cover with a fine dusting of flour. Pat it with your hands until you have a round shape. Take a sharp knife and score lightly into eight sections, one for each festival. Our picture shows the bread cut into five sections, making a pentacle.

Place onto a greased baking tray and pop your buttermilk bread into a moderate oven for about 20-25 minutes. Keep and eye on it. When the bread is ready it will change colour and it will sound hollow when you tap the bottom. Cool completely on a wire rack. When it is cool, tie it with Mabon ribbon.

Take time to concentrate on the bread you have created and turn the loaf three times saying“From the fields and through the stones, into fire, Mabon Bread, as the Wheel turns may all be fed. Goddess Bless.”

Now take your bread and share it with your family and friends and pass on the generous blessings of this bright and bountiful festival. Eat it fresh, as soon as it is made if you can.

Recipe donated by the Counter Enchantress. Adapted by the Boss Lady with permission.

The Counter Enchantress is discovering that you can add almost anything appropriate to this simple bread recipe and it STILL WORKS beautifully. You can decide for yourself what the appropriate additions are for a particular festival, in this case dried fruit for Mabon, and just do it. There is much kitchen magic in working with one recipe through the Wheel of the Year just changing it a little as the wheel turns…..

Somerset Apple Cake

We are very blessed here in that we live in the sacred Isle of Avalon, also called the Isle of Apples, in Somerset, England. And we are indeed surrounded, still, by orchards which grow apples both for Somerset’s famous cider-making and for eating. One of our family pleasures is a local orchard which grows many traditional varieties of apples. Most of what they grow goes to make apple juice. But just before they do that, local people are invited over a weekend to go pick apples for themselves and their families. And it’s such fun to spend an afternoon among the apple trees within sight of Glastonbury Tor. Chalice Well Trust is developing an organic apple orchard on the slopes of the Tor and now also produces small quantities of delicious organic apple juice which are sold to visitors. It’s a limited supply and very precious – reserved for very special occasions or ceremony in our household.

Below is an authentic Somerset Apple Cake recipe. Eat it either cold, or warm with cream.

INGREDIENTS:

340gms/12oz self-raising flour
a pinch of salt
225gms/8oz margarine/butter
½ teaspoon cinnamon
170gms/6oz caster sugar
115gms/4oz sultanas
450gms/16oz cooking apples, finely chopped
3 eggs
a little milk
a little demerara sugar

METHOD:

1. Rub the fat into the flour and salt. Add the sugar and cinnamon. Make a well in the mixture and drop in the egg and fruit. Mix well; if the dough is a little too stiff, add some milk.

2. Place in an eight-inch greased cake tin, and sprinkle a little demerara sugar on the top.

3. Bake for one-and-a-half to two hours, in a moderate oven (Gas Mark 4/180°C/350°F), until cooked. Allow to cool slightly before turning out onto a cooling rack.

 

 

Leo Black Super New Moon Ritual 2019

Leo Black Super New Moon Ritual 2019 ( Credit to Terri Winchell)

This ritual is best done July 31st through to August 8th, 2019. You only need to do the ritual once.

For this ritual, you will notice there are a lot of ingredients! This is because we are making a beautiful bowl of charged water for healing and awakening! Like all my rituals, they are designed to be completely adaptable. You don’t have to use all the ingredients listed here, just use them as a guide and feel free to edit when needed.

You will need:

Smudging tool of choiceLarge bowl of clean water3-4 of your favorite flowers or a handful of flower petals1-7 crystals (see note below)1 floating or tea light candle (see note below)20 small strips of paperPen or pencilAugust Cosmic Meditation track1 piece of jewelry you wear often and don’t mind getting wet (optional)

Crystals: If you have them, one crystal for each of the seven chakras of the body would be great, otherwise, just choose whatever crystals you feel drawn to or skip them altogether. The crystals will need to be small enough to fit into your bowl of water. Your crystals are going to get wet so make sure you use crystals that are water safe. Crystals ending in “-ite” like selenite or calcite do not hold up well in water.

Candle: if you don’t have a floating or tea light candle you can also use a glass jar candle and stand it up in your bowl of water.

Instructions:

1.) Have all of your ingredients handy and start by smudging your aura and then your surroundings and ingredients. As you smudge your aura recite the following-

“I cleanse myself with light and loving energy. My defenses now come down. The guards and fears that have surrounded me for so long now melt to the floor. I am open and I am safe. I am radiating pure heart energy. I am cleansed. I am love.”

As you smudge your ritual ingredients and your space, feel free to recite the following-

“I cleanse this space and these ingredients with light and loving energy. My space is protected and pure. My ingredients are cleansed and full of vitality. Only love fills this space now. Only light fills this space now. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

2.) Start the ritual by doing the August Guided Meditation. In this meditation, you are going to work through each of your chakras. If you are familiar with how to do this on your own, feel free to guide yourself through the meditation if you would prefer.

3.) Sit in front of your bowl of water and take one of your crystals in your non-dominant hand. Gently begin rubbing the crystal to charge and activate it with your energy. When you feel it is warm or it begins tingling in your hand, gently place it into the bowl of water. Repeat this for all the crystals you are using.

If using, you can also do this same process with the piece of jewelry. When you feel it is charged up, add it to the bowl of water.

4.) Once all the crystals are in the water, cup one of the flowers or some of the flower petals in both hands. Imagine you are sending and receiving energy from the flower. Just be present with the flower and all of its vitality. Once you feel the energy exchange is complete, gently place the flower into the bowl of water. Repeat this till you have used all your flowers or petals.

5.) Now, light your candle and place it inside the bowl of water. Very gently, without knocking the candle, begin using your finger to gently swirl the water around.

6.) As you swirl the water, try to focus on the present moment. Watch the flow of the water and the movement of the objects inside. Just try to immerse yourself in the experience. When ready, recite the following mantra 7 times as you swirl the water. After each reciting, take one long and deep breath in and out.

“I relax and settle into the flow of my life. I trust that all is in Divine order and everything is unfolding for my highest good. I am safe. I am loved.”

7.) Now, take your small strips of paper and begin writing in 1-3 words, things that you want to bring into your life. For example, you can write “happiness” or “love” or “new adventures”. You can be more specific too if you wish. As you write each one, say it aloud and then drop it into the bowl of water. Be careful to not burn the paper.

For your reference, here is an idea of what it will look like. You can of course, make yours more beautiful and bigger than this. I just did this quickly so you can get a visual!

8.) Once you have all your papers in the bowl, wrap your hands around the bowl and recite the following-

“I am ready to welcome in the new. I am ready for new adventures to begin. I know no matter my past, that I deserve a brighter future. I know no matter what I have been through, I can find a more hopeful and loving experience moving forward. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.”

9.) Leave your bowl of water to charge overnight. Please remember to blow out the candle if you are leaving the bowl unattended or going to sleep.

Note: if you are nervous about leaving your jewelry overnight, feel free to remove it from the bowl before bed. It will still be charged!

10.) In the morning, take out your crystals and jewelry and dry them gently with a towel. You can wear the jewelry, and keep the crystals near you if possible. You can discard the papers in the recycling or garden.

11.) Take the water and gently dab it over each chakra or in any other areas that you feel drawn to. You can use any remaining water to wash your hands or to rinse over your hair in the shower.

Happy Black New Moon

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Lammas Sunflowers

Corn isn’t the only symbol of the first harvest festival : sunflowers can also be a part of your celebration. Associated with wealth, prosperity and wisdom, sunflowers face the sun, turning their heads throughout the day. And, of course, their seeds are delicious! Here are a few ideas for incorporating them into your Lammas day:Sunflowers for Lammas by The Witch of Howling Creek

  • Place vases, bowls and glasses of sunflowers, particularly the miniature variety, throughout the house.
  • Having a Lammas party? Float sunflowers and white or yellow candles in a large tub of water for a statement piece.
  • Add sunflower seeds or petals to a prosperity charm bag.
  • Make homemade bird seed including sunflower seeds and place outside.
  • Collect wildflowers and pick up sunflowers to spend an afternoon making arrangements for yourself or family and friends.
  • Cook a meal with sunflower oil instead of vegetable or olive oil.