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    Nurturing Your Wild Child

      As Pagan parents, we can find explaining and deciphering this time of year to our children a great challenge within our paths of instruction to them. Death, Life, The Spirit Realm (or whatever you wish to address it as) meld together at the beginning of a crossroads leading up to the end of this Wheel’s turn at Samhain. Metaphorically, we can teach our children through the imagery of Harvest, the warmth of Summer ending, and the cold of Autumn beginning here at the Autumn Equinox – more commonly known to Pagans as Mabon or Alban Elfen.    So, how do we represent life & it’s celebration in a way…

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    Mabon/Autumn Equinox Correspondences

    Fall/Autumn Equinox, Wednesday, September 22, 2021   (artwork: Card – Mabon Meditation – fantasy art printed on sustainable paper by Maartje from the shop MaartjevanDokkum on etsy.)     Michaelmas (September 25th, Christian), Second Harvest Festival, Witches’ Thanksgiving, Harvest Home (Anglo-Celtic), Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Chung Chiu (China), Night of the Hunter, Alban Elfed “The Light of the Water”(Caledonii/ Druidic-celebrates Lord of the Mysteries), Winter Finding (Teutonic, from Equinox ’til Winter Night or Nordic New Year, Oct 15th.)   It is the equilibrium of day and night and this represents the light and darkness in our lives. The long summer nights…

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    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

    Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times for September 2021 Bright Blessings, I write this on the day the plans I’ve had since 2009 have finally started to come to fruition, and it’s not entirely hit me just yet. I’ve been trying to move out of the condo where we live since then. I even left my husband for nearly two years at one point because I wanted to leave so badly! After a disastrous encounter with one of the neighbors who is a dangerous criminal, we busted our backsides for a few months- and we got this place sold. We sacrificed our time, our money, and our energy- but…

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    Magickal Arts

    A New (Witch’s Year)! The Space of Integration    The Autumnal Equinox A Call to Balance   The Second Harvest We go where the wild things are And the Lord of the Land Stands ready at the guard. The harvest is upon us and all Life holds steady bracing for The storms that lay ahead. We go where the wild things are And all of life lay within the Heart of He who Guards the land. We find sanctuary within As the fields become barren And the crops yield only the Potent promise of renewal.   The Autumnal Equinox heralds another turn of the Great Wheel and we find our…

  • Crafting Articles

    Pixie Witch Kitchen

    Samhain Pumpkin Cookies   We all love Samhain for so many reasons. Theres always so much going on at my house on that day. Getting ready for the trick or treaters, Samhain rituals, Witches New Years and it’s also my wedding anniversary. With that being said I always bake up a bunch of treats for everyone and this is one of my favorite cookies for this time of year. Soon it may be your favorite. It is a pretty simple recipe and the taste is just amazing. So lets get started.   Ingredients 2 cups butter, softened 2 cups white sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1…

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    Mabon Correspondences & Water Element Writing Ritual Excerpted from ‘The Ultimate Guide to the Witch’s Wheel of the Year’ by Anjou Kiernan

      MABON September 21–24 (Southern Hemisphere: March 21–24) Pronunciation: MAB-bon Alternative Names: Autumn or Fall Equinox, Second Harvest, Harvest Home, Wine Harvest, Fruit Harvest, Witches’ Thanksgiving, Alban Elfid (Celtic)   CORRESPONDENCES ALTAR DECORATIONS: Acorns, animal bones, apples, autumn leaves, balance scales, corn, cornucopia (horn of plenty), gourds, grapes and grapevines, pentacles, pine cones, pomegranates, poppies, root vegetables, seeds, sunflowers, wine ANIMALS: Blackbird, coyote, crow, duck, goat, goose, owl, raven, stag, squirrel, turkey, wolf CELEBRATIONS: Charity work, feasting, gather­ing, harvesting COLORS: Burgundy, burnt orange, dark green, eggplant, brown, gold DEITIES: Aphrodite/Venus, Dionysus/Bacchus, gods and goddesses of the underworld (Perse­phone/Kore/Proserpine, Demeter/Ceres, Hekate) (Greco-Roman); Modron and Mabon (Welsh) DIRECTION: West ELEMENT: Water FOOD…

  • Crafting Articles

    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches – Gratitude Tree

      Merry meet. Making a gratitude tree is a timely craft for Mabon or Thanksgiving, and it’s something the whole family can do. Start by finding one branch or several small ones to place in a vase or other container that is weighted with rocks, sand, etc. to keep it from tipping. Cut leaves out of paper in fall colors. On each, write something for which you are thankful. To hang on the branch, punch a hole and tie one end to the leaf and the other to the branch. You can also tape the thread to the leaf.     To use real leaves, write on them with a…