LIGHT AS A FEATHER!!!
We just closed our Healers Heal meditation circle for this Sunday (9am-noon). I'm thanking the Wombniverse for this gathering of sweet spirits who were obedient and trusted that what they seek would be right here in this healing circle today...We welcomed with wide open arms and spirit; the Autumnal Equinox!
This Sunday's meditation rituals were in divine right order for the spirits present. We gave our gratitude for this new season and for the Mother Nature's urgings for us to turn our thoughts and minds within our minds, bodies and spirits.
Here's a sneak peak of some of the happenings in temple space today. I won't share too much, as THIS MEDITATION CIRCLE is to be EXPERIENCED IN THE FLESH!
The words to this song (video below) basically conveys the divine vibes from today's meditation. So feel free to play the video and sing along:
'Don't you know your body is a temple? Don't you know your spirit is a shrine? The other side of fear is a never ending love. Don't you know you and I are both divine? You won't know what it means to really grow, if you don't open up to who's inside. The other side of fear is a never ending love. Don't you know you and I are both divine.
And I lift up my glass and drink a toast, to all the women in me. I hold them so close...
The other side of fear is never ending love
Don't you know that you and I are both divine?
I hold you so close...
I'm part princess, part witch, part queen, part fish, part bird, part goddess, part spirit and I'm divine. Don't you know? You and I are ALL DIVINE!'
GODDESS BLESSINGS FOR THE ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN!
The Science of the Equinox:
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.
Read More About Mabon Here:http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/mabontheautumnequinox/a/AllAboutMabon.htm
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 honoring family unity.
Colors of the Season For Your Altar:
The leaves have begun to change, so reflect the colors of autumn in your altar decorations. Use yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Cover your altar with cloths that symbolize the harvest season, or go a step further and put brightly colored fallen leaves upon your work surface. Use candles in deep, rich colors -- reds, golds, or other autumn shades are perfect this time of year.
Symbols of the Harvest:
Mabon is the time of the second harvest, and the dying of the fields. Use corn, sheaves of wheat, squash and root vegetables on your altar. Add some tools of agriculture if you have them - scythes, sickles, and baskets.
A Time of Balance:
Remember, the equinoxes are the two nights of the year when the amount of light and darkness are equal. Decorate your altar to symbolize the aspect of the season. Try a small set of scales, a yin-yang symbol, a white candle paired up with a black one -- all are things which represent the concept of balance.
Other Symbols of Mabon:
- Wine, vines and grapes
- Apples, cider, and apple juice
- Ears of corn
- Gods' Eyes
- Corn dolls
- Mid-autumn vegetables, like squashes and gourds
- Seeds, seed pods, nuts in their shells
- Baskets, symbolizing the gathering of crops
- Statuary of deities symbolizing the changing seasons