“‘Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone.”
- Thomas Moore, The Last Rose of Summer, 1830
September, the ninth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014
September is the ninth month of the year. It’s name is derived from the Latin word Septum, which means “seventh,” as it was the seventh month of the Roman calendar. Its astrological sign is Virgo, the maiden (August 23 – September 23), a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury. September is a month of fulfillment. Kitchens are busy, as the garden’s last produce is canned and preserved. The air is filled with the cidery tang of harvest time. Squirrels hide their nuts, and chipmunks line their nests with grain. Asters raise their purple heads, and monarch butterflies add their black-and-orange hues t autumn’s palette. The sacred beverages of the season—cider and wine—echo the colors of nature now. The Fall Equinox, or Mabon, is the major holiday of September. At Mabon we celebrate the second harvest, saying farewell to summer, and enter the dark season. Days grow shorter as the Great Son, Mabon, returns to Mother Earth. For the sabbat, altar decorations include pumpkins, squash, and grapes. September’s Full Moon is the Harvest Moon, perhaps the most well-known of the year. It rises above the horizon and glows in solitary splendor. She is queen of the September night. The night belongs to her, and to her alone. Honor her by raising a glass of cider or wine, then respectfully pour it onto the earth.
Correspondences For September
NATURE SPIRITS: trooping faeries
HERBS: Copal, fennel, rye, wheat, valerian, skullcap
COLORS: Brown and yellow
FLOWERS: narcissus, lily
SCENTS: storax, mastic, gardenia, bergamot
STONES: peridot, olivine, chrysolite, citrine
TREES: Hazel, larch, bay
ANIMALS: the snake and jackal
BIRDS: Ibis, sparrow
DIETIES: Dementer, Ceres, Isis, Nephthys, Freyja, Thoth
POWERS/ADVICE: A time to rest after the labors of the last two months, a time of balance of the light and dark. This is also the time to clear up mental clutter and get thoughts back into perspective.
Magickal Themes for September
Giving thanks, celebrating, harvesting, reflecting
Symbols for the Month of August
September’s Zodiac Symbols
Virgo the Virgin (until September 21)
Libra the Scales (from September 22 onwards)
Monthly Observations for September
- Friday, 5th September Teachers Day 2014
- Sunday, 7th September Grandparents Day 2014
- Monday, 8th September International Literacy Day 2014
- Tuesday, 9th September Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day 2014
- Wednesday, 10th September Suicide Prevention Day 2014
- Wednesday, 10th September New Mexico State Fair 2014
- Thursday, 11th September Oklahoma State Fair 2014
- Friday, 12th September Eastern States Fair 2014
- Saturday, 13th September National Peanut Day 2014
- Saturday, 13th September Positive Thinking Day 2014
- Monday, 15th September International Day of Democracy 2014
- Monday, 15th September World Lymphoma Awareness Day 2014
- Monday, 15th September National Thank You Day 2014
- Tuesday, 16th September Mexican Independence Day 2014
- Tuesday, 16th September National Stepfamily Day 2014
- Wednesday, 17th September Citizenship Day 2014
- Wednesday, 17th September Constitution Day 2014
- Thursday, 18th September National Cheeseburger Day 2014
- Friday, 19th September International Talk Like a Pirate Day 2014
- Friday, 19th September Puppy Farm Awareness Day 2014
- Sunday, 21st September International Peace Day 2014
- Sunday, 21st September World Alzheimers Day 2014
- Sunday, 21st September International Deaf Awareness Week 2014
- Sunday, 21st September World Gratitude Day 2014
- Monday, 22nd September Elephant Appreciation Day 2014
- Monday, 22nd September World Carfree Day 2014
- Tuesday, 23rd September First Day of Autumn 2014
- Thursday, 25th September World Maritime Day 2014
- Thursday, 25th September Rosh Hashanah 2014
- Thursday, 25th September Ataxia Awareness Day 2014
- Friday, 26th September Johnny Appleseed Day 2014
- Friday, 26th September Native American Day 2014
- Friday, 26th September Texas State Fair 2014
- Friday, 26th September Virginia State Fair 2014
- Saturday, 27th September World Tourism Day 2014
- Sunday, 28th September World Rabies Day 2014
- Sunday, 28th September Gold Star Mother’s Day 2014
- Sunday, 28th September Fast of Gedaliah 2014
- Monday, 29th September World Heart Day 2014
- Monday, 29th September National Coffee Day 2014
Autumn Equinox/Alban Elfed/Mabon
September 20 – 23
NamedAlban Elfed by the Druids and Mabon by the Welsh, the Autumn Equinox marks the completion of the harvest. Once again, day and night stand in balance with equal hours of light and darkness. As do most celebrations held around this time of the year, the Autumn Equinox focuses on the harvest, the waning sun, and the onset of Winter. In the rural countryside, those who work the land come together to cut the last stalk of corn and sheaf of wheat. Following the gathering in of the last sheaf is Harvest Home, a huge supper or feast of roast beef, chicken, a stew of harvest vegetables, home-baked bread and cheese, and plenty of ale and cider. In Scotland, and parts of England, the man who cuts down the last sheaf is honored as lord and master of the harvest. The young woman who plaited the sheaf would be seated next to him and regarded as his consort.
In Wicca, the Autumn Equinox marks the waning of the year when the Goddess descends into the Underworld. As she withdraws, we see the decline of Nature and the onset of Winter. Now is the time we count up our blessings, give thanks for our bounty, and look within. As the God’s shadowy presence begins to emerge, we remember what it took to achieve our goals and what is needed to maintain them.
Ritual Tools, Symbols, and Decorations for Mabon
Decorations: Orange, red, or brown altar cloth; orange or red altar candles; corn-baba cornucopia filled with fruit and vegetables; red apple-shaped candle; wand tied with orange, red, and brown ribbon; apple-flavored wine or hard cider; ritual cakes.
Symbols: Corn-baba; apples; scarecrow; cornucopia; sickle; dried gourds; broom; cauldron; apple dolls; baskets tied with orange, red, and brown ribbon; dried flowers; leaves; bonfires.
Put in soap or annoint candles
3 drops frankincense
3 drops pine
3 drops juniper
3 drops rosemary
2 drops sandalwood
Add a piece of dried oak leaf or small acorn with amber, aventurine, and clear quartz crystals. A warm, calming oil that reminds me of cool, crisp days raking leaves and walking through forests in the fall.
Mabon Ritual Potpourri
Recipe by Gerina Dunwich
20 drops clove bud oil
25 drops sandalwood oil
1 cup oak moss
2 cups dried pink rosebuds
2 cups dried red peony petals
1 cup dried amaranth flowers
1 cup dried heather flowers
Mix the clove bud and sandalwood oils with the oak moss and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
(The above recipe for “Lammas Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 163, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)
I stood before my altar at Mabon’s Tide, and asked the Lord and Lady to be my guides…
“Please show to me a vision that I may see… what sacrifice is worthy to give to Thee.” They showed to me an apple without a core… They showed to me a dwelling without a door… They showed to me a palace where They may be, and unlock it without a key…
How can there be an apple without a core? How can there be a dwelling without a door? How can there be a palace where They may be, and They may unlock it without a key…My spirit is an apple without a core… …My mind is a dwelling without a door… My heart is a palace where They may be, and unlock it without a key…
I stood before my altar on Mabon night… and gave my Lord and Lady bright… the sacrifice They asked for – with spirit free… Upon that Mabon evening, I gave Them me…
LIFE GOES ONThousands of us lost a loved one, family member or friend
And at that moment some of us felt it was the end.
I’ve lost loved ones before so I know the pain you feel
At first you feel like you’re in shock
And none of this is real.
You sit and try to think of the last words that you said
Memories of times both good and bad go flashing in your head.
If there were a warning it would be easier to bear
But in just an instant, dust clouds filled the air.
Mounds of rubble came crashing down; piles of concrete and glass
City streets once full of life were now impossible to pass.
In days to come we searched for survivors
Praying some were found.
The debris of 200 stories was removed slowly
Pound by pound.
Instantly people began to search for family and friends
Photos of loved ones covered the streets of the city
From end to end.
Some gave numbers and addresses others told a story of life.
Of what these people meant to their
Mother, brother or wife.
It’s a hard time to get through realizing they’re gone
Together we can move past this and see that
LIFE GOES ON.
Written By Norman J. Dove III
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