September, the Ninth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

 

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“‘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  

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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.

FancyPentagramBar 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

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 Symbols for the Month of August

 September’s  Zodiac Symbols

Virgo the Virgin (until September 21)

Libra the Scales (from September 22 onwards)

September’s Birthstone

Sapphire

September’s Flowers

Forget-me-not

Morning Glory

Aster

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 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

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 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.

Mabon Oil

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)

“Mabon Night”

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…

Blessed Be…

 

Read More About Our Magickal Sabbat of Mabon

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911

LIFE GOES ON

Thousands 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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 The Dove Of Peace

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This little dove represents peace throughout the world.

No matter what religion or nationality, he brings peace.

Copy and paste him in your blog and let peace start

Here with each of us!

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2 thoughts on “September, the Ninth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2014

  1. Really great stuff as always! Delete this link if you want but I wanted to let you kindred spirits know my latest look at a neglected pantheon is up. It’s the Iroquois pantheon with several goddesses who don’t get the exposure they deserve –

    http://glitternight.com/2013/01/28/the-top-fifteen-deities-in-iroquois-mythology/

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