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Flashback 2001Beltane

BELTANE 2001

An example of a simple Beltane Altar

“Beltane honors the sacred marriage of the God and Goddess, whose union will produce the harvests to come. It also celebrates the start of summer in full bloom. For this ritual, gather or purchase wildflowers. With raffia, twine or string tie the flowers together in long garlands, ten feet in length or longer is perfect. These don’t have to look professional crafted. They only need to hold together for the purpose of your ritual. When you have completed the garlands, go out to a park or wooded area. Touch the land and its plants and trees with your hands, allowing yourself to connect with the plusing lifeforce of the area. Look around for items that are either feminine or masculine in their energy and begin to link them together with the flowery garlands to honor the union of the divine male and female energies. For example, you can link stones to oak trees, riverbanks to abandoned fire pits, or flowering plants to spiky ones.”

Copyright 2001 Edain McCoy Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 20001 Page 67

Cherry Blossom

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Ahh, the vibrant candy-pinkness of a cherry blossom! Beloved in Japan, cherry blossoms are earthly manifestations of divine love and can help align us very powerfully with God/Goddess/All That Is. As such cherry blossoms are great for clearing energy and raising vibrations. For example, you might use a small bouquet or branch to sweep your aura or to sweep the energy of a room. (Just sweep the surrounding air) You can also place a few drops of cherry blossom essence in a mister of rose water and use it as a room – or aura – clearing spray. If forgiveness (of yourself or someone else) is one of your magical goals, spending quality time with a blossoming cherry tree or taking a few drops of flower essence under the tongue can help you let go and heal. Cherry blossoms in your home or bathwater can help soothe harshness and stress and bring gentleness and softness to the spirit. This flower is also renowned as a love charm. Author Scott Cunningham says that to draw love, you might “tie a single strand of your hair to a blossoming cherry tree.” Similarly, you might hold a few cherry blossoms to your heart and affirm that you are ready to open your heart to love.

Copyright 2015 Tess Whitehurst Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2015

Deity of the Day for March 23 is Lenus

Deity of the Day

Lenus

 

Lenus was a Celtic healing god worshipped mainly in eastern Gaul, where he was almost always identified with the Roman god Mars. He was an important god of the Treveri tribe, who had large sanctuaries at medicinal springs at Trier and the Martberg by Pommern in what is now Germany. Two dedications to him are also known from southwestern Britain (Chedworth and Caerwent). Edith Wightman characterizes him as “one of the best examples of a Teutates, or god of the people, equated with Mars—protector of the tribe in battle, but also […] bestower of health and general good fortune” (p. 211). His sanctuary ‘Am Irminenwingert’ at Trier had a large temple, baths, smaller shrines and a theatre; that on the Martberg also included a large variety of buildings, probably including rooms for health-seeking pilgrims to stay. Despite his associations with healing, Lenus Mars is depicted classically as a warrior with Corinthian helmet in a bronze statuette from the Martberg.

His name most often appears in inscriptions as ‘Lenus Mars’, rather than ‘Mars Lenus’ as would be expected from other most syncretized names. At Trier, Lenus Mars’s divine partners were the Celtic god Ancamna and the Roman Victoria, as well as the Xulsigiae, who are perhaps water nymphs. An inscription from Kaul in Luxembourg appears to invoke Lenus Mars ‘Veraudunus’ along with the Celtic god Inciona.

Lenus was not the only Celtic god identified with Mars by the Treveri; others, such as Iovantucarus (apparently a protector of youth), Intarabus, Camulos, and Loucetios were identified with Mars and perhaps, by extension, with Lenus. His name occasionally appears as ‘Mars Laenus’; the more usual form ‘Lenus Mars’ is accompanied by the epithets Arterancus and Exsobinus on one inscription each.

In Britain, Mars Lenus may have been identified with Ocelus Vellaunus, on the evidence of this inscription on the base of a statue:

DEO MARTI LENO SIVE OCELO VELLAVN ET NVM AVG M NONIVS ROMANVS OB IMMVNITAT COLLEGNI D D S D GLABRIONE ET HOMVLO COS X K SEPT

To the god Mars Lenus or Ocelus Vellaunus and to the Numen of the Augustus, M. Monius Romanus dedicated this from the privilege of the college during the consulship of Glabrio and Homulus ten days before the Calends of September.

 

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A Prayer/Meditation I Do Daily

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Good morning Universe thank you for all my family and I have been given.

Good morning Ra, I thank you for your warmth and energy,

Good morning Mother Earth thank you for your grounding and energy.

Good morning Air, Water, Fire, Earth, the four Winds and Direction, (meaning the Cardinal Points/Watchtowers),

All our fellow living things on, above and below the waters;

On, above, and below the earth;

and in the air.

Thank you for being part of us and allowing us to be part of you.

I then go on to thank my Guardian Angels and those of my family and friends.

I thank my Spirit Guides and Ancestors for helping to guide me daily and keep me on my true life path.

There is more but it is on a more personal note so I will not share it here. I feel it is very important to thank those deities and other entities that helps us daily in our lives.  The reason I thank the God, Ra, and the Goddess, Mother Earth, but not all Gods and Goddesses I work with is to me they are my patrons for all I do. Without the help of Ra lighting the world we would always be in darkness. If not for all Mother Earth endures with us as well as other beings living on her, lets face it we would not even be here. So the next time you do you morning prayers or meditation or whatever you may call it try to remember to thank the Gods, Goddesses, Elements and other entities you work with in your magick or keep you safe from harm and/or danger. Doesn’t everybody like to here a thank you for the job they do or the help they give?

Thank you all for reading my work.

Blessed be.

Blessed Mabon to All Our Friends Downunder

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From WOTC to all our readers in the Southern Hemisphere we wish you a happy and blessed Mabon. We hope your gardens have given you a good harvest this year. We send love and light to help you through the deary, cold months.

I hope the information, rituals, etc that I posted today and through out the last couple of weeks has help to increase your knowledge about Mabon. I  tried to do a good mixture of information to maybe give you some new ideas on ways to celebrate.

To me Mabon is a time I serve a meal almost completely from my vegetable garden with some type of meat to round it out. I tried to sneak tofu in one year in a stir fry but my husband knew immediately it wasn’t “real” meat. I tried to explain it was a little healthier then the usual steaks he grills to go with our veggies but he didn’t go for it so he made himself a hot dog to go with the stir fry…I just shook my head and enjoyed the meal.

I use leaves from our yard, flowers from our flower beds along with a candle I made at Imbolc to decorate the table every year. The candle is blessed to give continuous thanks to Mother Earth, Ra and the four elements for all they gave to help our gardens grow. I do not grow anything that is considered a fall flower, like Mums, because of allergies. I write a new “prayer” every year to give thanks not just for the food we have been given but also for having a warm, dry home to spend the winter in (as well as all the other seasons), blankets, enough food, warm clothes and boots to keep us warm and hopefully help to keep us healthy through out the cold months to come.

During the day I take out everything I have canned or frozen from the garden say a “prayer” of thanks for the ability to grow and have enough food for the cold months.

What you will need for the blessed candle:

1 -2/5.08 cm inch votive candle in red or yellow or orange

1 candle holder or eve better a heat proof plate with extra room under the candle

Enough sand to fill the bottom of the candle holder about 1/2 or 1.3 cm in deep

The blessing/spell I empower my candle with is:

Mother Earth, Ra, Ancient powers of Air Fire Water and Earth

I empower this candle to give thanks for all we have been given from our land

I ask you all to sit at our hearth

Until this candle burns down to the sand

The candle will go out once it reaches the sand. The melted wax will mix with the sand. I take this out and bury it in one of my flower beds or vegetable garden on a rotating basis. I feel this way the candle helps bless the garden or bed I bury it in. To bury it I dig down about 3-4 inches/7.62-10.16 cm and make the hole about the same size around. I loosely pack the dirt around the candle/sand disk and then mulch the garden or bed for the cold months. When the weather warms again the wax will flow into the ground and the sand just mixes with the dirt. The wax does not hurt the growth of anything because there isn’t much of it. If you only have one garden or flower bed bury the candle/sand disk in a different corner every year, this way you do not get a waxy build up in any one place.

If you would like to read even more ideas and information for Mabon click on this link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/mabonrituals/

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The Legend of Mabon

“Mabon is the second of three harvest sabbats and the first dark sabbat. According to Celtic and Welsh lore, Mabon (which means “Great Son”) was the son of the Mother Goddess. As an infant, he was abducted  and imprisoned. Later,he was freed and returned to his Great Mother an the Young God, a youth in his prime. His story is appropriate for this time of year, for as Mabon disappears into the darkness and later returns, nature, too, begins to enter the darkness which now overshadows the light, until Ostara, the Spring Equinox, arrives, and the light again gains control.”

Copyright 2003 James Kamnbos Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook Pages 10-11

The Meaning of Mabon

“Mabon is perhaps the most unique and mysterious of all the sabbats because it celebrates the dual nature of life and death. At Mabon, the past and future are united. Yes, we mourn the passing of the Great Son as he returns to Mother Earth, however, he doesn’t enter the darkness of complete death. It is the darkness of rest, regeneration, and eventual rebirth, which will occur at Yule when he returns to us as the new born Sun God.

At Mabon, we say farewell to summer and light, and enter the dark season, a time when the spirit can be nurtured and personal growth may begin.

As the Great Son ages he becomes wise. Now he is regarded as the  lord of shadows, and were are drawn to him because he is the keeper of the mysteries, In some traditions he is the Huntsman, the rider of the storm. The sky is his domain as he leads the Wild Hunt. He and the spirit riders who follow him come from the shadows of the Otherworld on windy moonlit autumn nights and now move across the sky. With them ride the spirits of those whose life cycle has just ended, But the Huntsman is not to be feared, because he offers peace and renewal. His love is unconditional.

One of the key messages of Mabon is sharing. The Mother Goddess has not only shared her son with us, but she also shares with us the bounty of the harvest. The Lord and Lady give us so much and ask for little in return. The least we can do is give thanks for the abundance they have provided for us, to sustain us during the lean months ahead.”

Copyright 2003 James Kambos Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2003 11

Wiccan Wheel of the Year: What is Mabon?

About Mabon

Bright blessings and merry meet this Sabbat season! Does it get any better than this? Just look around— the heat of the summer is receding; there is a bit of a nip in the air that perks a body up. The leaves are changing colors, the aster and chrysanthemums are in bloom, and the boughs of the trees in the orchard weigh heavy with ripe apples. The fields are ripe with grain and squash, and the harvest is upon us. Truly this is a season worth marking. If you’re in the mood to celebrate, pour yourself a cup of my finest honey mead and grab some pumpkin bread from the harvest table. Let’s talk a little about this Wiccan holiday.

Mabon is a minor Sabbat in Wicca, the second of the three harvest festivals (the first is Lughnasadh, the third is Samhain). At Mabon, day and night are of equal length—but this is the point on the Wheel of the Year at which the darkness overtakes the light, and night becomes longer than day. It is what we call the dark half of the year.

It is a feast of thanks-giving, a celebration of the Earth’s bounty. And as with all Wiccan Sabbats, the cycles of the seasons mirror the cycles of our lives. At Mabon it’s a time to reflect and wrap things up.

Autumn Equinox

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The splendor of fall.

When is Mabon?

It traditionally takes place on the Autumn Equinox, which in the Northern Hemisphere falls somewhere between September 19thand the 23rd. Like all Wiccan holidays, however, there is no law about celebrating on a certain day. It marks a season, not a particular event… so if you prefer to move it to your actual harvest season, or to the nearest vacation, it’s up to you.

Wiccans in the southern hemisphere have opposite equinoxes and solstices; so their celebration of Mabon would be in March, and at this time in September they’re celebrating the Spring equinox.

Autumn: Day and Night

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History of Mabon

Mabon was not an ancient holiday, contrary to popular belief. Most ancient Pagans did not mark the equinoxes at all. It was not even one of the original Wiccan Sabbats—when British Traditional Witchcraft was started by Gerald Gardner, they originally only celebrated what are now known as the ‘major Sabbats’. As they called them: February Eve (which became Imbolc), May Eve (which became Beltane), August Eve (which became Lughnasadh) and November Eve (which became Samhain).

It was later that Gardner’s coven suggested they begin including the equinoxes and solstices into their holiday celebrations, and they deemed them ‘the minor Sabbats’. The holiday’s most common name – Mabon – was not even coined until the 1970s. Mabon is named after the son of Modred of Welsh mythology. Wiccans most commonly refer to the holiday as Mabon or Autumn Equinox, Feast of the Ingathering and Harvest Home.

But the spirit of the season—the harvest festival—is indeed an ancient and world-wide concept. Of course, the harvest season differs in timing from region to region, but celebrating the earth’s bounty and the fruits of one’s labor has long been a part of just about every culture. It is essentially the Wiccan Thanksgiving celebration. Another comparable holiday besides Thanksgiving is Alban Elfed, a modern Druidic celebration of the equinox.

Mabon Activities

If you have a garden, even if it’s just a small container herb and flower garden, it’s a time to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Harvest some of your crops and prepare a lovely dinner to enjoy them. If not, take a morning to visit a local farmers market to partake of some choice gems of the season, then come home and cook with them. Perhaps pick up some cases of tomatoes or apples, go home and can them or make jelly. Go out for walks in the beautiful autumn air, collect leaves and flowers in those rich autumn colors.

It’s a good time to reflect, so look back on your journals or your Book of Shadows to consider the seeds you’ve “sown” in the past. What has come to fruition, and what has failed to blossom? Re-think your needs, your goals and approaches to things, and re-assess your efforts.

This is a time to recognize aging as part of the life cycle, so keep in mind those who are growing old and honor them this season. Visit grandparents, or perhaps you have aging neighbors and friends who wouldn’t mind some company. You might even plan a visit to an assisted living facility for the elderly and find people who are desperately in need of visitors.

Another fun activity is telling stories—some great choices are the stories of Mabon, of Demeter and Persephone, or of Inanna.

Of course, you might also decide to perform a sabbat ritual, such as the one I wrote about here. You may wish to do a magical working, too, such as a spell for balance, or a spell for banishing unwanted thoughts.

Harvest Season is Just So Heart Warming

Celebrating Mabon

Being a harvest festival, Mabon celebrations should reflect a spirit of joy and an attitude of gratitude. If you have friends who are Wiccan or who identify as Pagan, or who are at least open to Pagan celebrations, invite them—for this more than any other time of year is meant to be a communal celebration. Hold a ritual and make offerings to your Gods, household spirits, the Earth, etc. to show your thankfulness—give back a part of the harvest (or some things you’ve picked up at the harvest markets) as a sacrifice to show your gratitude. Then make a feast part of your ritual.

If you are celebrating alone, you may wish to go somewhere like the forest or the fertile fields to hold your celebration. Meditate on the abundance and beauty of the earth, how it provides all of our needs, and be thankful.

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Anyone of any age can enjoy Mabon!