The Goddesses

Blessed Mabon to All Our Friends Downunder


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.

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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

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2015 Ostara Celebration

Ostara — Eostre Eggs

For those who live in the colder climates, spring usually brings a big relief after the winter’s chill and darkness. The light returns, buds appear on trees, flowers begin to blossom and nature celebrates with myriad forms of new life. Birds sit on nests full of eggs and tiny bunnies nibble at the first green grasses. Is it any wonder that our Celebration of Ostara is symbolized by eggs, chicks, rabbits and early blooming plants like crocus and tulips?

Ostara is all about fertility, youth, and new growth. This is the time os the goddess as Maiden; young, joyous and full of life. She invites us to join in the celebration, so why not use this time to return to your own youth and do something fun and meaningful? Many folks grew up dyeing Easter eggs, but now we can call them Eostre eggs, after the vernal goddess.

You can do this by yourself or with your family and friends. Decorate some hard-boiled eggs with Pagan symbols that suit the season, like runes for new beginnings (Beorc), pentacles, flowers or animals. Place them on your altar with some fresh flowers and celebrate spring and your own new beginnings.

Copyright 2015 Deborah Blake Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2015 Page 51

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Flashback 2014 Mabon Celebration

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“Mabon — Dark and Light

Mabon bring day and night into balance with the Autumnal Equinox. Harvested fruits and vegetables seem alive, yet are cut from their roots. Leaves drop from the trees, which look dead, yet remain alive.

This holiday relates to matters of balance and paradox. Contrasts reveal themselves through duality and polarity. Explore the mysteries of dark and light, earth and sky, female and male, flesh and spirit, mortal and divine; as above, so below–all is connected. The equinox is a liminal time that draws power from being neither one thing or another, and yet both.

Honor deities with dual aspects. Janus is the Roman god of thresholds, also the past and future. Hella, the Norse underworld goddess, is half beautiful and half horrible. The Greek deity Hermaphroditus is both male and female. For decorations, choose strong color contrasts like black and white or brown and gold. For officiants, consider a priestess and a priest, someone old and young, or any divergent pair ti manifest the dual aspect. Marginal locations, such as a beach or edge of an ocean, draw power from different realms. Twilight is an in-between time that lends it energy to your ritual.”

Copyright 2014 Elizabeth Barrette Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook Page 105

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Flashback 2014 Ostara Celebration

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“Ostara — Abundant Spring Critters

Ostara is the height of spring. It corresponds to dawn, the east, and abundance. Many animals bear their young or come out of their resting phase. Creatures associated with Ostara include rabbits, hares, sucks, chickens, sheep and goats. They most often appear as babies or even eggs for the birds. they are sacred to Eostre and other vernal deities.

Observe the sabbat by honoring the spring critters. Decorate your altar with images of them. [Even cut outs from magazines or printed off the inter net will work.] Spring colors such as mint green, lavender, pink, and butter yellow are also appropriate. You can borrow Easter decorations, candy, cookie cutters, etc, for Ostara because much of the symbolism overlaps.

If you keep any spring related animals as pets or livestock, do a blessing for them. Tell stories and legends about them or watch cartoons that feature them (think seasonal specials). You can discuss from a Pagan perspective.

A fun activity is divination, especially if children attend this ritual. Decorate eggs with runes, ogham, or other symbols the represent different qualities, The eggs you find will then add up to a reading (You ma also mark rubber duckies and float them in a kiddie pool for people to select.)


Copyright 2014 Elizabeth Barrette Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook Page 51

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Flashback 2013 Mabon Celebration

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“The wheel of the year inexorably continues to turn toward darkness. Dark starts to come a little faster now, and the air is a bit fresher and cooler each morning. Take note of the changing seasons and the leaves as they begin their colorful display. This is the season of Dionysus, lord of the vine. The grapes harvest is in, and wines are being produced everywhere. This autumn, go to some local wineries, enjoy the local vineyards, and support your local vintners. Take a few moments to slow down, relax, and celebrate this enchanted time of the harvest. You can even make this into a family event. PAck a picnic lunch, bring a bottle of fancy grape juice for the kids. The adults can share a bottle of wine and everyone can raise thieir glass in a toast to Dionysus and the harvest!

We thank you for your magick Dionysus lord of the vine,

With much joy and reverence we celebrate the harvest time.

All around us, autumn colors are painted upon the leaves,

May we know the blessings of comfort, bliss, and prosperity.

Copyright 2013 Ellen Dugan Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook Page 101

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WOTC Extra, Extra – Brigid: Goddess or Patron Saint of Ireland?

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Brigid, the Celtic Goddess

Triple Goddess and Beloved Christian Saint

The Celtic goddess Brigid and her namesake, Saint Brigid of Ireland, can lay claim to being the most complex, intriguing, widespread, timeless, and beloved of all legendary ladies. Brigid appears in many different guises, with numerous names, in many different European cultures. And she has survived the ravages of time much better than most.

Known as Bride in Scotland, Brigandu in France, Ffaid in Wales, and Brigitania in England, the Irish goddess Brigid (usually pronounced Breet) is also known by the names Brighid, Bridget, Brid, and others. Her varying identities reflect her original image as a triple goddess, but with each of her three faces differing in their gifts.

The Brigid first worshipped in ancient times was the daughter of the great Irish god Dagda, the ‘Good Father’. She had two sisters who were also named Brigid. Taken together, they were called the ‘Three Mothers’, ‘Three Sisters’, or simply the Goddess Brigid.

Unlike in Greek mythology where the Triple Goddess represented the three chronological stages of a woman’s life (Maiden, Matron, and Crone), the Bridgets were all of the same generation and the distinctions between them were based on their domains of responsibility.

Brigid, the ‘Fire of the Hearth’, was the goddess of fertility, family, childbirth and healing.

Brigid, the ‘”Fire of the Forge’, was like the Greek goddess Athena, a patroness of the crafts (especially weaving, embroidery, and metalsmithing), and a goddess who was concerned with justice and law and order.

Brigid, the ‘Fire of Inspiration’, was the muse of poetry, song history and the protector of all cultural learning.

Much later, when the Christian church came to Ireland, they had little hope of making converts if they were to denounce the beloved goddess of the Druids as a wicked demon. So instead they made her a saint. Many of the ancient legends of the goddess were soon to become the deeds of the saint. (Note: Some scholars cite evidence that Saint Brigid was an actual woman, the daughter of a Druid king and his Christian wife.)

In whatever form she might take, Saint or Goddess, Brigid is loved as a goddess of peace and inspiration, one of compassion and generosity, and one who had great gifts of insight and wisdom.


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WOTC Extra – Celtic Gods and Goddesses

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 Celtic Gods and Goddesses

The Druid priests of the Celts did not write down the stories of their gods and goddesses, but instead transmitted them orally, so our knowledge of the early Celtic deities is limited. Romans of the first century B.C. recorded the Celtic myths and then later, after the introduction of Christianity to the British Isles, the Irish monks of the 6th century and Welsh writers later wrote down their traditional stories.


The Celtic god Alator was associated with Mars, the Roman war god. His name is said to mean “he who nourishes the people”.


The Celtic god Albiorix was associated with Mars as Mars Albiorix. Albiorix is the “king of the world.”


Belenus is a Celtic god of healing worshiped from Italy to Britain. The worship of Belenus was linked with the healing aspect of Apollo. The etymology of Beltaine may be connected with Belenus. Belenus is also written: Bel, Belenos, Belinos, Belinu, Bellinus, and Belus.


Borvo (Bormanus, Bormo) was a Gallic god of healing springs whom the Romans associated with Apollo. He is depicted with helmet and shield.


Bres was a Celtic fertility god, the son of the Fomorian prince Elatha and the goddess Eriu. Bres married the goddess Brigid. Bres was a tyrannical ruler, which proved his undoing. In exchange for his life, Bres taught agriculture and made Ireland fertile.


British goddess connected with river and water cults, equated with Minerva, by the Romans and possibly linked with the goddess Brigit.


Brigit is the Celtic goddess of fire, healing, fertility, poetry, cattle, and patroness of smiths. Brigit is also known as Brighid or Brigantia and in Christianity is known as St. Brigit or Brigid. She is compared with the Roman goddesses Minerva and Vesta.


Ceridwen is a Celtic shape-shifting goddess of poetic inspiration. She keeps a cauldron of wisdom. She is the mother of Taliesin.


Cernunnos is a horned god associated with fertility, nature, fruit, grain, the underworld, and wealth, and especially associated with horned animals like the bull, stag, and a ram-headed serpent. Cernunnos is born at the winter solstice and dies at the summer solstice. Julius Caesar associated Cernunnos with the Roman Underworld god Dis Pater.

Source: “Cernunnos” A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. James McKillop. Oxford University Press, 1998.


Epona is a Celtic horse goddess associated with fertility, a cornucopia, horses, asses, mules, and oxen who accompanied the soul on its final journey. Uniquely for the Celtic goddesses, the Romans adopted her and erected a temple to her in Rome.


Esus (Hesus) was a Gallic god named along with Taranis and Teutates. Esus is linked with Mercury and Mars and rituals with human sacrifice. He may have been a woodcutter.


Latobius was a Celtic god worshipped in Austria. Latobius was a god of mountains and sky equated with the Roman Mars and Jupiter.


Lenus was a Celtic healing god sometimes equated with the Celtic god Iovantucarus and the Roman god Mars who in this Celtic version was a healing god.


Lugh is a god of craftsmanship or a solar deity, also known as Lamfhada. As leader of the Tuatha De Danann, Lugh defeated the Fomorians at the Second Battle of Magh.


Maponus was a Celtic god of music and poetry in Britain and France, sometimes associated with Apollo.


Medb (or Meadhbh, Méadhbh, Maeve, Maev, Meave, and Maive), goddess of Connacht and Leinster. She had many husbands and figured in the Tain Bo Cuailgne (Cattle Raid of Cooley). She may have been a motyher goddess or historical.


Morrigan is a Celtic goddess of war who hovered over the battlefield as a crow or raven. She has been equated with Medh. Badb, Macha, and Nemain may have been aspects of her or she was part of a trinity of war goddesses, with Badb and Macha.

The hero Cu Chulainn rejected her because he failed to recognize her. When he died, Morrigan sat on his shoulder as a crow. She is usually referred to as “the Morrigan”.

Source: “Mórrígan” A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. James McKillop. Oxford University Press, 1998.


Nehalennia was a Celtic goddess of seafarers, fertility and abundance.


Nemausicae was a Celtic mother goddesses of fertility and healing.


Nerthus was a Germanic fertility goddess mentioned in Tacitus’ Germania.


Nuada (Nudd or Ludd) is the Celtic god of healing and much more. He had an invincible sword that would cut his enemies in half. He lost his hand in battle which meant that he was no longer eligible to rule as king until his brother made him a silver replacement. He was killed by the god of death Balor.


Saitada was a Celtic goddess from the Tyne Valley in England whose name may mean “goddess of grief.”

By N.S. Gill, Ancient/Classical History Expert

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