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Flashback 2005 Mabon Celebration

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From Google search for Fall.

“At the Autumn Equinox, Persephone descends beneath the Earth to become Queen of the Underworld until spring. To reenact this journey, you need to have access to a set of stairs, preferably to a basement, that you can have exclusive use of for the ritual. Choose seven pieces of clothing and jewelry that can symbolize seven gates to the underworld. We use shoe, sash or cord, robe, ring, atheme, necklace and crown. Take off all other clothing and put on these seven items.

Start at the top of the stairs and say, “I will journey with you, Great Queen, to your home in the underworld,” Take two steps down, remove your shoes and say, “I pass the first gate and lay down my shoes.” Take two more steps down, remove your sash and say, “I pass the second gate, and lay down my sash.” Proceed down the steps until you come to the bottom. There take up a dish with pomegranate seeds, pomegranate wine or other dark red wine [I use pomegranate juice]. Meditate on the underworld, the place of death and knowledge. Eat the seeds or drink the wine. Then return up the stairs, gathering what you have discarded as you go, but not looking behind you.”

Copyright 2005 Magebts Griffith Lleweylln’s Witches Datebook 2005 Page 105

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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Twelfth Night, Epiphany of Kore, and Persephone

January 6

Twelfth Night, Epiphany of Kore, and Persephone

 

Traditionally, on this day the ancient Greeks would carry the statue of Kore around her temple seven times as they prayed for protection and good fortune. Following the temple activities a nocturnal rite was held in honor of Kore(daughter of Zeus and Demeter, whose name means “maiden”), an aspect of Persephone before her marriage to Hades.

On this day in Old Europe the ashes from the Yule log were removed, and either stored for magickal purposes of scattered on the fields to insure fertility. Later on in the day the Lord of Misrule, know as the King of the Bean, was selected. Cakes were made, and a bean was baked into one. Whomever found the bean in his cake was then elected king for the day. The king, along with the Queen of the Pea (selected by finding the pea baked into another batch of cakes) ruled over the final Yuletide festivities

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The Autumnal Equinox


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The Autumnal Equinox

 

 The Autumnal Equinox begins the first day of Autumn approximately on this date. This is the day of the second festival of the harvest. The major festivals are: the Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, and Wine Harvest. During this time the energy on the planet changes, this energy is called life-force energy or Universal energy.

 

 Mabon or Autumn Equinox is the second harvest festival.  Like Spring Equinox, Autumn Equinox is a balance of night and day and light and dark, but now we are moving from light into darkness, from warmth into cold.

 

 We gather in the harvest of summer, and prepare for winter. Everything in nature is constantly giving to and receiving from everything else.  When we receive gifts we give thanks, and try to give something back. It is a part of keeping the balance. As we are gathering in all the gifts of the Goddess, fruits, nuts, grains, and blessings, we also try to give something back, to make an offering, to express our thanks by doing a good deed, leaving fruit and honey out for the fae folk, or cleaning our yard.

 

This is also a time to look back at all the things and people we have to be thankful for. It is also a time to take stock of ourselves, and see how much we have grown and changed throughout the year.

 

 At Mabon the Mother of the Harvest becomes the Old One, the wise grandmother who teaches us to rest after our labors. We also honor the Goddess Demeter, who is Goddess of all growing things, and Her daughter Persephone, who becomes Queen of the Under World at Mabon. As Persephone descends into the Under World, Demeter covers her face, and all living and growing things die until Persephone returns at Ostara.

 

 At this time the God is Mabon, son of Modron, which means Son of the Mother. He is hidden from the world of light. He is the spirit of the grain being taken to the store house. Like Persephone, he is a bridge between this world and the Otherworld. He is a link between the living and dead. He is freedom. He protects all that is wild and free.

 

Foods:

 cornbread, wheat products, bread, grains, berries, nuts, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, corn, beans, squash, roots (i.e. onions, carrots, potatoes, etc.), apples, pomegranates, carrots, onions, potatoes, wine, ale and ciders.

 

Herbs:

 hazel, corn, acorns, vines, ivy, cedar, passion flowers, honeysuckle

 

Incenses and oils:

benzoin, myrrh. pine, frankincense, jasmine, cinnamon, clove.

 

Colors/Candles:

brown, green, orange, red, deep gold, scarlet, yellow, maroon, purple, violet and indigo.

 

Gemstones:

yellow agate, carnelian, yellow topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli and amethyst.

 

Goddesses:

all Fruit and Vegetable Deities, Harvest Deities, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres The Muses (Greek), Pomona (Roman).

 

Gods are:

all Wine Gods, Gods of Fruits, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek), Thoth (Egyptian).

 

Symbols and Altar Decorations:

autumn leaves and autumn flowers, marigolds, gourds, berries, pine and cypress cones, acorns, a small statue or figurine representing the Triple Goddess in her Mother aspect and other corresponding deities.

 

 All harvest symbols, corn, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes,  cornucopia, horns of plenty, apples, grapes, vines, garland.

From: GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

 

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Deity of the Day for June 12 – Persephone

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Persephone

Daughter of Demeter

 

Here’s a quick review of the key facts about Persephone.

Persephone’s Appearance: Persephone appears as a beautiful young maiden, just on the edge of womanhood.

Persephone’s Symbol or Attribute: The pomegranate. The narcissus, which Hades planted in a meadow to entice her to pluck it; pulling on the flower opened up the Underworld and Hades sprang out, carrying her off.

Her Strengths: Loving and lovely.

Her Weaknesses: Beauty so ravishing it attracts Hades’ unwanted attention.

Persephone’s Spouse: Hades, with whom she must stay part of each year because she ate a few pomegranate seeds in the Underworld.

Some Major Temple Sites: The spooky Nekromanteion, still visitable today; Eleusis, where her mother’s Mysteries were celebrated for centuries.

Agia Kore or “Saint Kore” is a church built by a raging river near the village of Brontou in the foothills of Mount Olympus, and it is believed to marke an ancient temple to Persephone and Demeter.

Basic Story: Hades springs out of the earth and captures Persephone, dragging her off to be his queen in the Underworld; her dad Zeus told him it was okay to take her as his bride, and Hades took him a bit literally. Hades was also her own uncle, which didn’t make this exactly a myth of good family mental health. Her distraught mother Demeter searches for her and stops all foods from growing until she is returned. Even Zeus has to give in and help work out a deal – one myth says Persephone stays one-third of the year with Hades, one-third of the year serving as a handmaiden to Zeus, and one-third with her mother Demeter- … an interesting ancient balancing of family, spouse, and “career”. The better-known tale equally divides her time just between hanging out with Mom and then ruling the underworld with Hades.

Interesting Fact: Persephone is also sometimes known just as Kore, or the Maiden. She was sometimes called “the maiden of the beautiful ankles”. While most sources indicate Persephone was not happy to be “married” by Hades, others assert that she ate the pomegranate seed (or seeds) deliberately, as a way of breaking free from Mom, and that she was actually content with the final arrangement.

 

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Spring Invocation to Persephone

 

Spring Invocation to Persephone

by Elizabeth Barrette

 

Come, Persephone,
With your paint-pots and brushes:
Stipple the fields with flowers,
Dot the branches with bright blossoms
Streak the Spring sky with pale pastels.
You are the one who paints the eyes on the pansies,
And the lines on the lilies so the bees can find their food,
And the blushes on the rosebuds.
Without you,
The bearded iris would have no smile
And the black-eyed susan would be blind.
Come, Persephone:
The world has rested too long
Under Winter’s snowy cloak.
Come bring your brushes and bright colors
And dress us in the shades of Spring again.
We invoke you, gracious maiden of freedom and beauty:
 
 So Mote It Be

 

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Today’s Tarot Card for Feb. 12th is The High Priestess

The High Priestess

Wednesday, Feb 12th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traditionally called the High Priestess, this major arcana, or trump, card represents human wisdom. She can be viewed as a kind of female Pope, the ancient Egyptian Priestess of Isis, the even older snake and bird Goddesses, the Greek Goddess Persephone, or the Eve of Genesis before the Fall.

For the accused heretics who were burnt at the stake for revering her in the 14th and 15th century, she symbolized the prophecy of the return of the Holy Spirit, which was perceived as the female aspect of the Holy Trinity.

In the sequence of cards in the major arcana, the High Priestess appears as soon as the Fool decides he wants to develop his innate powers, making a move toward becoming a Magus. The High Priestess is his first teacher, representing the Inner Life and the method for contacting it, as well as the contemplative study of Nature and the Holy Mysteries.

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Celebrating Spiritual 365 Days A Year – Feast of Hecate

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Celebrating Spiritual 365 Days A Year – Feast of Hecate

Hecate is one of the oldest embodiments of the Triple Moon Goddess worshipped today. She holds power over the heavens, the earth and the underworld, where she is in control of birth, life and death. Hecate is the giver of visions, magick, and regeneration. Her chief symbol is the crossroads where all paths connect—the past where one has been, the present where one stands, and future where one is headed. In ancient Rome, statues of Hecate were place at the important crossroads. Those who frequently traveled would make offerings to the Goddess in return for her blessings.

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Imbolc: Emerging Into Light

Imbolc: Emerging Into Light

The Celtic festival of Imbolc celebrates the return of Spring from underground and the soul to renewed life.

BY: Mara Freeman

Once again, it is time to welcome in the early Spring and the festival of Bride, or Brigid, the Goddess who brings Light and Life to the land. The ancient Celts called it Imbolc, the time when the new lambs were born, the Earth is beginning to thaw, and new, impossibly fragile-looking green shoots start to emerge through the bare soil.

This miraculous emergence into light is one of the major themes of the holiday. An old Scottish rhyme tells us that this is the time when Bride emerges from the Earth, just as in the Greek myth, enacted at this time of year as part of the Eleusinian mysteries, the goddess Persephone came out of the underworld and Spring returned once more.

These myths are not only about the return of Spring to the land, but also the return of the Soul–traditionally depicted as feminine–from its dwelling in the obscurity of the subconscious mind. In the western world, we tend to get so caught up in material pursuits that the soul is forgotten most of the time – even though we never feel truly at home to ourselves without that connection. At the dawn of the modern age, a poet wrote that “affairs are now soul size.” His words are even more true today: with the escalating crises in the world from wars to global warming, now is the time to fully awaken into what each of us has been called to do during our time on Earth, to emerge into a life that catches fire from the soul-flame within each of us.
When humanity listens to the voice of the soul, rather than being seduced by the astral glamour of consumer-driven culture, then the Soul of the World, the Anima Mundi, will also emerge, like Bride or Persephone, from deep within the Earth where it has been hidden, and its long estrangement from the human race will be over. This is the true meaning behind the Quest for the Holy Grail, a symbol of the Divine Feminine that was withdrawn from the world when our insatiable desire for dominance turned it into the Wasteland. For the Grail to be found, for the Wasteland to be restored to the Courts of Joy, we must learn to become co-creators in partnership with all the Living Intelligences of our planet: human, animal, faery or Devic.
The Festival of Bride is also known as Candlemas, for it is marked by the lighting of candles to brighten the long February nights. This also gives us an opportunity to rekindle our own inner flame upon the shrine of the soul. So light your own candle this season, and as you do so, see this tiny flame as a spark of the One Light that shines through all the worlds. Then sense your own inner flame within your heart and know that you, too, are a spark of the Divine. Breathe in the peace of this knowledge, and listen to your soul telling you how to fully awaken into Light in the emerging year.

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