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Elder Tree/Moon

ElDER 1 Elder

The Celtic lunar year ends with the Elder Moon, representing a cycle associated with death and renewal, prosperity and healing.

Before the year turns to its next cycle, allow the elder to help heal your body, mind, or spirit with its energies. Either in the physical world or in deep meditation, find the niggest, strongest elder in the forest. ASk if you may use its regenerative powers to heal yourself. If you don’t know of anything you need to have healed, ask the elder to protect you from illness. You may be rewarded with a falling limb, leaf, or piece of bark to take with you as a talisman of health and well being.

Be sure to thank to elder for its gift:

Elder tree of ancieElnt rhyme,

Standing strong in winter time;

Healing tree of body and mind,

Thank you for your gift so kind.

Copyright Edian McCoy Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2004 Page 123

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


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


Source: Copyright WiccanSage

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.

Images unless otherwise labeled are in the public domain available at Pixabay.


Anyone of any age can enjoy Mabon!





Wheel of the Year-Northern Hemisphere

NO Hemi WoY

From the web site Deviant Art. It does not have any more information on this topic but I liked the look of this wheel and the short explanations given. Below is the link I got this from:


Wheel of the Year-Southern Hemisphere

So MAbon

From the web site Spheres of Light. It is based out of Australia. So another place to pick up information on when those down under celebrate the eight sabbats and other things.


Forging Your Own Path: My Journey

Forging Your Own Path: My Journey

Author:   Bear Stormcrowe  

Ever since I was a wee lad, I knew that I had a special relationship with Mother Earth and the elements around me. I always had this magnetic attraction to all things mystical, offbeat, and natural. I remember quite well the times I used to ‘trick’ my parents into buying trees from the Arbor Day Foundation in order to plant them as an homage to Mother Gaia. I would sit outside and plant them, whispering softly to the planet; “Here you go. Thank you for giving us what you give us.”

When my family finally got the Internet, I remember sneaking onto my computer at night; silently hoping the dial-up connection sounds wouldn’t stir my family. It was there that my journey began. I searched earth-based religions high and low…and I came to the realization: I’m a Witch.

I had always been more mature than others of my age group, and since my epiphany I’ve referred to myself as a Natural Witch. I began seriously pursuing the Well-Worn Path soon after that epiphany and started my path as a solitary practitioner in full force. At the time, I was still green on the subject of Witchcraft, even though I was naturally inclined to it; So, I began researching books from the library and following their paths and their beliefs but something didn’t feel quite right. In any religion, a personal means of practicing helps you get that more personal connection with your deity. In my case, it was multiple deities but namely, Lugh and Danu. It was then I realized that I could forge my own path…my own solitary journey.

Since beginning my own personal journey, following the rules of the Wicca, and showing reverence to my amazing deities, I found my connection and my own personal practice. When it came to Sabbats I followed a loosely based outline but added my own flair in the mix, it all worked just the same if not better because all of my mind, body, and spirit were put into my craft. I came “out of the broom closet”, so to speak, to my friends in high school—then to my friends and professors in college.

After much networking and a twist of fate I owe all to the God and Goddess, I met a woman who is now my fiancée and a group of friends with whom I created a small active coven. They were all well seasoned in the Craft already but I found myself answering their questions with a knowledge I had no idea was hiding deep within me. The advice and techniques I offered proved a success and I realized that I had an even deeper calling: High Priestdom. After meeting and discussing the future of the coven, they all agreed unanimously that they felt I would take the high priest position and honor it well.

So, what’s the point of this story? You ask. In my personal experience I’ve found that crafting your own spells and following the path that your heart and soul vibrates well with yields better results. In my case, a closer connection to the deities I’ve aligned myself with.

How do you find your own path? The simplest way to do it is follow your heart. However, if you are unsure of what your heart is telling you here are some simple techniques that have helped me when the answers my heart had given didn’t really satisfy my spirit.

Meditation: Simple two-step meditation works wonders.

The First Step is to open sacred space. This is the brief equivalent of casting a circle. How I open sacred space is by grounding and centering me then I say:

“By the Grace and Power of the Great Ones, Within and Without, I allow love to enter this space, but keep evil and ill intent out.”

Your sacred space is now open. Feel free to change the invocation of positive energies to something of your liking.

The Second Step is to clear your mind of all things but your question at hand. This takes a lot of practice so do this on a day that has been relatively uneventful if at all possible. Clearing your mind and focusing on your own path and what fits just right for your individual Witchiness should yield some result the first few times you try it.

Scrying: Using a scrying mirror or bowl is another way to get some answers. Be prepared to look deep into the mirror/bowl for some time. As with most divination arts, symbols are left to the diviner to interpret so have a notebook and writing utensil (or computer for those tech-savvy Witches) to record the symbols for interpretation after the scrying session. It’s been my experience to wait until the end of the session to interpret symbols and messages because if you take your focus to one symbol, you may miss other important ones. Once you’ve finished scrying, interpret symbols, make connections, and have fun with it.

To end this article, I’d like to say that if you follow a set path founded by someone else and you feel at home in that path, then by all means continue on the path you are most comfortable with. You may get things from different paths in order to forge your own way. That is perfectly acceptable. It’s all what feels right to each individual witch.

I write this article in the light of Lugh and Danu and with love to all of my fellow Pagans and Earth-Children. May bright blessing and prosperity come your way and as always—Blessed Be.

-Adam Osborne (Sacred Magick)
Eclectic Pagan, High Priest, and Lightworker.

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WOTC Extra – Ten Questions You Should Be Able to Answer After a Year and A Day

WOTC Extra – Ten Questions You Should Be Able to Answer After a Year and A Day

1.) How would you define Witchcraft?

How would you define Wicca?

What would you say if asked? Are you able to discuss the history of the Craft and how Wicca relates to Magick?

2.) Upon what premise does the moral foundation of the Wicca rest?

Do you consider yourself a practitioner of the dark arts or the white- (or light) magickal arts? Why do you think this?

03.) Explain what is meant by divination.

Explain what is meant by the following terms:

aura reading,



magick mirror,



Have you found a favorite method of divination?

What is this method?

Have you become skilled at this, and how skilled?

Do you consider yourself a Master of the Art?

Are you practicing this form of divination for yourself and others on a regular basis, and if not, why not?

04.) Are you thoroughly familiar with some form of the healing arts?

What do you know about the following:

color or sound therapy,


herbal healing?

Which of these have you studied enough to have become quite familiar with the healing art?

Are you a Master of the Art?

Do you intend to become a Master?

Have you begun your hand-written herbal or other log of your healing practice?

05.) Have you accumulated all your magickal tools?

How many of these tools have you made yourself?

What was given to you?

Why did this object become a part of your magickal collection?

Are these tools all consecrated?

Why are they consecrated?

Are you knowledgeable enough about the uses of all these tools to be able to explain their uses to another?

06.) If someone, a friend perhaps, comes to you for help in the following areas, can you help them?

The areas might be love, health, wealth, protection, uncrossing, legal aid, self-help or development.

Could you devise a spell to help him or her? Would you? Why? Why not?

Could you include all the proper correspondences, talismans, stones, crystals, candles?

Would you be able to cast the spell during the correct phase of the Moon, the most auspicious day of the week and hour of the day?

Have you kept accurate records of your magickal work in your Book of Shadows or hand-written Magickal Diary?

If not, why not?

07.) Are you able to explain the Sabbats and Esbats?

Can you perform an impromptu ritual for each?

Have you begun your personal hand-written Book of Shadows?

08.) Are you familiar enough with any of the Pentagram Rituals to explain them to others?

09.) Have you composed at least two complete Sabbat rituals and a full or new Moon ritual, incorporating all the proper correspondences;

astrological timing,

proper god and goddess forms for the particular ritual,

the correct candles,

scents, invocations, etc?

10.) Can you explain why Wicca is important to you -and why you wish to become a Witch and Wiccan?

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The Full Wiccan Rede

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The Full Wiccan Rede

Bide within the Law ye should To keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time
Let the spell be spake in rhyme.For tread the Circle thrice about In perfect love and perfect trust.
Live ye must and let to live
Fairly take and fairly give.

Light of eye, and soft of touch
Speak you little, listen much.
Honour the Old Ones in deed and name
Let love and light be our guides again.

Deosil go by the waxing moon
Chanting out the Wiccan Rune.
Widdershins go by the waning moon
Chanting out the Baneful Rune.

When the Lady’s moon is new
Kiss the hand to her times two.
When the moon ridesat Her peak
Then your heart’s desire seek.

Heed the Northwinds mighty gale
Lock the door and trim the sail.
When the wind blows form the East
Expect the new and set the feast.

When the wind comes from the South
Love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers form the West
All hearts will find peace and rest.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go
Burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes
To represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might
In the fire it brings the God’s insight.
Rowan is a tree of power
Causing life and magick to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand
Ready to help us to the summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to puify
And to draw faerie to your eye.

Hazel – the tree of wisdom and learning –
Adds it’s strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of the Apple tree
That brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine
Giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen
To represent immortality seen.

Elder is the Lady’s tree
Burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark
In the light and in the dark.

As the old year starts to wane
The new begin; it’s now Samhain.
When the time for Imblolc shows
watch for flowers through the snows.

When the wheel begins to turn
Soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lammas night
Power is brought to magick rite.

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall
Use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule
Light the log The Horned One rule.

In the spring, when night equals day
Time for Ostara to come our way.
When the sun has reached it’s hight
Time for Oak and Holly fight.

Harvesting comes to one and all
When the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush and tree
By the lady Blessed you’ll be.

Where the rippling waters go
Cast a stone, the truth you’ll know.
When you have and hold a need
Harken not to others greed

With a fool no season spend
Or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part
Bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Three-fold Law you should
Three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow
Wear the star upon your brow

Be true in love this you must do
Unless your love be false to you
Eight words the Rede fulfil
“An it harm none, do as ye will”


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Setting Up Your Imbolc Altar

Setting Up Your Imbolc Altar

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It’s Imbolc, and that’s the Sabbat where many Wiccans and Pagans choose to honor the Celtic goddess Brighid, in her many aspects. However, other than having a giant statue of Brighid on your altar, there are a number of ways you can set up for the season. Depending on how much space you have, you can try some or even all of these ideas — obviously, someone using a bookshelf as an altar will have less flexibility than someone using a table, but use what calls to you most.


Traditionally, the colors of red and white are associated with Brighid. The white is the color of the blanket of snow, and the red symbolizes the rising sun. In some traditions, the red is connected with the blood of life. Brighid is also tied to the color green, both for the green mantle she wears and for the life growing beneath the earth. Decorate your altar with a white cloth, and drape a swath of red across it. Add green candles in candleholders.

The Beginnings of New Life

Altar decor should reflect the theme of the Sabbat. Because Imbolc is a harbinger of spring, any plants that symbolize the new growth are appropriate. Add potted bulbs — don’t worry if they’re blooming yet — and spring flowers such as forsythia, crocus, daffodils, and snowdrops. If you don’t have much luck planting bulbs, think about making a Brighid’s crown as a centerpiece — it combines flowers and candles together.

Celtic Designs

Brighid is, after all, a goddess of the Celtic peoples, so it’s always appropriate to add some sort of Celtic design to your altar. Consider adding a Brighid’s cross6 or any other item incoporating Celtic knotwork. If you happen to have a Celtic cross, don’t worry about the fact that it’s also a Christian symbol — if it feels right on your altar, go ahead and add it.

Other Symbols of Brighid

  • Cauldrons or chalices — she’s often connected to sacred wells and springs
  • A small anvil or hammer — Brighid is the goddess of smithcraft
  • A Brighid corn doll and Priapic wand
  • Sacred animals such as cows, sheep or swans
  • A goddess statue
  • A book of poetry, or a poem you’ve written — Brighid is the patroness of poets
  • Faeries — in some traditions, Brighid is the sister of the Fae
  • Healing herbs — she’s often connected to healing rites
  • Lots of candles, or a cauldron with a small fire in it
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