It should be noted that due to the various Traditions in our group, we have individuals who might celebrate Mabon today or on a different up-coming date. For us, we celebrate on September 21, even though they are saying Autumn Equinox is Saturday, we adhere to the Ways of Old. Due to various different dates, we all might celebrate, we like to get a jump start on each of our Sabbats. This is in order for you to collect your supplies, get new ideas and get your rituals ready. We hope you enjoy this edition of the Witches Digest. We will be including more ideas for you to celebrate Mabon tomorrow. So sit back and enjoy!
Wishing you & yours a very bountiful second harvest! Happy Mabon!
“The Wheel turns on – ’tis Mabon-tide.
Dawn and dusk abreast now ride
darkness, brightness, calm and storms.
The hand that holds the scythe transforms.
I vow this wisdom shall be my own:
poise will let my power be known.
From balance the Wheel now turns toward the deep.
Through Winter, by vow and faith, I’ll keep.”
—Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Beltane to Mabon
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
Sun Direction: ↑ 100.26° E
Sun Altitude: 14.75°
Sun Distance: 93.346 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2017 3:01 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today: 6:40 am↑ 88° East
Sunset Today: 6:53 pm↑ 272° West
Length of Daylight: 12 hours, 13 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 96.37° E
Moon Altitude: 11.24°
Moon Distance: 238600 mi
Next Full Moon: Oct 5, 20171:40 pm
Next New Moon: Oct 19, 20172:12 pm
Next Moonset: Today7:28 pm
Current Moon Phase: Near New Moon (Waxing Crescent)
The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waxing Crescent
First Quarter: Sep 27, 2017 at 9:53 pm
New Moon: Sep 20, 2017 at 12:29 am
Your Astronomy for Wednesday, September 20th
The Moon is in Virgo until 6:05 AM, after which the Moon is in Libra.
The Moon is void from 1:29 AM to 6:05 AM.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent phase until 1:29 AM, after which the Moon is waxing and in its New phase.
The New Moon occurs early today, at 1:29 AM, in the sign of Virgo.
Venus spends its first full day in Virgo (Venus is in Virgo September 19-October 14).
Moon in Libra
Creating order is the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others’ approval is another.
The Moon in Libra generally favors the following activities: Relationship and partnership issues, activities involving teamwork and cooperation, activities that involve self-examination, activities related to beauty.
The Sky This Week for September 20 to 24
A new moon, a glimpse at the Summer Triangle in fall, and other cool things in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Wednesday, September 20
New Moon occurs at 1:30 a.m. EDT. At its new phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.
Thursday, September 21
Although you can’t see the Moon around its New phase, its absence from the morning sky these next two weeks provides observers with an excellent opportunity to view the zodiacal light. From the Northern Hemisphere, early autumn is the best time for viewing this elusive glow before sunrise. It appears slightly fainter than the Milky Way, so you’ll need a clear moonless sky and an observing site located far from the city. Look for a cone-shaped glow that points nearly straight up from the eastern horizon shortly before morning twilight begins (around 5 a.m. local daylight time at mid-northern latitudes). The Moon remains out of the morning sky until October 4, when the waxing gibbous world returns and overwhelms the much fainter zodiacal light.
Friday, September 22
With the days growing shorter and kids back in school, it shouldn’t be surprising that summer’s reign is just about over. The warmest season comes to an official close at 4:02 p.m. EDT, when Earth reaches the autumnal equinox. This marks the moment when the Sun crosses the celestial equator traveling south. Our star rises due east and sets due west today. If the Sun were a point of light and Earth had no atmosphere, everyone would get 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness. But the air and finite size of our star make today a few minutes longer than 12 hours.
The Moon appears as a waxing crescent low in the west-southwest during evening twilight. Tonight, you can use it as a guide for finding Jupiter. Although the gas giant planet has been a conspicuous evening object for the past several months, it’s now nearing the end of its reign. The giant planet lies 8° to the lower right of the Moon but just 6° above the horizon a half-hour after sundown. Still, at magnitude –1.7, Jupiter shines brightly enough to appear prominent against the twilight glow.
Saturday, September 23
The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness at 2:56 a.m. EDT. Observers on the East Coast who start watching around midevening on the 22nd can see the star’s brightness diminish by 70 percent over the course of about five hours. Those in western North America will see Algol brighten noticeably from late evening until dawn starts to paint the sky, when the star passes nearly overhead. This eclipsing binary system runs through a cycle from minimum (magnitude 3.4) to maximum (magnitude 2.1) and back every 2.87 days.
Sunday, September 24
Although autumn arrived with the equinox two days ago, the Summer Triangle remains prominent in the evening sky. Look high in the west after darkness falls and your eyes will fall on the brilliant star Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp. At magnitude 0.0, Vega is the brightest member of the Triangle. The second-brightest star, magnitude 0.8 Altair in Aquila the Eagle, lies some 35° southeast of Vega. The asterism’s dimmest member, magnitude 1.3 Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, stands about 25° east-northeast of Vega. For observers at mid-northern latitudes, Deneb passes through the zenith around 9:30 p.m. local daylight time, more than an hour after the last vestiges of twilight disappear.
Mabon to Samhain
Wiccans and Witches observe the autumnal equinox with a lesser sabbat that many call Mabon. The day and night may briefly be of equal length, but from now on the hours of darkness will grow steadily longer, with the signs of natural life fading a pace. With harvest over, the Goddess of the Waning Moon now descends to the Otherworld, where she will reign alongside the Horned God, who has battled hideous being in his quest to become Lord of Death.
—The Wicca Book of Days
Selena Eilidh Ash
Ritual Magick for Wednesday, September 20
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Color: Yellow or Grey
Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing, Eloquence
A Book of Pagan Rituals
Elements of Celebration for Mabon
Herbs of Mabon:
Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables.
Foods of Mabon:
Bread, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and onions.
Incense of Mabon:
Autumn Blend – benzoin, myrrh and sage.
Colors of Mabon:
Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown and gold.
Stones of Mabon:
Sapphire, lapis lazuli and yellow agates.
Today is Wednesday, September 20
Wednesday is the day of the Teutonic deity known as Wodin or Odin, an aspect of the Allfather, god of knowledge, wisdom, enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes, the planet Mercury.
Zodiac Sign: Gemini & Virgo
Stone: Emerald & Sardonyx
Animal: Raven & Cat
Color: Red & Blue
Celtic Tree Month of Muin (Vine) September 2 – September 29
Runic Half-Month of Ken (September 13 – September 27)
Goddess of the Month of Mala (September 6 – October 2)
The Pagan Book of Days
On Wednesday, September 20, We Celebrate Mabon
From the moment of the September Equinox, the Sun’s strength diminishes, until the moment of the Winter Solstice in December, when the Sun grows stronger and the days once again become longer than the nights…
During this time Mabon, Young Son, Divine Youth, Son of Light also disappears. He is taken at birth when only three nights old.
His Mother Modron laments…
With the help of the wisdom and the memory of the most ancient of living animals – (the Blackbird , the Stag, the Eagle, the Salmon, and the Owl), Mabon is eventually found. His seeker asks the ritual question of each totem animal: “Tell me if thou knowest aught of Mabon, the son of Modron, who was taken when three nights old from between his mother and the wall?”
All along, Mabon has been dwelling, a happy captive, in his mother Modron’s magical Otherworld / her womb. Modron is Gaurdian of the Otherworld, Protector, Healer, the Earth herself. Her womb is nurturing and enchanted, but also filled with challenges. Only in so powerful a place of renewable strength can Mabon be reborn as his Mother’s champion, the source of joy and Son of Light.
Once reborn Mabon’s light is drawn into the Earth, gathering strength and wisdom enough to become a new seed.
During this time we celebrate Mabon’s death and his return to Modron’s womb, where he will soon be reborn.
The Faeries roam this land and mournful
music fills the air this day, at this hour.
Modron, O! great Queen and Earth Mother,
we call you here to share your sorrow.
O! shadowed God, great son of Modron,
we plead your return from the mysterious world that keeps you.
The power of your brilliance is the joy of your mother.
Modron is Earth and the Mother we all attend.
Her bittersweet lament
nurtures your return to be born again and again.
The Witches Guide to Wednesday
Ruler: Wodin, Mercury
Colors: Orange, light blue, and gray
Power Hours: Sunrise and the 8th, 16th, and 24th hours following
Keywords: Success, creativity, communication
The word Wednesday is reminiscent of the Norse wind god Wodin, which is referenced in the popular rhyme verse “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.” This does not mean that those born on this day are full of sorrow or trouble. To be full of Woden (Wodin) means to be full of wind, to be spirited. Woden was such a powerful pagan god that the German church fathers changed the name of his day to Mittwoch, meaning midweek, in an attempt to exorcise his influence.
In the Spanish word for Wednesday, miercoles, we clearly see its connection to Mercury. Under the guidance of Mercury; Wednesday is a day of swift activity, communication, correspondence, and phone calls. This is a good day for journalists, writers, poets, bargaining, hiring employees, and visiting friends.
On Wednesdays, the hour of sunrise and every eight hours after that are also ruled by Mercury, making these times of the day doubly blessed. These are the strongest four hours for ritual work. Check your local newspaper, astrological calendar, or almanac to determine when sunrise occurs.
Autumn Equinox, around September 21, is the time of the descent of the Goddess into the Underworld. With her departure, we see the decline of nature and the coming of winter.This is a classic, ancient mythos, seen the Sumerian myth of Inanna and in the ancient Greek and Roman legends of Demeter andPersephone.
In September, we also bid farewell to the Harvest Lord who was slain at Lammas. He is the Green Man, seen as the cycle of nature in the plant kingdom. He is harvested and his seeds are planted into the Earth so that life may continue and be more abundant.
Mabon (“Great Son”) is a Welsh god. He was a great hunter with a swift horse and a wonderful hound. He may have been a mythologized actual leader. He was stolen from his mother, Modron(Great Mother),when he was three nights old, but was eventually rescued by King Arthur (other legends say he was rescued by the Blackbird, the Stag, the Owl, the Eagle, and the Salmon). All along, however, Mabon has been dwelling, a happy captive, in Modron’s magickal Otherworld — Madron’s womb. Only in this way can he be reborn. Mabon’s light has been drawn into the Earth, gathering strength and wisdom enough to become a new seed. In this sense, Mabon is the masculine counterpart of Persephone — the male fertilizing
principle seasonally withdrawn. Modron corresponds with Demeter.
From the moment of the September Equinox, the Sun’s strength diminishes, until the moment of Winter Solstice in December, when the Sun grows stronger and the days once againbecome longer than the nights.
Symbols celebrating the season include various types of gourd and melons. Stalk can be tied together symbolizing the Harvest Lord and then set in a circle of gourds. A besom can be constructed to symbolize the polarity of male and female. The Harvest Lord is often symbolized by a straw man, whose sacrificial body is burned and its ashes scattered upon the earth. The Harvest Queen, or Kern Baby, is made from the last sheaf of the harvest and bundled by the reapers who proclaim, “We have the Kern! ”The sheaf is dressed in a white frock decorated with colorful ribbons depicting spring, and then hung upon a pole (a phallic fertility symbol).
In Scotland, the last sheaf of harvest is called the Maiden, and must be cut by the youngest female in attendance.
*From “Celebrate the Earth” by Laurie Cabot,Green Witchcraft by Ann Moura, Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar 1998, and The Witches’ God by Janet and Stewart Farrar.
Be bold and daring today! Expand your knowledge of the Craft by working with the planetary energies of Mercury on this multifaceted day of the week. Consider the Greco-Roman gods Mercury and Hermes and all of the many lessons they have for you. Embrace change and movement, and work on your communication techniques. Conjure up a little good luck for yourself with that Mercury dime spell. Call on Athena to inspire you to try magickal arts and crafts and to be more creative in your own spellwork and witchery.
Meditate on Odin and see what you can discover about him. I wonder what sort of fabulous and fascinating magickal wisdom you will uncover? Odin is a shaman, after all; he may appear in many guises and faces. I guarantee that he will make you laugh at yourself before he is through with you, but you will learn. It’s up to you what you do with that knowledge. Will you let it shapeshift into wisdom?
Wednesday is the wild and wily day of the week, so try to go with the flow; don’t fight the quirky energies of the day. Most importantly, follow your heart, and always keep a good sense of humor, because of Wednesdays you will really need it.
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
A guide to the Sabbat’s symbolism
Date: September 20-23 (usually, the date of the calendar autumn equinox).
Alternative names: The Autumn Equinox, the Second Harvest Festival, the Feast of Avalon, Equizio di Autunoo and Alban Elfed.
Primary meanings: The Fall Equinox falls exactly opposite the Spring Equinox of March 20 to 23. Both are times of equal night and equal day. The Equinox is the time of equality between the God and Goddess–the God represented by the Sun, the Goddess by the Moon; fruitfulness of the land results from their connection, and now the harvest’s bounty is brought in and stored against winter and dark times. The key action at Mabon is giving thanks. At the Autumn Equinox, the Sun’s strength also begins markedly to diminish, even disappear, until Winter Solstice in December.
Symbols: Garlands, corn, apples, pinecones, gourds, acorns, wheat, dried leaves and horns of plenty (cornucopias). Foods include corn, beans, squash, nuts, apples and root vegetables; drink includes cider, wine and beer.
Colors: Red, orange, yellow, deep gold, brown, russet, maroon, indigo and violet.
Gemstones: Amethyst, carnelian, lapis lazuli, sapphire, yellow agate and yellow topaz.
Herbs: Acorns, aloe’s wood, asters, benzoin, cedar, chrysanthemums, cinnamon, cloves, ferns, frankincense, hazel, honeysuckle, hops, ivy, jasmine, marigold, milkweed, musk, myrrh, oak leaves, passionflower, pine, pomegranate, roses, sage, Solomon’s seal, thistles, tobacco and vines.
Goddesses and gods: Goddesses include Morgon, Snake Woman, Epona, the Muses and Demeter; gods include Thoth, Hermes, Thor, Dionysus, Bacchus and Herne. The Sabbat is named for a god, the Mabon ap Modron, who symbolizes the male fertilizing principle in Welsh myths. His full name (depending on the translation) means Great Son of the Great Mother, Young Son, Divine Youth or Son of Light. Modron, his mother, is the Great Goddess, Guardian of the Otherworld, Protector and Healer. She is Earth itself.
Customs and myths: In the myth of Mabon, the god disappears, taken from his mother, Modron, when only three nights old. Mabon is freed with the help of the wisdom and memory of the most ancient living animals — the blackbird, stag, owl, eagle and salmon. All along, Mabon has been quite happy, dwelling in Modron’s magickal Otherworld — Modron’s womb — to be reborn as his mother’s champion, the Son of Light. Mabon’s light has been drawn into the Earth, gathering strength and wisdom to become a new seed. In a Greek myth associated with the season, autumn begins when Persephone leaves her mother, the earth goddess Demeter, to return to the Underworld to live with her husband, Hades, lord of the dead.
Mabon is rather like Thanksgiving for pagans. The foods of Mabon consist of the second harvest’s gleanings, so grains, fruit and vegetables predominate. Pagan activities for the Sabbat include the making of wine and the adorning of graves. It is considered taboo to pass burial sites and not honor the dead. Another traditional practice is to walk wild places and forests, gathering seedpods and dried plants to decorate home or altar or to save for future herbal magick. The sounds of baying hounds passing through the sky, the “Hounds of Annwn” in the Welsh mythos, are associated with fall and winter.
Spell-work for protection, wealth and prosperity, security and self-confidence are appropriate for Mabon, as are spells that bring into balance and harmony the energies in a room, home or situation. Ritual actions might include the praising or honoring of fruit as proof of the love of the Goddess and God. River and stream stones gathered over the summer can be empowered now for various purposes.
–Arwynn MacFeylynnd, Author
The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, September 20th
Feast of St. Eustace
New Moon 1:30 am
Moon Sign: Virgo
Moon enters Libra 6:06 am
Mabon Activities and Correspondences
Symbolism of Mabon: The completion of the Harvest begun. Day and night are equal and the God prepares to leave His physical body and begin the great adventure into the unseen.
Symbols of Mabon: all harvest symbols, corn, autumn flowers, red poppies,nuts, grains, leaves, acorns, pine and cypress cones, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes, cornucopia, horns of plenty, burial cairns, apples, marigolds, harvested crops. wine, gourds
Colors : Orange, Dark Red, Yellow, Indigo, Maroon and Brown.
Goddesses: Modron(Welsh), Bona Dea, Harvest Deities, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres, Morgan(Welsh- Cornish), Snake Woman(Aboriginal), Epona (Celtic-Gaulish), Pamona(Roman), the Muses(Greek).
Gods: Mabon, Modron(Welsh), Sky Father, John Barleycorn , the Wicker-Man, the Corn Man, Thoth(Egyptian), Hermes, Hotei(Japanese), Thor, Dionysus(Roman), Bacchus(Greek) and all wine Deities.
Tarot Cards: Judgment and The World
Altar Decorations: acorns, pinecones, autumn leaves, pomegranate, statue of the Triple Goddess in her Mother phase.
Mabon Herbs: Rue, yarrow, rosemary, marigold, sage, walnut leaves and husks, mistletoe, saffron, chamomile, almond leaves, passionflower, frankincense, rose hips, bittersweet, sunflower, wheat, oak leaves, dried apple or apple seeds.
Foods of Mabon: cornbread, wheat products, bread, grains, berries, nuts, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, corn, beans, squash, roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc), hops, apples, pomegranates, carrots, onions, potatoes, roast goose or mutton, wine, ale and ciders, breads, apples, pomegranates
Animals: dogs, wolves, stag, blackbird, owl, eagle, birds of prey, salmon & goat, Gnomes, Sphinx, Minotaur, Cyclops, Andamans and Gulons.
Incense : pine, sweetgrass, apple blossom, benzoin, myrrh, frankincense, jasmine, sage wood aloes, black pepper, patchouly, cinnamon, clove, oak moss
Mabon Stones : During Mabon, stones ruled by the Sun will help bring the Sun’s energy to you.clear quartz, amber, peridot, diamond, gold, citrine, yellow topaz, cat’s-eye, adventurine.
Customs: offerings to land, preparing for cold weather by bringing in harvest, cutting willow wands( Druidic), leaving apples upon burial cairns & graves as a token of honor, walks in forests, gather seed pods & dried plants, fermenting grapes to make wine,picking ripe produce, stalk bundling
Spellworkings of Mabon: Protection, prosperity, security, and self- confidence. Also those of harmony and balance. Taboos:It was considered unlucky to cut down the very last of the Harvest, and so was also left to stand in the field by some traditions.
Activities of Mabon: Select the best of each vegetable, herb, fruit, nut, and other food you have harvested or purchased and give it back to Mother Earth with prayers of thanksgiving. Hang dried ears of corn around your home in appreciation of the harvest season. Do meditations and chanting as you store away food for the Winter. Do a thanksgiving circle, offering thanks as you face each direction – – for home, finances, and physical health (North); for gifts of knowledge (East); for accomplishments in career and hobbies (South); for relationships (West); and for spiritual insights and messages (Center). Decorate the table with colorful autumn leaves in a basket. Display the fruits of the harvest – corn, gourds, nuts, grapes, apples – preferably in a cornucopia. Or decorate with wildflowers, acorns, nuts, berries, cocoons, anything that represents the harvest to you. Like its sister equinox, halfway across the Wheel of the Year, the Autumn Equinox is a good occasion for a ritual feast. Plan a meal that uses seasonal and symbolic fruits and vegetables. You can serve bread, squash, corn, apples, cider and wine. Make some homemade wine or cordial gather and dry herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods. Make grapevine wreaths using dried bitter-sweet herb for protection. Use ribbons of gold and yellow to bring in the energy of the Sun, and decorate with sprigs of dried yarrow or cinnamon sticks. Make a protection charm of hazelnuts (filberts) strung on red thread. Make a witch’s broom. Tie dried corn husks or herbs (broom, cedar, fennel, lavender, peppermint, rosemary) around a strong, relatively straight branch of your choice. Make magic Apple Dolls Gifts of the Harvest can be used to make tools and emblems that will remind us of their bounty all year round. Look for colored leaves. Collect fallen leaves and make a centerpiece or bouquet for your home. Save the leaves to burn in your Yule fire. Vist an apple orchard and, if possible, pick your own apples. Hang apples on a tree near your home. Watch the birds and other small animals who will enjoy your gift. This is also the time for replacing your old broom with a new one. As the broom corn is ripe now, besom making is traditional and magickal this time of year. Begin the festival with a vineyard or orchard harvest. You might check the farm lands in your area to see if there’s an orchard or pumpkin patch that allows customers to harvest produce for themselves. Traditionally Sabbat festivals begin at sun set on the eve of the Holiday. You can use the daytime hours of this holiday eve to prepare baskets for harvesting the next day. Baking a pumpkin pie (from scratch if possible) is a wonderful way to bring in the fragrance of the holiday season
Dedicated to the Teutonic god Woden or Odin, an aspect of the “All-Father” god of knowledge wisdom enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes.
Element : Air
Zodiac Sign : Virgo / Gemini
Angel : Raphael
Metal : Mercury
Incense / Perfumes : Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Oil: Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender
Color : Red, Orange, Light Blue
Stones : Bloodstone,Garnet, Aventurine, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Plants/Herbs : Almond, Anise, Cherry, Clover, Dandelion, Dill, Fern, Hazel, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lilac, Mace, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vervain
Magick to Work: the conscious mind, study, travel, divination, consulting oracles, wisdom, communication ,cleverness, contracts, creativity, information, intellect, memory, perception, science, wisdom, writing
Mabon History: The Second Harvest
The Science of the Equinox:
Two days a year, the Northern and Southern hemispheres receive the same amount of sunlight. Not only that, each receives the same amount of light as they do dark — this is because the earth is tilted at a right angle to the sun, and the sun is directly over the equator. In Latin, the word equinox translates to “equal night.” The autumn equinox takes place on or near September 21, and its spring counterpart falls around March 21. If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, the days will begin getting shorter after the autumn equinox and the nights will grow longer — in the Southern hemisphere, the reverse is true.
The idea of a harvest festival is nothing new. In fact, people have celebrated it for millennia, all around the world. In ancient Greece, Oschophoria was a festival held in the fall to celebrate the harvesting of grapes for wine. In the 1700’s, the Bavarians came up with Oktoberfest, which actually begins in the last week of September, and it was a time of great feasting and merriment, still in existence today. China’s Mid-Autumn festival is celebrated on the night of the Harvest Moon, and is a festival of honoring family unity.
Although the traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving falls in November, many cultures see the second harvest time of the fall equinox as a time of giving thanks. After all, it’s when you figure out how well your crops did, how fat your animals have gotten, and whether or not your family will be able to eat during the coming winter. However, by the end of November, there’s not a whole lot left to harvest. Originally, the American Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated on October 3, which makes a lot more sense agriculturally.
Thanksgiving was originally celebrated on October 3. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued his “Thanksgiving Proclamation”, which changed the date to the last Thursday in November. In 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt adjusted it yet again, making it the second-to-last Thursday, in the hopes of boosting post-Depression holiday sales. Unfortunately, all this did was confuse people. Two years later, Congress finalized it, saying that the fourth Thursday of November would be Thanksgiving, each year.
Symbols of the Season:
The harvest is a time of thanks, and also a time of balance — after all, there are equal hours of daylight and darkness. While we celebrate the gifts of the earth, we also accept that the soil is dying. We have food to eat, but the crops are brown and going dormant. Warmth is behind us, cold lies ahead.
Some symbols of Mabon include:
Mid-autumn vegetables, like squashes and gourds
Apples and anything made from them, such as cider or pies
Seeds, nuts and seed pods
Baskets, symbolizing the gathering of crops
Sickles and scythes
Grapes, vines, wine
You can use any of these to decorate your home or your altar at Mabon.
Feasting and Friends:
Early agricultural societies understood the importance of hospitality — it was crucial to develop a relationship with your neighbors, because they might be the ones to help you when your family ran out of food. Many people, particularly in rural villages, celebrated the harvest with great deals of feasting, drinking, and eating. After all, the grain had been made into bread, beer and wine had been made, and the cattle were brought down from the summer pastures for the coming winter. Celebrate Mabon yourself with a feast — and the bigger, the better!
Magic and Mythology:
Nearly all of the myths and legends popular at this time of the year focus on the themes of life, death, and rebirth. Not much of a surprise, when you consider that this is the time at which the earth begins to die before winter sets in!
Demeter and Her Daughter
Perhaps the best known of all the harvest mythologies is the story of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter was a goddess of grain and of the harvest in ancient Greece. Her daughter, Persephone, caught the eye of Hades, god of the underworld. When Hades abducted Persephone and took her back to the underworld, Demeter’s grief caused the crops on earth to die and go dormant. By the time she finally recovered her daughter, Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds, and so was doomed to spend six months of the year in the underworld. These six months are the time when the earth dies, beginning at the time of the autumn equinox.
Inanna Takes on the Underworld
The Sumerian goddess Inanna is the incarnation of fertility and abundance. Inanna descended into the underworld where her sister, Ereshkigal, ruled. Erishkigal decreed that Inanna could only enter her world in the traditional ways — stripping herself of her clothing and earthly posessions. By the time Inanna got there, Erishkigal had unleashed a series of plagues upon her sister, killing Inanna. While Inanna was visiting the underworld, the earth ceased to grow and produce. A vizier restored Inanna to life, and sent her back to earth. As she journeyed home, the earth was restored to its former glory.
For contemporary Druids, this is the celebration of Alban Elfed, which is a time of balance between the light and the dark. Many Asatru groups honor the fall equinox as Winter Nights, a festival sacred to Freyr.
For most Wiccans and NeoPagans, this is a time of community and kinship. It’s not uncommon to find a Pagan Pride Day celebration tied in with Mabon. Often, PPD organizers include a food drive as part of the festivities, to celebrate the bounty of the harvest and to share with the less fortunate.
If you choose to celebrate Mabon, give thanks for the things you have, and take time to reflect on the balance within your own life, honoring both the darkness and the light. Invite your friends and family over for a feast, and count the blessings that you have among kin and community.
Ten Ways to Celebrate Mabon
Mabon is the time of the autumn equinox, and the harvest is winding down. The fields are nearly bare, because the crops have been stored for the coming winter. Mabon is a time when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest. On or around September 21, for many Pagan and Wiccan traditions it is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. It is also a time of balance and reflection, following the theme of equal hours light and dark. Here are some ways you and your family can celebrate this day of bounty and abundance.
1. Find Some Balance
Mabon is a time of balance, when there are equal hours of darkness and light, and that can affect people in different ways. For some, it’s a season to honor the darker aspects of the goddess, calling upon that which is devoid of light. For others, it’s a time of thankfulness, of gratitude for the abundance we have at the season of harvest. Because this is, for many people, a time of high energy, there is sometimes a feeling of restlessness in the air, a sense that something is just a bit “off”. If you’re feeling a bit spiritually lopsided, with this simple meditation you can restore a little balance into your life. You can also try a ritual to bring balance and harmony to your home.
2. Hold a Food Drive
Many Pagans and Wiccans count Mabon as a time of thanks and blessings — and because of that, it seems like a good time to give to those less fortunate than ourselves. If you find yourself blessed with abundance at Mabon, why not give to those who aren’t? Invite friends over for a feast, but ask each of them to bring a canned food, dry goods, or other non-perishable items? Donate the collected bounty to a local food bank or homeless shelter.
3. Pick Some Apples
Apples are the perfect symbol of the Mabon season. Long connected to wisdom and magic, there are so many wonderful things you can do with an apple. Find an orchard near you, and spend a day with your family. As you pick the apples, give thanks to Pomona, goddess of fruit trees. Be sure to only pick what you’re going to use — if you can, gather plenty to take home and preserve for the coming winter months. Take your apples home and use them in rituals, for divination, and for delicious recipes that your family can enjoy all season long.
4. Count Your Blessings
Mabon is a time of giving thanks, but sometimes we take our fortune for granted. Sit down and make a gratitude list. Write down things that you are thankful for. An attitude of gratefulness helps bring more abundance our way — what are things you’re glad you have in your life? Maybe it’s the small things, like “I’m glad I have my cat Peaches” or “I’m glad my car is running.” Maybe it’s something bigger, like “I’m thankful I have a warm home and food to eat” or “I’m thankful people love me even when I’m cranky.” Keep your list some place you can see it, and add to it when the mood strikes you.
5. Honor the Darkness
Without darkness, there is no light. Without night, there can be no day. Despite a basic human need to overlook the dark, there are many positive aspects to embracing the dark side, if it’s just for a short time. After all, it was Demeter’s love for her daughter Persephone that led her to wander the world, mourning for six months at a time, bringing us the death of the soil each fall. In some paths, Mabon is the time of year that celebrates the Crone aspect of a triune goddess. Celebrate a ritual that honors that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge. Call upon the gods and goddesses of the dark night, and ask for their blessings this time of year.
6. Get Back to Nature
Fall is here, and that means the weather is bearable once more. The nights are becoming crisp and cool, and there’s a chill in the air. Take your family on a nature walk, and enjoy the changing sights and sounds of the outdoors. Listen for geese honking in the sky above you, check the trees for changing in the colors of the leaves, and watch the ground for dropped items like acorns, nuts, and seed pods. If you live in an area that doesn’t have any restrictions on removing natural items from park property, take a small bag with you and fill it up with the things you discover along the way. Bring your goodies home for your family’s altar. If you are prohibited from removing natural items, fill your bag with trash and clean up the outdoors!
7. Tell Timeless Stories
In many cultures, fall was a time of celebration and gathering. It was the season in which friends and relatives would come from far and near to get together before the cold winter kept them apart for months at a time. Part of this custom was storytelling. Learn the harvest tales of your ancestors or of the people indigenous to the area in which you live. A common theme in these stories is the cycle of death and rebirth, as seen in the planting season. Learn about the stories of Osiris, Mithras, Dionysius, Odin and other deities who have died and then restored to life.
8. Raise Some Energy
It’s not uncommon for Pagans and Wiccans to make remarks regarding the “energy” of an experience or event. If you’re having friends or family over to celebrate Mabon with you, you can raise group energy by working together. A great way to do this is with a drum or music circle. Invite everyone to bring drums, rattles, bells, or other instruments. Those who don’t have an instrument can clap their hands. Begin in a slow, regular rhythm, gradually increasing the tempo until it reaches a rapid pace. End the drumming at a pre-arranged signal, and you’ll be able to feel that energy wash over the group in waves. Another way of raising group energy is chanting, or with dance. With enough people, you can hold a Spiral Dance.
9. Celebrate Hearth & Home
As autumn rolls in, we know we’ll be spending more time indoors in just a few months. Take some time to do a fall version of spring cleaning. Physically clean your home from top to bottom, and then do a ritual smudging. Use sage or sweetgrass, or asperge with consecrated water as you go through your home and bless each room. Decorate your home with symbols of the harvest season, and set up a family Mabon altar. Put sickles, scythes and bales of hay around the yard. Collect colorful autumn leaves, gourds and fallen twigs and place them in decorative baskets in your house. If you have any repairs that need to be done, do them now so you don’t have to worry about them over the winter. Throw out or give away anything that’s no longer of use.
10. Welcome the Gods of the Vine
Grapes are everywhere, so it’s no surprise that the Mabon season is a popular time to celebrate winemaking, and deities connected to the growth of the vine. Whether you see him as Bacchus, Dionysus, the Green Man, or some other vegetative god, the god of the vine is a key archetype in harvest celebrations. Take a tour of a local winery and see what it is they do this time of year. Better yet, try your hand at making your own wine! If you’re not into wine, that’s okay — you can still enjoy the bounty of grapes, and use their leaves and vines for recipes and craft projects. However you celebrate these deities of vine and vegetation, you may want to leave a small offering of thanks as you reap the benefits of the grape harvest
How To Hold a Hearth and Home Rite for Mabon
Mabon is a time of balance, and it is the time to celebrate the stability of the hearth and home. This ritual is a simple one designed to place a barrier of harmony and security around your property. You can do this as a family group, as a coven, or even as a solitary. If you live in an apartment, feel free to adapt the rite as necessary. The key here is to focus on the perimeter of your personal space, whether you have a half-acre yard, a big rural spread, or a downtown condo.
You’ll need the following items:
A bowl of fresh earth from your yard
An assortment of iron nails* (railroad spikes work nicely if you can get them)
A brown or green candle to represent the land
There is no need to cast a circle before beginning this rite, because you will be casting a magical perimeter as part of the working.
Begin at the entrance to your property that sees the most traffic. If you have a yard and house, this will likely be the end of the driveway, where it connects to the street. If you live in an apartment or town home, you may wish to use your front door, or the hallway in front of your door. You may want to put your supplies on a tray or in a bag, if you’re doing this alone. If you have other people participating, give each person some items to carry.
You can do this rite at any time of the day, although evening may be better if you don’t want your neighbors to come over and ask what you’re up to.
Place the bowl of earth at the entrance to your property. If you like, you can place it on a table, or you can just set it on the ground. Place your hands into the bowl, and feel the cool soil on your fingertips. Feel the energy of the earth, traveling from the ground, up into the bowl, through the dirt, and into you.
Focus on the bowl of earth, and say:
Earth, symbol of security and stability, bring peace and harmony into my home at this season of thanksgiving. May my family be well, my house be a haven, and my table be one of hospitality. May the earth, the soil, the land, ground me and protect me and those whom I love, and that which I call mine. My property shall be a safe place, a secure place, a harmonious place for all those who enter. As I will, so it shall be.
Leave the bowl in place, and begin slowly walking around the perimeter of your property, traveling in a deosil, or clockwise, direction. Feel the energy of your land, and the way in which you connect with it. Is there a tree you particularly love? Or the big rock where the kids always sit? Or that weird piece of root that you trip over every time? Consider why your property is home instead of just a place to live. Even if you live in an apartment, you can do this — what about that creaky spot by the door that your mom always hears when you come in late? All of these make a house personal and connect us to it.
Periodically — and depending on how many iron nails or railroad ties you’ve got — stop and touch the ground. Drive a nail or spike into the dirt – iron is known as a protective material throughout many cultures. As you push it into the earth, say:
Iron spike, in the ground, protect my home, my family and me. Keep out that which would cause us harm.
Repeat this with each iron nail or spike, until you’ve placed a protective barrier around your property. By now, you should have returned to your bowl of earth at the entrance.
Light the green or brown candle, and place it within the bowl. Pack the earth lightly around it so that the candle doesn’t topple over. Say:
Dark and light, equal parts at the time of Mabon. Fire and earth, together. Balance, harmony, security, these things shall be mine.
If there is a particular deity of your tradition that represents hearth and home, now might be a good time to call upon them asking for assistance. If you do so, be sure to make an offering in their honor. If you choose not to call upon deity at this time, just take a few moments to reflect on your home life, and the things that mean security to you. When you are finished, bring the bowl with the candle inside, and place it in a spot where all can see — on your hearth, or the kitchen table — and allow it to sit until the candle goes out. When the candle has burned away, return the earth to your property.
Even if you just live in one room of a home, you can still do this rite. Simply adapt it so that you’re going around the perimeter of the room, beginning with the doorway. Instead of pounding iron spikes into the ground, you can tuck a small nail up under the edge of the carpet.
It has been pointed out that in some areas, the ground may freeze enough to push iron nails out of the ground, which could cause problems once things warm up – no one wants a small child to step on a rusty nail! If you live in an area where this may be a problem, you may wish to remove the nails at certain times of year, or at the very least, check to make sure they are securely in the ground.
What You Need
A bowl of earth
Iron nails or railroad spikes
A green or brown candle
Mabon Harvest Incense
2 parts sandalwood
2 parts pine
1 part rosemary
1 part cinnamon
1 part dried apple
1 part dried oak leaf
Add your ingredients to your mixing bowl one at a time. Measure carefully, and if the leaves or blossoms need to be crushed, use your mortar and pestle to do so. As you blend the herbs together, state your intent. You may find it helpful to charge your incense with an incantation, such as:
Mabon, a season of dark and light,
balance of day turning to night.
Counting my blessings in all I have and do,
love and harmony, and gratitude too.
Mabon herbs, bring balance to me,
As I will, so it shall be.
Store your incense in a tightly sealed jar. Make sure you label it with its intent and name, as well as the date you created it. Use within three months, so that it remains charged and fresh.
4 drops Rosemary
4 drops Frankincense oil,
2 drops apple oil,
1 drop chamomile oil.
Use almond oil as a base here
Mix well and bottle. Use in Mabon rituals
Autumn Equinox Ritual Potpourri
45 drops Honeysuckle Oil
1 cup Oak Moss
6 small Acorns
2 cups dried Oak Leaves
2 cups dried Honeysuckle
1 cup dried Passionflower
1 cup dried Rosebuds and Petals
½ cup dried Pine Needles
1 tablespoon Sage
Mix the honeysuckle oil 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 “Autumn Equinox Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 162, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)
Mabon Ritual for Solitary Witches
Stand before the center of the altar. Hold your ritual goblet toward the sky with both hands, saying:
Lord of the Harvest, Lady of Crops,
I thank you for your gifts freely given,
and now return wine from this bounty
to the soil with a grateful heart.
Pour out the wine into the soil or the secondary container. If you’re using the latter, you must take this outside after the ritual and pour it into the earth.
Accept my offering as a gift to you and Earth.
Let this libation nourish and sustain the land
as the Wheel moves on.
Put down the cup, and take up the cornucopia with both hands while reciting:
Providence, while my table is rich with the harvest,
soon the crops fall to the snows.
Let each silver piece be used kindly to help others,
then return thrice-fold in times of need.
Bless these coins that I,
and all within my home, might not want for food,
nor comfort, while the land lies fallow.
By your power, let it be so.
Return the coins to the altar. After the ritual keep them in an accessible place and use them for random acts of kindness, such as putting a quarter into an expired parking meter. Your gifts to others, as the prayer says, will return to you three times over to meet your needs.
The Wheel has turned.
The sun no longer reigns.
Blow out the sun candle.
It is a time of increasing darkness…
a time to look within at shadows of my soul
and face them bravely.
May the Powers be with me in this Underworld journey,
that like the sun I will return from my meditations
with the brightness of enlightenment as a guide.
Linger before the altar and consider any negatives in your life. Be honest with yourself here. Choose one on which to work for the remainder of the winter so that by Imbolc, it will be banished with growing light.
Family Mabon Ritual
At one end of your table put a bunch of dried ears of corn and something harvested from your garden. Put the sun candle in the center with the bread next to it. When all the food is ready and the table set with your best dishes, establish sacred time. Then an adult says:
“Today the wheel has come to a special point.
For half the year now
there has been more light than dark.
Since Midsummers, though, the light
has been fading
and today dark and light are equal
and tomorrow the dark half of the year will begin.
That is why we celebrate today.
It is the balance point between light and dark.
It is the beginning of the return of cold and dark.
To the light time as it leaves we say:
Hail and farewell!
Light the sun candle and then continue:
“To the dark time as it comes in we say Welcome!
Be gentle with your cold, be loving in your dark.”
Hold up the bread, the corn, and some of the harvest, and say:
All summer the food has been growing
and now Harvest is here.
These are both sacred grains:
Corn, the sacred grain of this country
Wheat, the sacred grain of our ancestors.
We bless them.
May they bless us.
Pass the bread around, each person taking a pieces and eating some. Then eat your meal. Afterwards, hang the corn on your front door, saying:
Hang here till Samhain comes
and the world grows darker still.
Hang there and bless our house
and all our coming in
and all our going out.
You may actually want to leave them there at least until Thanksgiving, the Harvest Home of American culture. In fact, the first, solar part of the ritual can be celebrated on the equinox, and the second, harvest part on Thanksgiving.
Save part of the bread for offerings to your household guardians and also for the spirits of the wild.
After the meal, blow out the sun candle, saying:
The sun has gone into the fruits of summer
and now it fades from the sky.
From The Pagan Family by Ceisiwr Serith
Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for September 20 – 23
Autumn Equinox/ Alban Elfed/Mabon
Name Alban 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, vest, 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.
Magickal Activity for Mabon
The Corn Baba or Dolly
To make a Corn Baba, strip the off the husks from a dried ear of corn and soak them in water until pliable. Drain the strips on a paper towel and press flat with a warm iron. Take one strip and wrap around a cotton or foam ball to form the head. Attach the head to the cob with tape or glue. Use several long strips to cover the head and body. Cut a narrow strip of husk for arms and roll into 7″ length. Tie off at the ends with string. Attach to cob and then fashion dress from strips of corn husks. Finish off the doll using the silk or yellow yarn for hair. Embellish with colored ribbon, buttons, hats, and a basket.
Home Protection Prayer to the Morrighan for Mabon
This incantation calls upon the goddess Morrighan, who is a Celtic deity of battle and sovereignty. As a goddess who determined kingship and land holdings, she can be called upon for assistance in protecting your property and the boundaries of your land. If you’ve been robbed lately, or are having trouble with trespassers, this prayer comes in particularly handy. You may wish to make this as martial as possible, with lots of banging drums, clapping, and even a sword or two thrown in as you march around the boundaries of your property.
Mabon Home Protection Prayer
Hail Morrighan! Hail Morrighan!
Protect this land from those who would trespass upon it!
Hail Morrighan! Hail Morrighan!
Guard this land and all those who dwell within it!
Hail Morrighan! Hail Morrighan!
Watch over this land and all contained upon it!
Hail Morrighan! Hail Morrighan!
Goddess of battle, great goddess of the land,
She who is the Washer at the Ford, Mistress of Ravens,
And Keeper of the Shield,
We call upon you for protection.
Trespassers beware! The great Morrighan stands guard,
And she shall unleash her displeasure upon you.
Let it be known that this land falls under her protection,
And to do harm to any within it
Is to invite her wrath.
Hail Morrighan! Hail Morrighan!
We honor and thank you this day!
Hail Morrighan! Hail Morrighan!
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Wednesday, September 20th
The Moon today is in a New Moon phase. During this phase the Moon is to close to the sun in the sky to be visible. The moon rises and sets with the sun and is not present in the night sky. Because of this the night sky is darker and an excellent time to view other celestial objects. Like the Full Moon, a New Moon happens at a very specific time when the sun and moon have the same ecliptic longitude and it can be measured down to the second it occurs.
Phase Details for – Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Moon Age: 0.29 days
Moon Angle: 0.52
Moon Distance: 385,880.01 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,201,456.04 km
Cosmic Weather Horoscope:
by Jane Lyle
Friday 1st September – Monday 25th September:
It’s All About Virgo
‘By putting our house in order, we can live in our natural state. We choose those things that bring us joy and cherish what is truly precious in our lives. Nothing can bring greater happiness than to be able to do something as simple and natural as this.’
– ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’ by Marie Kondo
Yet, on the other hand, what about this? :
“I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me.”
– Bob Dylan
When Mercury re-enters its home sign, Virgo, on 10th September there will be three planets in the earthy sign of Virgo, the Harvest goddess of the Northern hemisphere. Sun, Mercury and Mars encourage us to pay attention to the house of Virgo in our natal charts. At the same time, the opposite house of fishy Pisces needs attention, most of all to our intuition, any vivid dream images, and sticking with a conscious determination to be kind to each other and to the Earth itself.
Asteroid goddess Vesta boosts detailed, meticulous Virgo vibes too, travelling through Virgo until 17th September. Vesta is named for the virginal Roman goddess of the hearth, powerful sacred centre of every ancient (and some modern) home. So in astrology, Vesta shows us a place of focus and devotion. Vesta guards that flame somewhere in each of us – it’s subtle, but we have a kind of special duty to tend to it and keep those symbolic home fires burning inside ourselves.
Positive Virgo energy fosters action, communication, and thoughts about well-being, service to others, and the nature of order and creative chaos in everyday life. Some slippery chaos is inevitable, as Neptune in Pisces washes away Virgo’s boundaries and our best-laid plans melt round the edges. Interesting possibilities are revealed when the tide goes out. We’ll need to be very philosophical and flexible.
It’s also worth asking what ideas may have been milling about in our thoughts since late July, when Mercury first entered Virgo. And, inevitably, some kind of ‘putting our house in order’ project is in tune with all these subtle, yet earthy influences. It’s one practical way of preparing for the annual Equinox turning-point on 22nd September.
‘The oldest and deepest element in any religion is the cult of the earth spirit in her many aspects.’
– John Michell, ‘The Earth Spirit, It’s Ways, Shrines and Mysteries’
Planets entering Virgo in September:
5th September: Mars – in Virgo until 22nd October
10th September: Mercury – in Virgo until 30th September
20th September: Venus – in Virgo until 14th October
20th September: New Moon in Virgo
The Sun and asteroid Vesta are in Virgo too – Sun enters Libra on 22nd September, Vesta enters Libra on 18th September.
September’s Melting Moments
Particularly confusing, dreamy, or utterly peculiar times to be aware of this month arise when Virgo planets meet dissolving Neptune in Virgo’s opposite sign, emotional Pisces.
The Sun opposes Neptune as September begins, while Mars waits until 20th – 25th September to close the month with some mystifying shape-shifting or possibly a flood of sex, lies, and videotape.
Something Old, Something New.
by Jane Lyle
The New Moon in Virgo, 27 degrees, 20th September 2017
Restless, inventive, and mad as a spoon, September’s new Moon in Virgo offers fresh – sometimes startling – insights into current situations.
A new Moon is always a time for fresh starts. In Virgo, those might be about well-being, organisation, routines, or even how we take care of our beloved pets. This new Moon encourages us to think about how all our little everyday rituals add up to influence our experience of daily life.
Disruptive Uranus, planet of change, connects with the Moon, bringing unusual ideas and unexpected feelings to the surface. The Moon with Uranus represents unconventional families, challenges our assumptions about emotional relationships, and favours innovative swerves and intuitive light-bulb moments.
None of these gifts come easily – we’ll need to experiment to find ways to balance things. Throwing out everything old and traditional isn’t necessarily a wise thing to do right now, but stubbornly refusing to try something new isn’t very helpful either. It’s an ongoing conversation with plenty of Virgo details and analysis during the month ahead.
Whatever family means to us is emphasised by dwarf planet Ceres in the watery and caring sign of Cancer, making a dynamic aspect with the new Moon.
Ceres in the Moon’s own sign makes a powerful statement about nourishment of mind, body, and spirit. Eating well is a big theme here, and maybe Ceres points towards the love and pleasure of food while challenging more rigid ideas about whether food is ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’. It’s time for a fresh look at food rituals and routines.
Chiron in Pisces chips in here too, opposing the Sun and Moon and calling attention to that Virgo-Pisces service and sacrifice theme. The victims of unthinking conventions or outdated ideas can benefit from considering radical new solutions and embracing some imaginative problem solving.
If we can work with this new Moon, some exciting changes to daily life can be seeded during September. Stunning insights are there for us, we just have ask ‘why not?’ and see where that might take us.
The New Moon in Virgo on September 20, 2017, is a special turning point, since it not only represents the beginning of one cycle and the end of another — this New Moon also marks the completion of summer.
Like all New Moons, this one asks us to plant a seed that grows to fruition at the next Full Moon. Practicing conscious intention enables us to direct our thoughts with incredible intensity. Our ability to focus on details improves our efficiency and increases our chances to achieve our goals. A rare cluster of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all in exacting Virgo demands precision, leaving little room for making mistakes. Thankfully, our aim can be perfect when we rely on Virgo’s penchant for accuracy.
Aries Horoscope (March 21 – April 19)
While it’s true that adopting a more methodical approach to your work mutes your natural gift for spontaneity, the potential for progress is well worth the sacrifice now. The industrious Virgo New Moon puts your 6th House of Habits on notice, adding an element of emotional integrity to the crowded cosmic landscape. It might feel like your current all-work-and-no-play lifestyle is dulling your sparkle, but it would be foolish to miss this wave of productivity when so much good can be accomplished. Reset your priorities, organize your resources, and apply a healthy dose of self-discipline to create the future you want. Failure is not an option when your dreams are at stake.
Taurus Horoscope (April 20 – May 20)
You are treading on solid ground now, empowering you to reveal your heart to a friendly audience. The earthy Virgo New Moon lands in your 5th House of Self-Expression, inspiring you to demonstrate your creative streak. A planetary gathering in the hardworking sign of Virgo may not sound like fun and games at first but, with delicious Venus in the mix, you are bound to discover pleasure in the most unlikely of places. Your ability to make the best out of any situation earns you admiration and praise.
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – June 20)
Your innate need for flexibility takes a backseat to your current craving for familiarity. The busy planetary mix in your 4th House of Roots nudges you to create more stability in your personal life, and the virtuous Virgo New Moon drives home the point. Acting footloose and fancy-free tends to be your default mode, but now there is a new sheriff in town and playing by the rules suddenly sounds like an excellent idea. The cosmic energy is shifting over the next few days, and you are wise to shift your behavior as well. However, in your haste to conform, do not misplace your sense of humor. Talk less, laugh more.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – July 22)
Life is a conundrum lately as distractions of every shape and size challenge your skills of concentration. On one hand, you are enchanted with the myriad of possibilities dangling in front of you. But on the other hand, you recognize that if you attack one project with singular focus, you will make much more progress. A plethora of planets and this no-nonsense New Moon rattle your 3rd House of Immediate Environment, demanding that you think first and feel later. Discerning the difference between trivial and critical is your ticket to success.
Leo Horoscope (July 23 – Aug. 22)
Money can’t buy you happiness, but it does provide a certain sense of freedom if you allocate your funds wisely. Your generosity is most likely well-intended, but keeping your pride in check allows you to give without expectation of something in return. The meticulous Virgo New Moon takes stock of your 2nd House of Personal Resources, collaborating with a pack of planets in picky Virgo on the final analysis of your worth. Don’t allow an overly critical outlook to dampen your enthusiasm; a temporary freeze on exorbitant purchases will only boost your bottom line. The gift of your time is priceless to those who love you.
Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
You are receiving a rare gift from the cosmos — a precious second birthday wish so you can reset your intentions for the exhilarating new year ahead. The perfectionist Virgo New Moon joins the planetary party in your 1st House of Self, infusing a celebratory air into the mix. Cake and candles are fun, but if you want to reach your goals you must seize this fertile opportunity to manifest your dreams. Although the Sun moves out of your sign on September 22, it will take some time for the other planets to follow. Consider this an extra bonus round where you get to finetune your personal strategy for success.
Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
Making time for contemplation and rest is key to your emotional wellbeing now. The Virgo New Moon shadows your 12th House of Privacy, urging you to withdraw from the daily hustle and bustle to quiet your mind. In a couple of days, the pace of life will quicken when the Sun leads a parade of planets into Libra and your 1st House of Self. Grab this temporary respite to recharge your batteries while you can. A disciplined meditation practice and a few nights of good sleep will change your world.
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
You are happiest working as an integral member of a group now, but only if there are tangible results produced. There are too many planets in hardworking Virgo pushing their agenda to just hang out for the sake of camaraderie now. The Virgo New Moon’s presence in your 11th House of Community only intensifies the connection you feel to your work. You want to impress others with what you bring to the table, but try not to judge yourself too unfairly in the process. Playing comparison games takes the shine off your unique set of skills, so don’t bother wasting your time competing for the title of most valuable player on the team. Being your best self inspires others to do the same.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
You may not appreciate the message being sent from the cosmos now. You typically prefer to trip the light fantastic, so the fussy Virgo New Moon and this planetary traffic jam in your 10th House of Public Status are making you cranky. The truth is you won’t be able to fit in all the amazing things you hoped to do now, and the sooner you face that sobering fact, the better. Eliminating the extraneous noise enables you to narrow your options down to the most practical ones.
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
Your mind is working on overdrive, envisioning all the possibilities for your future and the consequences of each scenario. The discriminating Virgo New Moon and its planetary allies are hard at work in your 9th House of Big Ideas, encouraging you to sharpen your mental acuity by heading back to school or learning a new language. Gathering useful information from a variety of sources enables you to make the best choices possible. However, waiting until you find the perfect plan is a self-defeating strategy. At some point, you will have to trust yourself to make the right decision.
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
Buckle your seatbelt and prepare for a bumpy ride full of spills and thrills. The Virgo New Moon fusses over your 8th House of Intimacy, and you can’t help but wonder if others are seeing you in a positive light. Clearly, the gaggle of planets in orderly Virgo are striking a nerve now, triggering your rebellious nature for possibly no valid reason. Your key planet Uranus is ready to strike at the littlest provocation now; watch out for overreactions on your part, unless you really want to rock your world. Preparing for the unexpected is nearly impossible, but joyfully dancing with the element of surprise separates you from the rest of the pack.
Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 – March 20)
You need to put in the work if you hope to strengthen the bonds of your relationships. However, a musical serenade or poetry recital is not going to impress anyone while the results-oriented Virgo New Moon and its planetary cohorts are taking up all the oxygen in your 7th House of Others. Practical actions count when it comes to deepening the trust between you and someone you admire. But Neptune could easily seduce you into believing you are following your heart, only to discover you are simply dazed and confused. There’s no reason to rush anything when all you need to do is just show up with an open heart.
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Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, September 20th
You have a powerful desire or need to pay more attention to details and/or to your work and health now, dear Aries, but these things can sometimes interfere with your feeling of freedom and independence. Working on finding a balance can help you tremendously when it comes to turning over a new leaf. This morning’s New Moon points to such a new beginning or turning point related to your habits, routines, health, and work. Consider what needs to go, whether this is about literal clutter or an attitude that hasn’t been serving you well. Find ways for getting on top of daily schedules and routines. However, keep in mind that while there is an excellent opportunity now for starting fresh, it’s important that your goals are gently challenging and reasonable enough that you don’t psyche yourself out before even starting! Pace yourself, but also believe in yourself.
You may be holding onto or romanticizing something (or someone) from the past, and this is taking up psychic space that could be reserved for allowing something new and happy enter your life, dear Taurus. The New Moon occurring early today can bring opportunities to begin anew along romantic, creative, and playful levels, so any help you can give yourself now will bring rewards. In the coming weeks, you’re encouraged to explore your passions and creativity more heartfully, and it’s an excellent time for new love or a revamp of your roman for some. A new creative focus or a renewed interest in a hobby or creative activity can emerge and take over in a good way. This is the kind of energy that gets you out of bed more quickly in the morning. New opportunities or channels for expressing and enjoying yourself can open up to you. Venus has just entered this same sector, helping you along as you naturally attract who and what you want into your life.
You may be feeling conflicted about whether to take a risk and move out of your comfort zone or stick what who and what you know today, dear Gemini. This dilemma is something you’d be wise to straighten out as a New Moon occurring today provides you the opportunity to start a new chapter of your life or to reach a critical turning point, particularly in your personal affairs, with family, and in your home life. This is an important time for taking charge and latching onto a solid goal or direction for making improvements to your support system and domestic world. For some of you, this can be a time for home projects or improved routines around the home. Matters of the heart, security, and comfort are in focus. If you need to reconnect with family, the coming days and even weeks are excellent for doing so.
You’ve recently awakened to a stronger desire to reach out, learn, connect, and share your ideas, dear Cancer, and with today’s New Moon, you’ll feel more directed and in charge in these areas of life. Launching new projects and putting ideas into action will get the green light, but with the New Moon today, objectivity is not yet with you. Learning new or improving current skills can be in focus. For others, this is about making new acquaintances or connecting with others more meaningfully. Errands, emails, and other daily details are in the picture. You’re likely to feel more in charge and good about contributing. This can be a strong cycle for writing, speaking, and schooling, or for breathing new life into an old project. You’re making a difference with what you say or how you connect with others this month.
There is a tendency to feel a little torn between the promise of life experience and the appeal of getting down to business today, Leo. However, even with some chaotic energy around you, there is a fresh feeling in the air. With a New Moon occurring early today, the coming week is active for beginning a new business, project, money-making idea, savings account, or budget — anything that helps you build up, manage, or take charge of your resources. This New Moon cleans the slate and opens doors for you in the areas of personal finances, talents, and resources. You have Venus transiting your house of resources now, and this helps move things along well.
The New Moon early today occurs in your sign, Virgo, and it’s all about you! Venus has moved into your sign, and there is a tremendous showing in your sign today. In fact, the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars are all in Virgo. You receive a big power boost with today’s lunation. Personal plans will soon get the green light. As exciting as this fresh energy feels, be sure you don’t burn yourself out by pushing too hard or expecting instant results. If you don’t pace yourself, you could end up running out of steam and encountering opposition. This is a time for reinventing yourself in some meaningful way, or for a personal new beginning. Take charge of your life! However, do watch for a tendency to put yourself on the defensive today, as this will not get you anywhere. This is an excellent day, however, for learning something new.
A New Moon occurs early today in the sign just behind yours, Libra, pointing to an excellent time ahead for cleaning house on an emotional or mental level. Events happening now remind you to slow down, reconsider, and process. You can come to meaningful conclusions about what projects or areas of life have run their due course. This is a time for freeing up emotional space to allow new energy into your life. Both mental and physical health are in focus now, and this is a time to start fresh on a new course of substantial improvements. Also today, someone can throw you off center with their actions, remind you of the past, or leave you feeling insecure. It’s a temporary issue, so try not to take things to heart! Today holds great energy for sorting out finances or debts.
Venus has moved into your social sector, sweetening or smoothing out your social life, Scorpio. The weeks ahead can be good for connecting with friends, existing or new. The New Moon today occurs in the same sector, pointing to the chance for a fresh start or another form of a new beginning with friendships. Over the coming week, you can feel compelled to reach out to others or connect in new, improved ways with people you enjoy. This is also a time for a stronger focus on aspirations that feed your sense that you’re making a meaningful contribution to the world around you or that increase your optimism and feeling of satisfaction and happiness about your life. You are recognizing the value of the team, cooperating, and sharing. Worries about work can seep into your personal or social life today, and it can be difficult to enjoy yourself as a result, however. If you can find a way to enjoy a creative escape from stress, you’ll be in far better shape.
Adjustments may be necessary when it comes to dealings with a boss, parent, or family member, dear Sagittarius, but doing so helps you start fresh. A New Moon today points to the need to take charge and begin a new chapter of your life when it comes to your reputation, career, responsibilities, and how you present yourself to the world. It’s a good time for new goals, projects, and attitudes towards taking care of business. You have a strong showing of energy at the top of your solar chart, and with Venus here now, you’re in exceptionally good shape for smoothing over relationships with a boss, teacher, parent, or the public.
Concerns about family or your insecurities can prevent you from straying too far from your routine today, yet you instinctively need to get away from it all, dear Capricorn. Working on satisfying your needs for both domesticity and exploration helps clear the path for new beginnings. The New Moon occurring early today motivates or prompts you to widen your experiences and deepen your understanding of your life’s purpose in the coming weeks. A change in the routine will refresh you now. Educational interests or travel may be in focus. This can be a time for pulling yourself out of your shell in pleasant ways and for building your faith in a plan for the future or gaining perspective on your life. Meeting people who introduce you to new ideas, concepts, and even lifestyles can be in focus now, helped along by Venus now in this same sector of your solar chart, facilitating pleasant connections and meetups.
Try not to allow misunderstandings or discrepancies negatively impact your day, dear Aquarius, but if a tricky matter does surface, don’t shy away from it altogether, or you are likely to meet it again in the future in a bigger way. Things accumulate! As well, this is a time for a clean slate with a New Moon occurring early today that is a powerful motivator or prompter to start fresh. This lunation activates a part of your solar chart that rules many of the things that go on behind closed doors or deep inside of you. It can stir up your need or desire for intimacy and closeness, and also a willingness to get to the bottom of matters, including increased self-understanding. This is a good time for analysis, research, and investigation, as well as the beginnings of a project that requires dedication and concentration. Alternatively, something occurring around now can open your eyes to the need to handle debts or manage support and the sharing of responsibilities more effectively.
Sorting out problems related to income can be important now, dear Pisces, as it can help clear the path for new beginnings with your relationship situation. This morning’s New Moon pushes a new burst of energy in the direction of close relationships and especially partnerships, which can be personal, professional, or in between! The weeks ahead are powerful for getting things sorted and clarified, and, for some of you, the next major level or step in a close connection. It’s also a time for pairing up for a common goal or working on your ability to balance, harmonize, and compromise with others for mutual benefits. There can be some impulsiveness today, so it would be wise to distinguish between making changes for the sake of change, and making changes that will truly propel you forward on an improved path. Venus has just moved into your partnership sector, and this transit, lasting until October 14th, can enhance relationships further.
If You Were Born Today, September 20
You seek security and harmony in your life, preferring to keep the peace than to deal with too much conflict. You have a gentle, peaceable manner. Intelligent and analytical, your opinions are strong although rarely forced upon others. Although generally quiet and likable, you have a strength of character that others sense. You have a straightforward manner, yet you are also magnetic and intuitive. Idealistic in love, it can take some time before you see a partner clearly.
Famous people born today: Sophia Loren, Upton Sinclair, Alexander the Great, Jon Bernthal, Moon Bloodgood, Asia Argento, Anne Meara.
If you were born on the Virgo-Libra cusp, from about September 19 to September 25, you’re a beautiful individual, inside and out! The energies of Virgo and Libra work nicely together to create very balanced people who are both intellectual and artistic.
Individuals born on “The Cusp of Beauty” are ruled by communication planet Mercury and love planet Venus, which lends them the rational qualities of Virgo as well as the creative and social attributes of Libra — it’s the best of both worlds!
Beauty cuspers are always up to date on the latest trends, and they love all things of beauty, including people, art and nature. They strive to keep their personal appearance and their home aesthetically pleasing, but they must avoid taking this too far at the risk of becoming superficial.
In fact, most Virgo-Libra cuspers are not superficial at all! They are deep thinkers with sharp analytical skills and a strong work ethic, and that combination is a thing of beauty, indeed.
Learn more about the beautiful Virgo-Libra cusp:
Name of Cusp: The Cusp of Beauty
Date Range: September 19 to September 25
Strengths: Attractive, intellectual, communicative, artistic, social, sensuous.
Weaknesses: Superficial, materialistic, detached, perfectionist, nervous, jaded.
How Virgo-Libra energy works together: Virgo’s analytical skills and attention to detail combine nicely with Libra’s social skills and love of beauty to create balanced individuals who are both intelligent and artistic. Both signs share a love of beauty that meshes nicely.
What they love: Objects of beauty, including people, art, fashion, home décor, nature and anything pretty you can look at, buy or adorn yourself with.
What they need: Virgo-Libra cuspers need to keep their lives in order and everything running smoothly and looking good in order to prevent anxiety.
Advice: Be careful of becoming too preoccupied with appearances and spending too much money on material things. Focus more on your spiritual side!
Famous people born on the Virgo-Libra cusp: Trisha Yearwood, Adam West, Jeremy Irons, Twiggy, Jimmy Fallon, Sophia Loren, Upton Sinclair, Alexander the Great, Faith Hill, H. G. Wells, Larry Hagman, Leonard Cohen, Stephen King, Bill Murray, Ricki Lake, Nicole Richie, Tommy Lasorda, Joan Jett, Scott Baio, Andrea Bocelli, Mickey Rooney, Jason Alexander, Julio Iglesias, John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jim Henson, Phil Hartman, Will Smith, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Heather Locklear, Mark Hamill, Christopher Reeve, Michael Douglas, Barbara Walters, William Faulkner.
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Get A Jump on Tomorrow….
Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, September 21st
Venus is transiting your work and health sector until October 14th, Aries. Even though this means Venus is no longer in a harmonious position relative to your sign, it’s a useful cycle for bringing more beauty, harmony, and enjoyment to your daily life, routines, or work environment. This can also be a time of better relationships with health professionals, employees, co-workers, and even pets! It can be a good time for partnering up to get work done or to pursue fitness programs with Venus and Mars in this sector of your chart, and eventually aligning in the first week of October, as well as for meeting friends or even a lover who has similar goals or work. There is an unusual focus on your routines, habits, health, and work these days. Cooperating with others brings work rewards. Today, you may be seeing problems or feeling overwhelmed, but could be hiding your difficulties from others. Try to share the load, or, if you just can’t bring yourself to do it, look for ways to reduce stress.
The coming weeks bring new energy to your love life, dear Taurus, with yesterday’s New Moon clearing the slate as well as a Venus transit of your romance and creativity sector until October 14th. This is an excellent time for romance, dating, hobbies, self-expression, and sharing fun times with others. Your appeal is building. You not only share your affection more freely, but you also receive love and compliments more confidently. Mars is also in this sector, and especially as Venus and Mars build to a conjunction until the first week of October, you are powerfully creative and ready to make something exciting. Today, however, your desire for appreciation and admiration from others is so strong that it leaves you vulnerable to manipulation. Watch for repeating old patterns in relationships today. You need to breathe new life into your creative work and your relationships now for best results.
Until October 14th, Venus transits your home and family sector, Gemini, where a New Moon just occurred. This augurs very well for your life at home! This can be a stable, cautious, or play-it-safe period for love, the pursuit of pleasure, and attitude towards money. You’re likely to bring more harmony, comfort, or beauty to your home. Real estate matters could be favorable now. In love, intimacy, familiarity, and trust are more important to you than change or excitement during this cycle. This is a great period for healing relationships and bonding with family. This can be a sentimental time, but watch today for excessive attachment to the past to the point that you don’t enjoy the positives of the present.
With Venus in your communications sector until October 14th, Cancer, you have a stronger need and ability to share your thoughts and feelings with someone special. It’s also a time for more charming and diplomatic communications. You seem to have special sway with others now. Mars is already in this sector of your solar chart, motivating you, and Venus here now helps boost the charm factor. The desire to create something special is building, and communicating is integral to your feelings of excitement, love, and appreciation. You may thoroughly enjoy your studies, games, learning, and connecting during this period. Today, watch for holding onto an idea or opinion too tightly, however.
With Venus in your resources sector until October 14th, Leo, you’ew focusing on enjoying yourself, getting comfortable, and developing or building your resources. Love is more about security and comfort in the coming weeks. Getting along well with others can be one way to boost your business or income, and relationships already in place can benefit from steadier, patient energy. This is a great time of year for finding pleasure in the world of the five senses, enjoying simple pastimes and entertainment, and taking special care of prized personal possessions. There can be increased income for some of you, and for others, it’s a great time to enjoy, explore, and develop your talents. This morning, however, it may be difficult to see your desires clearly as you may be fixating on what you don’t have or short-term goals that are not particularly satisfying.
Venus is now in your sign, Virgo, and will be your guest until October 14th. Not only was there a New Moon in your sign just yesterday, but this Venus transit also endows you with more confidence to express yourself and your affections. As well, people find you interesting and intriguing. Generally speaking, others are drawn to your natural qualities and personality traits quite naturally at this time. With Mars already in your sign, Venus helps to soften your manner and bring you an increase in attention of the positive variety! Love becomes far clearer and less past-focused. This is a time of living well and putting out the right kind of vibes that attract pleasant people and circumstances into your life. This morning, however, it can be difficult to see beyond immediate desires and sensations, and this can lead to chasing short-term goals that are unlikely to satisfy. As the day advances, though, patience increases and opportunities do, too.
Venus is the latest of planets to move into your privacy and soul sector, Libra, and will stay here until October 14th. This cycle brings a little more mystery to your love life, feelings, and affections. It may not be the most upfront period for your love life or personality, but it’s the perfect time for releasing outdated attitudes and clearing space for new experiences and feelings to enter your life. There can be a greater love of private moments with a partner or secret admirers. You may be a little more tentative than usual about feelings and even purchases during this cycle as you instinctively sense that you’re not quite ready for brand new beginnings. You’ll have the Sun move into your sign tomorrow, pulling you out of your shell on some levels, but you’re keeping some things to yourself now. This is a time for sorting out your feelings. This morning, there is a tendency to make poor emotional decisions. Try to look past immediate desires, as these may be misleading. As well, avoid putting too much weight in hunches or observations until you get more proof.
Venus is now transiting your friendship sector, Scorpio, and this helps soften your disposition with friends and networks. This transit is an enhancing one. You are a little more likable or attractive now, and generally framed well! Venus’ transit lasts until October 14th. Giving yourself and partners and friends freedom and emotional space is vital now. Downplaying ego needs comes a little more naturally than it did when Mars was here without Venus. Teamwork is favored, and friendships can get a nice boost. You are more willing than usual to accommodate, change, and grow in your interactions, and far less likely to stick with old patterns. This can pull some of you out of a rut on a social or romantic level. It can also be a good time for business income. This morning, however, you may be looking at situations through a suspicious or negative lens. Try not to make big decisions based on the feelings of the moment. As the day advances, you tap into your impressive ability to strategize.
The weeks ahead can be most successful for your career or reputation, dear Sagittarius, with Venus at the top of your solar chart and the energy of yesterday’s New Moon affecting this area as well. Your ability to cooperate with and accommodate others can help advance your goals, smooth out relations with bosses, parents, and co-workers, and improve your public image, as well. You’re now bringing more charm and polish to relations on the job. Assertive Mars has been in this sector, and the addition of charming Venus here until October 14th can help balance out your approach to pursuing your goals. In fact, you’re sure to get very creative in the coming weeks. Social opportunities can emerge through your business or professional dealings, or you could be employing more diplomacy and people skills in the work you do. This morning, however, with Venus in minor challenging aspect to Pluto, it can be a little difficult to be objective when assessing the value of things, situations, projects, and even yourself, as your viewpoint can be skewed by insecurities, fears, and strong emotions. As the day advances, though, this tendency fades.
Venus is now moving through your solar ninth house, Capricorn, and you can feel as if your feelings or love life is emerging into the light. In this cycle that lasts until October 14th, you’re less likely to linger or dwell on your feelings — or overthink them — as you tend to embrace the moment and express or act upon your affections. With Venus moving in harmony with your sign now, your natural qualities are more appreciated by others. You’re attracted to people, entertainment, art, and studies that feed your sense of adventure or excitement. You are more inclined to seek out the things and people that/who make you happy. Relationships are learning experiences to you during this cycle. Do be careful that you don’t set your goals so high that you can’t get any particular project off the ground, however. This morning, tension is likely as you wrestle with the desire to explore on the one hand and a compulsion to oversee what’s going on around you.
With Venus transiting your solar eighth house until October 14th, Aquarius, you’re in a favorable position to work through the more complicated, intricate areas of your relationships that involve sharing and intimacy. As well, you can see more clearly into your own desires and motivations and arrive at a far better understanding of yourself. On a financial level, backing or support may be easier to come by, and this can also extend to emotional support. You might arrive at an attractive agreement now. You have far less interest in the surface of things in your relationships, and you’re inclined to dig deeper, looking for answers. While this is a good time to do this kind of digging, today you may be taking this too far. Try not to read so deeply into a situation that you lose objectivity. You’ll find you’re much more patient as the day advances.
Venus is now transiting your partnership sector, Pisces, where she will visit until October 14th. A New Moon just occurred in this area of your solar chart, and with both of these events, you’re in an excellent position to make a fresh start in the relationship department. This is the perfect time for attracting the right people into your life or for enhancing your relationships — putting more of yourself, energy, and attention into your interactions. Others are more likely to help and support you. In turn, your sense of what people need is high. If you have any need for peace-making with others, this is a great time for doing so. People entering your life during this phase can be especially charming. You have a strong desire to please, but this morning, this may go a little too far. Keep in mind that this leaves you vulnerable to manipulation. As the day advances, your approach is far less superficial as you want to make deep, lasting improvements.
Tarot Card of the Day
Knight of Swords
This card is traditionally entitled The Knight, but in some modern decks appears as The Prince. Traditionally, this card portrays the restless mind, aroused by thoughts of offense and defense, storming around searching for a target to pounce on. He often feels slighted, has a chip on his shoulder and bristles with a hostile attitude. His usual method is to look for someone to blame for his irritation.
Furthermore, in an attitude of righteousness, he may assign himself the job of correcting the offender. Jumping easily to conclusions, he shoots first, asks questions later and is therefore often guilty of overkill. This is not to say that he does not have his heroic side; a single-minded combativeness can have its value. However, even when he is doing the right thing, he is likely to be doing it for the wrong reasons. Apt advice for this card is to deeply question your motives for what you are thinking about doing. Forethought will assist you in discriminating between righteous and unrighteous causes. Control any traces of impulsive judgement!
Occasionally you will notice in the detail on the card, that the person can be a woman rather than the expected man. There is some evidence that the tradition of knighthood included a certain number of “anonymous knights” who took mythic names and veiled their true identities. Living on the road with few or no servants, they served as freelance defenders of travelers, champions of the little people against the exploitation of both highway robbers and the wealthy classes. Odds are that some of these knights-errant were camouflaged women, and that idea is preserved with the traditional representation of the Sword Knight.
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Your Daily Love Tarot Card
The Hanged Man
Your Daily Tarot Power Card
Psychic Tip of the Day
It is time to make a lover understand where you are going. It is time for you to understand where your lover wants to go in life. Will you go there together?
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Your Daily Rune for September 20th
Literally: “Birch Goddess”
Esoteric: Birth, Sanctuary
Rune of continued growth and continual rebirth or renewal in all things. The rune of becoming.
Psi: secrecy, silence, safety, mature wisdom, dependence
Energy: container/releaser, female fertility, trees and plantlife
Mundane: motherhood, healing, gardening, child raising, the womb
Divinations: Birth, becoming, life changes, shelter, liberation, sanctuary, secrets; or blurring of consciousness, deceit, sterility, stagnation, conspiracy, insecurity
Rebirth in the spirit
Strengthens the power of secrecy
Works of concealment and protection
To contain and hold other powers together
Realization of stillness, the Now-ness of all things
Bringing ideas to fruition in the creative process
Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today
Art denotes balance and harmony. The forces behind Art are those that keep us from succumbing to temptation or over-indulgence; steer us away from developing unhealthy addictions or behaviors. The Art driven Spirit avoids extremes, spreads harmony and brings opposing sides together. They find a happy, healthy median between what they want and what they need. Art provides an environment in which most will thrive, and a haven where the injured may heal, re energize. Through Art success and contentment are found by practicing self-restraint, and using balance to create your own “shelter from the storm.”.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
The Open Door
The Open Door signifies the presence of new opportunities. However, to reap the benefits of these prospects you will have to move beyond where you are now–forsake the comforts and safety of your current life and head out in new directions. Moves like those symbolized by The Open Door require courage, because fresh opportunities signify the chance of gain, but do not guarantee they will be realized. Regardless of the benefits that may be reaped, with the transitions like those required to explore these new found opportunities, something is always lost. Before launching on a voyage down new paths it is a good idea to objectively assess your current state of being and decide whether what you have now is worth jeopardizing.
As a daily card, The Open Door indicates a time that is primed for you to pursue new goals and dreams. For you opportunity exists, but there are no assurances that they will lead to a richer life. Weigh your current circumstances carefully, and if you feel there is a more fulfilling path for you, then this is the moment for you to begin your walk down that path–the moment for you to walk through The Open Door before you.
Your Daily Tile
September 20, 2017
The Pearl tile denotes the attainment of wealth and a life of luxury. The task will be to balance your spiritual self with your physical self.
Your Animal Spirit for Today
September 20, 2017
Wake up! Woodpecker is tired of trying to get your attention, and will peck and peck and peck until you hear the message. You have received the answer to a major question time and again, but refuse to act on it. It’s okay to ignore a solution—but be forewarned that woodpecker will keep making racket until you make some movement forward!
Your Daily Domino
September 20, 2017
Now is a time for you to “sew up lose ends”. It will benefit you to finish any projects you have avoided completing, so you can move on to new and more fulfilling ventures.
Crack the Cookie
The Wisdom of Buddha
Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
Your Earth Sky News for Wednesday, September 20th: All you need to know: September equinox
What is an equinox? The earliest humans spent more time outside than we do. They used the sky as both a clock and a calendar. They could easily see that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of the sunrise and sunset all shift in a regular way throughout the year.
Our ancestors built the first observatories to track the sun’s progress. One example is at Machu Picchu in Peru, where the Intihuatana stone, shown above, has been shown to be a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes and other significant celestial periods. The word Intihuatana, by the way, literally means for tying the sun.
Today, we know each equinox and solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis and ceaseless orbit around the sun.
Because Earth doesn’t orbit upright, but is instead tilted on its axis by 23-and-a-half degrees, Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places throughout the year in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly.
We have an equinox twice a year – spring and fall – when the tilt of the Earth’s axis and Earth’s orbit around the sun combine in such a way that the axis is inclined neither away from nor toward the sun.
Earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the sun’s rays about equally around equinox-time. The sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator. Night and day are approximately equal in length.
The name equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night).
Of course, Earth never stops moving around the sun. So these days of approximately equal sunlight and night will change quickly.
Where should I look to see signs of the equinox in nature? The knowledge that summer is gone – and winter is coming – is everywhere now, on the northern half of Earth’s globe.
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you can easily notice the later dawns and earlier sunsets.
Also notice the arc of the sun across the sky each day. You’ll find it’s shifting toward the south. Birds and butterflies are migrating southward, too, along with the path of the sun.
The shorter days are bringing cooler weather. A chill is in the air. In New York City and other fashionable places, people have stopped wearing white. Creatures of the wild are putting on their winter coats.
All around us, trees and plants are ending this year’s cycle of growth. Perhaps they are responding with glorious autumn leaves, or a last burst of bloom before winter comes.
Does the sun rise due east and set due west at the equinox? Generally speaking, yes, it does. And that’s true no matter where you live on Earth, because we all see the same sky.
Everywhere on Earth, except at the North and South Poles, you have a due east and due west point on your horizon. That point marks the intersection of your horizon with the celestial equator – the imaginary line above the true equator of the Earth.
At the equinoxes, the sun appears overhead at noon as seen from Earth’s equator, as the illustration at right shows. This illustration (which is by Tau’olunga) shows the sun’s location on the celestial equator, every hour, on the day of the equinox.
That’s why the sun rises due east and sets due west for all of us. The sun is on the celestial equator, and the celestial equator intersects all of our horizons at points due east and due west.
This fact makes the day of an equinox a good day for finding due east and due west from your yard or other favorite site for watching the sky. Just go outside around sunset or sunrise and notice the location of the sun on the horizon with respect to familiar landmarks.
If you do this, you’ll be able to use those landmarks to find those cardinal directions in the weeks and months ahead, long after Earth has moved on in its orbit around the sun, carrying the sunrise and sunset points southward.
Bottom line: Enjoy the 2017 equinox – a seasonal signpost in Earth’s orbit around the sun!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. “Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers,” she says.
Published on Earth Sky News
A Little Humor for Your Day
You Might Be Giving Pagans A Bad Name If…
- You insist that your boss call you “Rowan Starchild” because otherwise you’d sue for religious harassment.
(Score double for this if you don’t let that patronizing bastard call you “Mr. or Ms. Starchild.”)
- You’ve ever confused the Prime Directive with the Wiccan Rede.
- You’ve ever cast a spell with twenty-sided dice.
- You said it was bigotry when they didn’t let you do that ritual in front of city hall. It had nothing to do with the skyclad bit.
- You picketed The Craft and Hocus Pocus, but thought that the losers who picketed The Last Temptation of Christ needed to get lives.
- You’ve ever publicly claimed to be an elf, alien, vampire, faerie, or demigod, and been genuinely surprised when not everyone took you seriously.
- You’ve ever publicly claimed to be the reincarnation of Gardner, Merlin, Aleister Crowley, King Arthur, Cleopatra, Morgana Le Fay, or Jim Henson, and been genuinely surprised when not everyone took you seriously.
- You’ve suddenly realized in the middle of a ritual that you weren’t playing D&D.
- You’ve failed to realize at any point in the ritual that you weren’t playing D&D.
- You’ve suddenly realized that you are playing D&D.
- Your Book of Shadows is a rulebook for Vampire: The Masquerade with notes in the margins.
- You’ve ever effected an Irish or Scottish accent and insisted that it was real.
- You talk to your invisible guardians in public.
(Score double if you save places for them in crowded restaurants)
(Score triple if you admit to having sex with them)
- You’ve ever claimed to have met the Vampire Lestat or Dracula.
(Score double if you got into a fight and escaped)
(Score triple if it was no contest)
- You own a ceremonial bong.
- You’ve ever tried something you saw on Sabrina, The Teenage Witch
- You’ve ever had to go along with someone’s ludicrous story because it was twice as likely to be true than most of the crap you spout.
- You expect your employer to exempt you from the random drug testing because of your religion.
- You’ve won an argument by referencing Drawing Down the Moon, knowing damn good and well they haven’t read it either.
- You’ve ever referenced the Great Rite in a pick-up line.
- Someone has had to point out to you that you do not enter a circle “in perfect love and perfect lust.”
(Score double if you argued the point.)
- You claim to be a famtrad (hereditary), but you’re not.
(Score double if you had to tell people you were adopted to pull this off.)
- You claim to be a descendant of one of the original Salem Witches.
(Score to a lethal degree if you don’t get this one.)
- Someone once lost their boat delivering your ritual incense from Mexico.
- You’ve ever used tongue delivering the fivefold kiss.
(score double if you did it more than once.)
- You’ve ever used reincarnation as the intro for a pick up line.
(You may deduct this point if it worked.)
- You think it’s perfectly reasonable to insist that, since every tradition is different, and no one tradition is right, there’s no reason not to do things your way.
- You request Samhain, Beltaine, and Yule off and then bitch about working Christmas.
- The thing that drew you to the Craft was the potential to dance with naked members of the opposite sex.
- You strip in a club like the one in Porky’s under your craft name, and consider it highly appropriate.
- You’ve ever been psychically attacked by someone who conveniently held a coven position you crave, and suddenly had a glimpse into their mind so you could see how evil they were.
- You’ve ever achieved position or influence in a coven by sleeping with half of it.
- You claim yourself as a witch because how early you were trained by the wise and powerful such-and-such. Of whom nobody has heard.
- You complain about how much the Native Americans copied from Eclectic Wiccan Rites.
- You’re not a hereditary witch but you have a good disposition to it because your ancestors (the ones before your German parents) were Native American or Irish.
- You don’t know the difference between Irish and Scottish, and you alternately claim to be both.
- You think it’s your Pagan Duty to support the IRA, not because of any political beliefs you might share, but because, damn it, they’re IRISH.
- You think the number of Wiccan books you own is far more important than the number you have read, regardless of the fact that most of your books are for beginners.
- You hang out with people who each match at least fifteen of these traits.
- You recognize many of these traits in yourself, but this test isn’t about you. But, boy, it’s right about those other folks.
Published on Pagan Library