Tuesday, October 11th


Tuesday, October 11th


Tuesday is dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified in Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, Tuisco and Tyr. Tuesday rules controlled power, energy and endurance.

Deity: Tiwaz

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Planet: Mars

Tree: Holly

Herb: Plantain

Stone: Agate

Animal: Crab

Element: Fire

Color: White

Number: 2

Rune: Tyr (T)
Celtic Tree Month of Gort (Ivy) – (September 30 – October 27)
The Runic Half Month of Gyfu (September 28 – October 12))
Goddess of the Month of Hathor (October 3 – October 30)


The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

Harvest Moon Magick

Herbstnacht ::: Autumn Night
Harvest Moon Magick

Traditionally the Harvest Moon occurs at the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Typically this occurs in September; however, every couple of years it will fall in October. Some calendars classically list the September full moon as the Harvest Moon whether that month’s full moon is closest to the equinox or not.
The best way to tell when the true Harvest Moon will occur is to find the date of the equinox (when the sun enters Libra) on the calendar, then count the days to the full moon in September. Now go back to the date of the autumn equinox and count forward the number of days until October’s full moon. Whichever full moon has the lower number of days from the equinox— that’s the Harvest Moon. Also, you should know that getting the official Harvest Moon date mixed up happens. It happened to me last year. So if it happened to you, too, don’t worry— the sky will not fall in and the world will keep on spinning.
The full Harvest Moon usually looks larger than other full moons due to the angle of the earth and because of refraction, a bending of the light. In the simplest of terms, the cooler fall air curves the light The traditional magicks associated with the Harvest Moon include abundance, prosperity, and completion. The night of the Harvest Moon would be a perfect occasion to celebrate the season of the harvest and to take a moment and reflect on what you are thankful for, such as freedom, friends, home, and family.

Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
Ellen Dugan

The Autumn Equinox Officially Heralds the Fall Season

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The Autumn Equinox Officially Heralds the Fall Season

The autumn equinox officially begins when the sun enters the astrological sign of Libra. As this date may vary from year to year, the sabbat’s actual calendar date is not set. It may vary between the twentieth of September to the twenty-fourth. However, this day does mark the time of equal daylight and nighttime hours and the true beginning of the fall season. (Contrary to what the weatherman tells you on television, fall does not begin after Labor Day. It truly begins at the autumn equinox.) At this time of balance, meditate on bringing stability into your life and prosperity and abundance to your home this autumn.
Get outside and rejoice in the beginning of the changing leaves and the glorious colors, scents, and textures of the fall. Traditional harvest themes and natural items, such as local grains, fruits, and vegetables, will work nicely in your witchery and beautifully in your home’s magickal decorations. Look around you; what do you see? Get outside and work in the yard. Fall is for planting! Plant some bulbs for next spring, and add some colorful pansies and mums now to keep the color going in your garden until late November.
Pick a nice blooming shrub and add it to your landscape. Keep it watered so it will be established in its new home and ready to go come next spring.


Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
Ellen Dugan

Mabon History: The Second Harvest


Mabon History: The Second Harvest

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, or Mabon, 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.
Global Traditions

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.
Giving Thanks

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.

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.
Modern Celebrations

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.


Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article originally published and owned by About.com

Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox

Farewell, O Sun, ever returning light. The hidden god, who ever yet remains.
He departs to the land of youth, through the gates of death, to dwell enthroned,
the judge of gods and man. The horned leader of the hosts of air. Yet, even as stand
unseen about the circle the forms of the Mighty Lords of the Outer Spaces,
So dwelleth he, “the lord within ourselves.” So dwelleth he within the secret seed,
the seed of new reaped grain, the seed of flesh, hidden in the earth, the marvellous
seeds of te stars.

‘In him is life, and life is the light of men,’
that which was never born and never dies.
Therefore the Wicca weep not, but rejoice.”

—-The Book of Shadows (1957)
Gerald Gardner

A Little History – The First Harvest Festival

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A Little History – The First Harvest Festival

This first harvest festival, the festival of Lugh, was known as Lughnasadh (pronounced loo-nah-sa) to the Celts. You may see many alternate spellings, as well as different names altogether, for this sabbat, and there is also the Irish alternate spelling Lunasa. In Gaelic, Lunasa is the name for the month of August. In addition, this festival was known as Lammas to the Anglo-Saxons. Lammas is considered to be roughly translated as “loaf mass.”

Lugh is a Celtic solar god. This deity is a talented, handsome craftsman and master of myriad skills. One of his titles is Lugh Long Arm, as he holds a magick spear of thunderstorms; another is Lugh “the bright and shining one” who brings the crops to ripeness.

It is interesting to note that Lugh is aligned with the Roman Mercury, who is a trickster god. Both of the gods were considered to be multi-talented deities as they are both healers, blacksmiths, magicians, poets, and warriors. Lugh was considered the inventor of all of the arts. Artisans, bards, and crafters can call upon Lugh when they need help. Lugh’s consort is the nature goddess Rosmerta.

Legend says Lugh started the harvest festival that bears his name in honor of his foster mother, and it was traditionally held on August 1. The harvest season was vitally important during medieval times, as a successful harvest would ensure that your family survived the coming winter. If the harvest was abundant, part of it could be sold or traded for goods and other supplies. It was, in effect, currency. As a modern Witch this notion may seem a little antiquated to you, but honestly it should not. The harvest is still vital to today’s world and economy. Think about it the next time you go to the grocery store to select your fresh produce. Depending on the success of the fruit and vegetable crops, the prices may be higher or more reasonable.

According to oral history, this first harvest festival of Lugh lasted for weeks during the harvesting season, and activities included horseracing, fairs, crafts, and, of course, food. From the traditions of this old community first-harvest tradition came one of the modern eight sabbats that we celebrate today.
Occasionally you can find references to Lugnasa Sunday, or Garden Sunday linked in to this holiday. In keeping with the Anglo-Saxon loaf mass theme, in days past folks were thought to leave offerings of harvested grain, or of bread to their gods, and as Christianity took hold, they would bring in a loaf of bread to be blessed at their church that was freshly made from the newly harvested grain crop.

Lughnasadh was also a popular time for visiting sacred wells, fertility magick, marriages and divination. As the harvest season begins, we come to realize that summer is fading into autumn. The sun’s power is on its annual descent and the daylight hours are starting to decrease.

Astrologically speaking the sun has entered the “power point” of the zodiac and is in the mid-point of Leo.

Seasons of Witchery: Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
Ellen Dugan


Now is the time of the First Harvest…..


“Now is the time of the First Harvest,
when bounties of nature give of themselves
so that we may survive.
O God of the ripening fields, Lord of the Grain,
grant me the understanding of sacrifice as you
prepare to deliver yourself under the sickle of the
goddess and journey to the lands of eternal summer.
O Goddess of the Dark Moon,
teach me the secrets of rebirth
as the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold.

I partake of the first harvest, mixing its energies
with mine that I may continue my quest for the starry
wisdom of perfection.
O Lady of the Moon and Lord of the Sun,
gracious ones before Whom the stars halt their courses,
I offer my thanks for the continuing fertility of the Earth.
May the nodding grain loose its seeds to be buried in
the Mothers breast, ensuring rebirth in the warmth

of the coming Spring.”

–   Scott Cunningham, Lammas Ritual

The First Wheat or Barley Harvest of the Year – Lammas


“Lammas celebrates the first wheat or barley harvest of the year and the skills of those who tend them. Baking and sharing bread, feasting with neighbor, and honoring the still-powerful forces of the summer sun’s light, and are key elements of this cooperative, community-based sabbat.   Corn and wheat dollies made from the last sheaves and stalks of harvested grain are kept through winter to be planted with the first seeds of spring. These organic Goddess figures powerfully affirm the reverence for the Earth’s cycles of birth, death, and renewal. The celebrations, which feature a break from toil, contests of skill, laughter feasting, and dancing, are tempered by the knowledge that most crops are still growing in the fields with no guarantee of adequate abundance for the long winter.   Lughnasadh’s energy of cautious optimism and feeling of well-being bring out the best in all people. The sabbat mingles the expansion of vibrant summer energy with the gathering energy of the upcoming season. The result is a unique time for solidly expanding toward focused goals, such as perfecting and challenging your skills.”


–   Damias Vine Yahoo Group, 7/29/07