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Card of the Day-5 June 2017

Today’s Card of the Day is the Ace of Cups reversed with two other cards to clarify: The Star and Queen of Disks (Pentacles). IMG_20170605_044624

We want to heal the world and certainly could agree that it is in need of it. Every day we are bombarded by images and stories of destruction, fear, hate, ignorance, and intolerance. This is unbearable, especially for an empath or healer. We want to spread light into the world. We want to help. However, we can’t spread anything from an empty cup which is bound to happen when we allow ourselves to become drained. We invest so much of our time and energy into these stories and our mission that we forget we must care for ourselves as well. It’s only practical. Before we can share our light, we must be in control of our bodies and selves. Take time to refill your own heart with light. Do something that brings you joy. Go for a walk, paint, dance, play with a pet. Anything to recharge your own heart chakra so that you may be the luminous healer and lightbearer you were meant to be.

This is going to perhaps be the running theme for a bit as this certainly isn’t a quick fix sort of issue. So how can we possibly hope to accomplish this besides fueling our own IMG_20170605_045902joy? I pulled an oracle card for guidance and had one jump out as well. The meaning was more than spot on and I almost gasped when I saw it because duh, why didn’t I think of that?! The actual card pulled actually had me laughing because it took me a moment. So, the card pulled was Full Moon (Completion) which confused me because I didn’t get the completion part. I realized this card was being literal and referring to the Full Moon which is on the 9th. It’s a time to set intentions, release what is no longer serving us, and do manifestation magick. The jumper was Rainbow (Blessings). We can recharge ourselves by counting our blessings each and every day since gratitude raises our vibrations. However, it would seem that this Full Moon is particularly important to do so.

Be grateful for what is right and good in the world, set some intentions, recharge yourself, do some TLC, ignite your passions so that you may spread more light into this world so that we may be healed and whole again.

 

*Tarot Cards are from the Thoth Deck which I am loving more and more! Oracle Cards are from the Earth Magic Oracle Deck by Steven D. Farmer.

Brightest of Blessings,

The Autumn Witch

My Beltane Aha! Moment–Beltane 2015

So this past weekend has been full of me trying to really rediscover myself as well as understand some issues that keep cropping up in my life. Mix that in with family drama, the mess that life can be, being sick, and some major changes of self–well I was in a right mess. I knew it had something to do with my perception and felt that I already knew the answer. I later logged onto my Facebook account and was sort of spring cleaning it–unliking no longer relevant pages, groups, and the like before realizing I had some notes on my personal page. One was a schedule from my senior year in high school back in 2009/2010–WOAH! Then I happened upon a note from Beltane 2015 that I’d completely forgotten about and within it was the lesson I was in need of hearing once more. I’ve felt compelled to share it with ya’ll in case you too may be in the same mindset. 🙂

My Beltane Aha! Moment–Beltane ’15

Hope everyone had a wonderful Beltane and if you’re celebrating the entire weekend, then I wish your celebration is full of beauty and love. My Beltane definitely didn’t go as I had planned. Yesterday, 1 May, was also my mother’s birthday and I had a job interview so talk about busy! The night before I’d grown quite restless and perhaps only managed four hours of sleep which only made me very grumpy in the morning. It didn’t help that the grumpy bug had bitten everyone else in the house either. I’d decided because I wasn’t in the mindset for ritual to skip that and instead celebrate in small ways throughout the day which will carry on into today as well. Long story short, it seemed as if everything I had planned yesterday just wasn’t working. Even just watching the sunrise didn’t happen as it was rainy and very dreary–which definitely didn’t help my mood! In fact, my mood didn’t even improve until later that afternoon after my interview. It wasn’t the prospects of perhaps acquiring this job after searching for a while that had made me smile. No, it was something so small that normally is taken for granted. 

On my drive back home, I had turned the radio from the usual country station I always have it on to the hip-hop/rap station that I hadn’t really listened to since leaving college. I just wanted to listen to something much more upbeat which would definitely be keeping with the energy of Beltane–even though I didn’t give it a thought at the time! Actually I didn’t even think about it until I realized I was still listening to said station at this very moment! Funny how it works like that at times! However, I digress. As I continued my drive home, I paid attention to the passing fields and yards that, though damp, were lush and green! BAM! In my head popped the four and five of Chalices! The Four of Chalices came to my mind first but as I stopped and thought about it the Five really stood out so I’m going to start with that card and what it taught me yesterday.

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To me, the five of chalices typically represents not being fully present in the moment, being detached and unaware, and even oblivious. It’s about not being attentive to a situation (or life in this case) and that around you. As can be seen in the card, the man is only paying attention to the spilled chalices, therefore completely oblivious to the two good ones. He’s instead only choosing to put his focus and energy towards that which 1) is on the more negative side, 2) that which he cannot control, 3) the depressing smaller picture instead of the bigger picture that everything’s alright, and 4) not letting go that which no longer serves him. This really hit me because instead of paying attention to the beauty around me, the joy of it all, I was only choosing to focus on a small part of the big picture. I was choosing to instead focus on the negative side of things–the rain, the attitudes, the lack of sleep, etc. I was completely missing the BIG picture! For one, we really need the rain as without rain nothing can grow. Two, everyone has bad days but it’s how you decide to handle them that counts. Instead of grumbling and feeding that grumpy, moody energy I needed to take a few deep breaths and just say a few things I was grateful for as that is an instant mood lifter in my opinion. It really makes you thankful for every day you’ve been blessed with. Going back to the rain, looking at the green earth I realized just how much it contrasted with the dark, gray sky which in turn made everything seem greener and beautiful. On sunny days, though I am aware of the green surrounding me, I definitely don’t appreciate it as much as I should. This allowed me to focus instead on that appreciation and wonder that comes from nature. This card really reminded me of choosing where I focus my attention and energy.

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The other card was the Four of Chalices. This card was the first that floated–not floated, more like bolted!–into my mind. This card is sort of similar to me as the one above in that it’s about not paying attention. It’s about missing out on an opportunity because you are solely focused on the situation or even the future. Paying attention will allow you to be aware of the opportunities and blessings surrounding you. Instead of worrying about what’s to come (as the Chalices are in front of and not next to the person), look around, be fully present, and open yourself to the Universe who will provide what you need. This card stuck out to me as I’d been very much worried about the future with my bills, going back to school, and the long term accomplishments I’d be able to achieve with this job if I get it. Of course it’s always a good idea to make some sort of goals and a list of what you want to accomplish but sometimes we get so wrapped up in that worry and anxiety that we don’t pay attention to the now. This is the only moment guaranteed. How are you spending it? I was constantly in the mindset of the future that I wasn’t paying any attention to the here and now. This reminded me to slow down, take a deep breath, and just enjoy the moment now. I’d even become stressed and frustrated with how I wanted to celebrate Beltane throughout the day instead of simply sitting with the energy of the day, with the God and Goddess, and just enjoying life! I was so angry that my day wasn’t going according to plan that I wasn’t allowing the day to unfold as it should. I was to focused ahead that I was almost rushing through those small moments of celebration that I did do because to me they weren’t what I thought of as celebration.

This was my little aha moments for the day and remembering that I’ve got to stop and smell the roses which even goes with the energy of Taurus. Everything is connected and works together, we just have to stop and allow the present to penetrate our spirit and by doing that, we are in constant celebration.

 

I hope this lesson I learned may be helpful to some of you as I feel we can have the horrible tendency to allow the little things to ruin our perception of the day when there is so much to be joyous of–so much to celebrate! We also need to remember that we need to be fully present in each moment–allowing ourselves to pause and really enjoy life. ❤

Blessed Beltane and Brightest of Blessings,

The Autumn Witch

 

Mabon

There’s a certain magick in the air during the autumn that warms the heart and spirit while barely nipping at the body. Pumpkins, squash, apples, and other fruits and vegetables of the harvest are abundant, washing the scenery with colors of fiery reds, warm golds and yellows, and bright orange. The crisp air refreshes the lungs and brings inspiration to our lives. I’ve personally always enjoyed the fall when nature seems to come alive and show her wares before turning inward for the winter months. Naturally, Mabon would grow to become one of my favorite sabbats and is always a much anticipated time in my household.

What exactly then is Mabon? What are some ways that one can celebrate this time?  What Deities are associated with this time? These are the questions which I will aim to answer within this post. So, come with me as the Wheel turns and we turn to this magickal and beautiful holy day.

Mabon is the common name of this second harvest festival but it is also known as the Autumn Equinox, Michaelmas, Feast of Avalon, Harvest Home, Winter Finding, and Alban Elved. It’s even referred to as The Witch’s Thanksgiving which I believe accurately and perfectly summarizes the major theme of this time which we’ll discuss momentarily. Astrologically speaking, this Sabbat occurs when the sun is in 1 degree of Libra (which usually is from the 21-23 of September). The ruler of this sign, as well as holy day, is Venus. This is the last Sabbat before the New Year which is celebrated at Samhain (31st of October) for many Pagans and Witches. This is the first official day of autumn when day and night are equal length once more–except unlike Ostara, the dark grows longer. Due to this, not only is this Sabbat one for thanksgiving, but also of balance.

It’s a time for finishing projects that were started at the beginning of the year which should be manifesting around this time. It’s a time of the mysteries and this was the time that Persephone returned to Her husband, Hades. There were other Deities who made the trek into the Underworld around this time but Her story is typically the best known. It’s a time of unlimited potential and strong psychic work. I believe the veil between the worlds can definitely be felt thinning at this point, even a few days before, which will crescendo with it being at it’s thinnest on Samhain. This makes this time good for Spirit as well as Shadow work.

This Sabbat is named after the God, Mabon, who I definitely recommending you research. 🙂 The God at this time is the Harvest Lord who is slain in order for us to survive the long, harsh winter. However, He is also seen at this time as the Green Man, Horned God, and/or Sun God. He will die and be reborn from the Goddess at Yule–so don’t fret! The Goddess is seen as either the Mother or Crone with typically the Crone ruling this time of year. This is one reason I personally prefer to work with Cerridwen as She is considered both a Crone and Mother Goddess. A few other Deities that may be seen as appropriate during this time are:

  • Persephone and Hades
  • Athena
  • Pomona
  • Demeter
  • Epona
  • Dionysus
  • Isis and Osiris
  • Min
  • Geb

We give thanks as the products of this harvest are seen as proof of the God’s and Goddess’ love for us. In addition to the above listed fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts, pomegranates and corn are also very prevalent during this time. Before I begin listing ways in which to celebrate this sabbat, allow me to list the correspondences for this Sabbat:

  • Traditional Objects: pine cones, cornucopias, acorns, wheat sheaves, dried leaves, gourds, pumpkins, melons, pomegranates, apples, and ivy.
  • Herbs: acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckles, marigold, myrrh, rose, sage, tobacco, thistle, patchouli
  • Crystals: Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Yellow Topaz
  • Spells appropriate: protection, prosperity, security, self-confidence, balance
  • Colors: red, brown, orange, gold, yellow, green

That list is in no manner complete and I implore you to research and discern for yourself what other things you’d add to the list–and if there are any you’d omit! That’s when you really begin growing on this path–when you no longer solely rely on the words of another. 🙂 Now, for activities you can do to celebrate!

  • Watch the sun rise and set
  • Have a Thanksgiving feast
  • Can Vegetables
  • Drink Apple Cider–Yummy!
  • Make Corn Dollies and empower them for luck and prosperity
  • Harvest Herbs
  • Do a Chakra Balancing Meditation
  • Make Breads
  • Offer Apples to the Ancestors
  • Go for a Walk
  • Make an Apple Cake (I already posted the recipe but I’ll share it so it’ll appear close to this one! It’s always my favorite!)
  • Bless and Donate Food
  • Go Pick Apples and Pumpkins
  • Do a Space Clearing
  • Most Importantly, Get Out and Enjoy this Beautiful Time of Year!

I wish you all a magickal and abundant harvest festival that is brimming with love, prosperity, and balance. Happy Thanksgiving 😉

Lots of Love,

The Autumn Witch

 

Sources for my information and some other good resources to check out!

Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh, or commonly known as Lammas, is celebrated either when the sun is in 15 degrees of Leo or on the 1st of August. I prefer to celebrate it on the 1st or 2nd as it really helps keep some sense of continuity to it. This is the first of the three harvest festivals and deals particularly with the grain harvest. I will admit that previous years this hasn’t really been one of my favorite sabbats as it wasn’t one I knew a whole lot about. My absolute favorites when I began were Yule, Samhain, and Ostara. Last year I really learned more and connected with Imbolc. This year I’m hoping for the exact same thing, only with Lughnasadh. This sabbat honored the Celtic Sun God Lugh hence the name Lughnasadh. The planetary ruler is the sun due to its being in Leo. Take a moment to feel the energy closely and you can feel that while we are still lazily stretched outside in the hot sunshine, we also realize there is a sense that fall indeed is coming.

Due to this being the grain harvest, traditional symbols for this sabbat are the sheaf, blade and corn dolly. The sheaf and blade represent the harvesting of the abundant crops while the corn dolly is representative of the spirit of the field which was believed by some to be a feminine spirit of the harvest or the spirit of the slain God whom we’ll discuss in a moment. The themes are self-sacrifice and harvest while the primary focus is the grain harvest, games of sport, and blessings. Originally Lughnasadh commented the funeral games of Lugh, therefore the tie in of sports.

Colors associated with this sabbat are gold, yellow, orange, red, green, and brown. Herbs sacred to this time are grains, sunflowers, heather, grapes, myrtle, pears, oak leaves, rose hips, and acacia. In addition, some crystals to work with would be citrine, aventurine, peridot, carnelian (one of my big picks), ruby, sardonyx, moss agate, and amber. I would even argue tiger’s eye as well. Incense would be allspice, frankincense, sandalwood (yummy), and rosemary. Baking bread is a traditional activity during this time and your loaf of bread could be added to the altar in offering or used for the cakes portion of ritual.

The Goddess at this time is the Mother but any Earth or Grain Goddesses are wonderful for this time such as Gaia, Pachamama, or Demeter. As stated before the God at this time is the God who sacrifices himself so that we may continue on throughout the winter. We know the Sun God’s power is dwindling and has been ever since the day after Litha. The God’s rays touch the growing grain where he becomes part of it. He becomes John Barleycorn (if you don’t know the poem, google it! Remember it isn’t literal but talks about the harvest! :)). Since He becomes part of the grain, he is slain (harvested) and while the Mother is pregnant with the rest of the harvest, She is also pregnant with the Sun God who shall be birthed again at Yule. This ties in the theme of life, death, and rebirth. Therefore, Dying and Resurrected Gods are appropriate as are Deities of many skills. Lugh was talented in so many areas, and this day does honor Him, so if you decide not to work with Him then another multi-skilled Deity is just as appropriate. Two Greek examples would be Hermes and Athena.

Things I do to celebrate this holiday are:

  • Watch the sun rise and set (I always try to do this with every sabbat)
  • Restock my magickal cabinet
  • Bake bread—nothing says Lughnasadh like loafs of homemade bread…now if they could ever just stay on the table for a few moments before people start digging in! 😉
  • Do blessings
  • Bake and cook in general—it’s a harvest festival so I always love to incorporate food…okay, maybe that’s with every sabbat 😉
  • Hoping to make my first ever corn dolly this year

 

Sources:

Books:

  • Solitary Witch, the Ultimate Book of Shadows by Silver Ravenwolf
  • Sabbats by Edain McCoy
  • Wicca by Scott Cunningham
  • To Ride a Silver Broomstick by Silver Ravenwolf

Videos:

Brightest of Blessings and Blessed Lughnasadh!

The Autumn Witch